Did you know that JK Rowling came up with the plot of Harry Potter on a train journey from Manchester to London King’s Cross in 1990? And she’s not alone. Several prolific writers quote travel as a fantastic source of inspiration for their creations. Take a look at some of these page-turners that are definitely going to keep you hooked and excited to take your next big trip!
Holy Cow! An Indian Adventure by Sarah MacDonald
After backpacking through India, and fiercely hating her experience, Sarah was resolute in her decision to never return. Until a beggar near the airport reads her palm, and prophesies her return to India, and predicts that she’ll stay - for love.
In A Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson
Discover the wonder of central Australia with its hot and dry weather, the happy residents, and the most lethal wildlife that can kill you in horrific ways. Pair that will Bryson’s wit, sense of wonder, and adoration for the country, and you have yourself an unputdownable book!
Eat Pray Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything by Elizabeth Gilbert
Divorced, depressed, with a diminished sense of self-worth, Elizabeth Gilbert is a woman that’s defeated - until she wakes up one night on the cold floor of her bathroom and decides that her soul shall be reborn. Follow her journey to Italy, India, and Indonesia as she searches for the sense of fulfillment that she’s certain the universe will bring her.
Vagabonding by Rolf Potts
Veteran travel writer Rolf Potts gives you the most sensible and comprehensive guide to setting off on a journey, keeping in mind the destination, adjusting to life on the road, volunteering and working abroad, and coming back to the routine life. All in a day’s work. Figuratively, of course.
The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain
Mark Twain’s classic cruise tale aboard the vessel ‘Quaker CIty’ that’s moving through Europe to the Holy Land with a group of religious pilgrims is funny at first and slowly progresses to bitter, as he comments on aspects of the culture he finds around him. He also comments on the way travellers behave when on a trip and can be relevant to some people we see, even today!
How To Travel The World On $50 A Day by Matthew Kepnes
A travel expert who started off as a blogger, Matt Kepnes (aka Nomadic Matt) has designed the book keeping in mind the wanderlust of a 20-something who can travel the world without breaking the bank or compromising on certain luxuries, as long as you travel and live like the locals of the region.
1,000 Places To See Before You Die by Patricia Schultz
One of the best-selling travel books of all time, this book also caters for those of us who can be called ‘armchair travellers’, and pride ourselves on knowing about the world in the comfort of our homes. With stunning images and appealing descriptions, this one is a prize for your bookshelf!
Wild: A Journey From Lost To Found
The story of a woman who lost everything, from her mother to her marriage, and took an impulse decision to hike thousands of miles off the Pacific Crest Trail in the USA from Oregon, Washington, and California - all alone and without prior training, in a journey she sought to heal her soul.
Which one is your favourite travel inspiration?