Books are magical in the sense that they take you to places you’ve never been to before with no need to book a flight. They take you to different worlds and realms that are beyond the wildest imaginations. Reading books feels like you are stepping inside a parallel universe even if you don’t have any teleportation skills.
This is why books are also the ultimate best friend of all certified and proud jet setters out there. Below are 10 books that every passionate traveller will love and will surely fuel their wanderlust:
1. A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush
This book tells the classic tale of a travel adventure of Hugh Carless and Eric Newby, two inexperienced young Englishmen who embarked on a journey in the 1950s through Afghanistan to Nuristan Mountains.
2. Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders
This next book compiles 470 pages of the most obscure places of the world that appeal to the most passionate travellers and armchair adventurers alike. Every page is filled with oddities and wonders as it reveals the strangest things and places in the world.
3. A Year in Provence
This book is a must-read, especially if you have always dreamed of moving to the South of France. Not a lot of guidebooks can offer a deeper insight into the area than this memoir of Peter Mayle during his first year in Provence where he moved to a 200-year-old farmhouse.
4. Destinations of a Lifetime: 225 of the World’s Most Amazing Places (National Geographic)
Are you looking for some inspiration for your upcoming holiday? Then, make sure to get a copy of this book that will take you on a photographic tour of the most spectacular destinations in the world.
5. Down Under: In a Sunburned Country
The renowned travel author Bill Bryson tackles Australia in this book where he chronicles his trip from east to west Australia passing through coastal cities, forgotten forests, and tiny towns.
6. In Patagonia
If you will be embarking on a journey to South America’s southern tip, this book by Bruce Chatwin is a must-read where he charts his 6-month journey across the mysterious and remote island.
7. The Great Railway Bazaar: By Train Through Asia
This modern travel classic chronicles the journey of the author, Paul Theroux, from London to Europe, India, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia on board popular trains like the Trans-Siberian Express, the Mandalay Express, the Frontier Mail, and the Orient Express.
8. Travels with Charley in Search of America
This book is where the author John Steinbeck recalls his US road trip in 1960 together with Charley, his French Poodle. Traveling through 40 states, the duo traversed deserts and woods, highways and dirt tracks to remote wilderness and cities on a journey of discovery.
It doesn’t matter if you are planning to spend several months on the road or embark on a once-in-a-lifetime vacation, this inspirational handbook offers helpful information for people who are trying long-term travel for the first time.
10. Where To Go When
This wonderfully illustrated book can come in handy if you are wondering where to book your next holiday. Dubbed as the ultimate trip planner, this provides 30 recommended experiences and destinations for every month of the year from wildlife-watching expeditions to adventurous road trips, tropical beach holidays, to city breaks.