Few things create a lust for traveling like a good book. The right piece of fiction can leave you inspired to pack a bag and hit the road, creating your own adventure that you hope will rival what you’ve just read. If you’re looking for some travel inspiration of your own, check out these top recommended books for travelers.
On the Road
By Jack Kerouac
Kerouac’s “On the Road” could be considered the official handbook for vagabonds and nomads. It’s a classic piece of literature that will keep you entertained, cover to cover, as you read about postwar counterculture in all of its drug, poetry and jazz-fueled glory.
Into the Wild
By Jon Krakauer
If the thought of getting rid of all your earthly possessions and taking a walkabout with no end in sight has ever crossed your mind, this is the book for you. It’s the real-life tale of Christopher McCandless, who gave away all of his money, burned his identification and wandered off into the Alaskan wilderness where his body was eventually found in an old abandoned bus. Despite the sad ending, the book is actually very moving and guaranteed to make you take account of what’s really important in life.
By Cheryl Strayed
“Wild” is another true story that follows author Cheryl Strayed as she hikes the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert to Washington State. Her story of self-discovery is an inspiration for anyone who has been at rock bottom and is looking for a way to get back up.
A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail
By Bill Bryson
This is the true story of a writer and his attempt to hike the Appalachian Trail in its entirety. It’s downright hilarious at times, as Bryson recounts his story of selecting the appropriate hiking gear and meeting up with his long time and out of shape friend Stephen Katz, who has agreed to hike the AT with him. What follows are reflections on friendship, resolve and good old-fashioned adventure.
By Alex Garland
Let’s get something out of the way up front. The book is better than the movie! Be warned, after reading this you may very well go off in search of your own piece of unfound paradise, and that kind of adventure isn’t always safe.