The Best Travel Books

A good book can make you empathize with different characters and drag you into the story. We both enjoy reading a lot as we believe it makes us live a thousand lives. When traveling, we read even more. We read on the airplane, on the bus, in a hammock or in bed. It doesn’t matter where you are. The only place you end up is the decor of the story. That is one of the reasons I love reading about travel. These can be fictional and impossible to happen. But mostly travel books are based on a true story. Reading these books makes you realize how enriching travel can be. It takes you around the world, not only literally… 

Little princes - Conor Grennan

Recently read Little Princess and kicked it all the way to the top! What a great inspirational book! I couldn't put it away. Conor is the founder of Next Generation Nepal and I think everyone should read this book. It's about finding yourself in a tough world. Little Princes is about a young man, traveling to Nepal to volunteer with children. Eventually this volunteering changes to: trying to rescue all the lost children of Nepal. Great read!

A Walk in the Woods - Bill Bryson

A funny and easy-to-read story about a personal adventure on the Appalachian Train. A book about planning, canceling, changing and other travel related issues. A walk in the woods is very insightful and inspiring.

Papillon - Henri Charrière

Papillon is a book that draws you in, an autobiography about a prisoner in a penal colony in French Guiana. The book tells the adventurous story of an incredible escape.

One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel García Márquez

This originally spanish book, has a bit of a weird storyline. It’s written in 1967 and describes the lives of seven generations of the Buendia family. It takes place in Macondo, a self founded utopic town in the Colombian jungle. This book is filled with interesting thoughts and mind-broadening ideas.

Into the Wild - Jon Krakauer

The story of Chris McCandless is commonly known. This book also offers an insight into the super tramp culture and lifestyle.

The Motorcycle diaries - Che Guevara

Originally written in spanish, this iconic book tells the story of a young expeditioner. Che Guevara and his friend Alberto travel more than 8000 km through South America with a small motorcycle. A memoir of a real adventure.

Child of the jungle - Sabine Kuegler

This European bestseller tells the story of a young girl who spent her childhood in the jungle of Papua New Guinea. Her family lives with the Fayu tribe, which is untouched by modern times. 

Earth’s Children - Jean M Auel

This series of historic novels is set in ancient times. The author has done some serious research about life in the Paleolithic Europe. These easy-to-read book series is mind-broadening and interesting.


Adrift - Seventy-six days Lost at Sea - Steven Callahan

Although you can probably never really understand the feeling, Adrift is a very enthralling book. The story is about a sailor who goes on a transatlantic sailing trip by his own. Even though he's a great sailor, something goes terribly wrong. One man ends up in a leaking safety vessel, with no way of saving himself. He survives for seventy-six days and lives to tell the story. Great inspirational book!

The Best Travel Books

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The Best Travel Books

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