There’s nothing quite like delving into a good book, especially at Christmas time when its cold and dark outside and you can cuddle up in the corner of the sofa with a cup of coffee cradled in one hand and thick warm socks bear-hugging your tootsies! With that in mind, you may as well grab yourself a fantastic read to keep you hooked.
We’ve racked our brains to come up with ten of our favourite travel-inspired reads so you can pick up a winner or to help to buy that all-elusive Christmas present for your nearest and dearest.
Have a read…!
1. On The Road by Jack Kerouac
‘What’s your road, man? – holyboy road, madman road, rainbow road, guppy road, any road. It’s an anywhere road for anybody anyhow.‘
Adventure in abundance, this one is the classic, really. One of those must-read novels if you’re a keen reader and/or traveller.
2. Travels with Charley: In Search of America by John Steinbeck
‘When I was very young and the urge to be someplace else was on me, I was assured by mature people that maturity would cure this itch.’
Man and man’s best friend on a tour of the US in 1960. A sentimental tale weaving historic context and loveliness, Steinbeck and his poodle Charley will certainly keep you entertained.
3. Notes From a Small Island by Bill Bryson
Not a book that should be read in public, for fear of emitting loud snorts – The Times
Witty, nostalgic and a definite for any fan of Bill Bryson’s. These notes on his final journey around Blighty offer some interesting insights into modern society and will have you chuclking away to yourself all long, especially when you get to the list of bizarre place names!
4. The Beach by Alex Garland
‘This incisive novel may well come to be regarded as a defining text in the history of imaginative travel writing’ – Daily Telegraph
Pure, unadulterated escapism. Alex Garland’s tale of paradise found and lost has become a cult classic for generations of back-packers across the world. The ultimate companion for a trip to the Far East.
5. Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
‘It’s about a woman’s sojourn through three countries, and it’s fantastic.’ – Julia Roberts
One for the girls. Gilbert’s novel may not to to everyone’s taste but we love the rich descriptions and unique qualities of Italy, Thailand and India. Magical stuff.
6. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
‘Remarkable, startling, disquieting’ – Spectator
Perhaps one of Hemingway’s finest masterpieces, this novel tells the story of a group of American expats as they immerse themselves in the lives and loves of Paris and Spain in the 1920s. The bull-fighting sequences in Pamplona are pretty incredible!
7. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
‘May in Ayemenem is a hot, brooding month. The days are long and humid. The river shrinks and black crows gorge on bright mangoes in still, dustgreen trees.’
One of our favourite ever novels and deserved winner of the Booker Prize. Immerse yourself in descriptions and text that will transport you to the heart of Kerala in India. Simply beautiful.
8. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
‘We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold…’
Surreal, sharp and consistently funny, Hunter S. Thompson’s “Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream” follows Raoul Duke and his attorney Dr Gonzo on a drug-addled trip to Las Vegas.
9. Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2013
Some non-fiction brilliance. As always, Lonely Planet have put together the definite guide for travel in 2013. It’s a goodie and offers tons of reliable information and inspiration.
10. The Great Railway Bazaar by Paul Theroux
‘He has done our travelling for us brilliantly’ – William Golding
‘I sought trains, I found passengers,’ writes Theroux in his recollection of travelling through Asia in 1973. A story of adventure fuelled by the romance of the railway. We particularly love the descriptions of the people he encounters along the way.