Are you wondering what to read on your next holiday or do you need a bit of inspiration to plan your next trip? Either way, keep reading as we are sharing the best holiday reads.
“Eat, Pray, Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert
Every list of the best holiday reads should start with “Eat, Pray, Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert. This memoir book might have come out back in 2006, however, it is still considered as one of the best travel books of all time. The stories from Indonesia, India and Italy will definitely give you the wanderlust you are looking for!
“The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho
“The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho is definitely one of the best holiday reads. You will quickly fall in love with the mysterious journey of the Andalusian shepherd. While he is searching for the treasure and going through various adventures, he manages to find himself. And this is the most important lesson that we as reads should take away from one of Paulo Coelho’s most popular books as well.
“The Art of Travel” by Alain de Botton
There are hundreds of travel books out there, but “The Art of Travel” by Alain de Botton is one of the few that take a more honest and philosophical look on traveling. Instead of portraying the dream destination, the author is trying to dig deep and point out what we sometimes fail to notice or try to forget – some of the more simple moments of our travels.
“A Woman Alone: Travel Tales from Around the Globe” edited by Faith Conlon, Ingrid Emerick and Christina Henry de Tessan
If you are planning a solo trip or you have been dreaming about it for awhile, but there has always been something holding you back, now is the time to read “A Woman Alone: Travel Tales from Around the Globe” edited by Faith Conlon, Ingrid Emerick and Christina Henry de Tessan. The book is a combination of real life stories. Some of them are funny and thrilling, but some are a bit scary. Either way, as you go through the pages you will definitely feel the urge to pack your bags and head on your solo adventure!
“The Caliph’s House: A Year in Casablance” by Tahir Shah
If you have been to Morocco, we bet that this is a place you would want to go back. Those who have not been, on the other hand, definitely have the country on their bucket list. If you would like to get transported into the authentic Moroccan atmosphere, make sure to read “The Caliph’s House: A Year in Casablance” by Tahir Shah. As the English family moves to this new country they go through thrilling adventures, adjusting to the new culture and getting used to this new world.
“A Month in Siena” by Hisham Matar
If you love Italy and art, “A Month in Siena” by Hisham Matar is the book for you. While Siena is the centerpiece of the book, with just the very first pages of the book, you will understand that the author will take you on a spectacular art journey. The book is not just the city and the locals, but also about the impact that art has on our daily lives.
“The Beach” by Alex Garland
We bet that you have seen the movie “The Beach” by Danny Boyle from 1996 when Leonardo DiCaprio found himself on a secluded beach paradise. A lot of people do not know that the movie is actually based on Alex Garland’s novel “The Beach” from 1996. As the stories evolves and the reality uncovers provoking secrets, we are reminder that paradise is not real. Beauty, however, can be found in the most usual everyday life, regardless where in the world we are!
“The Greek Holiday” by Maeve Haran
“The Greek Holiday” by Maeve Haran is another very funny, filled with sunshine and romantic moments novel, perfect for when you are relaxing on the beach or you are reminiscing on your own memories of your latest trip. This book is truly unique with reminding us of how importance female friendship is. Despite that each character is going through a difficult phase in their lives, they find a way to help each other and learn valuable lessons.
“A Year in Provence” by Peter Mayle
Those of you dreaming about visiting France, and especially the Provence region of the country, should definitely plan on reading “A Year in Provence” by Peter Mayle. This best-selling book came back as the authors memoir in the 1980s, however, it is an excellent way to get transported into the romantic rural French life.
Which one of the above mentioned best holiday reads sound most intriguing for you? Would you love to start with the mysterious journey of “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho or would you like to start with the classics with “A Year in Provence” by Peter Mayle?