TTT: Books That Feature Travel

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme by The Broke And The Bookish. This one is a random pick from their list of previous topics.


  1. Sisters by Raina Telgemeier is a simple slice of life story that centres on a road trip taken by a mom and her three kids (Raina, her younger sister Amara and their younger brother). Their Dad will meet them at their destination. The story waffles between flashbacks of Raina and Amara growing up (and fighting all the way) and the current plot of the roadtrip. It’s a great story that centres on travel and how refreshing – and also not refreshing – travel can be. It is a graphic novel full of wit, humourous realities and life.
  2. The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White. I don’t know what made me remember this one, it was one of my childhood favourites. It follows a  young boy (Sam) who (don’t mind the pun) takes a trumpeter swan (Louis) under his wing. Louis is born a mute and the story follows him as he first learns to play the trumpet, then to read and write, falls in love and moves across the United States for a few jobs before finally settling down to live life as a swan should live it. It’s a sweet story that has a real message about what home and love are – hence all the travel, once Louis finishes travelling he has figured out who and what he is.
  3. The Adventures of Tintin by Herge – I mean, pick up any of these adventures they always focus on travel and a new location. Tintin is a global detective! It’s awesome. :)
  4.  The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery is a tale about being far away from home for a long time and all the strange and interesting people you can meet on your adventures.
  5.  From the Mixed Up Files of Ms. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg follows a young girl who runs away from her home to live in the Metropolitan Museum (because her parents don’t appreciate her, of course). She brings her little brother, because he saves his money, and off they go. It’s a great adventure and living in the Met is a great setting because it allows for so much exploration of the many treasures of the world.
  6. Vacations from Hell was a short story anthology that both Yash and I read and it features stories by Libba Bray and Cassandra Clare. All the stories focus on characters who are on vacation from home, travelling far away and the funny, terrifying or depressing ways that the vacation has turned into hell… It was pretty fun :)
  7. Someone has to say Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit… right?



  1. In Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan, a harmonica travels continents through time to bring hope and luck to all those who play it.
  2. One Thing Stolen by Beth Kephart features Nadia Cara who travels to Florence, Italy with her family and falls apart rather spectacularly when an undiagnosed illness changes her personality and leaves her unable to communicate. Beautifully told and heart tugging, this is an important book.
  3. The Whispering Treesthe second volume in The Thickety trilogy by J. A. White follows Kara and Taff’s journey through the woods and to a village where things just may be worse than the village they left behind.
  4. Wen, in the second volume of Of Metals and Wishes duology by Sarah Fine, Of Dreams and Rustleaves the place she knows and feels comfortable in to brave the war ridden country her beloved lives in. The journey is taxing and challenges Wen to find strength and courage she didn’t know she is capable of.
  5. In The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell, Feodora travels through snow soaked country in attempt to reach the city and rescue her mother before the General has her executed.


These books are more focused on quest journeys than on vacation travel. Just warning ya.

  1. Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman. Seraphina travels throughout Goredd’s neighbouring realms to seek out other ityasaari.
  2. The Princess Curse and Handbook for Dragon Slayers by Merrie Haskell: in The Princess Curse, Reveka has recently come to court from a distant nunnery, and shortly thereafter descends to the underworld; in Handbook for Dragon Slayers, Tilda and her friends leave home.
  3. Redwall and sequels by Brian Jacques: the hardships, adventure, and peril of journeying (particularly by sea) are part of each narrative.
  4. Abhorsen by Garth Nix: *VERY SPOILERY* While travel is part of all of Nix’s Old Kingdom stories (even and especially the short stories), in this story, Lirael leaves the Glacier and her old life behind as she travels physically across the Old Kingdom and into Ancelstierre, internally as she accepts her lack of Sight and her true birthright as Abhorsen-in-Waiting and Remembrancer, and ?[I need a adverb]? as she walks into Death to the very brink of the Ninth Gate.
  5. Dragon’s Gate by Laurence Yep. When Otter accidentally kills a Manchu man, his mother sends him from his home village in China to join his father and his uncle as a labourer in America. The unpleasantness of the physical journey is a short (though significant) part of the novel; Otter’s adjustment to hardship and prejudice is the greater journey.
  6. The Water of Possibility by Hiromi Goto. When Sayuri and her brother explore their new house in small-town Alberta, they stumble into a whole other world. Sayuri soon loses her brother, who shouldn’t be traveling anywhere without his asthma medication. And the kitsune are really not at all helpful.


  1. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray: Well, Gemma moves from British occupied India to England. It probably would have been more interesting the other way around for me, but it’s the first book to pop out at me. (In case you’re wondering, all my TTT picks come to me when I swivel my chair to the left and stare in panic at my bookshelf.)
  2. The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco: I believe the book starts in the States but finishes in Japan? It’s been a while.
  3. Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis: When Nolan’s eyes are open, he’s at home somewhere in the States. When he blinks, he is transported into Amara’s mind, to another world, the Dunelands.
  4. Every Breath series by Ellie Marney: Lots of moving over all three books, whether it’s Rachel’s move from her countryside farmhouse to Melbourne, or from Melbourne to London– the shifts in landscape are always fun to behold.
  5. American Gods by Neil Gaiman: It’s a road trip. With ancient gods. I mean, even if it isn’t your favourite book you have to admit it’s a great premise.

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