5 Books Guaranteed to Inspire Your Next Adventure

One of my favorite parts of traveling is having uninterrupted, except for airplane snacks, time to spend reading a good book.  I make a point to take plane time as chill time and feel noticeably lighter putting my phone in airplane mode and cracking open my kindle.  The following are some of the books I’ve enjoyed while crossing time zones, bumping up and down in overland vehicles, or sitting on the beach.

1. Round Ireland with a Fridge

This is exactly what it sounds like. A guy gets dared to hitchhike around Ireland with a fridge, he does, and hilarity ensues.  This is the perfect light read and a great reminder that lifelong memories can come from the most unexpected situations, especially if it’s the result of a few too many beers with your friends.

2. Marching Powder

This is a crazy, but true, story about a convicted English drug trafficker who led tours inside the prison where he was serving his sentence. You learn about the complexities of the prison, from the housing market where inmates are expected to buy their cells from real estate agents to families living with their imprisoned family members to the cocaine being produced and sold by inmates.  I read this after visiting La Paz, Bolivia where the prison was still in existence in the center of a major city.  It might not be the best written book, but it doesn’t need to be because the story is so insane you’ll want to read it in one sitting.

3. Into Thin Air

Written by the same author as Into the Wild, Into Thin Air is Jon Krakauer’s account of summiting Mt. Everest and the devastating storm that claimed five lives in May 1996. He describes it best, so I’ll leave the rest to the book.

4. Tales from a Muzungu

This is a shameless plug for my friend’s book where he describes his experience as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uganda. We met in Uganda and I was fortunate enough to share a small chunk of his experience with him.  He is spot on in his descriptions and had me laughing throughout the book.

5. Circling the Sun

Who doesn’t love a good book about a woman ahead of her time? Born in England, but raised in Kenya, Beryl Markham became the first woman to fly non-stop from Europe to North America.  This is an exciting story about her life from an unconventional upbringing in Kenya to her escapades as a pilot and horse trainer.  It leaves you wanting to set out on adventure of your own.

What are your favorite travel books?  Let us know in the comments!


Molly McShea



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