Next to enough underwear, one of the most important things to remember to pack on your next vacation is a great book. Whether you are backpacking through Asia, or lounging on a sunny beach, a quality read will make your next holiday that much more relaxing. Here are a few of our favourite travel novels.
No matter if you have seen the film adaptation or not, The Beach by Alex Garland is a classic offering readers a glimpse of the escapism great travel can provide. This novel tells the story of a group of British backpackers who find paradise on and isolated beach in Thailand, and is a quintessential travel read.
For those looking for some comic literary genius, Stephan Clarke’s A Year in the Merde tells the hilarious story of a young man’s escapades in Paris, both in his professional and private life. This 380 page masterpiece will have you laughing out loud in no time.
Travel to Sin City with Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
Follow Raoul Duke and his attorney Dr. Gonzo as they take Vegas by storm, seek solace in excess and chase the American Dream all whilst commentating on the failure of the 1960’s counter cultural movement. Beware, this is not your Grandmother’s book!
Last but certainly not least is John Kerouac’s great tale of travels across America: On the Road. Hailed as one of the best novels of its time, Kerouac beautifully illustrates his travels with friends across the country and their personal quests for meaning and belonging.
So, the next time your making your packing list, be sure to include one of these fantastic travel books. You’ll be glad you did!