Who do not love to travel all around the world? Seeing the nature and its beauty definitely changes your way of thinking. It opens up your mind, makes you feel happy and gives pleasure. However, sometimes it becomes difficult for many people to plan a tour might be due to financial or any other issue.
In this situation, the best thing to do is to read a book that will take you for a tour of the world. There are hundreds of books in this list. However, we have selected the most inspiring ones among those so that you can enjoy reading these travel books.
Furthermore, we have provided a brief introduction and summary about these books that will assist you to choose for the first read. These books will also aids your general knowledge about the geography and history of various places.
Here is the list of the travel books that are most inspiring.
- On the Road: 1957
On the Road is a novel written by an American writer Jack Kerouac published on September 5, 1957. In this book, the writer shared his own experience of travelling with his friend across the United States. The book was originally written in English language.
There are two main characters of the book, Sal Paradise (the narrator) and Dean Moriarty (Sal’s friend). Moreover, the novel has five main parts and the first three parts are about their road trips.
- Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia: 2006
An American author Elizabeth Gilbert writes the book “Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything across Italy, India, and Indonesia” in 2006. In this book, the author describes her journey of life, especially what she discovered and learned during the world trip.
The main character in the book is obviously the author herself. Gilbert was 34 when she got married. She had a settled home and career. However, she was not happy with the matrimonial relationship therefore got divorce. After that, her journey around the world started and she learned to Eat, Pray, and Love during the trip.
- Down Under: 2000
The next travel book in our list is ‘Down Under’. The travel writer ‘Bill Bryson’ wrote the book in 2000. The book got two titles; the British title is ‘Down Under’ while in the United States and Canada the book was published with the title ‘In a Sunburned Country’.
The book is about the author’s journey in Australia where he travels through railways and cars and meet different kinds of peoples. He describes the conversations and point of views of other people and himself about life, history, geography etc.
- Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail: 2016
‘Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail’ is a biography of an American author ‘Cheryl Strayed’. The writer hikes on the 1,100 miles Pacific Crest Trail in 1995. Her purpose of the trip was self-discovery and to come out from the grief she was experiencing.
Along with the travel journey, she also shared her previous life events in the book. Her mother died of lung cancer at the age of 45 and Strayed was 22 at that time. She was then remained in distance from her brothers and sisters. After her divorce, she got involved into drug addiction. Later one, she started her journey of hiking for self-learning.
- Into the Wild: 1996
An American writer and mountaineer ‘Jon Krakauer’ wrote the non-fiction book ‘Into the Wild’ in 1996. The book is an extension of the article ‘Death of an Innocent’ written by Krakauer in 1993 on an American adventurer ‘Chris McCandless’.
The book is an international bestseller and also widely used in school and college curriculum because it reports the concerns regarding the society acceptance, which is the main issue in many regions all around the world. ‘Into the Wild’ has 173 editions and it has been printed in 30 languages.
We have enlisted these five top travel books for you. The summary of these will definitely inspire you to read each of the book. Hence, enjoy your travel journey through reading these books.