I love to read, there’s nothing quite like getting lost in a book for an hour or two to make you forget your troubles. So today I thought I’d share some of my favourites in the travel writing genre…
10. The Backpacker – John Harris, A story of new friendships and debauchery whilst backpacking through Asia, I was not sold on this book initially. However once I embraced the story and overcame my first impressions of these characters I actually enjoyed this read, it won’t be long until you’re laughing along with them and planning a trip to Thailand.
9. Lost In The Jungle – Yossi Ghinsberg, An incredible true story of survival in the toughest of environments. This book follows Yossi and four other backpackers accounts of what its like to be lost deep in the jungle. This story is thrilling yet terrifying and if nothing else will give you some survival tips if you too ever find yourself lost in nature.
8. Love with a chance of drowning -Torre DeRoche, This is the most recent book that I read, and I have to admit I wasn’t sure what to expect. A tale of immersing oneself in love, abandoning plans and ‘going with the flow’. Embrasing adventure and overcoming crippling fears this travelogue follows Torre and Ivan as they sail across the Pacific in a somewhat questionable boat. Are they up to the task?
7. Life of Pi – Yann Martel, This one is a classic although only published in 2001 millions of people have been gripped by this story. Whilst I initially found it difficult to get into this story one the voyage gets going so does the story. Following the shipwreck will Pi survive? This is a thrilling psychological fantasy tale for those of all ages. Although this is one of the few books where I will say I actually enjoyed the film more.
6. The Lonely Hearts Travel Club Series – Katy Colins, This series is exactly as described, Bridget Jones goes backpacking, admittedly this series in not for everyone this is chick lit at its finest. A jilted bride turns to backpacking to heal her wounds, only after embracing the difficulties the road throws at her does the adventure really begin. This series is perfect for anyone looking for a super lighthearted beach read.
5. Wild – Cheryl Strayed, Now a popular movie staring Reese Witherspoon I loved this book even more. What goes through the mind of a young woman who’s uprooted her entire life to walk over a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, Alone. Wild is an excellent story of loss, perseverance, and moving on that will have women across the globe pulling on their hiking shoes in search of inner peace ( just check out Lorelai finding all the answers with a hike in Gilmore Girls – A Year in the life, who’d have thought it).
4. The Unimaginable – Dina Silver, This book had me feeling every emotion under the sun, this book will have you so invested in the characters you’ll feel as though you too are sailing across the Indian Ocean in The Unimaginable. You will laugh, you will cry, and you will feel their fear but most importantly you won’t be able to put this one down.
3. Stranded – Emily Barr, To be honest I love every Emily Barr book I have read it was hard to pick just one, they are all easy reads perfect for a beach book that allow you truly connect with the characters. Stranded follows the story of Esters trip to discover Malaysias exotic coastline, but she didn’t set out to become stranded on an island with little more than what covers her back. The way this gripping book is written will keep you guessing up until the very end. Does she survive You’ll have to go and find out.
2. Loosing Gemma – Katy Gardner, Travel fiction meets murder mystery, this is one of the first travel fiction books I read and I was hooked, I could not put this book down from start to finish. Two young backpackers set out India where they meet some shall we say, rather unfortunate circumstances, resulting in the return of just one. This suspenseful novel uncovers what went so wrong on the trip of a lifetime.
1. Would any list of travel books really be complete without The Beach – Alex Garland. Worshiped by backpackers across the globe this novel follows Richards search to get off the beaten track in Thailand.The momentum this book picks up right from the start and will have you up all night (just one more page… Okay I’m definitely turning the light out after this one). Don’t forget to check out the film too staring Leonardo DiCaprio.
Have you read any of these books? Do you have any book recommendations for me? Leave them down below