Wednesday 10 February 2021

My favourite travel themed books

Two of my favourite hobbies are reading and travelling, and while we can't do the latter right now I've been trying to escape by reading more. I'm really busy with work/life right now so not currently reading *as much* as I'd like to be, but I wanted to share some of my favourite travel themed books that are perfect for a bit of escapism right now!

Two Steps Forward

Two Steps Forward, by Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist, is a dual narrative about two characters who are walking the Camino de Santiago. This is a really long pilgrimage route through Spain, ending at the shrine of the apostle Saint James the Great in the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia. The story is beautifully told in a way that makes you feel as though you're doing this mammoth walk too. With stunning descriptions, plenty of humour and a bit of heartache, it makes for the perfect travel themed book!

Messy, Wonderful Us

I love Catherine Isaac as an author, and Messy, Wonderful Us is easily one of my favourite travel themed books. It follows Allie to Lake Garda with her best friend Ed, trying to unravel some family secrets that might be best kept hidden. Italy is a beautiful country and you get such a lovely sense of it in this novel, plus the plot is fantastic. A high recommendation from me! P.S how nice is that cover?!

The Holiday

T. M. Logan is a thriller write, but The Holiday is also one of my favourite travel themed books. As the name suggests it centres around a holiday - three families in a villa in Provence, what could go wrong? A lot, apparently - love affairs, stroppy teenagers and murder... If you love thrillers with a bit of travel thrown in, I'd highly recommend this one.

Starry Eyes

I couldn't not include a YA book in this round up, and I loved Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett. It follows Zorie and her friends (and her sworn enemy) to the wilderness for a weekend of camping that predictably goes wrong. It's such a fun story, with a boss enemies-to-lovers plot and lovely descriptions of the North Californian mountains. If you love YA and want something travel themed, try this.

Love Your Life

Sophie Kinsella is a god among humans when it comes to writing, and Love Your Life is one of my favourites of her's. Ava heads to Italy for a writing retreat where she falls in love at first sight, and the romance unfolds both at the retreat and when they're back home. There's plenty of ups and downs, a lot of humour, some sadness and some really poignant moments. Jumping off rocks on the Italian coast? Yes please!

Do you have any favourite travel themed books? These are five of mine that are perfect for escaping to somewhere new while we're all stuck at home. Let me know if you've read any of these! I have included Waterstones links to the books in this post, but if you prefer to shop through Amazon click here.


  1. Wonderful post Katy! I read Love Your Life at the beginning of the year (I love Sophie Kinsella!) and it’s definitely inspired me to go on a writing retreat in Italy. Completely random considering we can’t travel anywhere!

    Aoife x |

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