5 books that inspired my travels

5 books that inspired my travels

Looking for some books to read that will inspire your wanderlust? Well, look no further. This was so hard as I’m such a bookworm that to get it down to just 5 was almost impossible. I love nothing more than losing myself in a good book and these 5 are the ones that have had the biggest influence on my traveling ambitions.

The 5 Books that Inspired my Travels

The Island by Victoria Hislop – I read this book 10 years ago and it has had such a huge effect on me in so many ways. Firstly it triggered my love of historical fiction. I loved reading about a historic event through fictional characters. Not only was I getting an incredible and moving story but I was also learning about a historic event.

The fact that it was set in Greece was also a big reason in this as part of that learning was about another country, its culture, and its history. All of these things really excited me and I began to seek out similar books that told a story about a historic event in a different country. Not only have I learned a lot but I feel like I’ve had a time-traveling tour of the world through my reading. I think these stories have had a huge effect on my wanting to travel and visit these places.

The book itself is a story about a girl who goes in search of her family history and uncovers a tragic story of a community destroyed by leprosy. Including her mother’s family. It’s a beautiful, moving story and I highly recommend it.

Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travel list: The 500 Best Places on the Planet…Ranked (Lonely Planet General Reference) – When I decided I wanted to travel the world I bought this book for some inspiration. It’s pretty big, so no chance of it fitting in my backpack. But I love it! It’s hardback and has beautiful pictures and a map for your wall! 

Whenever I’m planning a trip I check my book and I’ve also begun to tick off the places that I’ve been. I keep the book at my mum’s and it’s the first thing I go for when I’m there for a visit.

Love With a Chance of Drowning by Torre DeRoche – I LOVE this book. It’s an honest, funny and charming book about a reluctant traveler. The best part is it’s a true story about a woman who falls in love and gives up her comfortable life to sail around the world. The only problem is she hates the sea and gets crippling seasickness. Although sailing the seven seas wasn’t for her. The experiences she has and the places she visits are described brilliantly and made me want to go hunting for an Argentinian to whisk me away on his boat…

Although sailing the seven seas wasn’t for her. The experiences she has and the places she visits are described brilliantly. This book made me want to go hunting for an Argentinian to whisk me away on his boat.

What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding: A Memoir by Kristin Newman – If you are in your late twenties + and still single then read this book. In fact, even if you aren’t if you are a woman then read this book. It’s easy to read and it’s hilarious.

With chapters like:

“If I Don’t Sleep with This Russian Bartender, the Terrorists Win”


“Thirty-Five Is Too Old to Be Sleeping in a Bathroom”

You know you are going to be in for a laugh. For me, if felt reaffirming, that I was doing ok and it also helped me decide on visiting Argentina!

A Good Girl’s Guide to getting lost Rachel Friedman – I really enjoyed this book. It was easy to read and made me even more determined to travel to South America! In fact, it made me add Australia on to my list. I think what I loved about it was that she wasn’t a natural traveler. When she first left the USA for Dublin it wasn’t with a backpack. It was with a huge red suitcase. So if you aren’t sure if solo travel is for you, read this.

Looking for some books to read that will inspire your wanderlust? These travel books made me want to pack my backpack and book a one way ticket... and I did. #wanderlust #travelbooks #booksfortravel #vacationbooks #vacationreads


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Book your trip now

Are you ready to book your trip?  To help you get the best deals and service here are the companies that I personally use to book all of my travel online. I always shop around before booking anything, but these are my tried and tested starting places.

  • Skyscanner – I’m a bit fan of Skyscanner, it is who I use to book all of my flights. I often will check other like Google Flights or Momodo, but I always go here first and it is who I book 99% of my flights with. 
  • Booking.com – I LOVE booking.com especially when I can book and cancel free up until a certain point, mostly because my plans are forever changing. It’s easy to use and has one of the widest selections. 
  • Airbnb – I’m not a huge user of Airbnb, but sometimes I do like to use it, and I ALWAYS check it before I book anything else. You can get some really cool places to stay here, and it is especially good in places like Cuba. If you don’t have an account and you click on this link then you will get $36 off your first booking.
  • Hostelworld – If you are looking for hostels then this is a great place to check first. They often have additional places that you won’t find on Bookin.com.
  • Agoda – Although I don’t use it as much as booking.com, Agonda is especially good if you are traveling in Asia as they really do dominate there. 
  • Worldpackers – If you want to travel on the cheap and save money on accommodation then you need Worldpackers in your life. You can read more about it here. If you click this link to sign up and use the code CLAIRESITCHYFEET then you can get a 40% discount on your membership! 
  • Book a Way – If you are traveling in Asia and want to pre-book your transportation then bookaway.com is a fantastic site to do so. They have buses, trains, and cars.
  • RentalCars – Looking to rent a. car while you are away? I always book through Rental Cars as they do a search of all of the big sites and find the best deals. 
  • Welcome Pickups – Very occasionally getting from the airport to my accommodation is a total pain in the butt, or I’m traveling in a group and it makes sense to arrange a pickup. When I do I use Welcome pickups.
  • World Nomads – If you are looking for flexible travel insurance then it’s World Nomads all the way. I wrote all about insurance here if you want a more thorough review. 
  • SafetyWing – AsI’m a Digital Nomad and not moving around quite so much anymore I personally use SafetyWing now for my health insurance. I wrote a full review here
  • Viatour – Sometimes it can be a little expensive, but I like Viatour for somethings, especially if you can get a discount code! It’s also great for inspiration. 
  • Klook – If you are traveling in Asia, then Klook is great! You can book all kinds of tours, activities, and train tickets, plus they even have sim cards and WiFi.

Claire Summers

Dancer, producer, traveller, photographer, cake maker, dog lover and knitter of Christmas scarfs.

This Post Has 9 Comments

  1. Reading can really change are person’s mind specially while travelling. You just need a company of a good book during long journeys. After reading about a particular place in a good book, it becomes so easy to explore the place.

  2. Thank you for sharing they seem an inspiring books. I will definitly read oneof them.

  3. Never heard of any of these so thanks for some new ideas! My mum raved about the island by Victoria hislop though. Might have to dig around in her bookcase and borrow it!

  4. Thanks for sharing. This was useful. I will definitely try to read at least 2 of them.

  5. Ohh, this is a very useful posts…I really love reading during my travels, in particular books that can inspiring my traveler soul 🙂 . I’m surely going to read the Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travelist, I have to decide where to go next.

    1. It’s the best! I can spend hours just flicking through it 🙂 Happy reading!

  6. It’s been so long since I’ve read a book and I used to be such a bookworm. I’m really looking forward to having some downtime over Christmas and planning my 2017 trips – Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travelist is totally up my street!

    1. Its one of my fav books! Perfect coffee table book. I have had to leave it at my dads but it’s the first thing I go for when I get to his. I’ve started to tick off the pages of the places I’ve been to 🙂 Hope you have a wonderful and relaxing Christmas!

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