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Around the World in Books

(Image Credit: Wrangler)

(Image Credit: Wrangler)

Do you have a bad case of wanderlust? A thirst for new places and cultures? Want to broaden your perspectives? No travel funds available? If you’ve said yes to all these questions, you’ve come to the right place! Many of us have a desire to see the world, but have constraints such as time and money working against us. Such matters might resolve themselves in the future, but until the time comes to pack your bags, we’ve come up with an alternative method of exploration!

Read your way around the world with this list of great novels and non-fiction set in a variety of far off places. We’ve gathered some of the best foreign titles, novels set in distant lands, pieces of travel writing and interesting histories that will transport you to another place in the comfort of your own home. Click the title for further description on each work!


Fiction: No Great Mischief by Alistair MacLeod

Travel Writing: Mad Dogs & an Englishwoman by Polly Evans


Fiction: Adrift in Soho by Colin Wilson

Travel Writing: English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson


Fiction: The Glass Lake by Maeve Binchy

Travel Writing: The Last of the Donkey Pilgrims by Kevin O’Hara


Fiction: All Souls’ Day by Cees Nooteboom

Travel Writing: Here is Berlin by JM Stim


Fiction: The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

Travel Writing: What the Psychic Told the Pilgrim by Jane Christmas


Fiction: The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

Non-Fiction: Parisians: An Adventure History by Graham Robb


Fiction: Juliet by Anne Fortier

Memoir: Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes


Fiction: The Island by Victoria Hislop

Memoir: North of Ithakaby Eleni Gage


Fiction: Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer

Travel Writing: Return to Ukraine by Ania Savage


Fiction: A Song for Summer by Eva Ibbotson

Autobiography: The System of Vienna: From Heaven Street to Earth Mound    Square by Gert Jonke


Fiction: Petersburg by Andrei Bely

Memoir: Sibir: My Discovery of Siberia by Farley Mowat


Fiction:Five Star Billionaire by Tash Aw

Travel Writing: Invisible China by Colin Legerton and Jacob Rawson


Fiction: The Long Day Wanes by Anthony Burgess

Travel Writing: Malaysia: A Travel Adventure by Lorien Holland and T.S. Bok


Fiction: Sightseeing By Rattawut Lapcharoensap

Memoir: A Chant to Soothe Wild Elephants by Jaed Coffin


Fiction: A Strange and Sublime Address by Amit Chaudhuri

Memoir: Climbing the Mango Trees by Madhur Jaffrey

Saudi Arabia

Fiction: Wolves of the Crescent Moonby Yousef Al-Mohaimeed

Memoir: A Season in Mecca: Narrative of a Pilgrimageby Abdellah Hammoudi and Pascale Ghazaleh


Fiction: Iris & Ruby by Rosie Thomas

History: In An Antique Land by Amitav Gosh


Fiction: The White Masai by Corinne Hoffmann

Memoir: Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen

South Africa

Fiction: Life and Times of Michael K by J.M. Coetzee

Autobiography: Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela


Fiction: Walkabout by James Vance Marshall

Travel Writing: Travels with Bertha: Two Years Exploring Australia in a 1978   ford Falcon by Paul Martin

New Zealand

Fiction: The Garden Party and Other Stories by Katherine Mansfield

Travel Writing: New Zealand with a Hobbit Botherer by John Gisby


Fiction: Eleven Minutes by Paulo Coelho

Travel Writing: Through the Brazilian Wilderness by Theodore Roosevelt


Fiction:The Tango Singer by Tomas Eloy Martinez

Travel Writing: The Motorcycle Diaries: Notes on a Latin American Journey by Ernesto Guevara


Fiction: The Storyteller by Mario Vargas Llosa

Travel Writing: Trail of Feathers: In Search of the Birdmen of Peru by Tahir Shah


Fiction: Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

Autobiography: The Diary of Frida Kahlo: An Intimate Self-Portrait by Frida Kahlo

If you can’t physically explore a place, there’s no better way to go about it than to read! Select a work of fiction for an enticing story to get lost in, or live vicariously through the stories of explorers and natives eager to share them. From every book you’ll gain new insight and knowledge. Fill up your shelves (or eReader) and explore from the comfort of your favorite cozy chair. Sate that travel thirst until you can get out and obtain your own personal experiences. Happy reading!

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2 thoughts on “Around the World in Books

  1. tripfiction says:

    “If you can’t physically explore a place, there’s no better way to go about it than to read!” Sooo true. We have really enjoyed seeing locations through an author’s eyes. Have just enjoyed The Separation by Dinah Jeffries, Malaya; The Vacationers for Mallorca; Surf Mama for Biarritz in France; See you Tomorrow for Stavanger, Norway; The Right Attitude to Rain by Alexander McCall Smith for Edinburgh…. anyway, totally get where you are coming from! Great suggestions. Thank you.

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