In celebration of #WorldBookDay, we take a look at some of the greatest pieces of travel fiction that have gone on to inspire and enthuse generations of adventure-seekers. Check out our definitive list and fall in love with travel (and literature) all over again.
Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
Explore Lilliput with Swift’s seminal classic, ‘Gulliver’s Travels’. The full title of the novel is ‘Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World’ (catchy, I know), which gives you a pretty good idea of the adventures you’ll be going on throughout the book.
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
An oversized peach, talking insects and a boy with a dream – could a travel read get any better than this? Join James & Co as you sail across stormy seas and learn the true meaning of friendship along the way. You might even reach New York if you finish the book!
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
Travel across Europe with the classic novel ‘The Sun Also Rises’. Written in 1926, it follows a group of American and British expatriates who travel from Paris to Pamplona to watch the bullfights during the Festival of San Fermín. We certainly recommend it!
Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
Tackling subjects surrounding suburban unrest, parenting and wanderlust, ‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette’ perfectly encapsulates the urge to see more of the world. Take a trip with Bernadette to Antarctica and beyond, we promise it’s a journey you won’t want to miss.
Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Float along the Mississippi River and meet a variety of people and places along the way. As well as being an adventure novel, the novel also, importantly, provides a scathing satire on entrenched attitudes of the time, particularly racism.
Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
Fancy a trip to Neverland? ‘Peter Pan’, a firm favourite of mine, is the ideal travel book as it spans across not just locations, but entire imaginations. Believe you can fly and revel in the adventures of Peter, Wendy & Co… you might just meet Hook, too.
On The Road by Jack Kerouac
Enjoy reading about the travels of Kerouac and his friends across America in the irresistible ‘On The Road’. With the protagonists of the novel living against a backdrop of jazz, poetry and a counterculture attitude, it’s a book that’ll stay with you long after you’ve turned the last page.
Have you read any of these travel novels? Let us know by commenting below!