The sun is shining and summer is here. And, while many of us are feeling the itch to get out and see the world, travelling is still not quite as easy as we'd all like it to be. That's why we've compiled this list of some of the best classic titles in travel-themed fiction, covering stories from around the globe. So get stuck in, take your mind where your body cannot go, and enjoy a perilous or exciting adventure from the comfort and safety of your favourite reading spot!
Around the World in Eighty Days
Kicking this list off with one of the most famous and enduring travel-themed novels ever written, Jules Verne's Around the World in Eighty Days is not to be missed by anyone feeling the gentle pull of wanderlust. As one of Verne's most critically acclaimed works, Around the World in Eighty Days quite literally shows the reader the world, following central character Phileas Fogg as he attempts to circumnavigate the globe in - you guessed it - eighty days. With a £20'000 wager on the line for Fogg, this novel continues to entertain readers across the world *ahem* both in its novel format and the many adaptations that have since followed.
Gulliver's Travel is another adventure and travel-themed novel that's not to be missed by any lovers of timeless and centuries-old books. Penned by Irish satirical author Jonathan Swift, it is both his best known work and a critically acclaimed piece of classic literature. Written as a humorous take on traveler's tales (and human nature in general), Gulliver's Travels has been referred to as "universally read" and "a satirical masterpiece". The novel has also seen its fair share of adaptations, and is just as effective and enjoyable in any format today as it was when it was first written and published all the way back in 1726 - a mere six years shy of three hundred years ago!
Our Man in Havana
Written by British author Graham Greene, Our Man in Havana is black comedy novel set in Cuba which pokes fun at secret intelligence services such as MI6 - something which becomes so much more interesting with the knowledge that Greene himself was once part of MI6. Funnily enough, although the novel predates the Cuban Missile Crisis, many of the events within the novel appear to anticipate the events that were yet to come. A book that is dark, humorous, and rightfully acclaimed, Our Man In Havana is a must-read for anyone wanting to enjoy a tale set in a beautiful part of the world that many of us may not often have the opportunity to visit.
Death on the Nile
Agatha Christie has long been one of our most popular and sought after authors, and rightly so. Death on the Nile is just one of her many nail-biting crime and mystery novels, and the setting of this story is definitely one of its selling points. Taking place in Egypt on the (surprise surprise) River Nile, this novel is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Agatha Christie's works encompassing dark crimes in varying locations across the world.
And finally, last but not least, we finish this list with Holidays Abroad by Emma Davenport. While the novel itself is certainly one to be enjoyed, we would be lying if we said we didn't choose this book as much for its appearance as anything else. We do specialize in vintage books, after all, and it's hard not to judge a book by its cover when the cover is as stunning as this! Considering red is our colour of the month for August also, we simply couldn't end this selection of travel-themed fiction without Holidays Abroad.