Can These 21 Travel Books Inspire Your Next Adventure?
Age-old classics and modern classics alike, the Clickstay team have chosen their favourite travel books to inspire your next adventure, or simply whisk you away to another place even if it’s just whilst your head’s in a book. Alternatively, if you're going to these destinations already - make sure the novel is on your packing list! Prepare to be overwhelmed by wanderlust...
1. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
This book reads like poetry. The sensuous descriptions paint a beautiful image of Kerala, despite the dark undercurrents of the caste system and communism which prevail in its 1960s setting.
2. Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer
North America and Alaska
This piecing-together of Christopher McCandless's tragic real-life story may end badly. But until that point, all you'll want to do is pack it all in and head to the American wilderness.
3. P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahem
Our Sian loves Ireland (and Irish men), this was her pick.
4. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
India, Indonesia, and Italy
If you can ignore the female protagonist's rather annoying pining over various lovers, this is an uplifting and inspiring read.
5. The Beach by Alex Garland
Phi Phi Island, Thailand
6. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernières
7. The Island by Victoria Hislop
8. On The Road by Jack Kerouac
This classic piece of beat fiction will make you want to hire a classic car and road trip around the US - stopping mainly in New Orleans for bepop and jazz.
9. Wild by Cheryl Strayed
Pacific Crest Trail, US
10. In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson
Bryson's writing is full of dry comedy, a highly entertaining piece of travel writing.
11. A House in Fez by Suzanna Clarke
12. In Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin
13. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
Las Vegas, North America
14. Tender is the Night by F Scott Fitzgerald
15. The Motorcycle Diaries by Che Guevara
16. The Sun Also Rises by Earnest Hemingway
17. The Great Railway Bazaar by Paul Theorux
India and Asia
This novel will make you want to experience all the epic Asian train journeys like The Orient Express, The Khyber Pass Local,the Delhi Mail from Jaipur, the Golden Arrow of Kuala, the Trans-Siberian Express... The ultimate travel book for backpackers on an Asian adventure.
18. My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell
19. Sea and Sardinia by D.H. Lawrence
20. Lost in Translation by Nicole Mones
21. Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
This was Felicity's pick - her love affair with Japan started with Studio Ghibli films and this book has had the same effect with its quirky charm and magic realism. If any of these books have got you itching for an adventure, or simply for time away (so you can finally read a book!), then take a look out our villas worldwide...