So, you’re packed and ready to go. All that’s left is to decide which books to take overlanding. It’s down to taste, no doubt, but here are 3 must-reads for adventure travellers.
Books to take overlanding
Some books that just beg to be stuffed into your rucksack. But not many will stay with you the whole way to appear thousands of miles later dog-eared and experienced.
What you take is a personal decision. Books you love, novels you have always meant to read and of course guide books or travel adventures about the destinations you are visiting.
But we are not talking about the latest bestsellers, but top travel books that have stood the test of time. Whilst everyone has their favourite the travel community has a few books that everyone relates to.
3 must-reads for adventure travellers
So here’s our top three books to take overlanding. If you’ve got other suggestions, just let us know in the comments.
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Robert Pirsig
Set around a motorcycle journey of rediscovery, this is an absolute literary classic. It was first published in 1974 butr has stood the test of time.
Pirsig switches from narrative to metaphysics in an instant, as the central character rides, with his son as pillion, across the US. Dense but rewarding, it demands revisiting many times.
The Beach, Alex Garland
Yes, it’s a very predictable choice. That said, The Beach, first published in 1996, is a fantastic read. If you’ve seen the film, then you will only be impressed with the book as it’s a great deal better.
In search of their own paradise, a group of backpackers transit through the unsavoury side of Thailand, to create their own utopian beach community. Romance and jealousy, freedom and piracy, they discover it all in one of the must-reads for adventure travellers.
Siddhartha, Hermann Hesse
Again a journey of discovery. Siddhartha, unable to see eye-to-eye with religion or spiritualism, rejects it all and looks for his inner self. A beautiful, intelligent young man, born into India’s elite, he throws off the teachings of Buddha to wander alone, preferring nature to scripture.
Seduced by a rich landowner, he’s introduced to love and its delights. Written without any pretence; seductive and simple. First published in 1981, but still popular.
We hope you enjoy these books to take overlanding. Are there any must-reads for adventure travellers that you would recommend? Leave a comment below. Oh and check out our overlanding discounts as you could save a fortune on your next adventure.