Travel Book Favorites

Aside from pouring over travel magazines and maps for most of my life, books and movies have ultimately inspired my travels near and far. Having just read a couple of new gems, I thought it was a good time to round up some travel literature classics along with recent faves.

Recently I snatched up the new books “To Shake the Sleeping Self” by Jedidiah Jenkins, and the most recent “The Best American Travel Writing” by multiple writers, but edited by “Wild” author Cheryl Strayed. It made me think of my love of writing & fiction books (I was a literature major, some things never change) and which ones had inspired me to travel over the years. So I humbly offer a round up below of ones that inspired me to explore places, but as books can be a personal thing, I would love to hear from you if you have more suggestions!

You can find an extensive list on Good Reads as well

  1. On the road – by Jack Kerouac
  2. Shantaram – by Gregory David Roberts
  3. As I walked out one midsummer morning – by Laurie Lee
  4. In a sunburned country – Bill Bryson
  5.  Blood River: A Journey to Africa’s Broken Heart  – Tim Butcher
  6. Eat, Pray, Love  – Elizabeth Gilbert
  7.  Travels with Charley: In Search of America – by John Steinbeck
  8. A Year in Provence – Peter Mayle
  9. A Moveable Feast – Ernest Hemingway
  10. Seven Years in Tibet – Heinrich Harrer
  11. Under the Tuscan Sun – Frances Mayes
  12. Out of Africa – Isak Dinesen
  13. Life on the Mississippi – Mark Twain
  14. The Motorcycle Diaries – Ernesto Che Guevara

And so many more – will add more to this list shortly!

Author: Carrie Mitchell

Carrie A. Mitchell is the founder of L’Aventure Travel, the host of the Suitcase Sojourn Podcast, and author of the children’s travel book “To Be We”. Carrie is a global travel and hospitality expert who works with publications, brands and entertainment outlets on a number of travel related projects, from marketing consulting to editorial coverage to hosting & producing content for the web, TV and podcasts. She is always seeking to learn from people and places around the world, and share through her cultural exploration (40+ countries and counting)