Books to get you hooked

There’s no better escape than sinking into a good book. Well, apart from a holiday maybe. In lieu of jetting off around the world we’ve selected some books that will get you into the travel spirit and give you some ideas for where you might want to go once the travel restrictions are lifted.

On The Road

by Jack Kerouac

Often considered the greatest travel novel of all time, and undeniably the defining work of the beat and counterculture movement. Against a smoky backdrop of jazz music, poetry and struggle, this semi-autobiographical follows Jack Kerouac as he travels through 1950s America.

Love With a Chance of Drowning

by Torre DeRoche

Embark upon your own travelling whirlwind romance spanning several exotic locations. When Torre unexpectedly falls for a passionate Argentinean man, she discovers that he is about to voyage around the world on a small sailboat. Torre is terrified of deep water, but that doesn’t stop her.

The Alchemist

by Paulo Coelho

If you prefer your stories to have a touch of fantasy to them, you’ll be swept along by the current of this epic tale that follows a young Andalusian shepherd on his journey to the pyramids of Egypt, having had a recurring dream of finding a treasure there.

The Beach

by Alex Garland

Possibly less famous than its cinematic adaptation, but considered by many as the superior version, this book follows an idyllic and isolated community of backpackers in Thailand. When new discoveries and new acquaintances shatter the peace of their existence, unexpected events unfold.

The Rum Diary

by Hunter S. Thompson

Accompany the king of gonzo journalism on a hedonistic journey from the newsrooms of New York to the rum soaked sands of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Life here should be easy but, in typical Thompson fashion, things quickly start to unravel.

Treasure Island

by Daniel Defoe

What could possibly get you in the mood for an adventure at sea or on a castaway island than the original tale of pirates, plunder and picturesque landscapes? There’s a reason this book has been read for centuries and now is the perfect time to discover it for yourself.

Eat, Pray, Love

by Elizabeth Gilbert

The acclaimed Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia, is Elizabeth Gilbert’s memoir chronicling her discoveries during her trip around the world in the wake of her divorce.

The Call of the Wild

by Jack London

Recently adapted into a Hollywood movie, this short adventure novel follows the story of a sled dog named Buck, as he handles the hardships and difficulties of a life working in dramatic Yukon, Canada, during the volatile 1890s Klondike Gold Rush.

The Sun Also Rises

by Ernest Hemingway

This classic novel has been much romanticised for almost a century and portrays American and British expatriates who travel from Paris to the Festival of San Fermín in Pamplona to watch the running of the bulls and the bullfights.

Around the World in Eighty Days

by Jules Verne

Your thirst for adventure is certain to be inspired by this novel – just as many films, plays and expeditions have been since its release in 1872. In the story, Phileas Fogg and his valet Passepartout attempt to circumnavigate the world in 80 days on a wager set by Fogg’s friends.

The Sex Lives of Cannibals

by J. Maarten Troost

Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific is a vastly entertaining travelogue depicting the two years that the author and his girlfriend spent living on the Tarawa atoll in the Pacific island nation of Kiribati.

The Motorcycle Diaries

by Che Guevara

This fascinating memoir traces the early travels of Marxist revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara, then a 23-year-old medical student, and his friend Alberto Granado, a 29-year-old biochemist, as they make their way South America on sputtering motorbikes.