I absolutely love to travel and I love books that make me want to travel. Any time I see that a book involves travel or that it’s set somewhere in the world I want to go, I immediately want to read it. And when I do read those books, I usually get a major case of wanderlust and places that I haven’t already been to get added to my travel bucket list. Which has become ridiculously long thanks to books. So here are a few of my favourite books set abroad and that have made me want to travel!
Where Sea Meets Sky (New Zealand) & Racing the Sun (Capri, Italy) by Karina Halle
New Zealand has long been on the list of places I hope to travel to one day, but after reading Karina Halle’s Where Sea Meets Sky, New Zealand jumped to the top of my list of dream travel destinations. Every new place Josh and Gemma traveled to just made me want to hop on the first flight to New Zealand that much more. I kept putting the book down so I could go look up pictures of the sights being described.
Karina Halle’s books basically make me want to do all the travelling. I’ve been lucky enough to travel to Italy a few times but I’ve never made it to Capri. Needless to say, after reading Racing the Sun it’s one of the places I want to go to the next time I’m in Italy. If nothing else, I want to see the Blue Grotto for myself. It sounds like an absolutely beautiful and magical sight.
With Every Breath by Lia Riley (Patagonia)
I’ve always been curious about South America, because of the culture and because of the incredible history that can be seen. What I never really thought about when thinking about travelling to South America was exploring Patagonia and climbing one of the highest mountains in the world. Then I read Lia Riley’s With Every Breath and doing just that sounded like a fantastic idea. Not that I have the necessary experience to climb something like La Aguja, but Lia Riley made just hiking up to the base of the mountain like something I have to experience at least once in my life.
Wish You Were Italian by Kristin Rae (Cinque Terre, Italy)
Italy is absolutely one of my favourite places in the world and even after having been lucky enough to go travel there multiple times, there are still parts of the country I want to explore. Thanks to Kristin Rae’s Wish You Were Italian one of those places is Cinque Terre, five villages on Italy’s Mediterranean coast that are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you look at pictures of Cinque Terre, it almost doesn’t look real. But it’s one of those places I dream of going, of visiting the beaches, of hiking the trail connecting the five villages. It’s definitely at the top of the list of places I want to visit.
Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson (Roadtrip from California to Connecticut)
Ok so this one isn’t so much about the destination but about the journey (I don’t think I could sound more like an inspirational poster if I tried). But seriously though, roadtrip books are my among my absolute favourites. I just love how so much can happen during one trip and it becomes not so much of about where you’re going but who you’re going with and what happens along the way. After reading Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour I wanted nothing more than hop into a car and go on a cross-country roadtrip. It’s still something I want to do today, I just have to find the time and someone to do it with me!
Thanks Emilie for guest posting!