Books have been my security blanket since I could read my first word, and I have always surrounded myself with books in almost every room of my home. Having been born in England, grown up in Winnipeg, then moved to Edmonton, and now Calgary, I have lugged boxes of books across continents, countries, and cities.

My love of story spilled into my professional life working with museums and art galleries throughout my career before becoming a consultant; supporting non-profit and public institutions in developing and deepening their own story through strategy in my work at Hatlie Group.

As I head into summer holidays, I chose 12 books that relate to travel in some way. Travel is another important part of my life and the books on this list will transport you as each story provides a different way to look at the idea of journey: from life altering voyages, to chasing love across continents and time, to understanding oneself better because of experiences in new places.

About Alexandra Hatcher

Alexandra Hatcher has worked in and for non-profit and public cultural organizations throughout her career, in positions that have included Director, Musée Héritage Museum (St. Albert); Arts & Culture Civic Partner Consultant with the City of Calgary; Director, Operations for Historic Sites and Museums at Alberta Culture and Tourism; and Executive Director / CEO of the Alberta Museums Association. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from the University of Winnipeg, a Certificate in Arts Administration from the now MacEwan University, and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Victoria, BC. Her contributions to the cultural sector were recognized in November 2022 when she was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal.