There is nothing better than a well-written travel book to transport you into different realms. Here is our handpicked selection of travel books that will give you a serious case of itchy feet!
1. The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World by Eric Weiner
This bestseller has been translated into eighteen languages and makes it to almost every reader’s best travel book. This book by Eric Weiner can be defined as a humorous metaphysical travel memoir. “Only a fool or philosopher would make sweeping generalizations about the nature of happiness. I am no philosopher, so here goes: Money matters, but less than we think and not in the way that we think. Family is important. So are friends. Envy is toxic. So is excessive thinking. Beaches are optional. Trust is not. Neither is gratitude.”
2. Round Ireland with a Fridge by Tony Hawks
This book is all of us – drunk bets with our friends and losing them! It will take you on one heck of a hilarious and foolhardy hitchhiking ride around Ireland with a fridge! You heard us right a fridge! “I was beginning to understand how the Irish mentality worked. The more foolish, illogical or surreal one’s actions were perceived t be (and mine surely fell into one of these categories), the wider the arms of hospitality were opened in salutation.”
3. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
The Alchemist has been read by millions and is a modern classic. This book inspires the reader to dig deep and do some soul-searching through a shepherd boy’s journey. “The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.”
If you don’t own a copy make sure you grab one right now.
4. The Lost Girls: Three Friends. Four Continents. One Unconventional Detour Around the World by Jennifer Baggett, Holly C. Corbett, Amanda Pressner
Most of us dream of doing this… some of us, just read it! This group memoir is about three friends who quit their high-pressure New York City media jobs and leave behind their comfort and familiar network to embark on a year-long backpacking adventure around the world. This one is about taking chances and riding that wanderlust wave.
5. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
Wild was a huge hit, as a book as well as the movie starring Resse Witherspoon. It is about Cheryl’s journey through the Pacific Crest Trail, intertwined with stunning scenery and formidable paths – which finds her facing her fears and finally reaching her self-purpose. Go ahead and give it a read and embrace your own wild adventures.
6. Neither Here nor There: Travels in Europe by Bill Bryson
Where do we begin with Bill Bryson, his adventures are unforgettable and his books are a side-splitting portrayal of his travels. After 20 years as a London-based reporter, Bill Bryson decided to backpack across Europe and has chronicled his adventures in an unabashed and excruciatingly chucklesome memoir.
7. Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia by Elizabeth Gilbert
How could this personal travel memoir not make it to the list! Elizabeth Gilbert has touched the fine nuances of a seeker. She left behind her typical ‘life’ and set out to explore her suppressed personal urges and cravings. “The only thing more unthinkable than leaving was staying; the only thing more impossible than staying was leaving.”
Now strap on your boots and pull out that rucksack and get those tickets booked! Did we push too far? Ok, how about you just curl up on your couch and grab one of these copies and enjoy the journey with the author.