Part of my job the past few years has been leading book clubs of travel or regional based literature. I thought I would carry some of that over and share it with you in a series of reading lists. I will only include books that I myself have read, but please use the comments section to add your own recommendations! Also check out this great list.
This first list includes books covering world-wide travel – to inspire the wanderlust in all of us.
- Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne – This book was my earliest inspiration to travel. It has also been the inspiration of numerous books, movies, TV shows and games. Challenge accepted, anyone?
- Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert – Cliché, I know, but isn’t the reason most people start travelling to “find themselves”? Or to find love. In any case, it gives three distinctive reasons to travel – food, spirituality, romance. It certainly inspired by ‘I’ travel list. Also, the book is way better than the movie, as always.
- One Year Off by David Eliot Cohen – This is an older, little known book about a family with three children who sell everything and embark on a year long journey around the world. It’s done in that time just before the internet blew up when reservations were still made by fax and phone. It’s a true testament that you can travel no matter how many things you think you have “tying you down” if you really want to.
- It’s Only the Himalayas by S. Bedford – I read this book when I was, how appropriate, trekking in the Himalayas. But don’t let that fool you, the Himalayas is only a small chapter, the book also includes tales of Africa and Southeast Asia. More importantly it’s a tale of how everything probably will go wrong on your travels, but that’s half the fun of it!
And finally, one of my favorite books of all time….
- The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner – The tale of a journalist’s search throughout the world of what makes people happy. It’s an interesting outlook on travel, because ultimately aren’t we all on a journey towards true happiness? Plus he’s very witty and snarky, so it’s an entertaining read. I am currently reading his sequel, The Geography of Genius.
So there you have it folks, the first of what I hope will be a few book lists!
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