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5 Good Travel Reads

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Whether I'm off on a long haul flight or weeks holiday, I always love to take a good book with me.


Personally, I'm not a big or fast reader, but I like the idea of having a paper book than an e-reader. 

So, whilst travelling around on my adventures, here's a list of my favourite reads.




1. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry - Rachel Joyce

"When Harold Fry nips out one morning to post a letter, leaving his wife hoovering upstairs, he has no idea that he is about to walk from one end of the country to the other. He has no hiking boots or map, let alone a compass, waterproof or mobile phone. All he knows is that he must keep walking. To save someone else's life."

From rectifying past mistakes to helping out old friends, this  book is heartfelt and inspiring as an elderly gentleman takes an adventure throughout the UK. 

2. Into the Wild - Jon Krakauer

"In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself."

Happiness is only real when shared - word's to live by in this iconic novel. I read this just before travelling to Thailand and it made me realise that all travel adventures should be shared with new and old people. 

3. The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared - Jonas Jonasson 

"It all starts on the one-hundredth birthday of Allan Karlsson. Sitting quietly in his room in an old people's home, he is waiting for the party he-never-wanted-anyway to begin. The mayor is going to be there. The press is going to be there. But, as it turns out, Allan is not...Slowly but surely Allan climbs out of his bedroom window, into the flowerbed (in his slippers) and makes his getaway." 

A little similar to the Unlikely Pilgrim of Harrod Fry, the 100 year old I am still to complete this epic novel, but from the first half that I have read - it's pretty awesome. 


 As "Sal Paradise" and "Dean Moriarty," the two roam the country in a quest for self-knowledge and experience. Kerouac's love of America, his compassion for humanity, and his sense of language as jazz combine to make On the Road an inspirational work of lasting importance.

Before deciding that we wanted to travel around America, I read the infamous tail of Sal Paradise and his adventures. Safe to say, booking my cross country adventure 5 weeks later, left me pretty exited! 


"From perfectly formed potatoes to adulterous US presidents, and from domestic upsets to millennial fever, Bill Bryson just cannot resist airing his opinions and standing up for his (mostly) law-abiding fellow American citizens."

We read this book as we travelled around America, which was rather fitting as we noticed how accurate so much for it was to the way of American life.