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Books to Inspire your Travels

October 1, 2019
books to inspire your travels

Autumn. My absolute favourite season. I adore everything about it. The colours the season paints nature with. The lightly burnished, bright days. The crisp bite to the mornings. The crunch of leaves underfoot. I also get excited that it makes me want to enjoy days where I hibernate in my home. I seek out a cosy corner, have endless cups of tea on the go, and bury myself under a snuggly blanket. Add to this scene a good book I can lose myself in, and I am at my happiest.

I love books that carry me away to foreign lands. Books where the author takes me with them on their adventures. In my minds eye I am with them gazing in awe at the towering giraffes of the African planes. I am marvelling at the scenery they are seeing for the first time. Or I am holding their hand as they venture on their personal journey of discovery. I thought in this post I would share with you some of my favourite books to inspire your travels.

Books to Inspire your Travels

An Elephant in my Kitchen – Francoise Malby-Anthony

From about four pages in, this book had me hooked. Just the fact that it is a story with all of South Africa’s wildlife dancing across it’s pages I knew it was going to be a bit of me. Thula Thula reserve was founded to protect and look after the animals. It became that, and so much more. Turning the final page of this book, I had never wanted to visit South Africa more. This book will make you laugh, cry, feel immense anger, but overall make you feel hopeful for the South African wildlife. A must for any dream safari goer.

Eat Pray Love – Elizabeth Gilbert

An incredibly well know book, and even better known film! Although the book is set in Italy, India and Bali, it was Bali that captured me. I loved the lessons that Bali taught me personally when I spent time there. I was lucky enough to spend six weeks in Bali after reading this book, and I felt an instant connection to the people, perhaps in part because of the book. I even met my very own teacher while there. I told you more about this lesson in this post, Why I feel Travel can be the Key to Growth if you would like to know more details. Like a lot of book to film adaptations, I loved the film, but the book will always be the star for me, and I have re-read it several times over the years. It is a fabulous story of self discovery. One of my favourite quotes, that resonates with me fully;

“You were given life. It is your duty to find something beautiful within life, no matter how slight.”

Books to inspire your travels
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Kenya, A mountain to climb – Rod Wood

*I was kindly gifted this book by the publishers*. I also have a copy to giveaway which I will tell you about in a moment. Rod, a farm vet, was suffering with depression and a total dissastisfaction with his lot. His dream was to “reach the roof” of Africa. So he did! After sucsessfully climbing Kilimanjaro in 2012, he could never have known that reaching that goal, would also bring his mental health unmeasurable positive result. He felt it was time to pursue another of his ultimate dreams. So, he returned to Africa. His journey this time was to see the wildlife that he is so passionate about, in their own habbitat. Oh, and to climb another mountain……. This book has culture, animals, a real positive message and makes me love Africa just a little more. This book really shows the triumph of the human spirit, and how you need to keep looking for that sunshine! A beautiful book, uplifting and triumphant.

If you would like to be in with a chance of winning your own copy of Kenya, A Mountain To Climb, I have told you how in the final paragraph of this post.

One More Croissant for the Road – Felicity Cloake

It’s weird you know, I have always wanted to live in rural France. I have held a dream of owning a beautiful property, that I can hold painting retreats, craft lovers breaks or yoga escapes, in. Ironically, until last year, I had never visited rural France, so I have no idea where that dream stemmed from! This book did nothing to quench my thirst for France. Felicity and her bike, (Eddy) set off on a food-and-France journey that will sweep you along with it. There are many recepies to help you recreate your own French adventure, but it is not a cookbook. It had me roaring with laughter, ready to get back on my own bike and fuelled my desire to tour France no end.

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a meander down the river started our relaxation

Lion – A Long Way Home – Saroo Brierley

This might seem a weird one to include in this list, given its subject matter! This book made me cry, a lot. It also made me feel full of hope and believe in the strength of will of the heart. It tells the true story of a little boy who got lost, then found his way home 25 years later. Little Saroo got lost in India at just 5 years old. The book see’s you escort Saroo in his trek across India, desperately wanting to scoop him up and help him find his way back. I felt like I was holding my breath a lot of the time I was with Saroo, but I also fell even more under India’s influence. It is a beautiful book, it really is a book to inspire your travels, but have your tissues at the ready.

The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho

This is one of my all time favourite books. It made me want to seek my own adventures, chase my own dreams. It made me not be afraid to do both! It starts in Andalucia, but ventures off towards the Egyptian Pyramids. I loved the lessons and experiences that Santiago, the books main character, has along the way. I love how each character he meets leaves him with something new. Each place he see’s opens his eye, that have been pretty sheltered so far, to new things. This sums up what travel does for everyone that opens their heart to it. It is also the book that made me think differently about how life, the universe, really works.

And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.

The Lost Girls – Jennifer Baggett, H. Corbett & A Pressner

Three friends have written this memoir. They are just about to hit their thirtieth birthdays. They want adventure…… It is a really fun, light hearted read. It is these ladies wanting more, that give up their “sensible” jobs, to pursue their dream of travelling the world. The girls are led to all manor of places in this tale, across four continents, and the pursuit of their dream pushes them out f their comfort zone. A funny book that made me laugh out loud, as well as pack a back pack and take off!

I loved all of these books, for different reasons, but they all inspired my future and past travel adventures. I am a huge fan of all the Lonely Planet books, but there is something about a story set in foreign lands that just captures me. It makes me daydream about the place. A well written story enables me to put myself there, right beside the characters. I would love to hear any of your favourite travel inspired books! I am always looking for more to read so let me know. Oh and any comments left on this post, (and/or on the relevant Instagram post) will give you an entry into the book giveaway.

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12 responses to “Books to Inspire your Travels”

  1. Some fab recommendations Kerry – I’ve got my eye on ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ – in fact, I’m currently reading two books at the moment, but they are more ‘dip in, dip out’ books to be honest. I can’t seem to start one and finish one quickly unfortunately.

    • kerrylifeandloves says:

      Lauretta I tend to have two books on the go most of the time! I like to have a fiction, and a non-fiction that I can pick up as the mood takes me haha! I have struggled to read with any form of concentration for a while, but am just slowly getting back in my vibe. Eat Pray Love is a gorgeous read xx

  2. Jean says:

    Some good recommendations here Kerry, love having books recommended and certainly spoilt for choice with these reviews. Not sure which one I will start with, maybe an elephant in m kitchen

  3. Thanks Kerry – glad I’m not the only one who does things differently!

    • kerrylifeandloves says:

      Haha! Sometimes my mood wants a beautiful story, other times a little self development or biography. Us girls like to see what suits our mood right? xx

  4. Ann Rebori says:

    Thank you for the recommendations Kerry. I love the sound of One more croissant for the road. I tend to read more non fiction and at the moment I’m enjoying Lady of the house, a book I bought at Chatsworth. It documents the role of women in the English country house.

    • kerrylifeandloves says:

      You are so welcome Ann. One more croissant is hard to niche really. Its like a mix of cook book, comedy and travel book haha! I love a non fiction too, always have one on the go. My non fiction I am reading at the moment is the Michelle Obama story.

  5. Karen says:

    I have to admit that I only read ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ a couple of years ago (and I didn’t enjoy the film when I tried to watch it after!), but it has opened my eyes to Italy and Bali. They’re two places that I wouldn’t have thought of visiting before, but they’re now on my travel list. The beautifully descriptive language that she uses, made me feel like I was there with her. A real eye-opener of a book 💖

    • kerrylifeandloves says:

      Oh Karen I know exactly what you mean. i LOVED how she wrote. I felt like I was scrubbing that floor with her! A beautifully written book, that makes us want to visit those places.

  6. Great list. We really loved Coelho’s Alchemist.

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