In case you haven’t heard, I just finished writing my first novel! It’s set to be published in less than two weeks (15th November). You can read more about it and help me spread the word.
In honor of my first novel being published, I’ve compiled a list of my favorite travel novels written by some of my favorite writers.
Without further ado, here are my top ten travel novels of all-time:
10. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
The Sun Also Rises is a classic from Hemingway and one of the most historic novels of The Lost Generation. It features a group of artistic expats as they experience a summer in Spain during the Running of the Bulls festival.
9. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
An all-time travel classic. The Alchemist, originally written in Portuguese, is the story of a young sheepherder who eventually travels across Gibraltar to the Great Pyramids of Giza all to live out his destiny. He finds himself in many instances of trouble and learning.
8. Neither Here, Nor There by Bill Bryson
Bill Bryson is, perhaps, the greatest travel writer of all-time. This book focuses on his trip around Europe in the 90’s. He’s a hilarious guy with great stories. You’ll find yourself really living a Euro-trip through his words.
7. Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
Into the Wild, the story that initially inspired me to see the world. Jon Krakauer does an unbelievable job of telling the story of Chris McCandless – a boy who left everything to live free. It’s a very vivid story with a great Holywood movie to add to it.
6. Big Sur by Jack Kerouac
Jack Kerouac, the grandfather of mischief and free-spirited travel. Following his success with previous novels, Big Sur focuses on his summers spent writing in a cabin along Big Sur – one of the most beautiful places in the world.
5. The Tao of Travel by Paul Theroux
A collection of travel tales from the world’s best travel writers. For those that like a good travel quote, this book is boundless on one-liners that will inspire you to get up and move continents.
4. Blue Highways: A Journey Into America by William Least-Heat Moon
Blue Highways is the story of a man who was looking for a cure to his ho-hum life. Who packed his whole life in a van and hit the road – only taking the roads less traveled. It was Least-Heat Moon’s only novel, but it’s a great one.
3. A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson
In all of Bryson’s great writing, this one, to me, is his finest work. Journey with him as he takes on the Appalachian Trail with a high school friend in their middle-aged lives. As is always the case, Bryson is comedy at its finest in this page-turner.
2. In the Skin of a Jihadist: A Young Journalist Enters the ISIS Recruitment Network by Anna Erelle
Anna Erelle is not the author of this book. Nobody knows who wrote this book because it’s an alias. The real author can’t reveal herself. That’s what happens when you get wrapped up in writing a story that involves voluntarily joining the ISIS recruitment network. All for a magazine story! When she finds herself dating the right-hand man of ISIS’ leader, that’s when things get crazy.
1. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
On the Road is the Bible to the Beat Generation and Kerouac is King. This is the book I continually turn to for inspiration – whether it’s writing or pursuing my current lifestyle on the road. Follow Sal Paradise, Dean Moriarty, and their rag-tag group of drifters around the country. It’s as open-minded as traveling gets. It was a different world in Kerouac’s age.