Books to Inspire Travel

There’s nothing I love more than travelling. I love exploring new places, learning about new cultures, and trying new things. As much as I love Melbourne and adore spending days in my favourite cafes around the city, there’s always that desire to hop in the TARDIS and go and see new sights. Which is why I’m about to head off on a tour of Eastern Europe!

I haven’t been to Europe before, and I’m really excited to go to places like Hungary, Croatia, Slovenia, and Italy. So to get in the mood, I’ve decided to share some of my favourite YA books that make me feel like jumping on a plane with nothing more than a backpack of clothes and my passport and heading off to see the world!


A Darker Shade of Magic

I absolutely adore this series, and it undoubtably gives me urge to drop everything and hop on a plane to London. Preferably Red London, but I’ll take what I can get. I want to meet Lila at the Stone’s Throw, spot Kell in his dazzling red coat… Holland could even kill me in London and I’d say thank you. I’m lucky enough to have been to London a few years ago, and it truly is a place like no other. Forever wishing I could just say As Travars and appear on the banks of the Thames.


The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice & Virtue

This novel may as well be a travel guide for Europe, including what to do and what not to do. It also includes what to do if you’re being robbed by highwaymen and how to make friends with pirates. Ya know. The essentials. Not a day goes by where I don’t think about Monty and Percy and this masterpiece of a novel. It honestly has everything I love—queer characters, m/m romance, a badass bookish sister, and oh so much debauchery. Oh, and when the narrator of the audiobook says the words “steady on, darling”, my heart skips a beat. It’s just adorable!

Amy and Roger's Epic Detour

Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour

If there’s any book that convinced me I need to road-trip across America, it’s this one. I love Morgan Matson’s novels, but this is one that fills me with wanderlust like no other. There’s a swoon-worthy romance, great road trip playlists, and so many adorable moments. If you’re in the market for a cute summery contemporary, you should definitely pick up a copy of Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour.


Love & Gelato

I’m all the heart-eye emojis for this novel. I mean, it’s basically just about eating gelato in Italy, so I’m 100% here for that. Although it does also deal with themes of grief and family, what I loved most about it was the relationships the protagonist formed with new people in a place she’d never been before—and all the food, of course. This book made me crave ice cream like nothing else I’ve ever experienced. It was simply delightful!

Just One Day

Just One Day

This book was so much fun! I absolutely adored the gorgeous European backdrop to this romance and the mentions of Paris, but what made this book for me (and stole my heart) was the relationship between Allyson and Willem. Shakespeare, swoon-worthy love, and sister-like friendships are what you can expect in this stunner of a novel. I absolutely loved this duology!


What books fill you with wanderlust? Are you much of a traveller? Have you read any of these ones? I’d love to hear your thoughts!


17 thoughts on “Books to Inspire Travel

  1. I love being in new places. The actual travelling part i find extremely stressful tho.

    You listed some really cool stuff here!
    My dream is to go on a roadtrip 🙂

  2. I love travelling and I’ve done quite a bit of it. I’d love to do more travelling on my own though. Anyway, I’ve read most of these, and they’re all really cool, but to be honest I’m really sick of books about travelling in Europe and America (and I have in fact written various snarky posts about this), and I’d love to read more books about travelling in, like, New Zealand! and Asia!

  3. Uuu, nice travelling plans! Have you also thought about visiting Romania? 🙂
    It has so many places worth visiting, starting with the Bucharest and with the Transylvania region!

    Regarding the mix between books & travelling, I also feel inspired by books to travel to new places! On my blog I combined these 2 topics by writing a series about book covers around the world, and I also send WanderBooks on journeys 😀

    What I also try to do is read books from a specific country before/after I visit it, to get a better understanding of the culture … For example, before visiting Australia I read “The Narrow Road to the Deep North” by Richard Flanagan.

    Have a nice day and good luck planning your holiday!

  4. My partner and I traveled to Slovenia in 2016, it was just at the end of summer so it was still lovely weather. We also went to a beautiful national park in Croatia, it’s called Pletvice, which I highly recommend. Enjoy yourself and stay safe 🙂

  5. These all sound so good! I’m a nervous wreck when it comes to travelling, and always dither on things like ‘but I don’t know where I’m going’ and ‘it’s way easier to just stay home’ so I definitely need to read these! I’m missing out on so much from not travelling more, I know

  6. Amy & Rodger’s Epic Detour is by far one of my favorite books ever. I actually stumbled across it about I had road tipped around America. I didn’t follow the exact path but I did go to a few places Amy and Rodger visited. I love picking this one up when ever I’m feeling nostalgic or miss the USA

  7. I adored reading ‘The Gentleman’s Guide’ too Sarah and would love to take Monty, Percy and Felicity’s European tour one day minus some of the drama of course hehe 🙂 🙂

    I personally enjoy traveling on trains because you can see a lot happens outside the window and I find that the journey inspires a lot of stories and writing. I recently finished reading ‘A Lite Too Bright’ by Samuel Miller, a YA contemporary/ mystery novel about a young man’s railway journey across Midwestern America to follow ‘clues’ apparently left by his late grandfather who has dementia. It is not a lighthearted read but the writing was superb and gave me a lot of feels 😭 and made me want to travel cross country in the US some day.

    Another book featuring traveling that I enjoyed reading was Mr Romanov’s Garden in the Sky by Robert Newton (an Oz YA) which involves a road trip across the eastern coast of Australia from Melbourne to The Gold Coast. It spurred me to make my own trip to Surfers Paradise with friends last year 🙂

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