On The Road – Jack Kerouac
Written in 1967, On The Road is one of the most timeless travel novels around, following Sal as he leaves his New York apartment and travels across US roads in seek of a better life. It’s a real eye-opener and a fun time along the way. A must read!
The Beach – Alex Garland
You may have already heard of this one, as the novel was adapted into a hit film in 2000 starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Although the film was well received, the novel is even better. The story follows a young traveler’s integration into a community of backpackers who have escaped the world through an idyllic and isolated beach. What seems like paradise at first turns into a dark and twisted thrill ride.
The Great Railway Bazaar – Paul Theroux
First published in 1975, the story is a travelogue account of Theroux’s cultural journey across Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. It features beautiful scenic descriptions and discussions of what Theroux found most eye-opening along the way of his travels – poverty, colonialism, and American imperialism. This is one for those wanting a profound and historically enlightening read.
Love, With A Chance Of Drowning – Torre DeRoche
This one is for those who love a good love story too. The story follows a woman who overcomes her fear of the ocean by sailing across the Pacific with her loving boyfriend. Critics and readers alike praised the book, calling it addictive, powerful and vividly moving.
If you’re looking for a new book to take on your travels, or if you want to have a good read to inspire you to travel, have a go at these amazing travel books. You won’t be disappointed. Just make sure your passport is valid before you start reading because you’ll surely catch the travel bug.