11 Books That will Inspire You To Travel

The following books are from my own collection that I’ve read and I thought I should share them with you. They’re in no particular order so you can form your own opinion. I know there’s many more good travel memoirs out there, I just haven’t got my hands on them yet. It’s my favorite genre to read so if you’ve read a good travel book, tell me in the comments. So here are 11 books that will inspire you to travel!

1.The World At Large – Book 1: Carpe Diem

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This was one of the first travel memoir books I read and it stands to be my favorite. It’s a fun and easy read which recounts the journey of the author (Adam E Mehaffey) throughout parts of Europe and Turkey. There’s joy, sorrow, love, pain, near-death experiences, and experiences nearly worth dying for. It’s the first book of a supposed trilogy. I’ve spoke with the author and he said the 2nd book should be out soon. But get your hands on this one first. If your looking for a good travel memoir, this is the book.




2. The Great Railway Bazaar – By Train Through Asia

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When I first encountered this book, I thought how good can a book be about a guy who all he does is ride around in a train? Well it turned out to be pretty good. The author, Paul Theroux, has got a way with describing people he encounters that will keep you flipping the pages. If you think about it, a guy who travels by train from London all the way to Tokyo and back through Southeast Asia and India, has got to have a good story to tell. It may even make you want to go hop a train yourself.





3. The Sex Lives of Cannibals

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Sometimes when you’re fed up with the fast-paced, ridiculous news stories, and just everyday life in general, you just want to move away to an island in the middle of the Pacific. That’s exactly what the author, J. Maarten Troost, decided to do. And it turned out to be a one hell of a story. The paradise he dreamed of wasn’t exactly what he found on the island of Tarawa. Instead he found a bizarre cast of locals, polluted seas, toxic fish, and deadly bacteria. It’s the first book in a trilogy and is a must read if your heart is set on drifting out to an island in the farthest reaches of the earth. (No I don’t believe the earth is flat, because it’s not).




4. Getting Stoned With Savages 

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Troost once again had had enough of twenty-first-century America and went back to a life of adventure in the islands of Vanuatu. His writing doesn’t skip a beat and will keep you amused throughout the book. You’ll learn what kava is and may or may not make you want to try some. Although I feel if you were there you would have to experience it. I think Troost has solidified himself in todays greatest travel writers, and if you read his books, you’ll find out why.






5. Headhunters On My Doorstep

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The third book in the trilogy. Whether it’s considered a trilogy or not, doesn’t matter. It’s a trilogy to me. This one takes place 10 years after Troost has visited the islands of Kiribati and has developed an alcohol addiction. So he decides to take another trip into the South Pacific to fight off his addiction which proves to be difficult. It’s a little more dry of a read than the last two books but is still pretty good. If you have ever had an addiction to alcohol you may even relate to him in this book.





6. A Fortune-Teller Told Me

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A fortune-teller has never told me anything, but he did say something to Tiziano Terzani. In 1976 a teller told him not to fly in the year 1993. Well he took that advice and out came a book about his experiences throughout southeast Asia and the far east. He will give you a new perspective on the area and will leave you with your own thoughts on whether or not fortune telling is a real thing. It’s not a book meant for “hippies” either. It’s a good read for everyone and to see some new perspective on the world.





7. In A Sunburned Country

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For some reason Bill Bryson has a lot of hype around him and his writings. I don’t really know why because I find his writing to be dry and mind numbing sometimes. Sure, Once in awhile you can get a chuckle from his writing but I just couldn’t finish this book. Maybe it’s just me but there was way too much dry information about Australia. Anyways, he’s basically travelling across Australia, doing things…






8. A Walk in the Woods

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Ok so I gave Ol’ Bill another shot and this one is a little better. He’s hiking the Appalachian Trail with an interesting companion named Katz. Katz is probably the reason I made it as far as I did in the book because he’s the only interesting thing Bill writes about. Ok, so some of the information he gives about the trail is pretty interesting, but that’s probably because I’m into nature and hiking. This will be my last Bill Bryson book. But if your into Bill’s work, he might just inspire you to travel somewhere he did. And if you write about it, please make it enjoyable to read.






9. A Embarrassment of Mangoes – A Caribbean Interlude

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Ever think about setting sail off into the Caribbean? You’ll want to after reading Ann Vanderhoof’s sailing adventure with her husband. This is a nice read with a few recipes thrown in there. I haven’t tried any of them but she makes them sound really good! I felt kind of bummed when they decided to go back home in the end (not really a spoiler alert). I’m still contemplating on buying a sailboat. Anyone want to join?






10. The Geography of Bliss

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I’m not sure this one will inspire you to travel, but you will gain some perspective on what makes people happy and why countries with a high happiness index have a high happiness index. If your lucky you will be able to finish it (wink, wink). Super dry read.







11. 101 Places To Get F*cked Up Before You Die

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The title says it all. If you like to party, this book will tell you all of the best party spots around the world and offer some tips along the way. It’s a light, fun read. You don’t have to read it all at once. It’s more of a book you pick up now and then and read about a few spots. Overall I’ve been to five of the 101 listed places to get F*CKED up! It’s all pretty accurate.







Everything written here is all of my own opinion. If you would like more details on the books or would like to make a purchase, please click the picture or title. If you have any suggestions, comments, or questions for me, please comment below!

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2 thoughts on “11 Books That will Inspire You To Travel

  1. Hello,
    You may find that Henry David Thoreau has two very great books that talk about the wilderness and exploring.. One being Walden, and another book that I enjoyed is called The Maine Woods.. Thoreau was a big conversationist who donated a large portion of money to form what is now called Baxter State Park.. On top of Mount Katahdin there is even a plaque honoring Thoreau. “I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” – Henry David Thoreau, Walden.

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