Here is a list of travel books and books that take place in different countries for your isolation amusement.
A temporary cure for wanderlust? A good book. Especially travel books that take place in another country. It’s the perfect way to delve into another world, at least in your mind. While there is no shortage of travel books that fall under these categories I have tried my best to narrow down a few classics. Give them a read and let us know what you think.
1. The Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson
You may recognize Bryson from his autobiographical book, A Walk in the Woods, covering his journey on the Appalachian Trail. But this talented author brought out The Road to Little Dribbling, which is a humorous recounting of his adventures in Great Britain. If you are looking for a laugh and are dreaming of England this is the perfect place to start.
2. Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes
Italy, romance, friends, and self-growth. The perfect combination for an enjoyable memoir. You may be familiar with the film but if you want to bask in the warmth of the Italian sun, revel in the delicious scents of Italian cuisine, and picture yourself fixing up a home in Tuscany this book is a must-read. You may not be in Italy, but this book gets you pretty close.
3. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Ah, a classic. Can’t have a travel book list without it. This memoir is all about self-discovery as the author takes a journey around the world after her divorce. Published in 2006 the author travels to Italy, India, and Indonesia, and discovers many things on her travels.
4. On The Road by Jack Kerouac
A classic novel that, in summary, is about a Kerouac based character named Dean Moriarty, and his friends as they travel across the USA. The story touches on jazz, poetry, and drug use, and the many places and thoughts Moriarty and his friends have on their journey’s. On The Road hits on a variety of themes as the complex characters adventure from state to state.
5. Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman
Looking to get wrapped up in an Italian summer romance? Loved the movie? Give the book a try. It will quickly transport you to Northern Italy in the 1980s. The story delves into the relationship that forms between 17-year-old Elio Perlman, an American-Italian Jewish boy, and Oliver, a 24-year-old American Jewish scholar who stays with his family during the summer.
6. Full Tilt: Ireland to India with a Bicycle by Dervla Murphy
Originally published in 1965, this memoir covers Dervla Murphy’s journey through nine countries. A woman, alone, riding a bike was certainly uncommon at the time, and lucky for us, she wrote this book based on the diary she kept during her travels. Through treacherous conditions and discomfort Murphy persevered making this remarkable story a must-read.
7. A Small Place by Jamaica Kincaid
This beautiful piece of creative nonfiction discusses Kincaid’s experience growing up in Antigua. Many have read it for its insights on the “indictment of the Antiguan government, the tourist industry, and Antigua’s British colonial legacy”. The story delves into the many stories and sides of Antigua providing an educational and insightful read.
8. The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton
Alain de Botton, known for some highbrow publications, talks about the pleasure one derives from travel in this philosophical book. This celebrated author delves into the how and why of why we travel. The perfect book for intellectual stimulation, de Botton, is sure to highlight some of the natural curiosities of life.
9. My Invented Country: A Nostalgic Journey Through Chile by Isabel Allende
This Allende memoir is both a history lesson and Allende’s personal story. The book unfolds around two events, her uncle’s (Salvador Allende) assassination which resulted in her exile and the 9/11 attacks in the U.S. The story discusses the violent Chilean history and delves into the politics and myths surrounding the country.
10. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell
The famed writer wrote this memoir about the two metropolitan cities, London and Paris, as his first published work. He specifically touches on the theme of poverty in the two cities. The book’s essays, while based on actual events, are fictionalized. Orwell, to make up for his feelings of guilt decides to take part in jobs that the ‘lower class’ would have, in Paris he worked as a dishwasher and in London as a pauper. He recounts his experiences and observations in this book.