Looking for books that inspire wanderlust? Here, let us help you…
Did you know that even when you’re lounging by the pool on holiday or stuck at home dreaming about your next travel adventure, you can be in two places at once?
Novels allow you to travel through words, to anywhere you choose. They might inspire you to visit somewhere new, or reconnect with a place that you know well, all as a part of a good story. Or it can just be fun to travel along with the characters…
Here are our five top books that inspire wanderlust – be prepared to travel around the world through the art of fiction:
Road to Rouen by Ben Hatch
Are you wavering about what you can and can’t do in the way of travel when you have young ones? Read this book as inspiration for what can be achieved, although it is not all plain sailing! In the company of two small children, the author and his wife set off on a 10,000 mile round trip of France, with humour and tenacity – the two qualities that sustain them all.
Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
EPL – as it is known in shorthand – is one of the famous go-to books that inspire wanderlust. The author sets off on a voyage of self-discovery from Rome (for the food), to India (finding a spiritual god) and on to Bali (the quest to find harmony and balance in her life). This well-known book is extremely readable and wonderfully evocative of each location.
The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick
Arthur Pepper is mourning the loss of his wife and happens to find a charm bracelet belonging to her, of which he knew nothing. Spurred from his listless daily life, he is spurred to find out more about this enigmatic piece of jewellery signified. He is soon touring Britain – with the odd jaunt further afield – as every charm gives up its secret. A truly charming read, highlighting England as a beautiful setting, making it a perfect read if you’re on a break somewhere in the UK!
The Beach by Alex Garland
This is another novel that finds itself amongst the top iconic travel novels ever. Set in Thailand (not far from Ko Phi Phi) it is one community’s search for the perfect place, the Eden where everyone can co-exist. Richard, a rootless traveller rambling around Thailand on his way somewhere else, is given a hand-drawn map and soon finds himself in the community, an idyllic set up at first, but soon the dynamics become fraught.
Us by David Nicholls
Longlisted for the 2014 Man Booker Prize, this book is a delight. One small family, with a wobbly marriage at the heart, set out for a modern day Grand Tour of Europe. With stops along the way for a bit of ruminating and sight seeing – in Amsterdam, Paris, Munich and more, and some family dynamics that will be familiar to many. Well-observed, it is full of humour and poignancy. If you’re debating whether to book a European trip, Us is a must read!
Happy reading everyone!