To travel without a book would be a tragedy.
The first book that I can remember my sister giving me was On The Road by Jack Kerouac. I fell in love. These characters. The journey. The way Kerouac writes with no fucks to give for the guidelines of society nor the guidelines for whatever English class I was probably in at the time. I was hooked.
Books have always been a main source of inspiration and companionship for me. While I’m traveling, I always have at least one book on me. Here’s a list of my favorite books (as well as a few favorites of others) about travel as well as one’s that just make great travel companions.
- One The Road by Jack Kerouac
- The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
- Rum Diaries by Hunter S. Thompson
- Alaska Days With John Muir by Samuel Hall Young
- Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac
- Motorcycle Diaries by Ernesto “Che” Guavara
- A Voyage For Madmen by Peter Nichols
- Chasing Chaos: My Decade In and Out of Humanitarian Aid by Jessica Alexander
Books that make great travel companions:
- Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
- American Earth: Environmental Writing Since Thoreau Edited by Bill McKibben
- Bones That Float, A Story of Adopting Cambodia by Keri Grady Grossman
- Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams
- The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
- Contact by Karl Sagan
- Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
- The Perk’s of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
- The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
- Man’s Search For Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
- Cats Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
- The Giver by Lois Lowry
- Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
There’s probably inspiration for everyone in there.
Got a favorite book you’ve read while traveling? Tell me about it in the comments below.