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Books for Backpacker: Find the best books for travellers! - TOP 30

You are looking for novels and other books all about “backpacking”? If so, you are exactly right here. We have listed the best books concerning that subject for you. Especially for backpackers, globetrotters, frequent travellers and everybody who loves travelling as much as we do.

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   Backpacking – off on an adventure

Buch über Backpacking Auf ins Abenteuer Der ultimative Backpacking-Ratgeber für Einsteiger und Fortgeschrittene

Author:

Robin Koß

Genre:
counselor
Seiten:
237
Better-Go-Now description:
You are about to go on your first big trip and thousands of questions are buzzing through your head? Are you missing the ultimate incentive to overcome your fear of the unknown? Then this book is just right for you. Here you will find motivation, tried and tested tips and instructive, exciting travel stories. This book answers your questions and helps you: to optimally prepare your trip, to find the right travel destination for you, to save money, to travel safely, to experience a lot and to master the daily challenges of a backpacker.”
Tags:  Guide, Travel, Backpacking, Life, Adventure
 

The Beach

Image Of Book Cover The Beach From Autor Alex Garland Category Backpacking
Author:

Alex Garland

Genre:
Novel
Pages:
448
Better-Go-Now description:
"A lot of young backpackers search for adventures far off the beaten track. Among them young Richard from England. He discovers a wonderful beach in Thailand which looks truly outstanding. Together with some other people Richard takes a trip to the remote island. For them it is paradise. Until life shows them the other side of the coin... Action!"
Tags:   

Travel, Thailand, Adventure, Sex, Drama, Backpacking

A Fortune-Teller Told Me

Image Of Book Cover A Fortune Teller Told Me From Autor Tiziano Terzani Category Travel
Author:

Tiziano Terzani

Genre:
Novel, Autobiography
Pages:
384
Better-Go-Now description:
"What would you do if a fortune-teller tells you not to fly on a plane for a whole year?! Well, we would definitely decide not to fly! Neither does Tiziano Terzani. Instead of flying he chooses to go by train, bus and by foot. Due to fortunate circumstances he wrote this fascinating book. Lucky us! We get some detailed insights into the beautiful Asian culture. Sometimes, traveling slowly can be damn sure more fulfilling."
Tags:   

Autobiography, Travel, Fortune-Teller, Plane Crash, Culture, Asia, Backpacking

Wild – From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

Image Of Book Cover Wild From Autor Cheryl Strayed Category Backpacking
Author:

Cheryl Strayed

Genre:
Autobiography
Pages:
315
Better-Go-Now description:
"The life of the 26-year-old Cheryl is filled with drugs and sex with strange men. As her mother died when she was young and because of a broken marriage, Cheryl tries to fight the pain in her life. Until she comes to the point where she realizes that she can not go on like this. One day she gets a travel guide for the "Pacific Crest Trail" and she decides to start the trip of her life. On her journey she encounters plenty of challenges and surprises..."
Tags:   

Autobiography, Drugs, Sex, Life, Pain, Decision, Journey, Backpacking

Planet Walker

Image Of Book Cover Planet Walker From Autor John Francis Category Backpacking
Author:

John Francis Ph.D.

Genre:
Autobiography
Pages:
288
Better-Go-Now description:
"John Francis tries to save oil-soaked birds and to restore blackened beaches. But he is still frustrated because this work can never be finished. So he decides to go on a journey without using motorized transportation. This brings him onto the road, for 17 years on two continents. It started with a silent protest in the early 1970s and became a remarkable and well-known book. On the road he earn his college degree, meets a lot of interesting people and he learns to be a part of the Earth. An amazing human interest autobiography..."
Tags:   

Frustration, Helplessness, Silence, Humanity, Experience, Life, Backpacking

Our World Tour – A Photographic Journey Around the Earth

Image Of Book Cover Our World Tour From Autor Mario Dirks Category Travel
Author:

Mario Dirks

Genre:
Illustrated Book
Pages:
352
Better-Go-Now description:
"Our world is a paradise. Mario Dirks was so kind to collect the most stunning places in book form full of photographs. A collection of breathtaking sights and shots of humans and animals in the beauty of nature. It is a homage to Mother Earth which can hardly be toped."
Tags:   

Human, Nature, Animal, Sight, Mother Earth

Travel, Sex & Train Wrecks

Image Of Book Cover Travel, Sex and Train Wrecks From Autor Julie Morey Category BackpackingImage Of Book Cover From Autor Category Travel
Author:

Julie Morey

Genre:
Autobiography
Pages:
132
Better-Go-Now description:
"The good Christian woman Julie is married for 10 years to a man she deeply loves. But his alcoholism destroys their marriage. She then decides to go on a journey in exotic South East Asia. There she does things she shouldn't do being accompanied solely by her backpack and a broken heart. Dancing at the Full Moon Party, crashing a scooter, eating "happy" food, kissing various men, breaking into monuments or couchsurfing through India. Then she takes part in a ten day silent meditation... True story!"
Tags:   

Life, Party, Dreams, Meditation, Love, Backpacking

Left Beyond the Horizon

Image Of Movie Cover Left Beyond The Horizon Category Travel
Author:

Christopher Many

Genre:
Autobiography
Pages:
310
Better-Go-Now description:
"Some would call him a vagabond, others would describe him as an adventurer. Christopher Many would describe himself as a traveling philosopher. One day he decides to get into his Land Rover and drives away. Eight years later he summarizes his journey in this book. A journey into the big world and in the end to himself."
Tags:   

Land Rover, Round-the-world-trip, Adventure, Self-discovery, Life

Swimming at Night

Image Of Book Cover Swimming At Night From Autor Lucy Clarke Category Backpacking
Author:

Lucy Clarke

Genre:
Novel
Pages:
416
Better-Go-Now description:
"Two sisters who could not be more different. Katie has a disciplined middle-class life while Mia has learned how to live her life to the fullest. But they do love and appreciate each other. Until Katie comes to know that Mia has died. All that remains is her diary. Katie packs her bag and follows the stories of Mia's diary. She travels to places her sister had visited before. There she finds out things she would have never thought to be possible..."
Tags:   

Travel Diary, Secret, Drama, Bali, Love, Journey, Sense of Life, Backpacking

Hector and the Search for Happiness

Image Of Book Cover Hector And The Search For Happiness From Autor Francois Lelord Category Travel
Author:

François Lelord

Genre:
Novel
Pages:
192
Better-Go-Now description:
"Hector has a good job. He likes to listen to his patients and they love him as their psychiatrist. One day he has the feeling that something is missing. He feels that people are not truly happy, not even when their mental state is getting better. This in turn makes him unhappy. So he decides to go out into the big wide world to search for happiness. An adventure around the world to find himself in the end..."
Tags:   

Self-Discovery, Search, Happiness, Adventure, Travel, Thoughts, Backpacking

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

Image Of Book Cover The Unlikely Pilgramage Of Harold Fry From Autor Rachel Joyce Category Travel
Author:

Rachel Joyce

Genre:
Novel
Pages:
384
Better-Go-Now description:
"He just wants to take a letter for a dying friend to the post office. Something inside of him lets him walk past the office. Far beyond the city. Until he decides to deliver the letter personally. Harold Frey starts his journey without planning it. Only with the letter in his hand, his sailing shoes and a strong will. A book for those who want discover something new in life or just to broaden their horizon."
Tags:   

Incredible Journey, Sailing Shoes, Courage, Will, Life, Sense of Life

A Year of Living Prayerfully

Image Of Book Cover A Year Of Living Prayerfully From Autor Jared Brock Category Backpacking
Author:

Jared Brock

Genre:
Autobiography
Pages:
352
Better-Go-Now description:
"The prayer Jared Brock thinks that something is missing in his life. Therefore he decides to go on a yearlong journey to rediscover the power of prayer... and to eat delicious meals. On that 37,000-mile-trip he is having a blast. He dances with jews, burns his clothes and attempts fire walking. Funny and at the same time plenty of food for thought..."
Tags:   

Prayer, Food, Journey, Adventure, Power, Curiosity, Backpacking

The Carer

Image Of Book Cover The Carer From Autor Scott Nelson Category Drama
Author:

Scott Nelson

Genre:
Novel
Pages:
106
Better-Go-Now description:
"Malcolm McDonald reaches the limit of his credit card in San Francisco. Therefore he returns to London without a home, without having any friends and on top of that unemployed. In a typical British winter it looks like he has run out of options. But then Malcolm decides to work as a housekeeper for Florence Days, an 80-year-old woman who speaks with her wallpapers and waits for her husband who always comes too late for dinner. The Carer shows how insane the world can get if somebody is sane for too long..."
Tags:   

Homeless, Out of options, Sadness, Friends, Life

Into the Wild

Image Of Book Cover Into The Wild From Autor Jon Krakauer Category Backpacking
Author:

Jon Krakauer

Genre:
Biography, Adventure
Pages:
215
Better-Go-Now description:
"Chris McCandless finishes college and decides against living an ordinary life. So he burns all the money he owns and starts a journey with the goal of reaching Alaska. A journey full of experiences and adventures. He always dreams of freedom and liberty in the beautiful, lonesome wilderness. Based on a true story. The author Jon Krakauer wrote this book with the help of journal entries and interviews with Chris' family and friends. A really sad and at the same time beautiful book. Would you be able to let everything behind to be alone in the wilderness?"
Tags:   

Journey, Alaska, Adventure, Drama, Desire, Biography, Sense of Life, Backpacking

The Art of Travel

Image Of Book Cover The Art Of Travel From Autor Alain De Botton Category Travel
Author:

Alain de Botton

Genre:
Philosophical Novel, Guidebook
Pages:
272
Better-Go-Now description:
"Why are we always on the road again? Why do we love going to unknown places when it's beautiful at home too? Is it the pursuit of happiness? In his unusual travel guide Alain de Botton has got some answers to these questions. You won't find the places he describes on a map. They are in each of us. A beautiful novel which will teach you to travel with your heart."
Tags:   

Wanderlust, Art of Travel, Coming Home, Breakup, Backpacking

A Walk in the Woods

Image Of Book Cover A Walk In The Woods From Autor Bill Bryson Category Travel
Author:

Bill Bryson

Genre:
Novel
Pages:
397
Better-Go-Now description:
"Have you been on a trekking tour? If yes, did you ever question yourself why you really do that? Bill Bryson takes his overweight friend "Katz" with him and walks the longest march in the world. During their tour Bill heavily questions their undertaking. The trek runs through twelve states in the USA and can be really challenging. A very special travel report full of irony and sarcasm..."
Tags:   

USA, Humor, Chocolate, Irony, Adventure, Life, Backpacking

Land of the Free

Image Of Book Cover Land Of The Free From Autor Woodrow Landfair Category Thinking
Author:

Woodrow Landfair

Genre:
Autobiography, Adventure
Pages:
212
Better-Go-Now description:
"The protagonist of this book leaves his home on an old motorcycle. He sleeps outdoors, in homeless shelters or he stays on sofas at the home of strangers. At times he does shitty jobs to be able to buy something and often he is given food and things by other people. But then he sees a chance to keep his life simple and to jump up the ladder at the same time. A man on the search for his truth. A stunning true story!"
Tags:   

Adventure, Freedom, Autobiography, Motorcycle, Truth, Backpacking

The Watermelon King

Image Of Book Cover The Watermelon King From Autor Daniel Royse Category Travel
Author:

Daniel Royse

Genre:
Novel, Adventure
Pages:
196
Better-Go-Now description:
"Dean loses his job in a remarkable consulting firm and therefore decides to make a journey across East Africa together with his brother. They backpack through one of the most inhospitable regions in the world. Along this way with a lot of ups and downs they begin to understand the beauty and the frustration of life in Africa. "Sad but true!"
Tags:   

Africa, Backpacking, Landscape, Life, Poverty, No chance, Backpacking

Half Way to Hawaii

Image Of Book Cover Half Way To Hawaii From Autor Torben Sonntag Category Backpacking
Author:

Torben Sonntag

Genre:
Thriller
Pages:
330
Better-Go-Now description:
"Stefan and Jörn have been friends for many years. When they plan a windsurfing trip they have no idea how badly this will end for them. After a party they get robbed and almost brutally injured. When Stefan regains consciousness Jörn has disappeared. The police does not take the situation too seriously so Stefan decides to look for his friend on his own. He gets kidnapped. A wild chase begins..."
Tags:   

Adventure, Travel, Hawaii, Hunt, Backpacking

Wanderlove

Image Of Book Cover Wanderlove From Autor Kirsten Hubbard Category Backpacking
Author:

Kirsten Hubbard

Genre:
Novel, Adventure
Pages:
352
Better-Go-Now description:
"Bria is an 18-year-old traveler. She tries to achieve independence and searches for self-discovery. Bria decides to go on a tour through Central America with a group, which turns out to be not the best decision. She is a good girl trying to be bad. During the tour she meets Rowan, a backpacker and dive instructor. He is a bad boy trying to be good. While traveling trough some Mayan villages with Rowan she tries to run away from her past until she realizes that she needs to hold on and look back..."
Tags:   

Liberty, Journey, Experience, Youth, Past, Love, Backpacking

Backpack

Image Of Book Cover Backpack From Autor Emily Barr Category Adventure
Author:

Emily Barr

Genre:
Novel, Adventure
Pages:
322
Better-Go-Now description:
"Tansy decides to quit her London life. She hates her job and has enough of her selfish friend. Furthermore she has to process the death of her mother. While traveling trough Asia she realizes that this is not what she is searching for. She misses her boyfriend. After some time she begins to like it until a murderer starts to follow her. This journey should get more adventurous than she could ever expect..."
Tags:   

Escape, Adventure, Life, Journey, Liberty, Backpacking

Watershed

Image Of Book Cover Watershed From Autor Cd Brennan Category Travel
Author:

Cd Brennan

Genre:
Novel
Pages:
224
Better-Go-Now description:
"She left home to find herself... and found love along the way. Maggie wasn't looking for love on her backpacking trip through Australia. She's got enough troubles with men back in Ireland. Australia is her escape, a place of adventure where she can create memories to last a lifetime."
Tags:   

Self-Awareness, Journey, Love, Adventure, Backpacking

Forever the Road

Image Of Book Cover Forever The Road From Autor Anthony St. Clair Category Travel
Author:

Anthony St. Clair

Genre:
Adventure, Fantasy
Pages:
459
Better-Go-Now description:
"It is not very easy to sum up the books of Anthony St. Clair. Giving it a try, "Forever the Road" could be summarized with: "Three travelers in India battle their hearts and their destinies as an awakened evil prepares to destroy all life". We can highly recommend the author and especially this book!"
Tags:   

India, Destiny, Beer, Happiness, Life, Backpacking

The Sex Lives of Cannibals

Image Of Book Cover The Sex Live Of Cannibals From Autor J. Maarten Troost Category Travel
Author:

J. Maarten Troost

Genre:
Autobiography
Pages:
272
Better-Go-Now description:
"How would you imagine the South Seas? Breathtaking beaches, shafts of sunlight shining on your face and a harmonic flair which you are able to find only in paradise? That is exactly what J. Maarten Troost and his wife Sylvia were expecting. This would definitely be too good to be true. Their real life there is far off from their imaginations. This book reveals the true life in the South Seas to you..."
Tags:   

South Seas, Adventures, Imagination, Misfortune, Backpacking

The Lost Girls – Three Friends. Four Continents.

Image Of Book Cover The Lost Girls From Autor Jennifer Baggett Holly Corbett Amanda Pressner Category Backpacking
Author:

Jennifer Baggett, Holly C. Corbett, Amanda Pressner

Genre:
Autobiography
Pages:
560
Better-Go-Now description:
"They have everything they wish for. Happily in love, good jobs and in the prime of their lives. But one day they wake up and are not sure if this is it... So they make a decision with consequences. They decide to pack their bags and leave everything behind to find their true selves..."
Tags:   

Sense of life, Round-the-world trip, Happiness, Self-discovery, Backpacking

Round Ireland with a Fridge

Image Of Book Cover Round Ireland With A Fridge From Autor Tony Hawks Category Travel
Author:

Tony Hawks

Genre:
Novel
Pages:
264
Better-Go-Now description:
"On the next morning, Tony realizes that he had been drinking too much the night before. This time it is not only alcohol that causes the bad feeling in his stomach though. He has made a bet with his friends that he will round Ireland with a fridge. Difficult to believe how many doors can be opened when you carry a fridge with you. A really funny story..."
Tags:   

Hangover, Bet, Journey, Experience, Humor, Irony, Backpacking

On the Road

Image Of Book Cover On The Road From Autor Jack Kerouac Category Travel
Author:

Jack Kerouac

Genre:
Novel
Pages:
293
Better-Go-Now description:
"Be honest: Have you ever thought about taking your bags and just leave? Living to the fullest, day by day, without planning too much. A journey through time with the "Beat generation". Always on the road, always on the search for something new. Living the moment. That is what counts! A book for all people who want to break out..."
Tags:   

Adventure, Drugs, Life, Liberty, Love, Journey, Backpacking

I’m Off Then

Image Of Book Cover I'm Off Then From Autor Hape Kerkeling Category Travel
Author:

Hape Kerkeling

Genre:
Travel Account
Pages:
352
Better-Go-Now description:
"Usually, Hape Kerkeling is a couch potato. But one day he decides to walk the long and mystical Camino the Santiago. An authentic book about the painful walk, which is nevertheless worth to go. Plenty of useful wisdoms and some questions about the sense of life are included. So in case you are thinking about walking the Camino the Santiago: When you read this book you definitely want to leave right now..."
Tags:   

Journey, Adventure, Humor, Sense of Life, Camino de Santiago, Backpacking

Drop City

Image Of Book Cover Drop City From Autor T.C. Boyle Category Travel
Author:

T.C. Boyle

Genre:
Novel
Pages:
512
Better-Go-Now description:
"The year 1970. Approximately 60 weed smoking and a lot of sex having hippies live on a piece of land in peace with nature. Only the neighbors, the police and the tourists who come to see the „Freakshow“ disturb the idyll. One day they decide to move from California to Alaska to establish a new life in harmony with the wilderness. An exciting journey begins. T. C. Boyle describes the life of the hippie commune so colorful and detailed that you get the feeling to be right there in the centre of the happening."
Tags:   

Drugs, Sex, Hippies, Travel, Commune, Alaska

Getting Stoned with Savages

Image Of Book Cover Getting Stoned With Savages From Autor J. Maarten Troost Category Travel
Author:

J. Maarten Troost

Genre:
Autobiography
Pages:
239
Better-Go-Now description:
"Another good book from J. Maarten Troost. As always, he writes with humor and straight from the shoulder about the expected paradise - which is no paradise any more once you take a closer look. The island Kiribati itself is beautiful, but at second glance there are some big surprises you would never think of. He describes the beauty and the sad in a way that makes you laugh and gets you thinking at the same time."
Tags:   

Humor, Happiness, Kiribati, Courage, Paradise, Challenge, Backpacking

A Mile in Her Boots

Image Of Book Cover A Mile In Her Boots From Autor Jennifer Bové Category Travel
Author:

Jennifer Bové

Genre:
Adventure, Biography
Pages:
288
Better-Go-Now description:
"This is a stunning collection of stories about women in the wilderness. It is a kind of celebration of women making their way in the wild. Wild women report how they succeed in different professions. Smoke jumping, river running, rescuing sea turtles or professional falconry. In this book you find some rough adventures from women who will inspire you..."
Tags:   

Adventure, Women, Wilderness, Courage, Challenge, Journey, Backpacking

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