Have you ever been inspired by a book to travel?
Have you ever read The Beach? The imagery and descriptions of the idyllic island setting sent thousands of people to outer tropical islands in South East Asia. When the movie was released Kho Phi Phi was overrun. One good reason to get there before the movie release I guess!! Ditto with Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love. Holy Cow, by Sarah Macdonald is one of my all time favourites. It’s a really funny book about the enormous range of religions in India and it had me itching to get to there to experience the chaos. After reading Bill Bryson’s, A Walk in the Woods,I was madly plotting how we could do the Appalachian Trail ourselves. Cycling has taken over the physically challenging corner of our travels for the moment but it still lurks on the bucket list as one of the things I’d love to try. I tried to read Jack Kerouac’s classic On the Road, but I’m afraid it didn’t do much for me at all and I never finished it. Just not my style (Lord of the Rings is the same. I’ve tried 4 times to read it and stopped in the same place every time.)
Books also keep the memories alive once we get home. Reading a book that mentions and describes somewhere we’ve been immediately evokes the sights, smells and sounds of a moment in time where we experienced the same thing. The written word is sometimes more powerful in bringing back the memories than a photo. It’s one of the reasons I blog. Way to many red wines over the years means my memory is not what it used to be. Reading back over our adventures, brings it all back again, as does reading a book by someone else.
Anyway……As is usual when I start to look at things that interest me I’ve gone off on a tangent. I ( really must have been so focussed prior to the internet!!) I started to look at the Best Travel Books Ever, Top ten lists of classic travel books. Top ten travel books for 2013 etc and came up with a huge and varied list. Some of which, I have to admit, I’ve never even heard of. (Not surprising as I actually haven’t read a book in ages – Must rectify that soon! The main reason I’m using is I’ve been focussed on writing my own (that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it!) and yes it does have a travel theme) I considered making a huge list here and asking people to vote but what I’d really prefer to do is get your opinion on the subject before I make such a list.
So the BIG QUESTION is…..
What are the books you’ve read that have inspired your travels, made you add a place to your bucket list OR left you feeling like you’ve been there?
Please put a comment below and I’ll be publishing a list of readers favourites when I get at least 10…
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