Travel Books To Inspire You

Let’s be honest, travel inspiration is not that hard to come by. At times it seems that all it takes is seeing a red bus, a distant peak or a crashing wave and you’re transported to the streets of London, the trek you took through Peru or the time you hit the surf in Australia.

At other times, it feels immensely rewarding to situate yourself in a nook of your favourite coffee shop and fall in love with the destinations found within the pages of a new travel book. If you’re currently leaning towards the latter, this list of travel books may inspire you. 

Looking for other options? Check out our previous list of travel books here.

by Rolf Potts
Vagabonding, travel books

With an official title of Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel, this one is hard to look past. Having spent more than 10 years on the road, Rolf Potts weighs in to cover those need-to-know topics like finances, working abroad and selecting destinations. Suited especially for travel newbies, Vagabonding is an excellent place to start for anyone considering long term travel.

In a Sunburned Country, travel books

It’s difficult to find a book by Bill Bryson that doesn’t inspire to you to grab your backpack and hit the road at the next possible opportunity. In a Sunburned Country takes you through Australia, elaborating on everything from the beautiful beaches and unique (occasionally dangerous) wildlife to friendly locals and idyllic weather. An easy read and entertaining travel memoir, Bryson’s stories will have you contemplating a plane ticket to Australia long before you’ve finished reading.

The Year of Living Danishly, travel books

What happens when you leave your job and relocate to Scandanavia? The Year of Living Danishly follows Helen Russell to Jutland, Denmark, home to beautiful landscapes, long winters and cheerful locals. Likely to be appreciated by anyone who has had to start over in a new location, this book explores Danish culture and lifestyles in an attempt to uncover the secrets of the happiest nation in the world.

The Great Railway Bazaar, travel books

Travelling from London to Japan and back on a mix of Asia’s railways, The Great Railway Bazaar tells of adventures on a form of transport that we often overlook. Originally published in 1969, the book recounts the entertaining and unique stories that arise from the art of slow and sometimes usual methods of travel.

Turn Right at Machu Picchu, Travel Books

Setting out in search of Peru’s Inca ruins, Mark Adams tells a story of traversing some of the most majestic landscapes of the world to investigate a topic that has surrounded him for his entire career. With an aim to explore the truths about Hiram Bingham III’s discovery of the Inca Empire’s most famous citadel in 1911, Turn Right at Machu Picchu is as educational as it is intriguing. 

by Jon Krakauer
Into Thin Air, Travel books

A harrowing tale of an expedition on Mount Everest in 1996, Into Thin Air is a story of perseverance and a reminder that we are always at the mercy of nature. The book sees journalist Jon Krakauer join a climbing team that is among several others attempting to summit the highest mountain in the world. Regardless of if you have trekked the Himalaya, Into Thin Air proves to be an incredibly difficult book to put down.

If you’re wondering why this book landed itself a spot on a travel list, we encourage you to give it a read and find out. While it may not have been penned by a hardened globetrotter, it emphasizes the importance of figuring out what’s worth caring about in life and putting experiences before wealth and material items. The book is likely to take on a different meaning for each person that picks it up, and if you’re looking for the motivation to take your next big travel leap, this may be it.

Good Girl's Guide to Getting Lost, travel books

It is easy to get caught inside your comfort zone, and this book is a testament to escaping just that. Follow good girl turned world traveller Rachel as she graduates college, books a trip to Ireland and befriends an Australian. Before long she finds herself embarking on a yearlong trip across three continents and learning how to truly live in the moment.

Prefer to find your travel inspiration on screen? Our list of Movies to Inspire Your Travels is for you.

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