Travel Books for Nature Lovers
Hey, everyone! As many of you may or may not know travelling and exploring our world is dearest to my heart. As life may have it, it’s not always easy to travel as much as you would like. So, I tend to live viciously through the adventures of others via books. I have laid out 5 great travel books for nature lovers that I personally believe will help put your itchy feet at ease, at least temporarily.
Wild, Cheryl Strayed
Yes, I know this book became a huge storm which had many people running around with their heads cut off wanting to tackle an enormous hike such as the Pacific Crest Trail. It even stirred me but completing a long distance through hike has always been on my radar. This is the story of the hardship that played out in Cheryl’s life, leading her to drop everything and take on the PCT all by herself. With pretty much no experience as well. Intertwined with the heartbreaking stories of her past and the difficulties she experiences on the trail truly inspire you. No matter how hard things seem to get the beauty and freedom of the trail trump it all. Definitely, my top recommended read when it comes to travel books for nature lovers! Ps – I don’t recommend the movie
Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer
Everyone knows of the young Chris McCandless who sold off all this belongs and torched his money to escape society and go where the wind took him. He hated what society expected of him and wanted the freedom to adventure far in wide. Travelling most of America and down to Mexico, Chris finally decided he would set out to Alaska and make a home for himself there. However, his exploring the rest of America did not prepare him for the hardships that would present themselves in the heart of the wilderness. A great read for the reader who wishes to slip away into the freedom of no plans, on the road living.
On Trails, Robert Moor
For the avid hikers and cultural, history-loving travellers alike. On Trails takes an in-depth look into how trails have shaped our societies and how they are used by animals the world over. He takes you on an adventure through the US researching how the Indigenous people used vast networks of trails to resources and nearby villages. He talks of his own outdoor expeditions seeking these historic pathways which bring you right along for the adventure. The most amazing part of this book is learning how from the very beginning of time animals have been carving out incredibly efficient trails that are passed down generation to generation. The Economist raves that it is “a wander’s dream”. A fav that I just had to include in this article about travel books for nature lovers!
Eating Dirt, Charlotte Gill
A rare glimpse into the life of a tree planter in British Columbia, Charlotte takes you through the trials of the hard life and just how fantastic it can be. You are inspired by her knowledge and the way she transports you to the freeing wilderness of Canada. She talks about the history of tree planting, it’s importance and society’s reliance on wood since the earliest days. I really recommend this book to someone thinking about tree planting or somebody who wants to learn more of the lifestyle. Tree planting is a hard life but the rewards and the happiness that is deep in the woods brings you balances the scales.
The Last Amerian Man, Elizabeth Gilbert
You probably know Elizabeth Gilbert from her oh so famous “Eat, Pray, Love” but before that massive success, she wrote a great book about Eustace Conway. When Eustace turned 17 he decided that he was leaving his comfortable life in the suburbs and going to the Appalachian Mountains. He would complete the Appalachian Trail and continue to live in the wilderness in the surrounding area where he has lived for the last 20 years. An inspiring figure who shows that it is attainable for men and women everywhere to ditch this highly materialistic, fast-paced world to live a more fulfilling life where humans are happiest, in the woods. It also talks about his world wind adventure across America on horseback. A true wilderness explorer who will have you packing up your things to set out on your own journey.
I hope you enjoyed this little article about travel books for nature lovers! You can read my own travel writing and photography here.