Summer’s here, and that could only mean one thing, the season for traveling is here! It is the season when you visit distant loved ones and go to vacations that you’ve been planning ever since you headed home from the last one. And while you’re crammed up in a train or on a plane, we have just the right solution for you to kill your boredom and fuel your wanderlust! Here are seven books that would make you travel in fictional and non-fictional lands to get you the complete travel experience.
Paris Was Ours
Paris is, as Ernest Hemingway says, a movable feast. A book written by 32 writers from around the world, who were seduced by the city of lights, Paris Was Ours dives into the good, the bad and the ugly but shows how the city had a lasting effect on the people who’ve been there. The writers share their observations and revelations, some of them well known – Diane Johnson, David Sedaris, Judith Thurman. While others were less known but just as passionate.
A Walk in the Woods
An autobiography written by travel writer Bill Bryson, this book describes his attempt to walk the Appalachian Trail with a friend. Discussing serious matters relating to the trail’s history and the surrounding sociology, ecology and its people, the book uses humor to display an intriguing plot for someone who has an eye for details.
If you’re looking for something different, this is just what you need! A novel by the Brazilian author Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist follows a young Spanish boy on a quest to find his treasure and accomplish his Personal Legend i.e. his purpose in life. The Alchemist offers the best for someone who reads to escape reality.
J.R.R. Tolkein offers an adventurous ride yet again with this book, a prequel to The Lord of the Rings, and a whole lot shorter, as well. In The Hobbit, young Bilbo Baggins casually living in his comfortable little hobbit hole is whisked away by the legendary wizard Gandalf and a group of fearless dwarves to reclaim their stolen treasure. The story follows their adventure in the mysterious fictional land called Middle Earth. It appeals to younger people as well as adults who like to explore books as they would like to explore the amazing and exotic destinations the world provides.
Veteran shoestring traveler Rolf Potts shows how anyone armed with an independent spirit can achieve the dream of extended overseas travel. It is about taking time off from your life and experiencing the world on your own terms. This book provides not only a plan of action but an outlook on life that emphasizes discovery, creativity and growth of the spirit.
This book is about Cheryl Strayed’s journey along the Pacific Crest Trail when she was 26. She’s looking for a fresh start after coming to grips with the death of her mother, a divorce and drug use. Her journey is welcomed by kind fellow hikers and a sense of belonging. Intertwining Strayed’s journey before and during the journey, the story describes her physical challenges and spiritual realizations on the journey.
Dark Star Safari
Dark Star Safari is a written account of a trip taken by author Paul Theroux from Cairo to Cape Town via trains, buses, cars and armed convoy. His opinions in the book are generally critical of the long-term impact of aid programs, as part of the reason for his visit was to assess his impact on Africa of the many years of aid from Western Countries.
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