Top 10 Books that Awaken the Travel Bug in Me

One of the best parts of reading is traveling the world (or imaginary places) from the comfort of my own home. Some books, though, just make me wish the adventure would keep on going! Here are a few books that awaken the travel bug in me.

Top Ten Tuesdays are hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

1. Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman

This book is the ultimate travel book for me. Tess travels through an imaginary setting similar to the Middle Ages, and the author talks frequently about the road being a goal in itself, and the value in travel. It makes me want to just strike out on a road trip!

2. The House at the Edge of Night by Catherine Banner

This book is set on an island called Castellamare in the Mediterranean Sea – and Castellamare seriously sounds like paradise. Someday I will go to Europe! Bonus points for romance and drama and historical accuracy and magical realism.

3. White Heat by M.J. McGrath

This might be an unexpected one, but White Heat is set in the far north of Canada, and I have always thought it would be cool and way different to live that far north. I definitely want to travel through Canada, and this book really makes me want to go north.

4. America’s First Daughter by Stephanie Dray & Laura Kamoie

This book has a lot of cool U.S. history, focusing on Thomas Jefferson’s daughter, and while I have at least visited most of the East coast, all the historical events that this book skates around makes me want to go back to Boston and Washington DC.

5. In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills by Jennifer Haupt

I have always been rather uncomfortable with people that take “safaris” – it just feels a little too colonial to me – but the incredible setting and rich culture featured in this book definitely sparks my interest in visiting Rwanda.

6. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

This book is so dear to my heart, and I have always wanted to visit Canada, especially the touristy areas featuring Green Gables – rereading this book always rekindles that wish.

7. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

I of course have a huge interest in visiting Scotland someday, but Outlander also just has the feel of a great adventure. I want an adventure too!

8. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie

There is so much to tackle with Midnight’s Children, but one of the things that jumps out at me about this book is the absolutely stunning world development. It definitely makes me want to visit India!

9. Waypoint Kangaroo by Curtis C. Chen

In Waypoint Kangaroo, Kangaroo takes a cruise to Mars to force him to take a vacation during some upheaval in his department. I know that this is a satire, but it also is pretty spot-on for cruises! We took a cruise to Mexico a couple of years ago, and had a ton of fun. Plus it would be seriously cool to go to Mars.

10. Circe by Madeline Miller

I loved this book for so many reasons, but among the chief of them was the beautiful setting. Circe lives on her own island in the Mediterranean, and it sounds like paradise – the island is fruitful, the weather is mild, and she rarely has visitors.

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