Best Book Recommendation

Travel Inspirational Books

I’m not much into this genre. Even though I’m a traveler and trekker, I prefer my own experience. But many of my friends wanted to read a lot of travel books, before actually stating the travel. However, I have changed from being a planner to enjoying the element of surprise by travelling without much planning and moving with the flow.  

When I wanted to escape, I would pick a book and let the words transport me to exotic lands to have a great adventure. 

Since many of you have asked me to suggest some travel motivational books, I have put up this list. 

Note: My knowledge in this category is very limited. I have read few books and here is the list of books l liked. 

1) Vagabonding – An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel by Rolf Potts 


Rolf Potts has several years of travelling experience. He has spent more than a decade travelling around the world. I suggest this book to all amateur travel planners and for those who are new to long term travel. This book contains valuable insights, interesting quotes and lot of practical information from saving to planning to life on the road. 

2) The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho  


This was my first English novel I ever read. When I started reading, I didn’t have confidence and vocabulary knowledge. I struggled to complete it first time, but totally loved reading every minute of it when I revisited several years later. 

It’s a journey of a young shepherd who follows his dream. He moves from one country to another in order to achieve his goal and fulfill his dream. His journey contains a series of adventure and ultimately leads to resolution. It’s about willing to risk comfort, routine, security and existing situation to fulfill your dreams.  If travelling is your dream give this book a try. The fantasy full episode to blend in with nature is absolutely soulful. Maybe it inspires you to travel like old time in authentic mode. It’s a soulful journey.  

3) Life of Pi by Yann Martel  

life of pi

I know movie is quite popular and you may tell, you don’t feel like reading book once you watch movie. Don’t ignore or side track the book, this book highlights more inner feelings. It’s worth a read, survival in an unwilling travel journey of life. 

It’s a story of a young Indian boy by name “Pi” whose family owns a zoo and plans to relocate. While relocating, in a tragic shipwrek he becomes stranded in a boat with Royal Bengal Tiger and few other animals in the middle of ocean. We see how he struggles to survive each day. In the time there, he survives 200 days. With lot of time with him, he thinks about religion, family, spirituality, survival, fiction vs reality. Even though it’s his unwilling travel he learns a lot in this journey. This book will question your thoughts and make you feel grateful for your current situation. 

Many people may think it’s not a motivator, but to me it was. Give it a try reading it, it made me feel grateful throughout my next several travels. 

4) Unlikely Destinations – The lonely Planet Story by Tony and Maureen Wheeler 


This book was written by the founders of Lonely planet. It gives more details about the start and rise of company whose guidebook became very popular. Their story follows from England in 1970 till early 21st century. You will know their business struggles and hear some travel tales. Book did suffer from lack of detail especially with travel writing section only containing list of places. It was drag at some places yet it’s good to know how travel guidebook changed the aspect of how we travel.   

5) Seven Years in Tibet by Heinrich Harrer 


Most of you would have seen this movie like me Just because of Brad Pitt. It’s an auto biography of an Austrian Mountaineer who attempted to climb the great Nanga Parbat along with British India. It’s about how he escaped a British interment during the second world war 2. It’s his real-life experience of his stay in Tibet. It’s about his journey around the Tibet and how he befriends Dalai Lama. There, Heinrich’s life changes forever as he becomes a close confidant to the Dalai Lama.  

It’s a wonderful read, I read this thinking it’s a travel motivator but I feel it’s not a travel memoir and its placed in this category vastly. Who am I to Judge, you read and decide for yourself.  

To be Read – queue list – Suggested by many 

I haven’t read the below listed books. But these are some common suggestions I got from both travel enthusiasts and book readers. It’s in my- to be read queue list. You can give it a try and leave reviews or comments on how it is. 

1) 1000 places to see before you die by Patricia Schultz 


This book captures the beauty, diversity and cultural vibrancy of several places around the world. I have heard viewers are exposed to the geography, history and people that make each place unique and gain new appreciation for the world’s vast differences. One of my friend even explained me how this book inspired him to add Ghana and Uganda (Tracking mountain gorilla) in his travel bucket list.  

2) Eat pray and love by Elizabeth Gilbert  

Eat, Pray, Love

 Many would have seen this movie starring Julia Roberts. I haven’t watched the movie yet. It’s a journey of an women across the world in an attempt to rediscover her true self. She travels from US to Italy and to India and move on to Bali, Indonesia to find her life balance. Give it a try by reading it 

3) How to Travel the World on $50 a Day by Matt Kepnes 


This book is written by famous US Travel blogger. I have heard he has given some useful tips on travelling around the world with less budget. 

So, what would you add to the list of best travel books? Do any of your favorites not in the above list? What books have given you the most travel inspiration? Comment and let us know. 

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