Honestly, there’s nothing like some great books to read and relax with while you’re traveling. Especially a book that inspires some adventures of your own. Reading while traveling helps you to reflect on your own journey by following the journey and inner dialogue of a character. The book you choose really frames your vacation and puts you in the mood to explore the world.
Here’s some of our top picks of titles to consider packing with you on your next big adventure:
Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
This one is short and sweet, an easy way to use your time while sitting on the airplane or relaxing on a beach. It’s a simple read with a very powerful message. Take a journey with Siddhartha as he embarks on an adventure of finding himself and the meaning of life. This philosophical novel isn’t as heavy as it might seem and could give you some perspective as you do your own soul searching.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Journey with Santiago from Spain to Egypt in this quick and enchanting read! This one will put you in the mood for traveling, no matter where you’re going or what you plan on doing. This is a must-read for any traveler, no matter where you’re headed. After reading this book, you’ll be in the mood to do some adventuring and treasure-hunting of your own. After all, when you want something, the universe will conspire to make it happen. Not sure what that means exactly? Read this book and you’ll find out.
On the Road by Jack Kerouac
You’ve at least heard of this book even if you’ve never actually read it before. This is a classic, one of the top books of the 20th century as a matter of fact. If you’re looking for a great adventure novel, 1950s Americana, Jazz music, drugs, sex and the meaning of life – well, you’ve found just the book you’re looking for. Take a wild ride through America with Sal as he re-hashes his life and re-lives some of his important turning points. Then go out and have a wild adventure for yourself!
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
This is a staple among avid travelers and adventurers. Warning: you will be inspired to journey across America and do your fair share of roughing it on your travels after reading this. Read about the life of Chris McCandless, an Emory University graduate who is inspired to travel after reading Jack London novels. The book outlines his trek across the country to Alaska, where he settles in the wilderness to live off the land. If you’re into an exciting and interesting adventure story that is 100% true, this is the book for you. In that vein, you might want to pick up some Jack London classics while you’re at it!
Walden by Henry David Thoreau
Want to reflect on life a bit, and what happens when you take a step back to examine the world around you? Find a nice spot to sit back and relax with this classic. Let the beautiful writing and messages fill you and help you to reflect on where you are in life at that moment. It’s a long one, yes, but isn’t an adventure all about challenging yourself to do new things? As you read through, you’ll find yourself reflecting on your life and travels in a similar manner as Thoreau does at Walden Pond. If Walden is a little much for you, try reading Thoreau’s poetry instead!
This isn’t even the tip of the iceberg when it comes to good books to read while traveling – there are so many out there to inspire plenty of experiences and even more adventures! Pick a book, bring it with you, read through it and take the messages inside each one with you. Reflect on your travels and your life for a moment as you read through and let these books inspire your next adventure. Then hop onto TripValet’s travel portal and see all of the huge discounts you’ll score by booking your next vacation with us. See all the details and try it out for FREE for seven days by clicking here.