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What is your favourite travel book?

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Macca
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Hi Gappers,
I’m writing an article on the ‘top 25 travel books’ and I would love to know what yours are.
I have so many favourites but I would have to say that my number one travel book is Jack Kerouac’s – ‘On the Road’. A classic I know.
It captures the essence of travelling – the complete lack of regard to personal responsibility and safety, to just go with the moment into the great unknown, all in the name of discovery.
When it comes down to it there are so many books to choose from. Jules Verne, Jon Krakauer, HG Wells. A good author will be able to paint a picture and capture the moment forever. You must be able to pick up the book and be transported to another time, to another place.
If you have a book that does that for you then let me know all about it!
Happy reading…
Macca


Denton32
Moderator

“The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho
At the time I read Bill Bryson’s “Down Under”, I was travelling Australia and about two months in to my trip. I loved the book, probably mostly because I was there and could relate to things he was talking about. It was kinda nice to learn stuff about the country I was in through the book too. Although I have since read 2 other Bill Bryson books and I didn’t like either of them, so I am not sure if I only liked it because it was about Oz and I was IN Oz!
Another Australia-y one is “Baggage” by Emily Barr. Not so much about travelling, but it is about a UK girl living in Australia.
Does it have to be about travelling!? Or just a good read, whilst travelling!?
If not, I loved “The Kite Runner” and “A Thousand Splendid Suns” by Khaled Hosseini
I also liked “The Time Traveller’s Wife” by Audrey Niffenegger, but not sure if that can be classed as travel! Ha ha.

I would love to read some more travelling/backpacking/inspiring books though, so I’m looking forward to hearing other recommended books!


Fingfang
Participant

LOVE the Kite Runner and LOVE The Time Travellers Wife – two of my faves!
Also really enjoyed Memoirs of a Geisha and The Beach (probably the only travel book in my list lol). Oh, and the Twilight series (TEAM EDWARD!).
My favourite travel books are not novels – they would be books like LP 1000 Ultimate Experiences and Rough Guides Make the Most of Your Time on Earth. Thats because theses are the ones that really inspire me to go travelling. I find myself reading about all the exciting things to do, and wanting to do them all!


James1985
Moderator

Shantaram!
i hated the alchemist.
And i tipexed on my sisters Team Edward jumper for it to say Team JEdward! haha


Sean_h
Participant

I also loved the beach as well, read a similar type of book called the backpacker which was really dull and disappointing.
Not really a travel book but I have read Fearing and Loathing in Las Vagas by Hunter S Thompson more times than I can remember. Brought it with me and can read it over and over again, great for long train journeys


kristiangodfrey
Participant

I have read so many travel books that I’ve enjoyed that I would find it really hard to mention one! I wrote a list of my favourites on my blog if that helps:
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kristiangodfrey
Participant

[quote-0]I also loved the beach as well, read a similar type of book called the backpacker which was really dull and disappointing.
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I thought the backpacker was actually quite good, but then again I read it as non-fiction (apparently its a true story!). But if you’d approached it as fiction, then granted it would seem a bit lame.


Denton32
Moderator

I’m pretty sure the Backpacker is written by the same girl (Emily Barr?) who wrote Baggage. If it’s the book I’m thinking of anyway!
Is the Backpacker about travels in SE Asia?!


Sean_h
Participant

Its by John Harris, I can see your point about it being non fiction, I enjoyed the beginning in Thailand but as it went on got less and less interested in the story.


m.garratt
Moderator

I enjoyed Peter Moore’s ‘The Wrong Way Home’ as it’s not trying to be too intelligent or too outlandish, just fun and enjoyable.
Another great read is ‘Are You Experienced’ by William Sutcliffe. A rather infantile but very amusing look at a gapyear students trip to India. Particularly good for anyone who has been to India (or better still is just getting over the culture shock of India) but amusing for anyone.

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