If you love books you certainly love to read when you travel. One of the best ways to get to know a Europe (apart from actually going there) is by reading. Not only in guidebooks but also novels, stories and experiences. It allows you to see the country at through the eyes of someone else, whether it’s a book about the present or the past.
1. Neither Here Nor There: Travels in Europe – Bill Bryson
This is the classic Europe travel book. The author takes you on his backpack journey around Europe, where he starts in Norway to see the Northern Lights and travels all the way down to Istanbul. He crosses countries such as Denmark, Germany, France and Italy. The trip takes place in 1990 with many flashbacks to two earlier Eurotrips he made as a student. It’s written in a very funny and recognizable way which makes it a brilliant book to read. The author is also known for his later book “A Walk in the Woods” which is about his life when he returns to the United States.
2. Driving over Lemons: an optimist in Spain – Chris Stewart
A very funny and insightful book about how the writer left his life in the United Kingdom to move into a farm in Spain. At the age of 17 he retires as the drummer of Genesis and moves to a remote mountain farm in Andalucia. It may sounds like a dreamy thing to do – moving to a farm without electricity, running water or even a road – but it’s not when the previous owner is refuses to leave. It’s a really good travel book (series) because we all sometimes think about moving to just leave our daily lives and move to a remote place. Well, this is the perfect way to find out how such an adventure can go.
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Because every vacation needs it's appropriately-themed read! 🏖 Brought this one, Driving Over Lemons, with me to Spain and was kept thoroughly entertained. All the references to Spanish words, culture and way of life were so in harmony with my surroundings that it felt a natural companion in my journey. 🍋 How about you friends- what are you reading right now?📚 . . . #holidayread #drivingoverlemons #entrelimones #chrisstewart #greatread #goodbook #truestory #granada #españa #chooseadventure #changeisgood #recommendedreads #lectura #beachbook #lecturarecomendada #spanishlife #culture #bookstagram #currentread #whatimreading #whatareyoureading #booksareawesome #getlostinabook #booklover #igread #nonfiction #booktography #instareads #positivityalways #whenlifegivesyoulemons
3. The Wrong Way Home – Peter Moore
In the time where everyone starts take planes to explore the world Peter Moore decides to travel from London to Sydney without using a single plane. He’s a true hippie and as you can imagine he experiences the most amazing things on his journey. It’s a really good book if you like off the beaten track adventures as author gives you a great insight into the places he visits on his 28.000 km overland trip.
4. The Baker’s Daughter – Sarah McCoy
The story of a girl living in Paris when the Second World War starts. You’re taken along on her journey as a young woman where she tries to understand what’s happening, where she fits in and how she can help her country (even though she is a girl). She joins the resistance and then the real adventures start. The book is mixed with stories of her sister as well, who lives on the French countryside where her husband has to leave to war and her house is taken over by a German officer. It’s one of those books you can’t stop reading and that give you a true insight into how the war affected normal young women who were just living their lives.
5. The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
This is a book with a message, one of those that teaches you powerful life lessons. It’s about Santiago, a Spanish shepherd who wants to travel the world. He wants to see the pyramids and decides to sell his flock to go into the Arabic dessert. On his journey he learns a lot about himself, about love and what life is truly about. The main message of the book is to follow your dreams. When you do that, your life will be more satisfying than any other path you can take. In case you don’t like reading books in English, don’t worry because the book has been translated in over 80 languages(!).
6. One for the Road – Elise K. Ackers
This travel book is about a woman who wants to escape her extremely difficult situation at home. She decides to travel around Europe to meet new people and see new countries. She does this trip in a group with 47 others and is totally in love with her freedom. It’s a true roman full of emotions where she falls in love with the world away from home.
7. Going Solo – Roald Dahl
A brilliant book about the life of Roald Dahl, who became a fighter pilot in the Second World War. His story starts in Africa where he decides to join the RAF and goes back to Europe to fight in the war. The book gives you an insight into how the adventures of Roald Dahl himself turned him into one the brilliant storyteller he became. This book is also really good to listen to if you’re on a long train journey or a place where it’s difficult to read (make sure to get it with the voice of Dan Stevens).
8. My Life in France – Julia Child
Julia Child, the famous master chef, was not always as good in cooking as we now know her today. When she first arrived in France she didn’t speak the language and knew nothing about the country. By living there, going to local markets and taking cooking classes her life changed forever. She became famous when she introduced the French cuisine to Americans and is also known for the famous book and movie “Julie & Julia”. A great book to read if you’re travelling to France!
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Absolutely in love with this book. This woman has (had) so much love for food, adventure and life , it's inspiring. And of course their love story. It's so beautiful and gentle. I love reading, don't always have time or energy . But hey, I'm having my holidays which means when I'm not getting tied up , I'm going to read. And I recommend everyone to read more. But choose wisely what you read, because dailymail probably doesn't count. #books #reading #mexicancocoa #hotchocolate #juliachild #mylifeinfrance #booklover #timeoff
9. A year of living Danishly – Helen Russel
When her husband got a job at the Lego offices Helen decided to move to Denmark with him. Soon she realized the people in Denmark are a lot happier than in other countries so she decides to research their lives. She digs into everything, from their child care to taxes, sex and everything in between. The book is written in a way that you can’t put it down and is full of great jokes. If you ever moved country it’s very recognizable to read about how she tries to fit into Denmark, a country totally different than her own.
10. Unlikely Destinations: the LP Story – Tony & Maureen Wheeler
The main travel book to always take on your trips is the Lonely Planet. This guide has become so incredibly popular that you won’t find many people that don’t have one in their bookshelves. This book “Unlikely Destinations: the LP Story” is written by the founders of Lonely Planet. It’s about the start and rise of the company and full of amazing travel tales in combination with their early business struggles. It’s amazing to read about the company that inspired so many travellers to explore the world. A must read on your Europe trip!
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One of the best books I’ve read (twice) this year was #unlikelydestinations co-written by the founders of @lonelyplanet Maureen and Tony Wheeler. I bumped into this book wandering in a bookshop at the Denpasar airport in Bali. A long flight ahead and no one to chat to. So I picked it up and bought it. It’s all about travel and following your passions although they might lead to weird places. As well it’s about working hard to achieve your goals and reminded me that doing it “my way” is eventually the best way to do it. Despite I am usually a discerning reader of travel diaries and travel books in general, I found their story such an inspiring one and their view in many topics so ahead on times that by the last page I wished I could seat and share a cup of tea with them both to listen to one more funny story. 📚🤓#doyouread #oursharedshelf #lonelyplanet #mylp #bookworms #bookwormsunite #readitagain #wanderlust #doyoutravel #onthemove #goodreads #gimmeabook #travelwriting #travelstories #storytelling #inspiringquotes #thislonelyplanet #pages #reading_time #readingcorner #buonviaggio #leggere #ilibriquellibelli #sharethejourney #lpfanphoto #adventuresahead #howtosurvivealongflight