Books to Read While Traveling

I find that travel related books inspire the travel you’re already on and continues to give you strength to keep on going. Learning about a new culture before you arrive will greatly enhance your experience and appreciation of the destination.

Vagabonding: A must read for anyone currently traveling or about to travel. It’s the bible of backpacking.

Into The Wild

First They Killed My Father: I highly recommend this book if you’re going to Cambodia. Read the reviews on Amazon and you will see how this book has touched so many people around the world.

The Bang-Bang Club: Snapshots from a Hidden War

The Girl in the Picture: The Story of Kim Phuc, the Photograph, and the Vietnam War

The White Tiger

Marching Powder: A True Story of Friendship, Cocaine, and South America’s Strangest Jail

Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia

The Quiet American (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

The Agony and the Ecstasy: A Biographical Novel of Michelangelo

Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found

Shantaram: A Novel: I highly recommend this one.

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

Fried Eggs with Chopsticks: One Woman’s Hilarious Adventure into a Country and a Culture Not Her Own

The Darkest Jungle: The True Story of the Darien Expedition and America’s Ill-Fated Race to Connect the Seas

Leaving Microsoft to Change the World: An Entrepreneur’s Odyssey to Educate the World’s Children

Mao’s Last Dancer

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Updated: 28/4/10

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Michael Tieso

Michael Tieso travels around the world writing, photographing, and filming his adventures. He is the Editor-in-chief of Art of Adventuring.
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