With World Book Day on the horizon, we couldn’t resist sharing some of our favourite page turners, all of which are guaranteed to transport you to far away lands and leave you desperate to discover more of the world.
We may not be able to travel in person just yet, but that doesn’t mean you can’t live vicariously through a character in a book and dream of your own future adventures. So, grab a tasty drink, get comfortable in your favourite reading spot and let everyone know you're fully booked for the foreseeable.
You buy one and get two free with this memoir. Not only do you get to read all about the author’s culinary expedition through Italy (eat), but you also get a front row seat to her journey across India in search of spirituality (pray) and her time in Indonesia in search of romance (love).
Expect to read all about mouth-wateringly authentic food, stunning natural scenery and the role travel played in her recovery following a difficult divorce as you take a rollercoaster of a ride through the pages of this book. There’s also a film adaptation featuring Julia Roberts if you want to engage in the true story further.
The Alchemist will change the way you see the world. It tells the tale of Santiago, a young shepherd living in the hills of Andalucia that yearns to search the Egyption pyramids in search of treasure. One day, his dream comes true, but on his quest for gold, he learns some things about himself that are more valuable than material goods. The moral of the story is to follow your dreams and no matter how many obstacles come in your way, you should never give up.
This wholesome story follows four teenage friends as they navigate their school holidays apart for the first time since birth. It's the ultimate friendship novel, but it’s also great for travel inspiration as each girl spends their summer either in Maryland, Santorini, South Carolina or Baja California. The bestseller describes each location brilliantly, and if that’s not enough to convince you to book a holiday, the jaw dropping shots in the film of the same name definitely will.
Read this memoir to travel 1,100 miles along the Pacific Crest Trail in 336 pages. Every step the author takes leads her closer to her goal of hiking from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State, as well as finding a coping mechanism to deal with her past trauma. Against all odds, she forges ahead and not only completes the challenge, but also regains her footing in life after a period of grief and hopelessness.
What this book lacks in detailed landscape descriptions, it makes up for in emotive language as it will make you feel the heat of the desert and the frigid ice of the High Sierra. The film adaptation is equally moving and shot entirely on location.
Bill Bryson is the master of atypical guidebooks. He has a way with words that can make even the smallest observation sound exciting, and he’s always willing to share personal anecdotes. In this book, he lets readers join him during an adventure off the beaten track in Australia, the country that doubles as a continent. He writes about the weather, the wildlife, and the friendly locals, not forgetting the beer. To say it’s so informative, this book is an easy read and the perfect companion for anyone thinking of travelling to the land down under. In fact, it may even make you feel like you’ve already visited!
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