From India to Italy to the USA, whether it’s fiction or non-fiction, we’ve all travelled the world at some point in time through the captivating words of our favourite novels. Some will take you into the depths of the African jungles, and others plonk you right in the middle of the wide, empty ocean. It’s often these words on paper that ignite our desire to see the world for real, so if you’re after some literary inspiration, here are twelve books with great journeys to read about and get lost in, and perhaps one day follow.
On The Road – Jack Kerouac
Miles: 3994 Walking: 1260 hours Flying: 9 hours Driving: 63 hours
“Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life”. Inspiring generations to travel the USA, On The Road documents Kerouac’s journey through the USA, from New York to Mexico City, via Denver.
Life of Pi – Yann Martel
Miles: 8749 Walking: 2916 Flying: 18 hours Driving: 174 hours
Stranded on a raft after a devastating shipwreck, this work of fiction follows Piscine Molitor Patel on a raft across the Indian Ocean, from Manila to Mexico, while he battles with his onboard companion: a tiger name Richard Parker.
Eat, Pray, Love – Elizabeth Gilbert
Miles: 4056 Walking: 1352 Flying: 16 hours Driving: 81 hours
The novel’s strap line, “One woman’s search for for everything across Italy, India and Indonesia“, pretty accurately describes this feel-good memoir. Following 32-year-old Elizabeth Gilbert as she discovers pasta and pizza in Italy, finds spirituality in India and falls in love in Indonesia, it has no doubt inspired many to pack up and leave on similar adventures.