Travelling is a wondrous thing - you can explore new worlds, discover new perspectives, learn about history and immerse yourself in fresh ways of thinking. There's one other way to accomplish those same goals: reading. Through books, we are able to live through characters' experiences in a way that helps us learn more about ourselves. It's no surprise that travel and reading are excellent companions. Not only do they both educate us in similar ways, there's also the fact that travel often involves long stretches of time during which you must occupy your attention: lying on the beach, flying, sitting by the pool. As you prepare for your holiday in Australia, you'll probably want to bring along a great book to carry with you. Here are a few of our favourite travel-focused books to settle in with while staying at your holiday accommodation.
'On the Road' by Jack Kerouac
'Eat Pray Love' by Elizabeth Gilbert
'The Great Railway Bazaar' by Paul Theroux
'Wild' by Cheryl Strayed
The most recent novel on our list to be catapulted to popularity, 'Wild' is the memoir of Cheryl Strayed, who set out to hike the 2,600-mile Pacific Crest Trail in the United States. The book, which was recently made into a movie starring Reese Witherspoon, has garnered a huge following and widespread acclaim. Strayed's journey took her through the majority of America's western mountain ranges - a difficult feat for any hiker and unheard of at the time for women travelling alone. The journey was in response to Strayed's recent divorce as well as the death of her mother, which she recounts with emotion throughout the memoir. This book is a must-read for any traveller in desire of a fresh start and a new perspective on life.