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.
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.
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.
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.