One of the things that continue to inspire people to go places are books— different stories about people and places from different parts of the world that show the ways people are driven to different paths.
Below are some of the best books about traveling that have inspired so many people, and could give you the motivation that you need. You can either take this on your travels, or simply use it as a motivation to go on the road.
Adrift on the Nile by Naguib Mahfouz
This is not necessarily about the scenic places and famous landmarks in the Nile. You may need another book if it’s the Egypt attractions you’re looking for, but this one concentrates on a lot of political commentary and another side of the Egyptian life. This book definitely gives a whole new perspective.
You Shall Know Our Velocity! by Dave Eggers
Childhood friends Will and Hand are going around the world with $40,000. The catch is they need to do it in a week—these are the things that you will know before you even begin reading the novel, and what you’ll get is are amazing dialogues and inexplicable heartbreaking and moving lines that only Dave Eggers can come up with.
Into the Wild by John Krakauer
This may not necessarily have a happy ending (it’s the story of Christopher McCandless, an American hitchhiker who decided to hitchhike to the Alaskan wilderness, but died months later), but this is a great way to see what’s it really like on the road—the dangers that travelers must face is truly something that many need to know about.
Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne
This is a classic that shows so many possibilities in traveling. This is an adventure novel written in 1873 about wanting to circumnavigate the world. If you love to travel or want to start traveling, this book is worth checking out.
Around the World in 80 Days by Michael Palin
You’re not seeing double—this is a different book written by Michael Palin, member of Monty Python, a hilarious comedy group from Britain. Based on the aforementioned book by Verne, Palin writes this to accompany his BBC TV series of the same title.
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
Las Vegas is not all about casinos and booze…well, it could be, but this book has so much more in store. Based on a semi-autobiographical account, this novel narrates the drug-frenzy story of Raoul Duke and Dr. Gonzo, men who redefine being on the road in the Las Vegas desert.
On the Road by Jack Kerouac
This is one of those books that when finished, would really drive one to go out of the house. Sal Paradise (Kerouac’s alter-ego) narrates his life of hitchhiking in the U.S. west coast. He meets Dean Moriarty, who makes his life more interesting than it already is. If this doesn’t make you stand up and go hitchhiking, there’s probably something wrong with you.