The Greatest Journey Books to Preserve Your Wanderlust Alive

With travel restrictions around the world, we lack that unique feeling you get when you experience a completely new travel destination. Our team at Enchanting Travels is a well-read group from around the world. That’s why we asked her to share her favorite books that create that sense of excitement and exploration. Check out our recommendations for awesome fiction and non-fiction that might inspire you on your next adventure!

Publisher Credit (left to right): Mariner Books, Anchor, Modern Library, St. Martin’s Griffin

Dark Star Safari, Paul Theroux

“I love this adventure with Paul Theroux on the back of Africa. He avails of all types of transportation and speaks to a wide variety of people to create a multi-faceted portrait of the continent. His dry joke is wonderful too. “-Lucia

The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, Alexander McCall Smith

“The book, written in 1998 by Scottish author Alexander McCall Smith, is the first in a series about Precious Ramotswe, a detective in Botswana. Carefree and full of wisdom and lessons from the adventures and life of the protagonist, it also offers readers a glimpse into life in Botswana’s capital, Gaborone. “- Mouli

From Africa, Karen Blixen

“This classic tells about the experiences of the Danish author Karen Blixen in Kenya during the British era and paints an authentic picture of life on her coffee estate. The Oscar-winning film adaptation stars Meryl Streep and Robert Redford and was filmed in the co-founder of Enchanting Travels, Florian Keller’s current home in Nairobi! “- Mouli

The elephant whisperer Lawrence Anthony

“When conservationist Lawrence Anthony was asked to take in a herd of ‘rogue’ elephants, he had no idea what they would end up teaching him about loyalty and freedom. The game reserve setting brings you to South Africa and the characters (elephants and people) are unforgettable. “- Lucia

Books about Central America Publisher Credit (left to right): Grand Central Publishing, Harper Perennial Modern Classics, Vintage, Vintage

The lost city of the monkey god Douglas Preston

“An exciting, true account of an expedition to Honduras in search of unknown ancient civilizations!” – Alison

A hundred years of solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez

“A perfect Latin American read. This lyrical book tells the story of the rise and fall of the mythical city of Macondo through the story of the Buendiá family. It’s a classic for a reason. “- Lucia

The general in his labyrinth, Gabriel Garcia Marquez

“A glimpse into the last part of Simon Bolivar’s life, where you can see the tragedy of not reconciling big ideas with reality, and the beginnings of the political and territorial fragmentation associated with the military rule that later took over much of South America would haunt. Written in a unique style, in which a sentence can extend over a whole page and perfectly captures the personal subtleties of a great spirit and liberation hero and with him an entire continent. “- Sebastian

The Lost City of Z, David Grann

“The real account of Percy Fawcett’s exploration of the Amazon on behalf of the Royal Geographic Society and a modern man who tried to follow his steps.” -Alison

Great books on India Publisher Credit (left to right): Picador, Free Press, St. Martin’s Griffin, Harper Perennial Modern Classics

The miracle that India was, Arthur Llewellyn Basham

“A comprehensive overview of Indian history, especially the astonishing integration of more than 500 princely states into the Republic of India after independence from an Indian perspective.” – Sebastian

The white tiger, Aravind Adiga

“This book was written with the finest Indian dark humor and captures the voices of the men you encounter while traveling around India. Bihar and Lalu Prasad Yadav play a prominent role, although they were never mentioned by name. “- Sebastian

Shantaram, Gregory David Roberts

“Get to know the (fictional) lower abdomen of India through the eyes of an illegal Australian immigrant.” – Alison

A suitable boy, Vikram Seth

“A historical novel about the efforts of an Indian family to find a” suitable “bridegroom for their daughter in India after independence and after the division.” – Mouli

Great books about Europe Publisher Credit (left to right): Crown, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, Europa Editions, Harper Thorsons

La Bella Figura: A Field Guide for the Italian Spirit, Beppe Severgnini

“A fun and easy read that describes what makes Italian culture so unique and different from the rest of the world!” – Rebecca

Chasing a Croatian Girl: A Survival Story, Cody McClain Brown

“An easy read: an American marries a Croat and describes the differences while highlighting the country’s beauty.” – Rebecca

My brilliant friend Elena Ferrante

“As the first book in a four-volume series, we get to know the fiery Lila and our narrator Elena in Naples in the 1950s. They grow from girls to mothers over the series, and their intricate friendship follows them over the years. An intimate view of the vibrant city of Naples ”- Lucia

The alchemist Paulo Coelho

“The ultimate wanderlust, Santiago, travels the world from the Andalusian hills, discovering wisdom and the reward of following your dreams along the way.” – Lucia

Greta Books on AsiaPublisher Credit (left to right): Simon & Schuster, Vintage, Silkworm Books, Other Press

Wild swans, Jung Chang

“After living and teaching in China for a year, reading this book really got me back to the rhythms of everyday life. The history lesson is incredibly important to anyone wanting to understand modern China, and three female narrators help shed light on parts of Mao’s China that are not often read about. “- Lucia

Memories of a geisha, Arthur Golden

“A historical novel about the life of the geisha from childhood to relocation from Japan to the USA after World War II. It offers an insight into traditional Japanese society and the meaning and effect of geishas in a time before the profession was “purified and modernized”. ”- Mouli

The Tragedy of Cambodian History, David P. Chandler

“From the size of Angkor to the horrors of the Khmer Rouge, this is Cambodian history that was written as a fascinating story.” – Sebastian

The art of hearing heartbeats, Jan-Philipp Sendker

“A fascinating secret in the heart of Burma. Come for the lyrical prose and exotic backdrop, hold on for the romantic tug. “- Lucia

Great international travel booksEditor’s Credit (left to right): Certain Books, House of Anansi Press, Atria Books, Knopf Canada

Pocket Atlas of Remote Islands, Judith Schalansky

“A deeply personal account of the islands that held a place in the author’s heart during her lifelong love of cartography.” – Kate

The Wayfinder, Wade Davis

“A fascinating exploration of the ancient cultures that inhabit the Amazon, Australia, Polynesia and the Andes today, and why it is important to preserve them.” – Lucia

Long Way Down: An Epic Motorcycle Journey From Scotland to South Africa, Ewan McGregor & Charley Boorman

“A fascinating motorcycle trip from Scotland to Cape Town, South Africa.” – Florian

The life of Pi, Yann Martell

“On the journey from India to the South Seas to Mexico, this is the story of the brilliant son of a zookeeper named Pi. He lost his family in a shipwreck and lost himself at sea on a life raft with a tiger. While Pi controls their safety and survival, he explores the high seas and breaks new ground in his soul. “- Lucia

We hope you enjoy some of these great readings! And when you’re ready to book your next trip, we’re here to help you create your own experience of a lifetime.

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