A great travel book should inspire the reader to hop on a bus, catch a train or book a flight to experience a location. It could be the author’s vivid account of a memorable trip or a perfect description of an area that has someone wanting to explore the region themselves.
Here are some great travel books that will inspire you to travel this summer season.
The Last House of Ulster: A Family in Belfast by Charles Foran
The Last House of Ulster is an utterly engrossing nonfiction book that accounts a family’s struggle to survive in Belfast. The reader will gain a better perspective about Ireland, as the timeframe of the story is over 20 years. You’ll acquire a great deal of knowledge on the country’s bleak financial state and how families maintain some semblance in life.
Leave Tomorrow by David Bergen
Leave Tomorrow is a wonderful coming-of-age story about a teenage boy who’s planning to move to Paris and hopefully discover what life is all about. His plan was to stay for one year, but the youngster soon finds out that it’s much easier to stay hello to Paris then saying goodbye.
Naked in Dangerous Places by Cash Peters
Naked in Dangerous Places is an autobiographical account of author Cash Peters year-long trip (Kenya, Cambodia, and Dubai) to foreign countries with no money or place to stay. His reaction and thoughts to unfamiliar surroundings and cultures are priceless.
The Dog by Joseph O’Neill
The narrator in The Dog imagines Dubai being a mirage in the desert, as it has taken modern architecture to new heights. He feels Dubai is always in a state of perpetual construction, with the buildings keep getting bigger and bigger every day.
In Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin
In Patagonia is the unofficial bible for travelers to South America, as the book gives the reader a historical insight to the continent. Each narrative is written in the language and voice of the nomadic lifestyle.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
The Alchemist is a great book that follows a young shepherd on a quest to find a lost treasure. Don’t be surprised if reading this book puts you back on the path of chasing your dreams that might have been temporarily put on hold.
Us by David Nicholls
Us is a tale about a family’s inner journey while traveling through Europe. Every reader should gain stamps on their passport, as the description of the scenery seen on the train rides through France, Germany, Spain and Italy is written poetically.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is a hilarious novel that provides guidelines for hitchhiking through the universe. The writing is wonderful and thoroughly explains the absurdity of the world, which parallels the absurdity of your own life. Fear or apprehension should never tame or prevent you from exploring on your next travel excursion.
The Beach by Alex Garland
The Beach is a story about a young backpacker longing for memorable experiences off the beaten track. During a voyage to Thailand, he encounters a man that gives him a map to a beach unseen by the tourists located in the Gulf. The description of his hiking experience through the jungle to the beach is simply breathtaking.
On The Road by Jack Kerouac
On The Road is the quintessential travel book, as Kerouac’s writing has inspired many generations to chase for that one great road trip in their life. The two main characters travel across the United States, either together or sometimes apart, but when their paths crossed it was truly a memorable experience.