Are you enamoured with journeying with a travel book on your side? Always waiting to open and read a book? The best of travel books are measured by the number of places and characters they define and bucket lists they inspire. In this blog, we are presenting to you top 5 travel books that you must add to your travel reading list and grab on your next journey.
10 Must Read Travel Books
Below we have listed some of the best travel books to read. These books cover unique journeys, and each one guarantees inspiration. Here are the 10 must read travel books, some recommended reads by acclaimed globetrotters. Begin your preps for some wanderlust.
1) The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Hailed the bestseller, The Alchemist is a story about realising your dreams. Travellers are always on a lookout for something to enhance their sense of adventure, be it archaeological sites or culinary wonders. The Alchemist is an allegorical novel in wherein the protagonist Santiago travels to Egypt in a hope to unleash treasure. For the ones who have strong beliefs about destiny then this book offers exactly what would pique your undivided attention.
When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too – Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
2) Lands of Lost Borders: A Journey on the Silk Road by Kate Harris
The quest to uncover the unknown is what spikes the feeling of wanderlust in many. However, the sense of adventure and unearthing the unknown goes for a spin when most of the places on the planet have millions of explorers. What about the idea of discovering a new place or are we already standing at the end of it? In the book, Kate Harris ponders these questions and puts up her memoir of a year that was spent cycling the Silk Road. Harris flawlessly captivates the feeling of exploration away from the comfort amid the wild.
Every heartbeat is a history of decisions, of certain roads taken and others forsaken until you end up exactly where you are ― Kate Harris
3) The Adventures of Tintin by Hergé
For the travellers who still get pumped by childhood classics, Adventures of TinTin is the perfect pitch-setter. Nothing gets the itch of solving mysteries and adventure than a storyline involving a young reporter and his cute little furry dog, Snowy. Backed by visual-graphics, TinTin comics spark an ultimate sense of exploration not only in children but also adults. “The Adventures of Tintin” by Belgian caricaturist Hergé explores the sites of Egypt, Congo, Tibet, and even the celestial body (the moon). A perfect travel read for all ages. In TinTin, we believe.
If! If! You can get ’round anything with ‘if’ ― Hergé
4) The Great Railway Bazaar by Paul Theroux
The Great Railway Bazaar is a contemporary travel writing. Traversing legendary railway routes – the Orient Express, the Khyber Pass Local – the book is a gripping account of the joys of travelling in trains. Stacked with interesting observations, the book talks about different railway routes, culture, and people — a tale of Theroux’s 120 days treks across various railroads in the Asian continent.
Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travellers don’t know where they’re going – P. Theroux
5) On The Road by Jack Kerouac
The book is an American classic depicting Kerouac’s travels across the country. The narrative is catchy and keeps the reader hooked, as the author details the journey with substantial elements. Told through eyes of the narrator Sal Paradise (Kerouac himself), the books take the reader for a ride across New York, Denver, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. There is something for every aficionado in the book, readers get the taste of jazz, poetry, and even drugs in between the anecdotes shared in different chapters.
Live, travel, adventure, bless, and don’t be sorry – J. Kerouac
6) Paris in Love: A Memoir by Eloisa James
Paris is the most romanticised and dreamt place to live by many travellers and explorers. For such fantasies, Paris in Love offers the perfect premise with its collection of journal entries penned by Eloisa James during her year-long stay in Paris. The book enchants the reader by the depiction of an influential family framed by La Ville De L’amour. In all its technicality, one can tag the book as a memoir, but the writing style with its short phrases is not only different but pretty easy to read. Overall, Paris in Love is a pervasive read for a traveller coming from diverse backgrounds.
I never did learn how to live in the moment, but I did learn that moments could be wasted and the world would continue to spin on its axis – E. James
7) Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
The book tracks the lives of several characters who cross each other paths at different points and place throughout the narrative — bouncing from a coastal town in Italy to Hollywood in 1962 to the present era. The book is brilliant, inventive, and full of surprises. A tale of beautiful yet flawed characters, steering the rocky coasts while clasping to their distant dreams.
His life was two lives now: the life he would have and the life he would forever wonder about – J. Walter
8) Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
A must-read book for every adventurer and traveller. Into the Wild is an enchanting story of the protagonist Christopher Johnson McCandless hailing from a wealthy family. The story covers the journey of McCandless as he hitchhikes to Alaska and wanders into the wilderness and decides to stay there. The character in his lust for nature and freedom leaves behind his worldly possessions, including his family. The story is full of surprising turns and would leave you with an everlasting thought as you finish reading it.
Some people feel like they don’t deserve love. They walk away quietly into empty spaces, trying to close the gaps of the past – Jon Krakauer, Into The Wild
9) The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner
The book covers the journey of writer and National Public Radio correspondent, Eric Weiner as he travels around the globe. Weiner travels to places like Iceland, Bhutan, Moldova, and Qatar to discover their ways of happiness and living life. The book beautifully captures the culture and lifestyle of every country Weiner visits. The writing is witty and gripping, strategically laced with references from renowned philosophers like Russell and Nietzsche. A good book to read for those who are embarking on leisure travels to different countries.
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 – E. Weiner
10) Without Reservations: The Travels of an Independent Woman by Alice Steinbach
The Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Alice Steinbach pens down her search for the answer to define the reality of life. She sends a postcard to herself from every destination she visits to capture the moment and savour it later. The book takes the reader on a captivating journey illustrated through postcards from Steinbach’s excursion.
I suspected, however, that I wasn’t homesick for anything I would find at home when I returned. The longing was for what I wouldn’t find: the past and all the people and places there were lost to me ― Alice Steinbach