Top Ten Tuesday: Books which awaken my travel bug

Top Ten Tuesday: Books which awaken my travel bug

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish, but was recently relocated to That Artsy Reader Girl

Hey again lovely readers! I’m sure you agree with me that sometimes you read a book that just fills you with wanderlust. All you want to do is fly across the globe and visit the place that you’ve just read so much about, and if money was no object you’d already be on a plane.

These ten books feature places that I’d love to visit, but am probably never going to be able to (and in some cases, definitely won’t!)

10) The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

I’m only putting The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy so low on my list because there’s no way that I’ll ever be able to visit most of the attractions featured. I’d love to dine at the restaurant at the end of the universe, but unfortunately I’ll be long dead by the time the universe does end. How unfair!

9) Northern Lights by Philip Pullman

Northern Lights by Philip Pullman

Although I haven’t finished Northern Lights yet, it’s definitely filling me with wanderlust. The world is so beautifully crafted that you can’t help but want to go and discover the North along with Lyra and her companions, and even though it’s taking me an absolute age to read it, I’m consistently enjoying the descriptive sections.

8) Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

I don’t feel the desire to visit the world of Weep, because it seems far too sad and stress-inducing. However, Lazlo’s journey itself fills me with wanderlust. I’d love to be slowly travelling towards a place I’d dreamed of seeing my entire life, filled with equal parts apprehension and anticipation.

7) Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

I’m not a huge fan of sandy locations – it gets into inappropriate places and I can feel it on my skin for days – but something about Rebel of the Sands makes me want to walk into a desert and never stop.

6) The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr

The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr

Even though Flora shouldn’t, she can’t resist travelling to Svalbard. The Land of the Midnight Sun sounds disorienting and strange, but I’d love to see if it affects me as badly as everyone says it does (am I a glutton for punishment? Perhaps!)

5) Kids Like Us by Hilary Reyl

Kids Like Us by Hilary Reyl

Kids Like Us is set in France, and it’s described beautifully. Martin doesn’t like France much at the beginning of the story, but Hilary Reyl paints a beautiful picture of (what I imagine is) a gorgeous country.

4) Paper Towns by John Green

Paper Towns by John Green

Paper Towns isn’t my favourite John Green novel (that accolade belongs to Looking For Alaska) but this is definitely the one that makes me want to travel the most. The idea of paper towns – fake towns created by mapmakers to protect their copyright – is an amazing one, and I hope I can explore some of them myself one day.

3) Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Unfortunately I’ll never be able to go to Mars, but this is one of the only books (other than The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) that makes me wish I could travel around space.

2) Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp

Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp

I didn’t enjoy Before I Let Go that much, but the way that Marieke Nijkamp describes Alaska makes it a character all of its own. This book made me shiver more than I could count, not because of the spooky elements but because of the atmospheric environment.


1) Stolen by Lucy Christopher

Stolen by Lucy Christopher

I mention Stolen as frequently as I can, because it’s amazing. Telling the story of a girl who is kidnapped and taken to the Australian outback, the descriptions are so vibrant that they’re still vivid in my head despite the fact that I read it nearly ten years ago.


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Which books make you want to explore, and why?