Travel Books To Inspire Wanderlust

This post was most recently updated on March 24th, 2019

Favourite Travel Books

1. 438 Days
This is an unbelievably true story about a fisherman from Costa Azul Mexico. Against his better judgement, he left on a fishing trip when a violent storm was brewing in the distance. Unable to make it back to shore, he ended up drifting farther and farther out to sea. It would be months on end that Salvador Alvarenga would spend out in the Pacific Ocean. This book tells the story of one man’s incredible will to live and all he had to endure just to survive.


2. Off The Map: Bicycling Across Siberia

In 1989 Mark Jenkins and six of his friends set off cycling across Siberia. This book gives you a great insight to the lives and daily struggles of the people in Communist Russia at that time. Off The Map: Bicycling Across Siberia is perfect for people who love cycling and travel. And also reading about the challenges that go with both.

3. The Man Who Quit Money

A fascinating nonfiction book about a man named Daniel Suelo. In 2000 he left his life saving of $30 in a phone booth and has been living without money ever since. While most people wouldn’t want to go to this extreme, the book does make you question your own life style. Do I really need all those material possessions? Are they making me happier, or am I contributing to more waste in society.


4. Into The Wild

Another nonfiction book about a man named Christopher McCandless. He gave away his $25000 in savings and most of his possessions right after college. McCandless decided to disappear and go against the rules of society to live his life the way he wanted. This is one of my all time favourite books and movie.


5. The Lost Girls 

A true story about 3 girlfriends who decided to quit their jobs and embark on a year long adventure. At almost 30 years old, the girls felt they needed a change in their lives. So they set off to discover what that might be and see more of the world. I found this book interesting and inspirational. Each chapter is switched up between the 3 girls. So you get a different perspective on what each is going through over the year.


6. ‘A Hell of a Place to Lose a Cow’: An American Hitchhiking Odyssey 

Tim Brookes,  the author grew up in Great Britain. When he was in his early 20’s he hitchhiked across the United States. Twenty Five years later he decided to relive his journey. He also manages to find some of his acquaintances  from his first trip. In the book, he writes about the weird and welcoming people that he met on the way. I found this book both interesting and humorous.


7. Lonely Planet: The World

Not a travel story, but a great resource book. Here you’ll find every country in the world listed and a write up on each. They’ve included a small map, when the best time to visit each place is, what kind of food and drink to try, best way to get around, and other useful tips.