Traveljunkieindonesia.com – Travel Junkie Indonesia has chosen 8 of the most inspiring travel books of all time. Travel broadens the mind, so they say, but sometimes a good piece of travel writing can be just as effective.
So if you’re homeward bound for the next few months, but itching to jet off somewhere exotic, explore the world from your armchair with our pick of the best books for travel junkies Indonesia.
1. The Motorcycle Diaries by Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara
This diary of a young Che Guevara is not that of a political revolutionary – rather, it is a lively account of two adventurous best friends, one temperamental motorcycle and an epic journey across South America.
2. Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Warning: this honest and humorous account of a writer’s search for happiness across Italy, India and Indonesia may induce severe wanderlust, as well as an irresistible craving for love in Bali.
3. Lunch in Paris: A Love Story with Recipes by Elizabeth Bard
Beginning with the beguiling: “I slept with my French husband halfway through our first date”, these enchanting memoirs (and recipes) trace a woman’s growing affection for both French food and her French lover.
4. On The Road by Jack Kerouac
This is the classic American road-trip story – a semi-autobiographical tale of a restless and breathless search for pleasure and adventure, in which the journey is far more important than the destination.
5. The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner
Weiner’s exploration of the happiest (and unhappiest) nations on earth is a fascinating look into the relationship between culture and contentment. It may even tempt you to book a one-way ticket to somewhere new.
6. The Sex Lives of Cannibals by J. Maarten Troost
With its wild dogs and diplomats, bull sharks and beer shortages, this laugh-out-loud account of life in the South Pacific will resonate with anyone whose ever fantasized about a tropical island paradise.
7. The Beach by Alex Garland
This vivid Thailand tale of one man’s search for paradise may have been a critique of backpacker culture, but it continues to inspire countless travellers to search for their own perfect beach.
8. Short Walk in the Hindu Kush by Eric Newby
Eric Newby was working in London’s haute-couture trade when he decided to leave for remotest Afghanistan with his friend Hugh Carless. Inexperienced but armed with air beds, they set off. Beautifully written with a tongue-in-cheek sense of humour, this is travel writing of the old school.
So, free to comment and add some of your favorite best reads finds.
Happy Green Travels!