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Get inspired: Our favorite travel books

Apr 14, 2015 by The Go Ahead Tours Team

One of our favorite ways to get inspired for our next trip is by reading a great book—plus, a good read makes a great companion on long plane rides! We asked around for a list of our team’s favorite books for getting inspired to travel.


In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson

“After traveling to Australia, I read this book and enjoyed learning about the author’s experiences traveling off the beaten path around Australia.” – Jared, Travel Operations Coordinator

Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

“This book follows Krakauer’s successful summit of Everest, while detailing the events that lead up to the disaster that claimed five lives and forever changed his own life. It’s an incredible true story that I couldn’t put down.” – Jenna, Designer

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

“I love this one! It has been translated in 56 languages since it was first published in 1988, and shares beautiful yet simple messages about life, love, and exploring beyond the familiar.” – Catherine, Tour Consultant

Whatever You Do, Don’t Run: True Tales Of A Botswana Safari Guide by Peter Allison

“This is a really fun collection of crazy stories from a safari guide in Botswana. Some are about near-death experiences and others are really hilarious. It will make you want to go on safari ASAP!” – Christine, Senior Designer

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

“A classic epic-journey story – it’s easy to imagine yourself on their road when you’re on the road.” – Spenser, Sales Associate

The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner

“One of my favorite books, it’s a humorous narrative and a thought-provoking travelogue. I’ve had to buy five copies because every time I loan my copy to someone, they never give it back!” – Paul, Director of Sales

The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton

“With sections varying from ‘On Traveling Places’ to ‘On Curiosity,’ this series of essays focuses more on why we travel and how even the parts of a trip that seem the most mundane, such as staring out a train window viewing the countryside, can sometimes be the most important.”- Leanne, Tour Consultant

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