Books That Will Inspire You to Travel

Books that will inspire you to travel

Long journeys and traveling require a good book. At home, there’s nothing like immersing yourself into a story of an unknown land. Travel books inspire us and make us to yearn for an adventure, to explore the world and yourself. Here is a list of my favorite books about traveling and journey in general.

On the Road by Jack Kerouac

On The Road by Jack Kerouac is a confession of men constantly driven by their restless mind, yearning for an infinite freedom to travel and fulfill their desires of youth. I read this book when I was around 15 years old for the first time and it sparked a traveling fire in me. It is a story about freedom, friendship and finding yourself.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson

This is the book I read after seeing the film Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Terry Gilliam starring Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro.

This book can be interpreted in several ways. Some see it as aΒ crazy, drug-driven road trip; some as a distorted version of the American dream of a better life and enrichment. That all taking a place in Las Vegas where reality might seem like a fiction. Thompson brilliantly suggests that all may not be asΒ it seems. All at the beautiful backdrop of a road story.

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

A stunning story of a man who searches for his own identity, freedom, and life on the road. Everyone should judge for himself whether he was mad or adventurer. While reading the book I would admire him sometimes (when he packed his backpack and ran away from civilization), sometimes I would see him as an irresponsible man (being selfish, not letting his loved ones know about his whereabouts). Some people may have hard times to understand his actions, some not. It all depends on how strong adventurer is in you.

The Beach by Alex Garland

The story about Richard is not in any way remarkably exciting. However, the book is highly original and very well written. In essence, I see the book as a kind of diary writing with a bonus – a beautiful example of the transformation of a man and his perception of the world. This book is a beautiful trip to a secret beach with lots of stories around. Everyone who likes to travel and discover will certainly enjoy this trip.

A Good Girl’s Guide to Getting Lost by Rachel Friedman

I didn’t like Rachel and her story at first, she felt very arrogant to me but as the story progressed I could relate to her in many ways. She was at the crossroads or whether to pursue her career or travel the world and also with the fact that her decision and desire to travel made her become more grounded and grow as a person. This was a very honest story that is very relatable.

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

An interesting and beautifully written book about overcoming yourself. The book was created from diary entries, is exciting, very adventurous, intelligent and above all funny.
A colorful description of a grueling journey through the Pacific Crest Trail with memories and excursions to the author’s previous life and struggles. Wilde is an example of hard effort and endurance of the human spirit.

Have you read some of these books? Let me know which one is your favorite or if you have a recommendation for your favorite travel book.

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Interesting article and a very good idea. Will definitely check out some of these books (when ever time permits any reading).

Thank you! Hope you will like them. Lot of these books were made into movies so you can also watch these stories πŸ™‚

I just got done with grad school and I’ve been looking for a good book now that I can dedicate my free time to reading for pleasure instead of reading for assignments LOL! I’ve been bit by the travel bug as well, so this is exactly what I needed on a Monday! πŸ™‚

Great, I hope you will loves these books if you decide to read them! πŸ™‚

Nice list! “on the road” is definitely a classic. Did you see the movie by Francis Ford Coppola? It came and went but I really enjoyed it. I saw the film “Into the Wild” with Reese Witherspoon, but haven’t read the book. Thanks for the reminder. I think I’ll pick up a copy.


I have seen the movie On the Road and liked it πŸ™‚ Actually the movie with Reese Witherspoon is called Wild (the last book on my list) and Into the Wild is another book/movie (third on my list). I know it’s a bit confusing πŸ™‚

Yes, reading can definitely inspire travel. I loved the movie that was based on the book Wild, so that is definitely on my reading list.

Wow, great list! I’ve only read Wild from this list, but most of the others are on my to-read-list πŸ˜€ So hopefully I will do that soon πŸ˜€ The travel book I recently read and liked was The Year of Living Danishly by H. Russel πŸ™‚ Loved the personal insights into life in Denmark πŸ˜€ I’ve also started a travel book review series on my blog , which I hope to add more reviews to soon πŸ˜€

Thank you Irina! I will have a look at your book review series. I have been searching for a good read lately and need some inspiration! πŸ™‚

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