Here’s a list of travel inspiration books of destinations to visit whilst on the road. You will have plenty of spare time when travelling with endless hours spent on buses, planes & trains. there’s also hours at airport lounges and long lay-overs to kill. The below stories of travel, bravery, motivation and travel inspiration should get you in the mood.

Travel inspiration books

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

The Beach tells the story of an American travelling in Thailand Southeast Asia. After obtaining a hand drawn map of a lost island in Bangkok he embarks on an adventure with 2 friends. They set off on a whim to find the hidden paradise. It’s a fast-paced 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. The film portrays travel of this era and 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. The 500 mile pilgrimage from France to Northern Spain takes 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. He goes 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. Made into a movie and directed by Sean Penn and filmed on location in America.

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. His writing style and insights on life in the UK will bring with it laugh-out-loud moments.

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. The journey passes through California, Oregon, and Washington along with her monster backpack and supplies. A true story of escaping into the wilderness to get over her troubled past with a self help alternative therapy.

Midnight Express is the true story of American Billy Hayes travelling to Turkey’s Istanbul and smuggling marijuana to the States. Sentenced to 30 years the book portrays life in a Turkish prison and the reality’s within. A fantastic read for your travels.

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travel inspiration assortment of novels

travel inspiration assortment of novels

Happy travels on your Global Gallivants!

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