15 Inspiring Travel Books You Have to Read

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”

-Saint Augustine

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    From snuggling up with a good book on a transcontinental flight to looking for travel inspiration through the words and tales of others, travelers often look towards books for their travel muse. Here are 15 travel books that will inspire you to hit the road.

    A Moveable Feast, by Ernest Hemingway (1964)

    I couldn’t think of a better way to kick-start this list than through the words of Papa himself. In A Moveable Feast, Hemmingway lets us see Paris as he experienced it as a part of the lost generation. Hemingway makes us feel a twinge of jealousy that we can’t sip brandy with the likes of F Scott Fitzgerald and Ezra Pound in the cafes of Paris.

    In a Sunburned Country, by Bill Bryson (2000)

    No list of travel books is worth its salt without at least one inclusion from Bryson, and In a Sunburned Country ranks as one of his best. Bryson takes readers on a hysterical journey through the many dangers of the Australian continent, while inspiring you, too, to want to roam amongst deadly spiders and swim with killer sharks.

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    Facing the Congo, by Jeffrey Tayler (2000)

    Tayler has the biggest stones on the planet. Period. In the book, he attempts to follow in the wake of British Explorer Henry Stanley and canoe down the Congo River. Yet, the quest of reaching his launching off point in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is enough to scare even the most seasoned adventurer away. Or arouse similar lunacy.

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