Dear readers, I would love to share a list of travel books that I’ve read and inspired me to go on adventure, planning trips and discover even more!
Reading sounds perfect during this quiet time to motivate our spirit with some inspirations, or if you are looking for the Perfect Gift for someone that loves travelling!
Into the wild – Jon Krakauer
Into the Wild is a 1996 non-fiction book written by Jon Krakauer. International bestseller which describes the life of Christopher Johnson McCandless, after graduating, he gives away his college fund and starts travelling across the Western United States. On April 28, 1992, McCandless hitchhiked to the Stampede Trail in Alaska. There he headed down the snow-covered trail to begin an odyssey with only essentials. It’s one of my favourite books on this list.
Wild – Cheryl Strayed
Strayed’s account captures the agonies – both mental and physical – of her incredible journey; how it maddened and terrified her, and how, ultimately, it healed her. Wild is a brutal memoir of survival, grief and redemption: a searing portrayal of life at its lowest ebb and its highest tide.
Vagamondo: Around the world without flying – Carlo Taglia
An authentic story of life. A world tour without flying. 95,450 km, 528 days and 24 countries crossed to accomplish this extraordinary experience, alone. An exciting journey that started in the Himalayas and ended in Siberia. A powerful, spiritual experience.
On the road -Jack Kerouac
On the Road is a semi-autobiographical story based on events that took place during the late 40s in a series of notebooks, and then typed out on a continuous reel of paper for three weeks. It’s based on the travels of Kerouac and his friends across the United States.
Vagabonding – Rolf Potts
Vagabond shares the story of how the author, Rolf Potts, travelled long-term and took life by the horns during his time on the road. Shows how anyone armed with an independent spirit can achieve the dream of extended overseas travel.
In a Sunburned Country – Bill Bryson
Bill Bryson Adventures in Australia, where he takes his readers on a rollicking ride far beyond that beaten tourist path.
The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
Paulo Coelho’s masterpiece tells the magical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure as extravagant as any ever found. The story of the treasures that Santiago finds along the way, following our dreams.
The Great Railway Bazaar – Paul Theroux
This wonderfully entertaining travelogue pays loving tribute to the romantic joys of railways and train travel, the story of Paul Theroux about his epic journey by rail through Asia. It describes the many places, cultures, sights and sounds he experienced and the fascinating people he met. Here he overhears snippets of chat and occasional monologues and is drawn into conversation with fellow passengers, avoiding the forceful approaches of pimps and drug dealers.
Lands of lost borders: A journey on the Silk Road – Kate Harris
Classified as an exploration of the importance of breaking the boundaries we set ourself. An examination of the stories borders tell, and the restrictions they place on nature and humanity; and a meditation on the existential need to explore, discover what in the universe we are doing here.
Hitching rides with Buddha – Will Ferguson
For everyone that loves Japan, this is a Must read book! It’s about exploring Japan from one end of the country to the other for following the Cherry Blossom. The result is one of the warmest and funniest travelogues you’ve read. As Ferguson learns, it illustrates that to travel is better than to arrive.
I hope you enjoy those readings! Please comment if you read some, I would like to hear what you think and which one you prefer!
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