One of the most treasured parts of travel is the time it allows to slow down, to enjoy the small things that often get missed in the busy routine of home. Reading is one of those things, so we've put together a small selection of some of our favourite books to read on the road.
The Responsible Company by Yvon Chouinard & Vincent Stanley:Published by Patagonia, The Responsible Company shares simple yet crucial advice to businesses of all sizes on how to reduce your environmental footprint, make a quality product that lasts, get to know your supply chain intimately and create a business that respects and protects people and planet. This book would be of particular interest to anyone with their own business or project, but it's a great read no matter your situation, as it's of benefit to all of us to understand what it really means to be a responsible business.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak:This story follows a young girl living with her adoptive German family during the Nazi era. She is taught to read by her foster father and begins to "borrow" books to share with the Jewish refugee being sheltered in her family home. A moving story that teaches the true power of words and the way they can connect us, even in times of despair and hatred.
Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estés:A must read for any wandering woman, this book explores the theory that within every woman there is a wild and natural creature, a powerful force, filled with good instincts, passionate creativity, and ageless knowing - but this wild woman is an endangered species in our current society. Clarissa Pinkola Estes uses multicultural myths, folk tales and stories to show how women's vitality can be restored by reconnecting us with the attributes of the Wild Woman archetype. Depending on your head-space, this book can be an intense read so may be best enjoyed in small chapters here and there.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee:A timeless classic that we all should read at least once in our lives. To Kill a Mockingbird follows the life of the original adventurous woman, young Scout Finch and her brother Jem and father Atticus. Set in the deep South in the 1930's, To Kill a Mockingbird is narrated from Scout's perspective as she watches her lawyer father defend an African-American man accused of raping a young white woman. Despite dealing with the serious issues of racial inequality and rape, Harper Lee manages to inject warmth and humor into the novel - particularly in the way she created her characters, Atticus Finch has become a moral hero for many readers and is often used a model of integrity.
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer:Into the Wild is based on the true story of Christopher McCandless, a young man who left the life he had always known, along with society's expectations, and walked deep into the Alaskan wilderness in 1992. This is an incredible story that explores both the obsession some people feel to explore the outermost limits of themselves, as well as the consumerist ideals and expectations forced on us in our current society. Also a powerful movie if you feel like a film night!
Wardrobe Crisis by Clare Press:In this book, fashion journalist, Clare Press explores the true history and ethics behind the clothes that we wear, and how they came to be on our bodies. Using her insider experience, Press examines and pulls apart the entire fashion ecosystem, tracing the origins of fashion icons to the rise and fall of department stores. Written in a witty and entertaining voice, Wardrobe Crisis will prompt you to look inwards at your purchasing decisions and empower you to feel good about your wardrobe again.
Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert:A feel-good story, Eat Pray Love is a memoir of one woman's trip around the world after her divorce. Forced out of the life she knew, the author takes you on her journey of indulging in Italy, finding spirituality in India and looking for a way to combine both in Bali. Guaranteed to have you booking your next solo trip before you've finished the first chapter.