Inspiring travel books

On the road - Jack Kerouac
On the road - Jack Kerouac

If you are looking for some travel inspiration books, here is a perfect place for that. I will try to write about best travel books I've read. Enjoy the lecture.

On the Road

Wrote by Jack Kerouac. This book is his chronicles about years of travelling through the North America with his friend, Neal Cassady, in a quest for self-knowledge end experience. On the Road combines love to America with Jack' compassion for humanity and it's a classic novel about freedom. It's for sure one big inspirational piece of work, which works on every generation.

Into the Wild - Jon Krakauer
Into the Wild - Jon Krakauer

Into the Wild

You probably connect this title with a movie, but you have to know that there was first a book written by Jon Krakauer in 1996. Into the Wild is a bestseller which has been printed in more that 170 editions and formats and in 14 languages. In many countries, the book is used as a curriculum in high schools and colleges. It's about Chris McCandless who survived for approximately 113 days in the Alaskan wilderness and about following your dreams.

In Patagonia

English travel book was written by Bruce Chatwin, published in 1977. The book's structure can be named as experimental because it's divided into 97 separate sections and some of them are just short as an alone paragraph. Bruce described many his talks with the people that he meets in the work involve discussions of the nomadic life. The New York Times wrote about it "little masterpiece of travel, history, and adventure". 

In Patagonia, Bruce Chatwin
In Patagonia, Bruce Chatwin

Notes from a Small Island

Written by American author Bill Bryson, it's a humorous travel book about Great Britain, published in 1995. Bill wrote that book when he decided to come back to the United States after 20 years of living in the UK and before that he decided to go for the last trip around the Great Britain. During this trip, he uses only public transport (with two exceptions). It's a tale from every corner of the "Small Island", Britain.

A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail

Travel writer Bill Bryson's autobiographical book that describes his attempt to walk the Appalachian Trail with his friend. It is written in a humorous style,  interspersed with more serious discussions of matters relating to the trail's history, and the surrounding sociology, ecology, trees, plants, animals and people. 

Arabian Sands, Wilfred Thesiger
Arabian Sands, Wilfred Thesiger

Down Under

Down Under is a book written by Bill Bryson and it's all about Australia. In USA and Canada, it was published under "In a Sunburned Country" title. Bill Bryson describes his travels by railway and car throughout Australia, his conversations with people in all walks of life about the history, geography, unusual plants and animals of the country, and his wry impressions of the life, culture and amenities (or lack thereof) in each locality.

Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel

The book was released in 2003 by Rolf Potts. It mixes practical advice with philosophical insights about the value of travel.The Boston Globe called it "a valuable contribution to our thinking, not only about travel but about life and work." 

A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush

Released in 1958 by the English travel writer Eric Newby.  It is an autobiographical book about adventures in the Hindu Kush, around the Nuristan mountains of Afghanistan, ostensibly to make the first mountaineering ascent of Mir Samir. It has been described as a comic masterpiece, intensely English, and understated.

Arabian Sands

Wilfred Thesiger's book published in 1959. The book focuses on the author's travels across the Empty Quarter of the Arabian Peninsula between 1945 and 1950. It attempted to capture the lives of the Bedu people and other inhabitants of the Arabian peninsula.

I hope you enjoyed this short list of my favourite travel books. I will try to put here more books if I will find more interesting positions to read.

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