If you’re reading this, you probably caught the travel bug long ago.
Yes, we’re looking at you. The ones with the atlas themed cell phone cover, with Tibetan prayer flags draped across your mirror, with evidence of your favorite countries scattered throughout your apartment whose price tag you are constantly comparing to a night in a hostel, a plate of street food, a new pair of hiking boots.
On the off chance that you actually need motivation to take the leap and book that plane ticket to the next destination on your bucket list (because we know you already have the whole trip mentally mapped out), look no further than these travel reads below.
by Paulo Coelho
Yes, we can hear you groaning from here. Fiercely debated as one of the best vs. worst travel books out there, readers seem to fall quite heavily on one side of the thin line. In our opinion, following a young shepherd boy who travels out of Spain and into the Sahara under the instruction of a dream is a serious source of inspiration. And honestly, with quotes like “You will never be able to escape from your heart. So it’s better to listen to what it has to say.” how can you not love it?
A Walk in the Woods
by Bill Bryson
A hilarious read that many trekkers-in-training can relate to, renowned travel writer Bill Bryson embarks on the 2200 mile long Appalachian Trail in eastern USA. Travelling with his unfit, ex-backpacking companion Katz, Bryson takes on all of the highs and lows of daily trail life.
Eat, Pray, Love
by Elizabeth Gilbert
Another iconic yet debated book, the story follows a 30-something Liz through Italy, India and Indonesia. Leaving behind the seemingly successful life she has known, she sets out to eat and enjoy life, discover her spirituality, and find a balance of the two.
The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World
by Eric Weiner
Scouring the world for the meaning of happiness, this project sees a self-described grump travelling through a wide array of countries, including Iceland, Moldova, Qatar and Bhutan. Each destination reveals a new perspective on happiness, something that we often experience by stepping out of our comfort zone.
by Cheryl Strayed
Opposite to east coast USA’s Appalachian Trail is the Pacific Crest Trail, a 2650 mile stretch from southern California to Canada. After a turbulent string of events, the young and inexperienced Cheryl embarks on a solo journey to complete the trail, finding herself rejuvenated along the way.
Into the Wild
by Jon Krakauer
An intriguing and heartbreaking story of following your dreams, Into the Wild tells the tale of Chris McCandless as he leaves behind his modern life and heads, literally, into the wild to start a new life and live off the land.
The Sex Lives of Cannibals
by J. Maarten Troost
After tiring of the working life, 26 year old Maarten packs up his beach attire and heads to the South Pacific, where island life isn’t quite what it seems. An entertaining story about the struggles he encounters, the book is a reminder of the comforts of home that are often taken for granted.
by Robyn Davidson
With a goal to travel 1700 miles across Australia in the company of her dog and camels, author Robyn Davidson tells the tale of the hardships she encountered along the way. A powerful story about independence on the road, Tracks is a haunting and captivating read.
On the Road
by Jack Kerouac
A classic travel read, On the Road has inspired countless numbers of globetrotters since its publishing in 1957. The story follows the main character Sal, who is armed with a sense of freedom and longing to experience the world, across North America. It just might inspire you to do the same.
by Alex Garland
The goal to stray off the beaten path in search of authentic experiences is a high priority of many travellers. A thought provoking read that questions the idea of paradise, this story sees a backpacker searching for an idyllic beach that is unaffected by tourism and the outside world.
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