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.