I love talking about travel books. Because part of the tool belt of any traveler is a good book. Additionally, reading travel books helps you learn about the destinations you are visiting. The more you know about a place, the more you can understand a place. I am a voracious reader and have even started a book club on this website to share all the books I read.
A books about following your dreams, this is one of the most-read books in recent history.
The story follows a young shepherd boy from Spain to Egypt as he follows his heart, goes with the flow, and learns love and the meaning of life. The book is filled with wonderful and inspirational quotes. It will move you. The way she describes the scenery, the people, and her experience makes me want to follow in her footsteps. Here is my interview with her from earlier in the year. Inspired by the Moroccan vacations of his childhood, Shah decides to buy a house in Casablanca. He moves his family from England in hopes of breaking out from the monotony of life in London as well as exposing his children to a more carefree childhood.
Shah is an engrossing writer and I was glued to every word. You must go buy this book! The story follows his character, Sal, as he leaves New York City and heads west, riding the rails, making friends, and partying the night away. What I especially love about this story is that through all his travel adventures, he becomes a better, stronger, and more confident person.
I can personally relate to that. Written by the founders of Lonely Planet, this tome chronicles the start and rise of the company whose guidebook is probably in your backpack or on your bookshelf right now. The story follows them from England in the s to the beginning of the 21st century. In between, you hear all their travel tales and learn about their early business struggles. While the book drags in some parts, it is ultimately a fascinating read about the company that helped start the travel guidebook industry and forever changed how we travel.
This book seeks to find out what happened to another South America explorer: Percy Fawcett, who trekked through the Amazon jungle in search of the fabled lost city of Z. The book reminded me of Turn Right at Machu Picchu : modern writer follows fabled explorer through the jungle. I learned a lot about the region and history of the cultures that inhabited the land long before Westerners came stomping about killing people.
I like the movie too, but the book is way better. Now that I am writing about it again, I think I might re-read it soon. Written by the godfather of vagabonding, Rolf Potts, this book is a must-read for those new to long-term travel. Rolf spent 10 years on the road he even walked across Israel , and his book contains valuable insights, interesting quotes, and a lot of practical information.
From saving to planning to life on the road, this is a must for newbies. It delves deeply into the why and philosophy of long-term travel that no other book has come close to doing. His book was re-released and I interviewed him about it. This book chronicles a journey through Australia and takes you from east to west, through tiny little mining towns, forgotten coastal cities, and off-the-beaten-path forests. This is the book that inspired me to go to Australia. The book taught me a lot about Peru, and I am inspired to visit a lot of the sites Adams explored on my trip there next year.
Like him, I fully plan to turn right. Further reading: Check out my interview with Mark from earlier in the year. This book by Heather Poole is about life as a flight attendant.
I, ironically, picked it up at an airport and read it on a plane. You learn crew terms, about training, dealing with pilots, and the day to day life that takes place up in the air. It had some funny stories and gave me a new appreciation for just how hard those flight attendants work and how much crap they have to put up with! I was lucky enough to talk to Heather about her book. This was probably my favorite book of the year.
When her husband gets a job at the Lego offices in Jutland, Helen Russell decides to head to Denmark with him, freelance write, and try to figure out why the Danes are so happy. If you read just one book from this list, make it this one! Ok I know I include this like in every list but my book is awesome so you should read it.
It features detailed pricing and destination information so you can travel better and know what to expect when you visit places around the world. Meant for anyone who wants to save money, the book contains everything I know about travel — and 10 pages of all my favorite companies! Books about travel inspire us to go visit far off lands and imagine us doing incredible things. I hope these travel books inspire you to travel the world and feed your wanderlust. If you have any suggestions that I can add to this best travel books list, leave them in the comments.
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Badlands — Similar to Unlikely Destinations, this book is written by one of the founders of Lonely Planet and speaks about his travels into places that are thought of as being to dangerous for travelers Iraq, North Korea, Afghanistan, Libya, etc … Very interesting tales and provides great perspective. The Heart of Darkness — This classic by Joseph Conrad gives you a different way of looking at the African continent, and the way that it was during colonial times. GREAT succinct reviews that only wet my book palate more.
May I urge you further to read Years of Solitude……. I gave it as a present to my then lover and he actually beat me- read it in a day! Its that meaningful, that sexy, that life-changing, and journey-filled. I found myself ignoring literally everything sophomore year of college, literally locking my door, and not coming out even for classes as I read it TWICE in a row. That is love. I would love to talk to you about it in Thailand, too. If not, just let me know and I will bring it as a gift. You will love The Alchemist, Adrienne!! It inspired me so much. It is a rather short book.
In fact, I would have to say…it was probably THE book that inspired my wanderlust the most. I read it before I spent two months abroad in Latin American and Spain. Funny it was a gift to your then lover; it was actually a former lover who had turned me on to Gabriel Garcia Marquez! Melissa, I dearly hope you get this msg. You have already made my day with what you wrote me about Years of Solitude.
Journeys that somehow are written so erotically that they lie forever like paintings in the mind…naked urgencies, emergencies of love. I would love to meet you!!! Are you by any chance going to Thailand with us in Feb? Hi Adrienne, So wonderful to see your note! I would love to meet you, too! What a joy it is to connect with other seekers who relish the adventure of both the inner and outer journey. Thank you for your note.
Here or abroad. Best, Melissa.
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Thanks for this list! The trip started in Tangiers hence the title , and the journey involved far more than just the intended destination. The author mixes in plenty of history with his travel, comparing his own journey and sights with the previous one. Picture: Instagram Source:Supplied. BURNING Man is the kind of place where you can find yourself lodged in a sea of human-sized teddy bears, or people deep in discussion on polyamory like it is the most normal thing in the world.
Yes there are lots of drugs and the place is rampant with sex, but there is far more to it than that. It is a place free of judgment where you can let your freak flag fly in all its glory, meet others of your kind, and have a chance to relieve yourself of the traps of the grind. Be prepared for dirt in all the wrong places. Upon entering you are handed a booklet that is pages long that depicts all official events, parties and workshops taking place throughout the week there are many more unofficial ones.
Or dance it out at a Taylor Swift Day party?
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If you want to warm up your vocal cords you could to sing it out at a Britney versus Madonna party. If you feel like rolling through the event, go for a ride at the skatepark or better yet get your skates on at the Black Rock City Roller Disco. Want to explore your sexual or sensuality?
Be blindfolded, set your boundaries of what you are comfortable with and then have multiple people touch your body at once. Other pursuits include skydiving, clambering over art installations, dancing it out at the many sound-theme camps to world renowned DJs, and art car hopping until the sun rises. The Playa truly is your oyster.
After waiting in line and writing our deepest and darkest desires on anonymous pieces of paper we were ushered into a huge private tent where we were greeted by a hundred or so naked bodies all nervously and excitedly waiting to have a communal shower.
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Once we were finally in the container we were blasted with peppermint foam soap. Everyone was shrieking with laughter and we all washed each other down. It was a purely liberating and non-sexual experience that made me appreciate how truly beautiful bodies are of all shapes and sizes. As someone who has never been confident revealing all in front of others, afterwards I found myself in no hurry to put my clothes back on. We danced around the tent a little longer before reluctantly redressing and heading out to pursue our next Playa adventure. Be prepared to see naked people and get naked yourself.