There is nothing like a good book to get you inspired to travel or to simply enjoy while you are travelling . Most of these books are also available as ebooks so you are not having to lug them around in your baggage!
Eat, Pray, Love: A memoir of its author, Elizabeth Gilbert, and chronicles her trip around the world after her divorce and showcases the healing power of travel.
Committed: A Love Story: is the sequel and covers her life after Eat, Pray, Love ends.
In a Sunburned Country: Bill Bryson’s comedic report on Australia, the country that doubles as a continent, and a place with the friendliest inhabitants, the hottest, driest weather, and the most peculiar and lethal wildlife to be found on the planet. It is humorous, fact-filled and adventurous. None of Bill Bryson’s books disappoint me.
Holy Cow: An Indian Adventure: In her twenties, journalist Sarah Macdonald backpacked around India and came away with a lasting impression of heat, pollution and poverty. So when an airport beggar read her palm and told her she would return to India for love, she screamed, “Never!” and gave the country, and him, the finger. What followed is a truly engaging read.
Unlikely Destinations: The Lonely Planet Story: Lonely Planet Publications was born in 1973 when the Wheelers self-published a quirky travel guide,Across Asia on the Cheap. This was quickly followed by what soon became the backpackers’ bible, South-East Asia on a Shoestring. Going boldly where no other travel publisher had ventured, they catered to a new generation of independent, budget-conscious travelers long before the advent of mass tourism.
The Last Resort: A Memoir of Mischief and Mayhem on a Family Farm in Africa: by Douglas Rogers, it is a thoroughly wonderful book about the thrilling, heartbreaking, and, at times, absurdly funny, remarkable true story about a Zimbabwean family running a backpacker inn, in a country under siege and it is a testament to the love, perseverance, and resilience of the human spirit.
Dark Heart: Lawyer Mike Ioannou is dead after a hit and run in Thailand. A home invasion threatens the life of medico Richard Dunlop. In Johannesburg, a car jacker nearly kills photo journalist Liesl Nel.
Unrelated incidents in a dangerous world, or something else entirely? Australian war crimes prosecutor Carmel Shang joins the dots. All three victims are linked by a photograph that was clutched in the hand of a dying man nearly twenty years ago. The picture holds a clue to how madness gripped a country resulting in a million people losing their lives.
Carmel has to not only confront the perpetrators of the unprecedented slaughter, but Richard and Liesl, the two people she never wanted to see again. Richard was the UN military doctor she was in love with in Rwanda, and Liesl was the woman who came between them. Now they are thrown together again, desperately trying to find out why the photograph is making them the targets of an assassin.
In a quest that takes them from South Africa’s Kruger National Park to Zambia, Australia, and back to Rwanda, where it all began, they find that amidst the indestructible majesty and beauty of Africa, yesterday’s merchants of death are dealing in a new currency – illegal traditional medicine and the barbaric live trade in endangered African wildlife; businesses they’re prepared to kill for to protect.