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.


About Travels:

  1. One The Road by Jack Kerouac
  2. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  3. Rum Diaries by Hunter S. Thompson
  4. Alaska Days With John Muir by Samuel Hall Young
  5. Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac
  6. Motorcycle Diaries by Ernesto “Che” Guavara
  7. A Voyage For Madmen by Peter Nichols
  8. Chasing Chaos: My Decade In and Out of Humanitarian Aid by Jessica Alexander

Books that make great travel companions:

  1. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  2. American Earth: Environmental Writing Since Thoreau Edited by Bill McKibben
  3. Bones That Float, A Story of Adopting Cambodia by Keri Grady Grossman
  4. Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  5. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
  6. Contact by Karl Sagan
  7. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  8. The Perk’s of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  9. The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
  10. Man’s Search For Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
  11. Cats Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
  12. The Giver by Lois Lowry
  13. 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.