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Traveling is obviously one of my favorite things. But, as is true for most of us, I can't travel ALL the time. So, when I'm not traveling, I like to read travel books. Not necessarily travel guide books, but novels and stories with travel themes. I love books that take me on a journey. Here are just a few of my favorites to help you get through your travel lull.
1. The Sex Lives of Cannibals by Maarten Troost. I've also read Getting Stoned with Savages, and Lost on Planet China by the same author. All of them are hilaroius, and his description of his surroundings made me feel like I was really there. Not only was he funny, but he was honest about some of the hard ships that come with living in the equatorial pacific. I has honestly laughing out loud. Not many books have you laughing until your side hurts with stories of swinging fish at wild dogs while riding your bike down a dirt road...seriously, I would read it again.
2. On the other end of the spectrum is For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway. If you've ever ready Hemingway, you'll know that he's not know for his happy endings. With that said, I though that this book was beautifully written. "The story of Robert Jordan, a young American in the International Brigades attached to an antifascist guerrilla unit in the mountains of Spain, it tells of loyalty and courage, love and defeat, and the tragic death of an ideal." I think everyone should read Hemingway at some point, and this is a great place to start. I've also read Islands in the Stream and The Old Man and the Sea which are worth a read as well.
3. The Long Way Down by Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman. This is a great story of two friends who journey from Scotland to Cape Town on their motorcycles. It's a fun story of two best friends on an epic journey...does it get better than that? Pat is really into dirt biking and after reading this I was thinking how awesome it would be to go on this type of journey with him...I just need some better skills on a motorcycle first!
4. Wild by Cheryl Strayed. I was given this book as a gift from a dear friend and what a great story it is. It is a story of a women, Cheryl Strayed, on her journey to hike the Pacific Coast Trail alone. Her story is interwoven with the struggles of the life she left behind and why it was so important that she take this journey alone. Living in Idaho, I was a little frustrated in her lack of wilderness skills and preparedness, but that all adds to her struggle and growth as she makes this journey.
There's many more great travel books out there, and I've love to hear what your favorites are. I'm constantly on the look out for a new one. If you are interested in learning more about any of these, there are links to Amazon for each of these on our Travel Gear page.
Tell us your favorites in the comments, I'm in serious need of a good book for my next trip!
Hi there! I'm Skeeter. I grew up moving a lot and that makes me a bit restless for travel and exploration. I started this blog with my husband Pat when we decided to backpack New Zealand for a year. We are always looking for the next adventure and are loving life. We're just your average couple with two sassy dogs and a love for travel. We're sharing our travels and the tips we pick up along the way.
Hello! I'm Liz. Blogging is very new to me, but I'm so excited to finally write as much as I talk!
"Don't forget to travel happy"-Skeeter & Liz