In 1996 "The Beach" put Koh Phi Phi on the map and suddenly everyone traveling to Thailand had to see this pristine, untouched paradise. Author Alex Garland recreated a world in words that made people want to see it with their own eyes.
As an avid reader with a love of travel, I am often inspired to visit new places by the books I read. There are two types of books that can achieve this: the increasingly popular travel biography like "When in Rome" by Gemma Townley or "Almost French" by Sarah Turnbull; or a fiction set in a unique or beautiful location like "The Beach."
One that surprised me was "Holy Cow: An Indian Adventure" by Sarah Macdonald. While I have a desire to see much of the world, I had many preconceived ideas about India that pushed it down my travel list. Sarah’s book about her experiences living in Delhi, with her candid descriptions of Indian life, actually opened my eyes to the fact that there was much more to India that I had previously imagined. Now it's moved onto the must-visit list.
Below are some of the books that have inspired our Deal Experts:
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