Ah, the anticipation of an upcoming holiday – what to pack, what to wear and what to read… Well, maybe not so much. However, reading a book about the destination you’re travelling to that’s not a guide book, can really up the excitement levels. Immerse yourself in the destination before you even get there, or pack one of these favourites in your suitcase and get double the experience when you arrive. Here’s 5 books that will have you wanderlusting for your favourites destinations over and over again.
WHAT TO READ IF YOU’RE GOING TO… THAILAND
THE BEACH BY ALEX GARLAND
If you loved the movie starring Leonard DiCaprio, then I can guarantee you’ll love the book. This is one of those novels that transports you to another world and you feel separated from reality whilst reading it. So many elements of this book make you long for faraway places, to escape to a world of adventure where your only possession is your passport. The book follows a group of young backpackers who discover an idyllic island off the coast of Bangkok, and what happens next is up to you to find out.
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The Beach by Alex Garland – Buy HERE.
WHAT TO READ IF YOU’RE GOING TO… INDIA
SHANTARAM BY GREGORY DAVID ROBERTS
Shantaram is hands down an all time favourite, with no story ever coming close to this incredible memoir. It’s the real life story of author Gregory David Roberts who is a convicted Australian bank robber and heroin addict that escapes from Pentridge Prison and flees to India. Robert’s way with words and immersive text make you feel as though you are actually with him on the journey, feeling every breath and emotion along the way.
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Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts – Buy HERE.
WHAT TO READ IF YOU’RE GOING TO… ITALY
UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN BY FRANCES MAYES
Who couldn’t love delicious recipes mixed with an idylic life in Italy?! Frances Mayes’ memoir of her time under the Tuscan transports you to her world filled with sunshine and glorious food. Under the Tuscan Sun is a New York Times Best Seller and after reading just a few pages you’ll understand why.
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Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes – Buy HERE.
WHAT TO READ IF YOU’RE GOING TO… BALI
EAT, PRAY, LOVE BY ELIZABETH GILBERT
Sure, in Eat, Pray, Love the author actually travels to a few different places but the section on Bali is where everything seemingly falls together. Elizabeth Gilbert finds herself in Bali after a breakdown in her marriage, meets a medicine man who teaches her about meditation and life, and meets a man who just might be what she was looking for all along. Follow her journey of soul searching – from heartache, meditation, love, pizza, and everything in between.
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Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert – Buy HERE.
WHAT TO READ IF YOU’RE GOING TO… NEW YORK
BROOKLYN BY COLM TÓIBÍN
Set in the 1950’s, Brooklyn follows the journey of a young Irish girl stuck between two cities. A brilliant and heart warming novel that makes you fall in love with the characters, the cities and find yourself torn between which road you want her to take. Beautiful yet heartbreaking, you can’t help but feel for the main character Eilis who is torn between two worlds. Whilst reading you sense a sliding door effect, as if the next choice she makes will determine the rest of her life.
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Brooklyn by Com Tóibín – Buy HERE.