5 Travel Books for a (Much Needed) Dose of Adventure

Posted on 11/29/2012

Staying at home this holiday season? The experts at Travaasa have complied a list of their favorite travel books that allow you to escape the cold weather and a much need dose of adventure.

  1. Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard: In this descriptive coming-of-age novel, 18-year-old Bria ventures to Central America in an effort to become a world traveler. There, she meets Rowan, a seasoned backpacker who introduces her to lush islands, hidden Mayan villages and exotic worlds she never imagined.
  2. A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson: As a middle-aged, out-of-shape man, Bill Bryson might have not been fully prepared to trek the 2,100 miles along the Appalachian Trail, but that’s probably part of what makes this account so hilarious. Join him as he explores the wilderness, encounters some memorable characters and discovers a lot about himself in the process.
  3. Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes: Experience the rustic charm of the Italian countryside with Frances Mayes—renowned travel writer and gourmand—as she buys and restores a disheveled villa in the hills of Tuscany.
  4. The Great Railway Bazaar by Paul Theroux: Comedic, eye-opening and ultimately entertaining, this acclaimed novel takes readers on an unforgettable railway journey through the colorful worlds and cultures of India and Asia.
  5. Journeys of a Lifetime: 500 of the World’s Greatest Trips by National Geographic Society: More of a useful guidebook than an imaginative novel, this compendium of spectacular adventures comes packed with expert advice, top 10 lists and must-do activities around the world.