This paper aims to investigate the interrelation between American writer John Steinbeck`s Travels with Charley and the eighteenth century British writer Joseph Addison`s renowned journal The Spectator. Travels with Charley is a travelogue that depicts a road trip around the United States. About his motive of the travel, Steinbeck wrote that he was moved by a desire to see his country on a personal level since he made his living writing about it. He wrote of having many questions going into his journey, the main one being “What are Americans like today”? During traveling to find the answer of this question, Steinbeck read Addison`s The Spectator again which he used to read. Through reading, his creative recovery evolves before his point of illumination, beginning near the outset of the journey with The Spectator. Steinbeck acknowledges this debt early in Travels with Charley and seems to refer to it later as well in an epigrammatic aside about originality developing out of imitation. As he imitates Addison, he shares Addison`s roles as thinker, social critic, observer of humankind and American Spectator. Thus, these influences appear in observations of the workings of the mind, the use of fictional dialogue and overlying moral generalizations.