It’s UNESCO World Book Day on 23 April and to celebrate we’ve collated some of the great travel books for older teenagers and adults to inspire your next travel adventure. These books will be sure to take you on a journey through the most unique and diverse landscapes the world has to offer; the people and friendships you form along the way; and the transformations that occur when you discover new places and cultures.
Containing 1,000 adventures for all ages, this book will inspire you to get out and do the things you’ve only dreamt of doing! From glassblowing in the Czech Republic to swimming with dolphins in New Zealand, this incredible book will take you all over the world to find the most unique places and discover beaches, museums, monuments, islands, restaurants, mountains, and more.
This inspiring story follows Peak Marcello, a 14-year-old boy who is on a quest to become the youngest climber to summit Mount Everest. At the start of the novel he gets in trouble with the police climbing the side of a New York skyscraper but then gets whisked away by his dad who lives in Thailand – and the real adventure begins!
This book delves into what it’s like to take time off from your normal life – from six weeks to four months to two years – to discover the world and have the most fulfilling adventure you’ll ever experience! It also provides the information and resources you’ll need to make this dream a reality one day.
The photography in this book is enough to inspire! Featuring hundreds of places around the world, both natural and man-made, including ancient monoliths, scenic islands, white-sand seashores, and waterfalls and rainforests, it also provides practical travel information at each destination.
A hilarious yet informative story will make you realise just how big our beautiful country is and all the places you haven’t even seen yet! Bill Bryson takes readers on a rollercoaster ride far beyond the beaten tourist path to discover the friendliest inhabitants, the hottest, driest weather and the most peculiar and deadly wildlife that call Australia home. It’s a timely read while international borders are closed as it will make you realise just how little you’ve explored our amazing country, inspiring you to get out there and see it all!
A short yet impactful story about a boy from Andalusia in Spain who travels to the Egyptian desert in search of treasure buried near the Pyramids. The story follows his journey to find the treasure and along the way you will learn about the importance of listening to your heart and taking risks to follow your dreams.
A memoir about Jamie Zeppa who became stagnant at 24 and decides to move to the Buddhist hermit kingdom of Bhutan to teach for two years. She details her experiences and transformations and spiritual journey along the way.
“Zeppa’s description of the terrain is breathtaking; her description of adaptation, growth, and transformation is both comforting and inspirational. This is a story as much about personal triumph as about travel, and about people as well as place.”- Booklist
A story about a 13-year-old city boy who was left alone in the Canadian wilderness after his plane crashes and is faced with problems finding food, shelter and clothing. Using his imagination and courage, he is able to live on the land and survive the wild.
Atlas Obscura, 2nd Edition: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders by Joshua Foer, Ella Morton, Dylan Thuras
Uncover over 600 hidden wonders of the world. From the bone museums of Italy to the self-mummified monks of Japan, there’s something here for everyone. View city guides covering popular destinations from Berlin and Budapest to London and New York City, and a fold-out map of a dream around-the-world journey. From natural wonders and architectural marvels to cultural events, your bucketlist will grow significantly after picking this up.
This young adults novel by Australian writer Fiona Wood is about the journey of a group of teens who sign up for a term at an outdoor education camp in the Australian wilderness. It deals with old friendships, new romances, lingering grief and they must figure out how to best move forward and survive the wild together.
About World Book Day
World Book Day was established by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on April 23, 1995. This date is chosen because it is the anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare and prominent Spanish chronicler Inca Garcilaso de la Vega.
What book will you commit to reading on 23 April?