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'The Atlas of Happiness' by Helen Russell
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‘Shantaram’ by Gregory David Roberts
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'The Namesake' by Jhumpa Lahiri
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‘Out of Africa’ by Karen Blixen
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'The Alchemist' by Paulo Coelho
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‘Love in the Time in Cholera’ by Gabriel García Márquez
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‘Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail’ by Cheryl Strayed
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‘Into the Wild’ by John Krakauer
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‘The Beach’ by Alex Garland
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‘Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life’ by William Finnegan
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Books to Take You Across the World


Sometimes sitting back and getting lost in the pages of a book is just the right remedy in a trying time. We’ve always encouraged our community to really understand a place and a culture when on your travels, so it only seems right to immerse ourselves in a medium where the possibility of getting lost is endless. The Trippin team have sat down and spotlighted some of our favourite journey-led books for you to bury your heads in over the next few months…

'The Atlas of Happiness' by Helen Russell

Starting with Australia, Russell lets us in on the global secrets of how to be happy, honing in on different cultures and their distinctive qualities. This book is a great way to learn more about faraway cultures and recognise the beauties in our differences.

‘Shantaram’ by Gregory David Roberts

A colossal book but maybe the perfect solution to these months ahead. This novel offers a vivid portrayal of the chaos of Bombay (now known as Mumbai), taking you headfirst into the tumultuous story of a convicted Australian bank robber and heroin addict who flees to these treasured lands.

'The Namesake' by Jhumpa Lahiri

As Lahiri writes here: "That's the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet." 'The Namesake' encapsulates this in every way, taking you across three decades and crossing continents from Asia to North America. Prepare for a moving story about cross-cultural anxieties and hardships.

‘Out of Africa’ by Karen Blixen

A modern classic. This memoir of famed Danish author, Karen Blixen, tells of the her love for the Kenyan people and land. Set in 1914, she details the trials and tribulations of running a coffee farm with her husband. A moving homage to the captivating lands of Kenya.

'The Alchemist' by Paulo Coelho

A much-loved novel worldwide, having been read by over 65 million people. Starting in Tarifa and stretching to the vast expanse of the Sahara Desert, the book follows a young shepherd in search of finding his own path in the world. An easy but truly effective read for the soul.

‘Love in the Time in Cholera’ by Gabriel García Márquez

This novel paints a stunningly beautiful portrait of a fifty-year romance, almost as well as it floods your senses with illustrious descriptions of a tropical Colombian paradise. A touching book for any long-distance lovers separated by corona.

‘Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail’ by Cheryl Strayed

A memoir detailing Strayed's 1,100-mile hike on the Pacific Crest Trail. A story of overcoming grief and turning inwards on a monumental, even irrational trip across some of USA's most beautiful terrain.

‘Into the Wild’ by John Krakauer

A true story documenting a young man, named Chris McCandless, who walked headfirst into the unrelenting Alaskan wilderness in search of enlightenment and purpose. A transformational book showing how far some people will go to seek solitude through nature.

‘The Beach’ by Alex Garland

A cult novel, perhaps owing to Leonardo di Caprio's thrilling portrayal of main character, Richard. The story follows a young backpacker on a mission to find a legendary, idyllic beach in Thailand and poses the questions: how far are we willing to go to find paradise?

‘Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life’ by William Finnegan

Recommended by Obama himself, Barbarian Days traipses across the globe with surfer, Finnegan, from Honolulu as a young child to the South Pacific, Australia, Asia, Africa and beyond. The true story explores brotherhood, nature and the journey within that comes with a journey away from home.