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Spencer Spellman

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What are your favorite books you've read on a trip?

...not called Eat, Pray, Love. And not just travel books, but just any book you've read while traveling (or inspired you to travel or go to a destination) that you've loved, perhaps even about a specific culture or place. I'm always looking for new books to add to my list to read when I'm traveling. 

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  • Matt Baney

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    Some of these I read because I was researching a trip, some of them I read on a trip, and some of them I read and they inspired a trip.


    A Walk in the Woods - by Bill Bryson; Applachian Trail hike

    Travels with Charlie - by John Steinbeck; travels all around America

    Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance - Robert Pirsig; motorcycle trip across montana

    Flight of the Nez Pierce - Mark Brown; great Native American history, Oregon, Idaho, Montana

    The Big Burn - Timothy Eagan; the 1910 fires in northern Idaho and Western Montana

    Sources of the River - Jack Nisbet; history of Hudsons Bay Co. explorer David Thompson and his travels across Canada and search for a route to the Pacific before Lewis and Clark.

    Glacial Lake Missoula - David Alt; Geologic history of pre-historic ice-dams and floods from western Montana across northern Idaho, and Washington

    Anasazi America - David Stuart; great history of the Native people around Chaco Canyon in New Mexico.

    Dancing at the Rascal Fair - Ivan Doig; history of a Scottish immigrant family in 1880's Montana

    American Gods - Neil Gaiman; interesting SciFi Fantasy taking place in locations in america

    East of the Mountains - David Guterson; a trip from Seattle to eastern Washington

    Frank Lloyd Wright - Ada Huxtable; biography of the great architect

    Shoeless Joe - WP Kinsella; baseball stories from the Northeast, to Minnesota, to Iowa

    A River Runs Through It - Norman MacLean; flyfishing and family in Western Montana

    Men to Match My Mountains - Irving Stone; history of California, Nevada, Utah, and Colorado from 1840 to 1900

    Sarum - Edward Rutherford; excellent history of the area around Stonehenge and Salisbury Cathedral from pre roman times to the present.



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  • Valerie Axworthy

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    Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. Cannot recommend enough. One of the most thought provoking books i've ever read.

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  • Amanda Gentle

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    Love Does by Bob Goff! The way this man views life and adventure is inspiring!

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      I couldn't agree more. This is one of my favorites!!! · (1 likelikes)

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  • Christoph Janke

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    I read "the opposite of loneliness" recently. I really love the writing style of Marina Keegan!

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      GREAT book! So much wisdom from such a young woman! · (0 likelikes)

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  • Adam Gerber

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    Into The Wild, Jon Krakauer (This one's my bible, especially after visiting the bus in Alaska)

    A Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams

    The Alchemist, Paulo Coehlo

    Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Robert Pirsig

    A Brief History of Time, Steven Hawking

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  • Justin Schmid

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    The Tricking of Freya. Amazing book that covers a lot about people of Icelandic descent in Canada.

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  • Spencer Spellman

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    Wow, some amazing book recommendations. Already read some of these that were recommended, including Harold Fry, which I recently read. Also, just saw this great list of books on Buzzfeed that included some of those mentioned and others:

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/ariannarebolini/quite-ready-for-your-next-adventure#.niQ1rdRZe

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  • Nardine Hunt

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    Mine are hardly literary gems.

    First solo trip (to Ghana) and I started the Harry Potter series, a bit of "Britishness" helped as I was feeling homesick & overwhelmed.

    My family & other animals on my first holiday to Corfu

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  • Bethany Leger

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    "The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance" by Elna Baker (I laughed til I cried), and definitely "Undress Me In The Temple Of Heaven" by Susan Jane Gilman. Read the entire book in two days. A true story thriller with crazy twists and no nonsense writing. Both authors keep it real, and you really can't put their books down.

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    Definitely Travels by Michael Crichton featuring his short stories from his many real adventures across the world over the years. Very easy to pick up and put down while traveling and definitely inspiring. Also, it's cliché but it never gets old...Eay Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert! I will definitely be reading her new book Big Magic!

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  • Ashley and Ryan R

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    Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) Mindy Kaling

    Kitchen Confidential Anthony Bourdain

    The Death of Cool Gavin McInnes

    Something about reading other people's life journey while you're creating stories for you own.

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  • Will Taylor

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    Whether you are seeking to explore physical or spiritual dimensions of the Earth, I guarantee the books on this page will enhance your journey.

    Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel By Rolf Potts

    Travels By Michael Crichton

    On the Road By Jack Kerouac

    501 Must-Visit Cities By David Brown

    The Art of Travel By Alain de Botton

    The Road Less Traveled By M. Scott Peck

    The Seat of the Soul By Gary Zukav

    Journey of Your Soul By Shepherd Hoodwin

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  • Shannon A. House

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    One of my favorites is Mediterranean Summer by David Shalleck! Reads like a novel, though it's non fiction. The authors experience working on a yacht as the chef (in the Med for a summer).

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      One of my favorites too! · (1 likelikes)

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  • Todd D. Baker

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    The Geograph of Bliss by Eric Weiner. Trust me.

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  • Tiffany Weber

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    Reading Ken Follet's The Pillars of the Earth provides a fascinating education into England's history and adds a layer of meaning to visits there.

    One of my favorite books of all time is The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova which is also historical fiction and takes you to places in France, Turkey, and Romania among others.


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  • Steven Farley

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    Vagabonding by Rolf Potts had a great deal of influence in my travels.

    Anything, and I do mean anything, from Bill Bryson gets top honors for anything about travel, or history, or science, or trivialities, or some combination thereof.

    Favorite thing I've read while traveling would be hard to pin down, as I like to read a great deal of varying things. I'll narrow it down to things I've read this year, in which case my favorite fiction was probably David Mitchell's Ghostwritten, and favorite nonfiction was probably Annie Lamont's Bird by Bird (as I have also been trying to write).

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  • Kathryn Hunter

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    Love with a Chance of Drowning is the first book that made me even consider a long term sailing trip. Right now I'm reading Marching Powder; the prose isn't great, but the story keeps you reading.

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  • pat chan

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    Moby Dick by Herman Melville, an excellent tale of adventure and the open sea

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  • Ben Lee

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    The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton is a great travel book to read when you're travelling!

    Also love history of art books when you're travelling through certain areas

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    If you ever take a trip to Ecuador, or more specifically Otavalo you should definitely read Queen of the Water. It talks a lot about the indigenous culture in the area.

    If you are interested in the Amazon, State of Wonder is awesome.

    Geography of Bliss gives you an interesting outlook on a couple different places around the world.

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