5 travel-inspiring books to read

Travel restrictions and social distancing rules brought on by the coronavirus pandemic means you can’t travel right now. But it does give you more time to read up on travel books and plan your next adventure! Travel the world from the comfort of your own home with these 5 travel-inspiring books!

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist

One of my all-time, favourite books.

With more than 65 million copies sold around the world, The Alchemist is a brilliant story about following your dreams.

It tells the fascinating story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd and his journey to the pyramids of Egypt after having a recurring dream of finding a treasure there.

During his adventures, Santiago learns about himself, life, and the universe. The book preaches a very simple, existential philosophy: When you want something, the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.

Epic Hikes of the World by Lonely Planet

Epic Hikes of the World

This has become my primary coffee table book at home. With stories of 50 amazing hiking routes in 30 different countries, plus an additional 150 suggestions, Lonely Planet’s Epic Hikes of the World will inspire a lifetime of adventure on foot.

The book is organised by continent, with each trip brought to life by a first-person account, stunning photos and helpful, illustrated maps.

From one-day hikes, month-long adventures, and mountain expeditions, each epic hike includes trip planning advice on how to get there, where to stay, and what to pack, as well as recommendations for three similar hikes in other regions of the world.

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

Eat, Pray, Love

Millions of women have fallen for Elizabeth Gilbert’s memoir of self-discovery, and there’s a good chance you’ve seen the movie starring Julia Roberts.

Eat, Pray, Love is the story of Elizabeth Gilbert, an American writer who goes through a bitter divorce and a turbulent love affair. Emerging battered and bewildered, Elizabeth realises it is time to pursue her own journey in search of three things she has been missing: pleasure, devotion and balance.

This book is certain to touch anyone who has ever woken up to the unrelenting need for change.

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail is a memoir by American author Cheryl Strayed, describing her 1,100-mile hike on the Pacific Crest Trail in 1995 as a journey of self-discovery.

Four years after a divorce and the death of her mother, Cheryl made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State.

In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson

In a Sunburned Country

In a Sunburned Country follows Bill Bryson’s hilarious journey through the sunbaked deserts and endless coastlines of Australia, a place with the friendliest inhabitants, the hottest, driest weather, and the most remarkable and deadly wildlife to be found on the planet.

The best-selling travel author, draws readers in with fun & interesting facts he has collected during his travels down under, while lightening the statistics with infusions of whimsical humour.