Books to Inspire Wanderlust

Shantaram, Gregory David Roberts

Shantaram has gained a reputation over the years as being one of the best wanderlust reads, and for good reason. The story takes you through the heart of Bombay, each page coming alive with the colours and flavours of India. It’ll make you want to book your plane ticket immediately.



The Beach, Alex Garland

Fans of Thailand always seem to have this book on their shelf, and with good reason. The Beach is an intriguing read that will conjure up images of idyllic beaches, and is the perfect book to flick through while you work on your tan.


On the Road, Jack Kerouac

The famous beat novel On the Road should be your first point of reference if you’ve ever considered taking a road trip. It’s not the easiest book to read, but every now and again you’ll come across a passage that will make you want to ditch everything and set sail.


The Alchemist, Paolo Coelho

Feeling philosophical? A global phenomenon, The Alchemist is a fable that teaches us to live life to the fullest and follow your dreams. If you’ve ever wanted to pack your bags and travel the world but been too afraid, The Alchemist will give you the push you need.


Life of Pi, Yann Martel

After surviving the tragic sinking of his ship, young Pi is stranded at sea…in the company of a Royal Bengal tiger named Richard Parker.  It’s a charming story with great imagination, sure to inspire wanderlust. Just make sure you travel with something less exotic than a tiger.


The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkein

An evergreen classic, Bilbo Baggins’ journey across Middle Earth will make you want to don your travelling cloak and set off on an adventure of your own. This is a great book for the whole family to read to get into the mood for travelling, especially if you’re taking the kids on holiday for the first time.


Peter Pan, J.M. Barrie

Another literary gem, Peter Pan will undoubtedly inspire you to take your next adventure. It’s an easy read, which makes it another great choice for kids too.


Under the Tuscan Sun, Frances Mayes

One of our customers’ favourite reads, Under the Tuscan Sun is the perfect book to illustrate how rewarding travelling can be. This is the perfect read if you’ve ever considered travelling to Italy, and want to get a flavour for one of the most beautiful places on the planet.



Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert

It must come as no surprise that Eat, Pray, Love features on this list. For years now this book has been inspiring people to travel, to go out and discover new landscapes and maybe something about themselves. It’s also one of the reasons Bali saw such a huge boom in its tourism!


The Good Girl’s Guide to Getting Lost, Rachel Friedman

Good girl Rachel Friedman decides to book herself a ticket to Ireland on a whim, where she then meets a free-spirited Australian woman who encourages her to explore the world. It’s a charming story that teaches you the benefit of living in the moment.