Travel Books That Will Inspire
The end of the year is a time for lists and roundups. One of the best things a traveler can bring on any journey is a good book, they help pass the time on long plane or train rides. If you’re not traveling at all in 2020 because of COVID, books can transport us and teach us so much all from the comfort of our homes.
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The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho
This is a book about following your dreams. The story is about a young shepherd boy from Spain who follows his heart and learns a lot about the meaning of life. I actually bought this book in a bookstore in Amsterdam and read it while traveling. It’s an excellent read.
Ten Years a Nomad: A Traveler’s Journey Home, by Matt Kepnes
This book is a memoir about Matt Kepnes’ ten years traveling and backpacking the world. He shares lessons learned, unforgettable experiences and advice from everything he learned over the course of a decade.
Wild, by Cheryl Strayed
I really enjoyed this book (and the movie). Wild is about Cheryl Strayed’s journey along the Pacific Crest Trail when she was just 26 years-old. She is in search of a fresh start after the death of her mother, her failed marriage and drug use. Along the way she finds herself having a life changing experience.
Into the Wild, by Jon Krakauer
This is the story of a young man from a well-do-to family who leaves it all behind. Chris McCandless donated his $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and possessions and walked alone into the wilderness. Unencumbered by money and belongings, and free to experience the raw and unfiltered experiences of nature, this book is heartbreaking and extremely powerful.
How to Travel the World on $50 a Day, by Matt Kepnes
A book intended for budget travelers, this one will teach you how to master the art of travel so you can save money and have richer and more fulfilling travel experiences. Matt Kepnes is the travel blogger behind NomadicMatt.com, a travel resource I use regularly.
Eat, Pray, Love, by Elizabeth Gilbert
In her early 30s, Elizabeth Gilbert “had it all,” a great husband, a beautiful home and a successful career. But instead of feeling fulfilled, she was consumed with anxiety. She leaves it all behind and sets off to explore three different aspects of her nature in three different countries.
A Walk in the Woods, by Bill Bryson
After 20 years in Britain, travel writer Bill Bryson returns to the United States. He decides to reacquaint himself by walking the 2,100 miles of the Appalachian Trail, which stretches from Georgia to Maine. He writes about his adventure and the astonishing landscape he sees along the way.
The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway
This is the story of an American expat and a British expat who travel from Paris to Pamplona, Spain to watch the running of the bulls and bullfights. Written by Ernest Hemingway in the 1920s, this is a classic.
The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
This book tells the story of Amir, a young boy from Kabul who experiences tumultuous events, including the fall of Afghanistan’s monarchy, the rise of the Taliban and the mass exodus of refugees to the United States and Pakistan.
World Travel: An Irreverent Guide, by Anthony Bourdain
This beautiful book is Anthony’s guide to some of the most fascinating places in the world. His exceptional life experiences are collected into a fun, educational and practical guide book that takes readers on a journey to some of Anthony’s favorite places.
Travel Books Are a Great Gift for the Holidays
Although 2020 has ruined travel plans for many of us, we can still transport ourselves through the joy of reading great travel books. Grab some copies for yourself or stocking suffers for your family and let’s pretend 2020 didn’t mess up all of our travel plans.