Read Around the World: Books that Inspire Travel

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If you have a trip on the horizon or if you’re just dreaming of future travel, there’s nothing quite like a book to give you a sense of place.  We’ve rounded up a few of our favorites below.  Settle in, all you armchair travelers, and see the world without ever leaving home (at least for now).






Into Africa: The Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingstone by Martin Dugard

A Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela

My Life With Chimpanzees by Jane Goodall

Green Hills of Africa by Ernest Hemingway







The Beach by Alex Garland

The Silk Merchant’s Daughter by Dinah Jefferies

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

Running in the Family by Michale Ondaatje

Confessions of a Yakuza by Dr. Junichi Saga




In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson

The True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey

The Fatal Shore by Robert Hughes


Canada The Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series by Penny





A Year in Provence by Mayle

My Life in France by Julia Child

A Moveable Feast by Hemingway

Paris to the Moon by Gopnik

Two Towns in Provence by MFK Fisher


Greece Travels with Pomegranates by Kidd

To the Island by Meaghan Delahunt




The God of Small Things by Roy Arundhati

Curry, A Tale of Cooks and Conquerors by Lizzie Collingham

Indian Summer: The Secret History of the End of an Empire by Alex von Tunzlemann





The Leopard by Lampedusa

An Italian Education by Parks

Room with a View (movie, too) by Forester

The Italian Hours by James

The Sixteen Pleasures by Hellenga

My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes

Four Seasons in Rome by Anthony Doerr

From Scratch by Locke

Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions by Giordano



South America

In Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Brazil by Michael Palin




Shadow of the Wind series by Ruiz Zafon


United Kingdom Harry Potter series by Rowling

The Rings of Saturn by W.G. Sebald




United States

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S Thompson

In the Country of Country by Nicholas Dawidoff – Great for country music fans!

The Journals of Lewis and Clark Expedition

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer



Multiple Locations

The Alchemist by Paul Coelho

The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiasson

Kathmandu by Thomas Bell