As New Year is behind us, starting a fresh year with New Year’s resolutions is a great thing to do. One of mine back in 2016 was to read more inspirational travel books and guides.
Back in 2016 I said I would read one book a month. That might not seem much, but being a University student, travel blogger and having a social life all at the same time is tough, let alone concentrating on reading a book too. But I did it, and this year I’ll be doing it again!
Here are the chosen 12 books I read in 2016, they were all amazing and I highly encourage you to read a least a few of them. (one for each month of 2016) They were all interesting, worth my while and what I think you will love them too.
Travel Books To Read In 2017 For Wanderlust
January: How Not To Travel The World: Adventures of a Disaster-Prone Backpacker by Lauren Juliff
Lauren Juliff is a full-time traveller, professional travel blogger and freelance writer. How Not to Travel The World is about following your dreams, no matter how many curveballs life throws at you. It’s about learning to get out of your comfort zone, finding the humour in messed up situations and falling in love with life on the road.
February: Down Under: Travels in a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson
Bill Bryson is best known for writing very humorous travel books, and “In a Sunburned Country” is indeed a funny account of his travels in Australia. Those who love Bill Bryson’s books for their humour won’t be disappointed. For anyone travelling or having visited Australia this is a great read and will leaving you crying with laughter.
March: The Penguin Lessons by Tom Michell
An uplifting true story about author Tom Michell’s years as a teacher in Argentina and the penguin he adopted as a pet. His British wit provides the perfect counterbalance to the inherent sweetness of the penguin’s remarkable devotion. Animal lovers and travel fans alike will find Michell’s adventures bright and charming.
April: Cockpit Confidentiality by Patrick Smith
If you’re like me…a nervous flyer this book is the perfect remedy. Smith is an experienced pilot who explains how planes work and what all those sounds I’m hearing are? It’s eased many of my flying fears and provided such a better understanding of how planes work. It really has helped me overcome my fear of flying.
May: Unlikely Destinations: The Lonely Planet Story by Tony Wheeler
Written by the founder of Lonely Planet, this tome chronicles the start and rise of the company whose guidebook is probably in your backpack or on your bookshelf right now. You’ll hear all their travel tales and learn about their early business struggles. It is a fascinating read about the company that helped start the travel guidebook industry and forever changed how we travel.
June: The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream by Paulo Coelho
A story about following your dreams, this is one of the most read books in recent history. The story follows a young shepherd boy from Spain to Egypt as he follows his heart, goes with the flow, and learns to love and the meaning of life. The book is filled with wonderful and inspirational quotes, an eternal testament to the transforming power of our dreams and the importance of listening to our hearts.
July: Destinations of a Lifetime: 225 of the World’s Most Amazing Places by National Geographic
Hundreds of oversized images of the world’s most spectacular destinations are featured along with service information on the best and most authentic ways to experience them. A candy box full of visual delights, this book will inspire tangible ideas for everyone’s next great trip.
August: How To Travel The World On $50 A Day by Matt Kepnes
Written by probably the most notable and prolific travel blogger: Matt Kepnes (Nomadic Matt), this how to guide will help you plan your trip from A to Z, save money in regions around the world, and become the best budget traveler in the world. This book was three months New York Times best seller and has helped a lot of people plan and save for a better trip.
September: Walking the Amazon: 860 Days. The Impossible Task. The Incredible Journey by Ed Stafford
This guy walked from the Pacific to the Atlantic, from Peru to Brazil, all the way across the Amazon jungle! He was the first person to do this, cutting his way through jungle, sleeping in the trees, and almost starving a few times. It’s a compelling read, and will leave you turning page after page. These kind of travel stories are what inspire people to go out and do something wonderful and life changing.
October: Arthur: The dog who crossed the jungle to find a home by Mikael Lindnord
When you are racing 435 miles through the jungles and mountains of South America, the last thing you need is a stray dog tagging along. But that’s exactly what happened to Mikael Lindnord, captain of a Swedish adventure racing team, when he threw a scruffy but dignified mongrel a meatball one afternoon. It’s a truly moving & heartwarming tale amply illustrating the wonderful power of kindness, all the way from Ecuador to Sweden, about 10,000 km.
November: Not Tonight, Josephine: A Road Trip Through Small-Town America by George Mahood
Two Brits, George and Mark, set off from New York City to explore the back roads of America. In this calamity-ridden travel tale, George sets out in true clichéd fashion to discover the real America. Throw in plenty of run-ins with the police, rapidly dwindling finances and Josephine – the worst car in the world – and you have all the ingredients for a classic American road trip!
December: Walking the Himalayas: An adventure of survival and endurance by Levison Wood
A personal story of discovery, Levison forges strong bonds with local guides, porters, mountain men, soldiers, farmers, smugglers and shepherds. By travelling on foot, and following the same footpaths that locals use, he uncovers stories that might otherwise remain hidden. Packed with action and emotion, more than anything Walking the Himalayas is a story of personal adventure and striving beyond the limits of convention.
So there you have it, 12 must read books of 2017. If you have any suggestions for books, leave them in the comment section. I always love hearing about great new books to read!
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Great list! Thanks for sharing! Of this list I have only read Alchemist so now I have some reading to do???? I just finished a six months road trip in Europe with my 5 kids and am working on a book about it. Maybe it will be 2018’s inspirational travel novel ????
Yes, the Alchemist is a great book! To be honest, I can’t pick a favourite as they’re all so different! Good luck with your travel novel 🙂
How Not to Travel the World sounds like it might be a comical read, I’ll have to check it out. Thanks for the ideas!
It’s a great read I highly recommend it!
I have read only three of these. The Penguin Lessons intrigued me ..shall pick it up soon! Thanks for sharing the list 🙂
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It’s a wonderful book! Would love to know which ones you’ve read!
Some great suggestions here to add to my ever growing pile of books – I’ve only read The Alchemist but love the sound of How Not to Travel the World. One of my all time favourite travel books is Wild by Cheryl Strayed.