The Finest Travel Books to Preserve Your Wanderlust Alive

With travel restrictions around the world, we lose that unique feeling you get when you experience a whole new destination. Our Enchanting Travels team is a well-read group from around the world, so we asked them to share their favorite books that evoke this feeling of excitement and exploration. Take a look at our suggestions for fantastic and non-fantastic readings that can inspire 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 African backbone adventure with Paul Theroux. He takes every possible metaphor and speaks to a wide range of people to create a multifaceted portrait of the continent. His dry spirit is also wonderful. “-Lusia

The No. 1 female detective, Alexander McCall Smith

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

Outside Africa, Karen Blixen

“This classic tells the experiences of Danish author Karen Blixen in British-era Kenya, painting an authentic picture of life on the coffee estate. The Oscar-winning film adaptation stars Meryl Streep and Robert Redford and was filmed by the co-founder of Enchanting Travels, at the current Nairobi house of Florian Keller! “- Mule

The Elephant Whisperer, Lawrence Anthony

“When conservator Lawrence Anthony was asked to take a herd of ‘rogue’ elephants, he had no idea what they would end up teaching him about faith and freedom. The game reserve setting takes you to South Africa and the characters (elephant and human) 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

“A fascinating, true account of a mission to Honduras in search of unknown ancient civilizations!” – Allison

One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez

“A perfect Latin America 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 maze, Gabriel Garcia Marquez

“A look at the last part of Simon Bolivar’s life where one can see the tragedy of failing to align the big ideas with the reality and principles of political and territorial fragmentation combined with a military rule that will haunt much of South America later. . It was written in a unique style where a sentence can span an entire page, perfectly capturing the personal intricacies of a great mind and liberation hero and with him the whole continent. “- Sebastian

The Lost City of Z, David Grann

“The true account of Percy Fawcett’s exploration of Amazon on behalf of the Royal Geographic Society and a modern-day man trying to trace his footsteps.” – Allison

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

The miracle that was India, Arthur Llewellyn Basham

“An extensive overview of the history of India, namely the astonishing integration of more than 500 princess states in the Republic of India after independence, from the perspective of India.” – Sebastian

The White Tiger, Aravind Adiga

“Written with the best of Indian dark humor, this book captures the voice of the men you meet while traveling in India. Bihar and Lalas Prasad Yadav, although never mentioned by name, have obvious significance. “- Sebastian

Shantaram, Gregory David Roberts

“Get to know in depth the (imaginary) belly of India through the eyes of an illegal Australian immigrant.” – Allison

A suitable boy, Vikram Seth

“A historical novel about the efforts of an Indian family to find a ‘suitable’ groom for their daughter in India after independence, after the partition.” – Mule

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

La Bella Figura: A field guide for the Italian mind, Beppe Severgnini

“A funny and light reading that covers what makes Italian culture so unique and different from the rest of the world!” – Rebecca

Chasing a Croatian Girl: The Story of a Survivor, Cody McClain Brown

“A light reading: an American marries a Croat and details the differences, while noting the beauty of the country.” – Rebecca

My brilliant friend, Elena Ferrante

“The first book in a series of four volumes, we know the fiery Lila and our narrator, Elena in Naples in 1950. They grow from girls to mothers through the series, with their complex friendship following them all these years. An intimate look at the lively city of Naples “- Lucia

The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho

“The ultimate wanderer, Santiago, travels from the hills of Andalusia around the world, discovering the wisdom and benefits of following his dreams along the way.” – Lucia

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

Wild Swans, Jung Chang

“Having lived and taught in China for a year, reading this book really brought me to the rhythms of everyday life there. The history lesson is incredibly important for anyone who wants to understand modern China, and having three female storytellers helps illuminate parts of Mao’s China that you do not read about often. “- Lucia

Memoirs of a Geisha, Arthur Golden

“A historical novel about the life of a geisha from childhood to the relocation of World War II to the United States from Japan. It offers a taste of traditional Japanese society and the importance and impact of geishas in an era before the profession was “cleansed and modernized”. “- Mule

The tragedy of the history of Cambodia, David P. Chandler

“From the greatness of Angkor to the horrors of the Khmer Rouge – this is the story of Cambodia written as a fascinating story.” – Sebastian

The Art of Hearing Heartbeats, Jan-Philipp Sendker

“An interesting mystery located in the heart of Burma. Come for the lyrical prose and the exotic setting, stay for the romantic heartbeat. “- Lucia

Large international travel booksPublisher Credit (left to right): Specific books, House of Anansi Press, Atria Books, Knopf Canada

Pocket Atlas of Remote Islands, Judith Schalansky

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

The Wayfinders, Wade Davis

“A fascinating exploration of ancient civilizations living today in the Amazon, Australia, Polynesia and the Andes, and why their preservation matters.” – Lucia

Long Way Down: An epic motorcycle trip from Scotland to South Africa, by Ewan McGregor & Charley Boorman

“An exciting motorcycle trip from Scotland to Cape Town, South Africa.” – Florian

Life of Pi, Yann Martell

“Traveling from India to the South Sea, to Mexico, this is the story of the brilliant son of a zoologist named Pi. He loses his family in a shipwreck, got lost at sea in a lifeboat with a tiger. As Pi navigates their safety and survival, he explores the high seas, mapping a new area within his soul. “- Lucia

We hope you enjoy some of these wonderful readings! And when you are ready to book your next trip, we are here to help you create your own life experience.

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