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Travel Book Reviews
by Suroor Alikhan

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Suroor Alikhan, the official travel book reviewer for Women on the Road, manages a multi-author blog called Talking about Books. She also enjoys good food, music, movies and of course travel.

Travel book reviews are an important part of our travel lives, because there's probably a new travel book published every five minutes. And we can't read them all, so someone has to undertake that onerous task with passion.

Travel Book Reviews

In our case, that someone is Suroor Alikhan, whose love of reading and international background makes her the perfect choice to review books for or about traveling women. Suroor was born in India and started travelling as a one-year old. This meant that part of her childhood was spent in Baghdad, Ankara, Santiago de Chile and Kabul (long before some of these places became trouble spots). She now lives in Geneva.

Reading has always been one of her passions. "Ever since I realized that words opened up pathways to different worlds, I have been an avid and voracious reader," Suroor said. “It’s like having my own collection of magic carpets.”

She's very much old school - she won’t read books electronically and as a result the walls of her home are hidden by years of collecting.

Her tastes are eclectic but in our case, she's focused on women's travel, anywhere, everywhere. We've divided up her reviews into continents to make them easier to find:

Africa travel book reviews
Americas travel book reviews
Asia travel book reviews
Europe travel book reviews
Travel book reviews from everywhere else

Travel writing has long been a genre dominated by male writers in spite of the fact that there have always been women travellers and women travel writers. This is an attempt to raise their profile and show off some of the wonderful work being undertaken by us (although the occasional male writer does make a rare appearance). Women’s travel writing can be inspirational and open a path for others to follow.

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