The Best Travel Books to Inspire Your Next Trip

The weather is getting a bit cooler, the holiday season is approaching, which means that many of us are putting our adventures on hold. However, what if you still want to ignite your wanderlust, but without actually leaving the comfort of your own home? Travel books are the answer! Honestly, they are the next best thing to actually traveling. And if you’re not of that opinion, then you probably didn’t come across the right ones. That’s why we’ve made a list of soul-stirring books that will spark your imagination and fuel your desire for exploration. So let’s get into the list of best travel books right away, shall we?

“The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho

“The Alchemist” is a story about Join Santiago, a young shepherd. This young man is on a mystical quest for hidden treasure across the deserts of Egypt, finding much more than just jewels and gold. Brimming with profound wisdom and timeless insights, this international bestseller is a testament to the power of following your dreams. But also the transformative journey of self-discovery. Through Santiago’s adventures, Coelho weaves a captivating tale that encourages readers to embrace the unknown and embark on their own personal novel. Further reminding us that every journey is a quest for the soul.

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“Into the Wild” by Jon Krakauer

Venture into the untamed wilderness of Alaska alongside Christopher McCandless. This young man is on a quest for ultimate freedom and adventure in Jon Krakauer’s gripping narrative, “Into the Wild.” Based on a true story, this compelling story delves into McCandless’s solitary journey and his search for connection with nature. Krakauer’s storytelling skillfully captures the magic and dangers of the wilderness. Which also reminds us of the transformative power of the great outdoors. But also the human spirit’s resilience in the face of untamed landscapes.

“The Great Railway Bazaar” by Paul Theroux

Hop aboard Paul Theroux’s epic train journey across Europe and Asia in “The Great Railway Bazaar.” This classic travelogue paints a vivid picture of the diverse cultures, landscapes, and people he encounters along the way. Theroux’s witty observations and keen eye for detail bring to life the charm and eccentricities of train travel. You will feel like you yourself are on a slow travel adventure and exploring the hidden gems of railway landscapes. This delightful travelogue is a must-read for anyone seeking to embrace the joy of the journey and the thrill of discovering new horizons.

“Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail” by Cheryl Strayed

Embark on a soul-stirring journey with Cheryl Strayed as she hikes the challenging Pacific Crest Trail. This brave woman is seeking solace and redemption in the wake of personal tragedy. Strayed’s gripping memoir, “Wild,” is a testament to the transformative power of nature. But also human resilience in the face of adversity. Through her courageous and often humorous accounts, readers are reminded of the healing properties of the great outdoors. But also of the powerful feeling that comes with solo travel and self-discovery. With vivid descriptions of the trail’s rugged beauty and her own emotional turmoil, Strayed’s narrative captures the essence of finding strength in the wilderness and embracing the untamed spirit within.

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“The Beach” by Alex Garland

Dive into the mesmerizing world of a hidden paradise in Thailand with Alex Garland’s thrilling novel, “The Beach,” as a young traveler named Richard stumbles upon an isolated utopia promising an escape from the shackles of modern society. This captivating tale of adventure, discovery, and the dark underbelly of paradise takes readers on an exhilarating journey that explores the allure and consequences of seeking an idyllic sanctuary off the beaten path. “The Beach” serves as a reminder that every hidden paradise has its secrets and challenges, inviting readers to seek their own off-the-grid adventures while being mindful of the impact of their discoveries.

Kanita is a wanderlust-fueled traveler with an inclination for unraveling the mysteries of history, the paranormal, and the bizarre world of medicine. As a true crime buff, Kanita's nights are often spent delving into the depths of chilling mysteries. Yet, it's not just the paranormal that captivates her—her background in medicine fuels a fascination with the weird and wonderful world of medical oddities, from twisted historical practices to the myths and legends that shroud the field. From exploring haunted locales to uncovering the strange and morbid tales of medical history, Kanita is your guide to the unconventional, the unexplained, and the downright eerie.

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