Three Of The Best Travel Inspired Books To Get You Through Holiday Season

Travel Books

I don’t know about you guys but I always find I can read so much more when I am on holiday, even if that’s a city break and not a sunbathing/ laying on the beach kinda holiday. This year I seem to have taken a bit of a back seat from reading predictable chick-lit like I used to read and have been favoring biographies, memoirs and travel books with the later helping me over the summer holiday period. If you’re heading away this summer here are three travel inspired books you should check out.

Travel Book - It's On The Meter

It’s On The Meter by Paul Archer & Johno Ellison

This book is based on three friends – the two authors and their mate Leigh – who bought an old London black cab after a drunken conversation at university and set about driving it from London to Sydney after they finished university. The book is written between both Paul and Johno moving between both of their viewpoints which give’s a really good view of how the travels went. During the time they had to fix the car more times than I’m sure they can remember, they picked up hundreds of hitchhikers and they broke two world records. This isn’t a book to show you what the sights of the world are like but more about what the people and cultures of the world are like and it is a fun read about how the three lads navigated around the globe and the adventures they got up to.

Travel Book - The Excursionist

The Excursionist by JD Sumner

In a completely different tone to the first book on this list, it’s satirical and full of dry humor. The Excursionist* is the first book by James which only came out in Mid-May and it follows the tale of Jack Kaganagh who is newly single as he tries to visit 100 countries so that he can join the Travelers’ Century Club. The problem that Jack has is despite his yearning for travel he is quite unsuited to it, there are hotel rooms which aren’t up to scratch, there are problems making friends while he’s away and his general disdain at being anywhere seemingly ‘exotic’. During the novel, Jack flies to the Coronation Islands in order to tick off the final three countries from his list but it isn’t all plain sailing. The book is such an interesting read as it gives a completely different view to traveling and shows what it’s like for someone who likes a bit of luxury and is no longer young and wanting to bounce around in Asia like a lot of travel books focuses on. There’s a lot of humor within the book but it isn’t just about travel, it explores the idea of loneliness and what it’s like to travel solo. If you’ve got a dark sense of humor, or just want something with a bit more meat to it then this is the book for you.

Travel Book - How Not To Travel

How Not To Travel The World by Lauren Juliff

The title of this book made me giggle when I first read it and I wasnt’ quite aware of how much can go wrong when you travel from being close to a tsunami, being scammed and assaulted, losing teeth and eating cockroaches. This book is the real life story of Lauren – author of the Never Ending Footsteps blog – and tells the story of her travels around the world (or at least part of it). She had been saving for years and had planned to head traveling with her long-term boyfriend but when they split up she decided against everyone else’s judgment to go anyway despite being heartbroken, diaster-prone, having no common sense, anxiety issues and just getting over an eating disorder. This book shows that despite all the things which can go wrong you can still find happiness in travel, it was lovely to see how much traveling changed Lauren’s life.

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Here are Three Of The Best Travel Inspired Books To Get You Through Holiday Season

June 16, 2017
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27 Comments

  • Reply Lauretta

    Wow! These books made me excited. I think, I’ll start with “How Not To Travel The World by Lauren Juliff.” I also love to travel and I snickered when I saw the this post.

    June 19, 2017 at 8:18 am
  • Reply Lauretta

    Wow! These books made me excited. I think, I’ll start with “How Not To Travel The World by Lauren Juliff.” I also love to travel and I snickered when I saw this post.

    June 19, 2017 at 8:19 am
  • Reply Elodie

    It’s on the Meter sounds so, so good, especially since my friend Nicole and I have drunkenly spoken about doing something similar before! Ha! x

    June 19, 2017 at 1:03 pm
  • Reply Natasha Mairs

    I do prefer to read crime and thriller books but the How Not To Travel The World by Lauren Juliff sound really good, will have to add that to my reading list

    June 19, 2017 at 2:12 pm
  • Reply Sarah Bailey

    These sound like some great books around travel I think How Not To Travel The World would be my favourite.

    June 19, 2017 at 5:15 pm
  • Reply Melanie Edjourian

    These sound really good. I might be taking a week off using social media so these would be great to keep me entertained. Think I’d go with the second book.

    June 19, 2017 at 5:40 pm
  • Reply Donna

    I am bookmarking this as I plan to get my holiday reading stash together soon!

    June 19, 2017 at 5:43 pm
  • Reply Becca Talbot

    I think it’s an age thing Rhian, as I used to take trashy chick lit with me to read poolside, though over the last few years I’ve started reading more “grown up” novels and stories about travels etc. I like the sound of How Not To Travel The World x

    June 19, 2017 at 8:41 pm
  • Reply Sarah Ann

    I’m exactly the same, always read more on holiday and I think it’s because it’s just time that it completely mine without worrying about work commitments or anything else. I love the sound of ‘How Not To Travel The World’; might inspire me to take the leap and book a solo trip of my own.

    June 19, 2017 at 10:05 pm
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      Oh you really should book a solo trip, or even book onto a trip with other people you don’t know. You’ll love it! I was so scared before my ones but it’s such a great character building experience x

      June 20, 2017 at 8:46 am
  • Reply Ana De Jesus

    I really like the sound of ‘how to not travel the world’. It sounds real and honest and I like that it is based on a true life story x

    June 20, 2017 at 10:30 am
  • Reply Stephanie Merry

    I love the sound of these, especially the one with Lauren’s story in x

    June 20, 2017 at 12:53 pm
  • Reply Anosa

    How not to travel the world sounds like a book I could sink my teeth into unfortunately these days I rarely have time to read and when I do I just sleep lol

    June 20, 2017 at 3:37 pm
  • Reply Baby Isabella

    How Not To Travel The World by Lauren Juliff sounds like our kinda book too! We’re intrigued that it’s a real life account too!

    June 20, 2017 at 4:04 pm
  • Reply Shannon Ritchie

    I’ll have to add the excursionist to my reading list as that sounds like my kind of book!

    June 20, 2017 at 10:31 pm
  • Reply Sally Akins

    I’ve already read The Excursionist but the other two are new to me and both looks really good!

    June 21, 2017 at 5:56 am
  • Reply Gareth Torrance

    It’s On The Meter sounds like my kind of book, through and through! And when I first read this, I thought The Excursionist was be J.D Salinger… Haha!

    June 21, 2017 at 6:46 am
  • Reply Hungry_Healthy_Happy

    How not to travel the world is on my wishlist. I might actually order a copy today!

    June 21, 2017 at 7:54 am
  • Reply Francesca Nelson

    These all sound like really great books!! I’ve never actually read something travel based but I think I would thouroughly enjoy each of these!! I love the sound of its on the meter and how not to travel the world the most and I think I’ll be making some purchases!!!

    June 21, 2017 at 3:40 pm
  • Reply Emily

    If I were to judge a book by its cover I’d probably go for The Excursionist… if I were to go by your reviews, I’d probably still go with the The Excursionist, so that saying worked out for once!

    June 21, 2017 at 4:50 pm
  • Reply Louise Smith

    Ooh, I may have to pick up a copy of The Excursionist. It sounds like something I’d enjoy reading during my week away 🙂

    Louise x

    June 21, 2017 at 8:31 pm
  • Reply Tanya Howard

    I read about Lauren travelling on her own in a paper but I didn’t realise she’d written a book on it. I’ll definitely be picking that up

    June 21, 2017 at 10:23 pm
  • Reply Laura

    These all sound great but the Excursionist definitely sounds like a book I’d love to read xxx

    June 22, 2017 at 4:52 am
  • Reply Joanne Dewberry

    Great list. The last book title made me giggle too.

    June 23, 2017 at 10:58 am
  • Reply mydreamality

    I love getting new book recommendations, and will check these out. The only reading I tend to do on holiday is on the flight, and that’s only if it’s long haul. I can’t ever seem to be still enough to read as I prefer to be frolicking about. Blame it on the FOMO! 😉 xx

    June 23, 2017 at 10:59 am
  • Reply Rachel Nicole

    Oooh I need to check these books out, they sound right up my street! xo

    June 23, 2017 at 8:10 pm
  • Reply Kristina

    omg need these as I’m gong to Greece soon and will need reading material 🙂

    June 27, 2017 at 2:15 pm
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