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The Wild Woman's Guide to Traveling the World

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  704 ratings  ·  155 reviews
Fans of Sophie Kinsella and The Devil Wears Prada will love this smart, sexy debut novel of wanderlust.

Objectively, Sophie is a success: she's got a coveted job at a top consulting firm, a Manhattan apartment, and a passport full of stamps. It isn't quite what she dreamed of when she was a teenager dog-earing pages in exotic travel guides, but it's secure. Then her best f
Paperback, 352 pages
Published June 6th 2017 by Center Street
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Travel, love, happiness, dreams and real life.
Sophie did everything right, college, career, savings, her plan set and followed. She works at one of the top businesses in NY and gets to travel, her dream. She take a semi vacation with a childhood friend where everything starts crumbling in her oh so ordered and controlled life. She is dumped, found and released for some deep soul searching and adventures that will lead her to a HEA ? yes there is one, this is not a downer read.
I enjoy my wanderl
Jenni Walsh
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 17scribes
Confession: I picked up this book because of the title alone. I was in the mood for something light and fun, and the title/cover suggested at this. Besides that, I knew nothing of the plot; didn't read the summary. And wow, I fell in love with this book. The characters were wonderfully refreshing. Sophie made sense. Her decisions, her emotions, her reactions, her everything all left me nodding along. Never did I have a "Come on, Sophie" moment, where I felt like she was doing something absurd ju ...more
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Wild Woman’s Guide to Traveling the World is a stunning debut that indulges the wanderlust in all of us. Kristin Rockaway brilliantly navigates one woman’s quest to let go of what is practical to pursue her passion and surrender to her inner dreamer. Irresistible and captivating, Rockaway crafts a vibrant story about love and the true-meaning of success, because those two things aren’t necessarily found along the beaten path.
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have been so excited to read this book ever since I heard the premise! Like narrator Sophie, I once lived in New York, working at one of those high pressure and high prestige jobs, while nursing an incurable case of wanderlust. The way Sophie struggled with herself over whether to stick to her career goals and five-year plan or to pursue an unpredictable life full of adventure felt so familiar to me, and so authentic. Of course, Sophie's decision also involves a romance factor -- the nomadic a ...more
Camille Pagán
Jan 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Can a novel be smart and loads of fun? Kristin Rockaway’s debut is proof that it’s possible. Warm, witty, and completely delightful, this book had my inner escapist itching to hop on the next flight out of town.
Eleanor Nystrom
Jun 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to beta read Kristin Rockaway’s debut novel, The Wild Woman’s Guide to Traveling the World. Through lush, almost nostalgic description, I found myself travelling from the busy streets of Hong Kong to corporate skyscrapers in New York City and beyond. A beautiful love story unfolded between our heroine and her American artist as she struggled in her journey to take risk and follow her heart, choosing between her high-paying consulting job and her passion for travel. This sedent ...more
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is warm, sharp, and a ton of fun. Rich descriptions of the sights and smells of Hong Kong, Macau, and New York City made me feel like I was traveling the world right along with the narrator. And Sophie's questions about pursuing "success" as others define it versus success on her own terms definitely hit home. The love story was sexy and satisfying--with obstacles that rang true and questions of how we merge our desire to love and be loved with our other life ambitions. It might be the ...more
Adriana Arrington
Apr 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This novel delivered (and then some!) on exactly what I hoped it would - hot romance, well-developed characters, authentic settings, and a very satisfying plot.

The main character, Sophie, struggles with an issue that many of us encounter...whether the goals we've set for ourselves truly make us happy. While on a rare vacation in Hong Kong, Sophie meets Carson - a free-spirited artist who eschews society's conception of "success." The more time Sophie spends with Carson (and, oh boy, is this time
DJ Sakata
Feb 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Favorite Quotes:

Elena rarely left the tri-state area; her idea of an exotic getaway involved tanning on the Jersey Shore.

But with my focus on the future, I rarely immersed myself in the right now. My life was reduced to a series of check marks, ticking off each goal I achieved without taking the time to revel in my accomplishments. As soon as I hit one target, I was already reaching for the next one and contemplating the one after that. I rushed full speed ahead, my sights pointed sharply forwa
Jun 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate enough to receive a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. And I adored everything about it.

Sophie's got a plan. She works hard, she makes good money, and she gets to travel the world doing it. But everything is very structured. She doesn't just cut loose and enjoy the world - until she meets Carson. He helps her see what's missing from her life.

The descriptions are vivid, I felt like I was visiting these places along with Sophie. It's easy to identify with the
Rachel Solomon
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Such a fun voice, and I LOVED the MC's arc. It wasn't at all what I was expecting, and that made it extremely refreshing. Can't wait to see what Kristin Rockaway writes next! ...more
Jes Smith
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
Sophie is a successful IT consultant who travels the world while she works. She plans a once in lifetime trip with her best friend, who ditched her before they spend one night in Hong Kong. Sophie meets Carson, a semi-independently wealthy artist, who calls the world his home. The two delve into a deep and passionate relationship and when Carson asks Sophie to quit her job and travel the world with him she makes a decision, she believes is the right one, but can't help feeling disappointed by.

Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book really & truly surprised me! Once I started it, I couldn't put it down. I absolutely loved it!!! It was perfect. I keep a log of all the books I've read & this is the best one I've read this year. The only thing I didn't like is that this is her only book! Waaaahhh! I need her to get cracking on more books. She's awesome! ...more
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Just to sum up why I loved this so much, here are some life quotes which I especially agree with in this point in my life right now that were in this novel:

If it’s something you’re really passionate about , you’ll find a way to make it work

“In that moment, I realised I did have a choice. My life wasn’t something that happened without my input. I guided my life where I wanted it to go. There were two paths stretched out in front of me: the sa
Sandy Sandmeyer
May 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Are you looking for a great book to take you away while you're sitting on the beach this summer working on your tan?  Have I got the book for you!  The Wild Woman's Guide to Traveling the World by Kristin Rockaway is exacting what you need.   I loved this book so much that I read it in a day.

Sophie seems to have it all - a loving grandmother, a best friend, and a job that pays well and allows her to travel all over the world.  But, unfortunately, this isn't the life that she saw for herself as a
This book was amazing and sparked my wanderlust in such a wonderful and tantalizing way. The mixture of romance, adventure, and even a bit of suspense made this book absolutely perfect. The writing was excellent and the story was flawless. I didn’t want to put it down and the writing was so vivid I really felt as though I was there. Now I feel the strong desire to travel to the wonderful places that I now feel as though I know a little better.

I felt like this story gave my dreams wings. I found
Alison the Librarian
Apr 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit, new-adult
Not only is this good, solid chick lit, but it also revived my wanderlust! World travel, a dreamy male love interest, and making a major career change based on passion; really, what more is there to want from chick lit? I will say that the pacing was a bit off, in that the whirlwind romance flew by until midway through, and the last couple chapters seemed rushed and almost completely predictable. But again, this is not the type of book that really needs to surprise or enlighten you. This was a f ...more
Aug 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
I wish this had been labeled a romance instead of fiction. It's a straight up chic lit, romance book. And the title led me to hope for more. The "world" in this book is Hong Kong, a day trip to Macau, NY city (where the protagonist lives) and 1 scene in Australia. Hardly the world... and yet it is a guide to traveling the world (in that the book is all about her learning to follow her dreams--which are to travel) so I can't get too mad. But once I got over my disappointment I was thoroughly (and ...more
Michelle  From California
Apr 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
A light read about a young woman searching for her life's purpose. She's torn between what others expect from her and what she knows about herself to be true. I think many of us can relate to that feeling of wanting to follow your heart while also grappling with the realities of making a living. ...more
Julie Klein
May 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
I would recommend this book to anyone who needs a quick escape, and especially to anyone who needs reminding to live in the present – and to find joy.
Sarah Bloomberg
3.5 rounded down
Apr 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
Two chapters into this book, I thought I would be reading yet another Pleasant Romance - light, escapist, 3 stars, a perfectly okay story to return to.

And then something happened. I time-traveled to my twenties. I got transported back to the time I visited Hong Kong, to when I hated my high powered but stressful corporate job, to when I argued with my family, to when I argued with my partner. It’s a romance in which the romance is almost incidental, as if the main character had her own manic pix
Jan 18, 2018 rated it liked it
A romantic story with exotic travel and a sexy hero for anyone who yearns to quit her job and travel the world!

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Sophie has it all, or so she thinks, she has her precious five-year plan that works with her career, a savings account and a job that allows her to travel the world. She doesn’t realize what she is missing until she gets a taste of it then the real adventure begins.

From the title I imagined far away places but this story takes place in Hong Kong and New York City and is the perfect beach read (or for some of us snowed it) curl up under a quilt with a cuppa tea. Though a relatively quick read the
May 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Reading Challenge 2017: a book involving travel
Many thanks to Center Street for the ARC via NetGalley!

It was a very fun, light and inspiring read. I didn't know Kristin Rockaway's work before, but I really enjoyed her writing style. I'm only giving it 3 stars because the story is a little too predictable, but not bad.
Nov 03, 2017 rated it liked it
(2.5 stars) Well, this was a disappointment. I was expecting more "traveling the world", which is something I love to do even from an armchair. Instead I get the story of a frustrated young woman who suffers from wanderlust but is restricted by her 5-year plans, career, and sense of responsibility, and a young man who wanders the world without any plans or responsibilities, fortunately with a trust fund that allows him this freedom.

They meet in Hong Kong. They fall in lust and possibly love, as
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Sophie has everything she has ever wanted in life. She has a great job that lets her travel the world on their dime. She has a great apartment in Manhattan. She has freedom from her loving but over protective Grandmother. But most of all Sophie has her five year plan on track and she's heading for success. That is until her best friend leaves her in China by herself on their first girls getaway. That's is when Sophie's life takes a drastic turn.
She meets Chase a traveler just wandering through
Courtney Stuart
May 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Sophie Bruno is a very accomplished business woman working for a very important consultation company based in New York who travels around the globe at the drop of a hat. Only problem is, she isn’t very happy with her oh so perfect life. She had dreams when she was a teenager that are unfulfilled. But Sophie is chased by inner demons and an over protective and involved grandmother and is too afraid to even think about what might make her truly happy.

When we meet Sophie she is being stood up by he
Sandi Ward
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This novel offers a fun ride through New York and Hong Kong with romance, adventure and soul-searching. Our protagonist Sophie has achieved her childhood dream of traveling the world—or has she? While her stressful job in NYC allows her to travel, it’s dictated by the company and she spends far too much time and energy on work. She’d love to travel on her own terms, but how to achieve that?

Enter Carson, who is more than a typical fling. Like Sophie, he’s passionate about travel, but he’s also a
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this someone also struck with wanderlust, I related so much to the main character. It's hard to explain to people who don't feel the same way, that restlessness when you stay in one place too long, to want to explore the world, but also the desire to have that real home to return to. Loved this book from start to finish :) ...more
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Kristin Rockaway is a native New Yorker and recovering corporate software engineer. After working in the IT industry for far too many years, she finally traded the city for the surf and chased her dreams out to Southern California, where she spends her days happily writing stories instead of code. When she’s not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and son, browsing the aisles of her ...more

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