A good book and travelling go hand in hand.
They make the perfect companion for those long coach journeys through the mountains, the ideal partner if you’re a solo traveller and they create the ultimate escapism on a lazy afternoon at the beach.
We’ve devised a list of the perfect books to read in your destination, so whether you’re backpacking around Asia or roaming through Europe, there’s a book for you.
If you’re in Japan, read Lost Japan by Alex Kerr
Alex Kerr is the Winner of Japan’s 1994 Shincho Gakugei Literature Prize, and rightly so. Lost Japan draws on his own personal experiences of living in incredible Japan for over 30 years. Originally written in Japanese, this page-turner takes us on a backstage tour of the real Japan, exploring the Japanese landscape, culture, history and future.
If you’re in New York, read Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton
What once started out as a blog has now become a Number One New York Times Bestseller, Humans of New York captures the real people of this vibrant city. Photographer, Brandon Stanton set out to single handily create a photographic census of New York City. He travelled on foot across the city hoping to capture ordinary New Yorker’s doing the most extraordinary of things. And, the result was magical: portraits, quotes and stories from the real people of New York City.
If you’re in Thailand, read The Beach by Alex Garland
A classic story of a traveller searching for utopia. After landing in Thailand, Richard is given a map, promising an unknown island, a secluded beach and a new way of life. Of course, the adventure isn’t as straightforward as Richard would have hoped; his adventure becomes more frightening than his wildest dreams.
If you’re travelling through Thailand this is one book you need to take with you. Make sure you head to Koh Phi Phi to see where the adaptation was filmed, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio.
If you’re visiting Northeast Africa read Walking the Nile by Levison Wood
It’s no surprise that this book is a Sunday Times Bestseller, Levison’s very real account of his 4,250-mile adventure will leave you inspired and speechless. Walking the Nile is a detailed story of every step, every danger and every challenge that ex-army officer Levison Wood encountered across seven, very different countries. If he overcomes the mental and physical challenges, he’ll walk into history…
If you’re travelling around Australia, read Down Under by Bill Bryson
Although it’s been nearly 16 years since this book was published, it’s still a very real and relevant account of life Down Under. Full of quirky stories and elaborate descriptions of Australia and its lifestyle, it’ll stir up some exciting memories for those who have already been in Australia a while or prepare those who are just about to travel across the Pond.
If you’re in Bali, read Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
This book is the journey of a woman in her thirties, who, after a bitter divorce and a turbulent love affair realises it’s time to pursue her own journey to discover the three things she’s been missing in her life—pleasure, devotion and balance. She travels to Rome, India and Bali to fulfil her journey and soon happiness begins to creep in…
If you’re anywhere in the world read, An Idiot Abroad: The Travel Diaries of Karl Pilkington
No matter where in the world you are, Karl’s account of the Seven Wonders of the World is the perfect, easy read. On a mission to broaden his mind, Karl travels to some of the world’s most incredible sites; to see what all the fuss is about. Whilst this unseasoned traveller would prefer to stay in his beloved country than explore what the world has to offer, his encounters make a hilarious read.
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