Books that inspire you to travel

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1. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Im reading Marching powder at the moment by Rusty Young, it's a true story about an english guy who got caught smuggling cocaine out of Bolivia and got sent to prison.

It's totally addictive (don't miss the pun) And it's really reminding me of my travels in South America

Anyone else read or reading something that really makes you want to go somewhere special?


2. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

I read "Silver Linings" by Martin Fletcher after I got back from Northern Ireland, and it made me want to go back again to see the little things I'd missed.

3. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

One of the main reasons that I went to Chile, South America was because I'd read Alive by Pier Paul Read. Coming from the Eastern part of North America (which is quite populated), it was amazing to imagine a place that is so remote that you could get lost for months in the mountains and no one can find you.


4. Posted by nutsinger (Inactive 12 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

I read 'Alive' recently and it most definitely did not make me want to visit Chile! I'll tell you what hit me hard when I was in high school though, and that was James Michener's 'The Drifters'. There was no keeping this boy down on the farm after that.
Another book that had a huge impact on me was 'Caravans' by the same author. But in that case I read it while in Afghanistan, so I can't say it made me want to travel there.
There have been dozens of others. I just read 'Running the Amazon' by Joe Kane. I won't be rushing off to run any Class 6 rapids, or whatever the rating is, but it was a great story.

5. Posted by jessianne (Full Member 54 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

"Brazzaville Beach" - can't remember author, but it was brilliant, made me want to visit Africa even though it's written in the midst of a civil war..........Also 'The God of Small THings' Arundhati Rhoy..I am going to India one day...

6. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Oh man! there's a million and one books I could add to this...

I also just read No1 ladies detective agency- Alexander Mcall Smith made me want to go back to Africa and visit Botswana. Highly recommended.


p.s Don't think it's not cool to post on this thread I'm proud of being a mighty bookworm

7. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Slightly different for me - whilst books have inspired me travel, about the only chance i get to read much these days is when i'm travelling. So anytime i'm in a good book (travel or otherwise), i tend to be happy and inspired because i'm already travelling!

And to be honest, i don't tend to need inspiration to want to go somewhere anyway! Just money and time...

8. Posted by George (Full Member 40 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Two Book

One called "The Road of Dreams" writen by Tass Thacker about her and her husband riding bikes around the world over two or three years

The second is called "Lead By Destiny" by Kinga Freespirit about her and her companion both from Poland trecking around the globe by way of the thumb over a five year time period. This one is about 410 pages and has color pictures to. You have to order this one dirrectly from her, but if you type in "Kinga Chopin Hitchhike" into it will take you right to their website. Well, hope you like the books.

Cheers All,
Alex from Washington State

9. Posted by sanquar (Full Member 63 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

The obsessive Traveller by David Dale.... oh so funny!!!

10. Posted by TwoLegs (Budding Member 14 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Well I can't say that I've read any of those books listed above, well not yet anyhow, think I'll definately look into getting one of them. You see it's only 8 days till I leave on my rtw trip and any books to add to the excitment (not that much could be added!) is definately a worthwhile purchase in my opinion.

Up untill now however, however basic it might seem to you lot, the lonely planet books have definately been the travel inspiration for me! Just reading about the places in those books, in the knowledge that one day in the not too distant future me and my girlfriend are gonna be there experiencing everything first hand, in real life after all the hours of planning and talking about these places!!! Definately dose it for me! Gotta say just writing this is making me just wanna get on the first plane out there. However, i'm affraid the lack of packing at this very moment in time could prove to be a bit of a problem, bugger!!!!