- Written by Dan
A Great List of Books to Inspire the Traveller in Everyone
All but one of these books about travelling have been made into films which I think shows just how inspiring they are. So, for some great travel inspiration—or just a great hostel read!—pick any of these books.
Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
This book has become so huge it would be impossible to leave it off the list. The section on eating in Italy is trip-worthy in itself; but the description of Bali’s lushness gave us serious wanderlust.
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
This is a tough one. We absolutely loved the book—and although the end is tragic and the protagonist’s philosophy questionable, there is no denying the spirit of adventure in Christopher McCandless as he travelled across the United States.
Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes
Forget the cheesy movie version; it’s the book that really paints a picture of life in Tuscany. The countryside, the food: it’s all here in this evocatively-written bestseller.
A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle
This is the only book on the list that hasn’t been made into a film, but one of Mayle’s later books, A Good Year, has been. Similar to Under the Tuscan Sun (but published years before), this book will have you living vicariously through it, and dreaming of your own cottage in the south of France.
The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler
This novel is about a man who hates travelling, and writes travel guides for others who hate it too, but have to travel for business. His work trips are spent eating at Burger King in Paris, in pursuit of maintaining normalcy. It’s really interesting to think some people actually feel this way about travel.