Books that will take you places

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Writers around the world have been inspired by travel. And if you read their work, you’ll understand why. These top wanderlust books are perfect for killing time in transit or island time in hammocks.


The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo

The Universe

This international best seller is all about chasing your dreams. The book follows Santiago, a shepherd boy on his search for treasure. However, on his travels, he discovers himself instead. Perfect for holiday reading because you’ll have the time to soak up every life lesson along the way. If you feel like hearing from a spiritual guru, Coehlo’s book is for you. 

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer


Inspired by Christopher McCandle’s discovery of freedom and self, this stunning book follows Christopher’s journey from university graduate to free soul, giving up his worldly possessions to live a nomadic, self-sustaining existence in the Alaskan wilderness. A moving tale capturing the beauty and wonder of isolation. And of this crazy thing called life.

Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell


Orwell’s autobiographical novel tells of his experiences during the Spanish Civil War. His writing is both honest and prolific as he recalls life in the trenches. Orwell is said to be one of the only English writers to cover this turbulent time in Barcelona, making this novel truly unique. Be transported back to Barcelona in the 1930’s.

On the Road by Jack Kerouac


Fuelled by sex, drugs and mischief, this is often cited as the ultimate American road trip book. Written as a diary and inspired by Kerouac’s own experiences, the book follows the journey of two friends as they hitchhike across America. They go where the wind takes them and get their very own taste of freedom.

The Beach by Alex Garland


Before doe-eyed Leo DiCaprio became the face of The Beach, there was the book. And a cult classic at that. The novel follows a young backpacker on his quest to find a legendary, untouched beach in Thailand. Instead, he is met by a community of international backpackers who turn his world upside down. Get swept up in Garland’s fascinating web of secrets and lies.

Paris Was Ours by Penelope Rowlands


Something a little bit lighter about (you guessed it) the City of Light, Paris. A collection of 32 intimate essays where each author recalls their time living in Paris. Some writers you may have heard of like Diane Johnson or Edmund White. Others are local bloggers you’ll be introduced to for the first time. They’re mostly young, liberal and came to Paris for an ‘experience’- from learning French to mastering the cuisine to simply landing a job. Any job. Regardless, they all have a life changing story to tell. No matter where you are, crack open one of these essays and fall in love with Paris.

The right book can be the ultimate travel companion. Invest in the right one and enjoy the ride.