5 Books That Will Inspire You to Travel

Travel and books are two of my absolute favorite things in the world. I typically need to read a pretty wide variety of  books to prevent me from getting bored or feeling like I’ve read the same plot 5 times before. Travel books and memoirs are one of the genres I really enjoy and try to read a lot of. I’ve read quite a few of these types of books, but these 5 are my a few of my favorite books that I know will inspire you to travel.


Vagabonding: The Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-term World Travel by Rolf Potts


This book is so much more than just an entertaining read. It’s more like a handbook that anyone who wants to travel extensively needs to read. It covers everything from finding ways to finance your travel, determining where to go, and even how to re-assimiate back to ordinary life after your travels are over. Several of my big traveler friends have read this book and have raved about it.

Somebody’s Heart is Burning: A Woman Wanderer in Africa by Tanya Shaffer


This book is truly unique in many ways. One way being that not many people choose Africa as their destination to help “find themselves”. I loved how genuine and real Tanya came off as. She talked about her life and what it was lacking, her relationships back home and relationships she made during her travels. By the end of this book I was doing some serious thinking and had a serious case of wanderlust.

The Beach by Alex Garland


This novel is set at Maya Bay off the coast of the beautiful island of Koh Phi Phi in Southern Thailand. The book’s main character, Richard, wants to take his travels off the beaten path and follows a hand written map from a dying man to seek out the secret and amazing Beach. Richard of course gets more than he bargained for but he also learns a lot of very important things along the way. This book was also made into a movie in 2000 starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

The Lost Girls: Three Friends, Four Continents, One Unconventional Detour Around the World by Jennfier Baggett, Holly Corbett, Amanda Pressner


The Lost Girls is a memoir written by three girls who are nearing their 30’s and decided they were missing something in their lives. After saving up money and deciding to travel the world, the girls set out on their year-long journey to see the world and to find themselves each in their own way. As a 20 something woman who loves to travel I could relate to a lot of what these girls were going through, and really enjoyed hearing their stories.

The Kindness Diaries by Leon Legothetis


This memoir is written by a man who set out to travel the world without a single dime in his pocket. His goal was to see if it was possible to go literally around the entire globe, surviving solely on the kindness of strangers. To put it simply, this book is incredibly inspiring. I won’t tell you to go out and do what he did, but I will say you can learn a lot from some of the things he talks about in this book.


What is the most inspiring book about travel you’ve ever read?


  • I haven’t read any of these, but love the post idea!

    • Thanks Sarah! I have to thank you for recommending Did You Ever Have a Family because it blew me away! doing a full review on it later this coming week 🙂

  • I haven’t read any of these but I have been thinking of writing a similar post myself!


    • Glad to hear it, Sarah! I look forward to reading your post 🙂

  • great ideas! #travel tuesday

  • oooh love this list. i love travel and books as well, and i’m like you with reading a wide variety so i don’t feel like i am reading the same plot. the kindness diaries sounds super interesting!

    • The kindness Diaries is truly unique. It’s a quick read and it’s an amazing story.

  • I agree – great post idea! I really enjoy memoirs too so I’m going to have to bookmark this page for some reading recs. I recently finished reading Cheryl Strayed’s memoir Wild which was really wonderful. It’s about travel (her trip is hiking along the Pacific Crest Trail) and how this solo trip helped her heal emotional scars. If you haven’t read it, I recommend it!

    • I was a big fan of Eat, Pray, Love as well. It has a very similar plot to Wild.

  • I’m getting the itch to travel just reading this post!

  • I’ve been hearing amazing things about The Lost Girls lately! I will have to add it to my reading list 🙂 Not that I need any more motivation or inspiration to travel haha I will pack my bags in a second and jump on a plane!

    • haha, I’m right there with you about not needing motivation to travel! The Lost Girls was great. I know you’ll enjoy it! Make sure to clear out sometime before you start reading it tho, it’s almost 500 pages long (!!!)

  • thanks for this! I’m always looking for great book suggestions, and even better are books that fuel my ever-increasing wanderlust!

    • Glad you enjoyed it, Sara! When I’m not traveling reading a good travel themed book is the next best thing to me 🙂

  • Some of these sound excellent, especially the Kindness Diaries (I’m really interested in his experience now!). I’m definitely adding a couple of these to my list! I’m always looking for new books to read.

    • Great to hear it, Anna! The Kindness Diaries is like no other book I’ve ever read. Not only will it make you want to travel, but it will renew your faith in humanity. thanks for hosting the link-up 🙂