Top 10 mind-blowing travel novels

So after our mighty Kindle vs paper book battle (it’s a draw!) we promised we’d share our own favourite travel novels! These novels and memoirs of incredible journeys, spiritual awakenings and outrageous adventures are fantastic wanderlust fuel for when you’re on the road.

1. A Room with a View, E.M. Forster

Could you be transformed by Italy? This passionate romance follows Lucy – a young woman from a repressed Edwardian background – as she explores Florence and falls in love.

2. The Beach, Alex Garland

Lord of the Flies for Generation X, traveller Richard finds a beach in the Gulf of Thailand and its small backpacker community. As you’d expect, there’s trouble in paradise!

3. On the Road, Jack Kerouac

Sal and Dean satisfy their carefree sense of adventure with an epic roadtrip. With a backdrop of jazz, poetry and iconic Beat culture – it’s hard to not get itchy feet.

4. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams

Think travelling is easy when your home planet’s just been demolished? Follow everyman Arthur Dent’s journey to new star systems in this witty science fiction adventure.

5. The Pilgrimage, Paulo Coelho

Brazilian Paulo’s mystical tale is a personal parable of self-discovery. Finding his own path, his quest for spiritual knowledge takes him through Northern Spain on foot.

6. Travels with Charley, John Steinbeck

Accompanied by poodle Charley, 58 year old John searches for the ‘real America’. His true story is a bittersweet potpourri of people and places, plus a few bears along the way.

7. Gulliver’s Travels, Jonathan Swift

A satire of human nature and travel books of the time, Gulliver explores four fantasy nations. In turn he finds himself literally too big, small, wise and ignorant.

8. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Hunter S. Thompson

We don’t recommend the lurid mind-bending shenanigans of Duke and Gonzo, but their ‘Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream’ is sure to stick in your memory.

9. Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert

Enjoy life and linguine in Italy (Eat), find spirituality in India (Pray), fall in (Love) with a Brazillian businessman = Elizabeth’s formula for a year travelling the world.

10. Death on the Nile, Agatha Christie

Love a classic murder mystery? With the exotic setting of a river cruise along the Nile and Hercule Poirot unravelling clues, this makes a fab page turner between stops.

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