Books and Travelling are my favorite things in the world. And travel books are my absolute favorite books genre because those books give you the chance to capture the emotion of the story in addition to the destination. Being able to feel, imagine and see the author’s destination from your seat in your tiny room is what makes the journey unique. Travel books can also inspire you to start your own adventure and explore new places.
So, here are my recommendations which I promise will satisfy your wanderlust:
1- Anna And The French Kiss:
Anna and the french kiss is the debut novel of Stephanie Perkins. It was published in 2010 and followed with with the sequels “Lola and the Boy Next Door” and “Isla and the Happily Ever After”. The book follows Anna who’s looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris–until she meets Étienne St. Clair. who has it all…including a serious girlfriend. But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true.
2- Love And Gelato:
One of my absolute favorite books, written by Jenna Evans Welch. It tells the story of Lina who’s spending the summer in Tuscany, but she isn’t in the mood for Italy’s famous sunshine and fairy-tale landscape. She’s only there because it was her mother’s dying wish that she get to know her father. But then she is given a journal that her mom had kept when she lived in Italy. Suddenly Lina’s uncovering a magical world of secret romances, art, and hidden bakeries. A world that inspires Lina, along with the ever-so-charming Ren, to follow in her mother’s footsteps and unearth a secret that will change her life.
Jen Malone’s novel follows Aubree who’s ready for a relaxing summer in Ohio but her plans changed when she had to take her sister’s job and lead a group of senior citizens on a bus tour through Europe. Aubree doesn’t even make it to the first stop in Amsterdam before their perfect plan unravels, leaving her with no phone, no carefully prepared binder full of helpful facts, and an unexpected guest who she shouldn’t fall for but she can’t help it, especially with the most romantic European cities as the backdrop for their love story.
4- Eat, Pray, Love:
This book is a 2006 memoir by Elizabeth Gilbert who leaves it all after her divorce. We get to follow her journey across Italy, India and Indonesia. Her aim was to visit three places where she could examine one aspect of her own nature set against the backdrop of a culture that has traditionally done that one thing very well.
5- I See London, I See France:
Nineteen-year-old Sydney has the perfect summer mapped out. She’s spending the next four and half weeks traveling through Europe with her childhood best friend, Leela. Their plans include Eiffel-Tower selfies and eating cocco gelato. As Sydney zigzags through Amsterdam, Switzerland, Italy, and France, she must learn when to hold on, when to keep moving, and when to jump into the Riviera.
6- Travels With Charley: In Search of America:
John Steinbeck takes a journey across America whit Charley, his French poodle. Steinbeck discovers the country in the 1960’s. He drives the interstates and the country roads, dines with truckers, encounters bears at Yellowstone and old friends in San Francisco.
7- Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail:
After the devastating loss of her mother and hitting rock bottom, Cheryl Strayed decided to hike the 1,100 mile Pacific Crest Trail that runs through California and Oregon with no experience or training, driven only by blind will. Her story is emotional, heart wrenching and inspiring. The film adaptation was released in December 2014, starring Reese Witherspoon who received an academy award nomination for her performance.
Happy Reading and don’t forget to Let me know If you read any of them or If I missed any must-reads.