Backpacking Books

When backpacking, you will probably find yourself with plenty of time to get stuck into a good book: perhaps it is a long journey from A to B, or perhaps you find yourself in a idyllic location, where you just want to take in the scenery and have a good read. Also its fun to chat with other backpackers about what books you are reading in the hostel common rooms and easy small talk for buses and trains when you find yourself in the company of other travellers. Anyways, after doing a few trips these were some of the most common books I was recommended and enjoyed reading.


First of all, if you don’t have a lonely planet book for where you are going, I would suggest buying one. I know it’s cliche when most other backpackers have one too, but they are so useful!

My Suggestions:

  • On the Road – Jack Kerouac
  • Shantaram – Gregory David Roberts
  • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance – Robert Pirsig
  • Siddhartha – Herman Hesse
  • Into the Wild – Jon Krakauer
  • The Great Railway Bazaar – Paul Theroux
  • The Old Patagonia Express – Paul Theroux
  • The Beach – Alex Garland
  • A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail – Bill Bryson
  • The Life of Pi – Yan Martel
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
  • The Motorcycle Diaries – Che Guevara
  • Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
  • Eat, Pray, Love – Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Seven Years in Tibet – Heinrich Harrer
  • The Call of the Wild – Jack London
  • White Fang – Jack London
  • The Road to Oxiana – Robert Byron
  • In Patagonia – Bruce Chatwin
  • The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemmingway
  • The Quiet American – Graham Greene

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