In one week I am leaving for a month long trip to the UK and it got me thinking... "What books will I be bringing with me?". My thoughts transformed into an idea for a blog post and new video. Here, I will leave my favorite books that inspire me to travel and tips for bringing some literature along on your trips!
Here are some books that will spark that feeling of wanderlust:
On the Road by Jack Kerouac - The classic example of a travel book (and for a good reason). This book is set in the jazz era where two best friends embark on an adventure across the country in a whirlwind of experiences. It will spark a need for a road trip!
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho - I have mentioned this book several times on my booktube channel and it is nothing short of amazing. This is about a young boy named Santiago who goes on a quest across the Egyptian desert in search of treasure! The story is lush and provocative in a very relatable way that will leave you feeling like you look at the world with a new pair of eyes.
A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway - This is the perfect summer vacation read. Imagine Paris in the summer, surrounded by famous writers and artists. It is what inspired the Woody Allen film Midnight in Paris and is a spectacular read. Hemingway depicts the ex-pat life in Paris during the twenties. His beautiful use of strong, short, declarative sentences leave you in awe (and possibly booking a one-way ticket to Paris).
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry - A classic. Reading this book evokes that childlike sense of wonder, that yearning for exploration, and that beautiful curiosity that we sometimes lose as we grow old. Call it a children's book if you must, but you can't deny that this book sets you wanting to go on an adventure!
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien - This book is my archetype when I think of an adventure story! I truly believe there is a little bit of Bilbo in all of us, and reading this book will make you want to drop everything and take off on the next adventure!
Some more tips on reading while traveling...
Use an e-reader instead of bringing physical books (an obvious tip)
If you don't want to actually be reading, listen to audiobooks instead! Some of my favorites are listed here:
Yes, Please by Amy Poehler & Narrated by herself - it is witty, relatable, and will leave you in a good mood, guaranteed.
The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins - I am currently reading this novel and it is fast paced, riveting, and will make you wish you could read/listen faster than you do.
Harry Potter (series) by J.K. Rowling & Narrated by Jim Dale - I can't quite put my finger on it, but Jim Dale captures the magic of Joanne's stories perfectly. It will leave you in a trance and feeling nostalgic.
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien & Narrated by Rob Inglis - Same as with Jim Dale, Rob Inglis has this uncanny ability to make you feel like you are in the story. His voice transports you to the shire and takes you along a journey with Bilbo and Thorin & Co. You will not be disappointed!
If you don't want people to bother on the plane, train, (or whatever mode of transport you choose) pop in some headphones!
Another tricky one I learned (to avoid best-seller sparked conversations with your neighbor) use a different dust jacket on your book- preferably one with a super-boring title. Or maybe don't use a dust jacket at all!
Even though you want to get through a book on your travels, don't forget to look up, and soak in everything! Traveling should be savored.
So those are a few of the tips that I have learned and a few book recommendations! Hope you enjoy and I hope it has inspired you to go on a new adventure soon! Happy travels, and happy reading!