15 books to read on a trip

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Reading and traveling are two things that can go hand in hand. Reading is in fact a traveler's favorite pastime. Some of the best memories you can have are associated with reading a book while on a trip or lying on a beach or in the back of a bus, intent on reaching the coveted destination.
A book during a journey will transport you to another time, to another place, from the first moment you pick it up. The following is a list of 25 books to read on a trip.
Each book is considered a masterpiece of literature, so if you are looking for a good book to read during your vacation, you just have to look for it among our 25 best books.



1 - Into the Wild

This is the true story of Christopher McCandless. After donating all his money to charity, he decides to leave, with his backpack on his shoulder, unhappy with what modern society has to offer. It is the story of a man who will find himself in Alaska, to pursue his dream within nature. To read while traveling to increase the spirit of adventure that distinguishes it.

  • Author: Jon Krakauer
  • Year of Publication: 1996
  • Buy online: Prices from € 9,99

2 - The last resort

You can't go to Thailand without reading The Last Resort or watching the movie based on the book. The protagonist of the story, Richard, is looking for a legendary, idyllic beach, untouched by tourism. Will he be happy when he finds her? The book is very, very different from the movie and is worth reading before or during a trip to get an idea of ​​what Thailand has to offer.



  • Author: Alex Garlanc
  • Year of Publication: 1996
  • Buy online: Prices from € 6,99

3 - The little prince

If you haven't read this book, maybe it's time to do it. The Little Prince is truly the adventure book suitable for all ages, for children and adults. Recommended during a trip because it will help you remember the different people you may meet on your travels or, more generally, throughout your life. The question that arises after reading it is unsettling: if a child has the strength to travel the universe, he can have the courage to travel the world.

  • Author: Antoine de Saint-Exupèry
  • Year of Publication: 1943
  • Buy online: Prices from € 1,99

4 - Eat, pray, love

This book certainly offers enlightening and pleasant notes, moreover, it will inspire you to buy a one-way ticket to enjoy what life has to offer. It is good to read this book while traveling because it acts as a reminder of the travel function. Traveling makes you grow as a person. It may be the food, the cultural experience or the people you meet, but traveling affects everyone.

  • Author: Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Year of Publication: 2006
  • Buy online: Prices from € 7,00

5 - Travel with Charley. In search of America

A different journey, a different author. Steinbeck is famous for works such as The Valley of Eden, but this work sees Steinbeck intent on another great American journey, in the desire to understand modern America. Reading it during a trip, perhaps in company, will allow you to understand, in a direct way, how a common experience can strengthen a relationship.



  • Author: John Steinbeck
  • Year of Publication: 1962
  • Buy online: Prices from € 6,99

6 - The call of the forest

Set in California, this novel tells the stories of Buck, the central character in Lond's masterpiece. Throughout the mythical adventures of this sled dog, it's easy to get caught up in Lond's poetic descriptions, reviving a desolate country through a dog's eyes. Recommended for traveling to have a surplus of adventures to tell.

  • Author: Jack London
  • Year of Publication: 1904
  • Buy online: Prices from € 2,99

7 - On the road

The book is based on Kerouac's life experiences. The protagonist travels across America, from New York to San Francisco, with his friends. Kerouac writes of the personal lack of accountability and security. We recommend reading while traveling to encourage the pretense of living only in the moment. Very current book and still widely read today, despite more than 50 years have passed.

  • Author: Jack Kerouac
  • Year of Publication: 1957
  • Buy online: Prices from € 7,99

8 - In Patagonia

Chatwin fulfills his childhood dream, a journey to Patagonia through the memories of his grandfather who guides him. Chatwin travels through one of the lesser known counties in South America. It is rare that a diary can delve so deeply into the culture and history of a country. To understand why it is recommended during a trip, just read the words of the New York Times, which described it as a "small masterpiece of travel, history and adventure".



  • Author: Bruce Chatwin
  • Year of Publication: 1977
  • Buy online: Prices from € 6,99

9 - Shantaram

A semi-biographical story of an Australian bank robber, Roberts, sentenced to many years in prison. He escaped from prison and moved to India. The story begins with Roberts arriving in Bombay, his new city. He will find a new environment to welcome him, among a thousand adventures and scene shots, the protagonist will be able to understand what really matters in life. Reading while traveling will improve your adventurous spirit.

  • Author: Gregory David Roberts
  • Year of Publication: 2003
  • Buy online: Prices from € 12,99

10 - The horizon, every day, a little further on

The story of Claudio, author of the book, who despite a comfortable life with a Bocconi degree and a steady job, discovers the dissatisfaction of a condition that does not open new perspectives. So he decides to leave everything behind and go on a journey of a thousand days around the world, without planes. It crosses five continents and forty-four countries, but above all, it violently crosses itself, rediscovering new horizons and new senses every day.

  • Author: Claudio Pelizzeni
  • Year of Publication: 2017
  • Buy online: Prices from € 6,99

11 - I am a nomadic mind. The journey, the sacrifice, the happiness

As the author specifies, this is not the usual story of a man who leaves his permanent job to escape. No escape here, but a journey, which opens new horizons through courage and sacrifice, which lead to rebirth. Edoardo "Mente Nomade" goes from the mountains of Bavaria by bicycle, to Alaska in "Into the Wild", up to Antarctica, for a healing journey through freedom and self-discovery.

  • Author: Edoardo Massimo Del Mastro
  • Year of Publication: 2018
  • Buy online: Prices from € 7,99

12 - A soothsayer told me

A story bordering on superstition, but true. A fortune-teller predicted to Terzani that in 1993 he would run the risk of dying, and therefore of absolutely not taking the plane that year. That prediction upsets the life of the journalist, who rediscovers Asia in his travels without airplanes between comparisons with sorcerers, astrologers but above all with himself and that boundless continent.

  • Author: Tiziano Terzani
  • Year of Publication: 1995
  • Buy online: Prices from € 6,99

13 - Steve Jobs no longer lives here

In this book the author tells the California of Silicon Valley compared to that of the 60s, of how San Francisco went from being the gay capital of America to being the playground for anyone with a shred of ideas, where they appear. the various Zuckenbergs and Jobs. Vices and virtues of Silicon Valley in a human comedy with a sarcastic and metaphorical tone.

  • Author: Michele Masneri
  • Year of Publication: 2020
  • Buy online: Prices from € 9,99

14 - Zen and the art of bicycle maintenance

This philosophy book conjures up images of classrooms, but you don't write philosophy book and make it one of the best-selling in the world without making it easy to read. Pursig uses motorcycle maintenance as a means of writing about philosophical discussions on a first-person trip across America. This book during a journey will guide you to the values ​​of self-discovery.

  • Author: Robert M. Pursig
  • Year of Publication: 1974
  • Buy online: Prices from € 2,99

15 - The coordinates of happiness. Of dreams, travel and pure life

It is the autobiographical novel by Gianluca Gotto, who after university and an experience in Thailand, becomes aware of what his dreams and ambitions really are. So he decides to give up everything and reinvent himself a life as a globetrotter, starting with a journey that takes him as far as possible from home: Turin-Perth, Australia. From there, the story of two years of life in the conquest of one's freedom.

  • Author: Gianluca Gotto
  • Year of Publication: 2018
  • Buy online: Prices from € 9,99

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