I’m a bit of a bookworm, and I find it’s essential to have a good book to read whilst waiting in the airport lounge, on that long bus journey, or even whilst at home and between trips. Below I’ve listed a few of my favourite travel-related books, and hope to keep this updated as I read more! Please let me know your favourites, I’m always on the lookout for a good, new read!
The Beach by Alex Garland
Although most people know The Beach as the Leonardo DiCaprio film, the book is definitely worth a read, even if you know the film well. Set on the stunning Thailand islands, it differs from the film and is still one of my favourites!
The Backpacker by John Harris
Supposedly a “true” version of events, likened to The Beach, it sure is fast paced and adventurous! Set in various places, such as India, Thailand and Indonesia, it follows the journey of two guys and the sticky situations they find themselves in.
Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer
This true story follows the young man Christopher McCandless who sets out along into the Alaskan wildness to tragic consequences. Written by outdoor writer and mountaineer Jon Krakauer, who draws on his own experiences to try and make sense of Chris’ choice.
Lost in the Jungle by Yossi Ghinsberg
Another true story which follows four travellers meeting in Bolivia and journeying through the Amazon. It’s not really a spoiler to say they get lost, as the title suggests!
Into the Amazon by John Harrison
A true story of a man and his wife canoeing down the Amazon river in a remote part of Brazil.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
A spiritual fable which I think is worth a read to get a new perspective on life and journeys.
Sahara by Michael Palin
I really enjoyed this book, more than I thought I would. I like the way Michael Palin writes, with a comedic touch and with an easy-going charm.
Rowing After The White Whale by James Adair
A true tale of two men and their plan to row across the Indian Ocean by hand. Despite having little interest in rowing itself, I found this book really interesting.
Marching Powder by Rusty Young
My most recent read, a truly fascinating true story about a British man who gets caught drug trafficking and put away in Bolivia’s most infamous prison. I found Rusty’s story truly astonishing and could not put this book down!
Ladyboys by Pornchai Sereemongkonpol and Susan Aldous
A brutally honest account of Thailand’s ladyboys and a real eye opener. I would recommend this to anyone wanting to look beyond the ladyboy shows and the tourist fun and games and to appreciate and understand how much more there is behind the scenes.
The Gringo Trail: A Darkly Comic Road-Trip Through South America by Mark Mann
A book that examines the less glamorous aspects to backpacking and road tripping with a hard hitting storyline. Not my favourite travel book and not the most compelling, but interesting nonetheless.
Into Thin Air by Jon Krakuer
An account of the author’s perilous attempt to summit Mount Everest, a story which is at time heartbreaking and cruel yet at the same time sort of inspiring and against my better judgment I did have fleeting desires to try and climb the highest mountain in the world myself!
Mission Mongolia by David Treanor
An unlikely story of two middle aged men driving from the U.K. to Outer Mongolia and all in the name of charity. It’s impossible not to root for these two and I thoroughly enjoyed learning about the up and downs of their unique adventure!
The Last Englishman: A 2640 Mile Hiking Adventure on the Pacific Crest Trail by Keith Foskett
This book was brilliant – I couldn’t put it down! Following Fozzie on his epic hike along the Pacific Crest Trail in the USA, from the Mexican border to Canada! It says a lot for this book that despite the fact that I’m super lazy, and knowing how much effort goes into planning a trip of this size, plus the very low percentage of people who actually complete this thru-hike, that I am still inspired to attempt this myself someday! I really interesting read, well written and just the right amount of humour, adventure and peril to keep the reader hooked.