With travel brings the one thing you will have plenty of during your trip, and that is spare time! With the endless hours spent on buses, planes & trains, and airport lounges and long lay-overs, this is the ideal time to crunch the endless hours and crack open the kindle (or book) and start catching up on all what you’ve been hearing rave reviews about and the must read destination guide or novel. The below list should get you into the mood with stories of travel, bravery, inspirational stories and above else, to get out and see whats on offer around the globe.

Shantaram is an essential read if visiting India, and the book tells the story of Gregory David Roberts, an escaped Australian convict who flees to India in the 1980’s, and settles in Bombay and embarks on careers from a professional forger to slum doctor. Also covering Goa, the book is a true reflection of life in India, be it with slightly conflicting reports of the truth.

The Beach tells the story of an American, who whilst travelling in Bangkok Thailand, obtains a hand drawn map of a lost island in Southeast Asia. He embarks on a journey with 2 French friends to find the hidden paradise. It’s a fast-paced adventure novel that will take you on a journey in the search for lost continents and island communities.

The Lost City Of Z tells the true story of explorer Percival Fawcett and his never ending search for a lost city in the Amazon rain forest. Fawcett never returned from his last expedition in  1925 but this superb book gives an insight into travels of the era. Grann’s research covered never seen before documents and archives, and a film is due for release in April 2017 produced by Brad Pitt and the link is here.

Off The Road is a great read if you are planning on taking on the challenge of the Camino De Santiago, a 500 mile pilgrimage from France to Northern Spain. Taking in the Pyrenees from Pied Du Port through to Santiago, this book will enlighten you on the journey, with insights and adventure throughout. The Film The Way was based on this book, starring Martin Sheen and directed and starring Emilio Estevez.

Into The Wild is the true story of Chris McCandles who as a young man, gave up everything he owned to go on a journey into the Alaskan wilderness on a quest for enlightenment and to live off the land. He paid the ultimate price in this great read, and come highly recommended, and if you enjoyed the book, the film also captures this remarkable story. Directed by Sean Penn.

Notes From A Small Island is Bill Bryson’s take on the UK, and is a funny read of his travels around various destinations in the mother land. Some great situations and tales from one of the great travel writers of our time, with wit and humor, his writings and insights on life in the UK will bring with it laugh-out-loud funny moments and so should be read away from public view.

Wild:Lost and found on the Pacific Crest Trail is the true story of Cheryl Strayed who embarked on the PCT’s 2650 mile trek from Mexico to Canada, passing through California, Oregon, and Washington with her monster backpack and supplies to get over her troubled past. Now a major movie, the book is a great read of escaping into the wilderness to find ones meaning and a self help alternative therapy of all the outdoors has to offer.

Midnight Express is the true story of Billy Hayes, an American travelling to Turkey’s Istanbul and smuggling marijuana back to the States, and was sentenced to 30 years in prison. A fantastic read, if not only to make sure you don’t get into the same situation on your travels. The film is also a must see and portrays life in a Turkish prison.

Please feel free to add any comments/recommendations of travel related books to add to I guess a growing list of good reads.