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10 Great Books to Read During Travel

What’s the perfect travel companion besides your trusty smartphone? A book!

Books don’t require charging and they don’t run out of juice either. You can carry and read them in any destination of your choice, without the fear of being pickpocketed.

But if you’re anything like us, you want to pack a certain quantity to ensure you don’t end up paying for excessive baggage.

Therefore, you want to carry only the best travel books out there. To help you with your wanderlust, we’ve compiled a list of 10 great travel books to inspire and excite your mind as you concoct summer travels.

Here we go

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The Cat Who Went to Paris

Commonwealth

In Patagonia

A Time of Gifts

How Not to Travel the World

Travel as Transformation

Dark Star Safari

The Beach

The Swiss Affair

Shantaram

 

 

The Cat Who Went to Paris

Wary travelers who need some convincing that life-changing adventures await would love reading The Cat Who Went to Paris. The global journeys of Peter Gether begin with a feline named Norton, who infuses read-worthy humor into everyday travel situations. North partners with Gether to go on filmmaking journeys and helps to convince his future partner that he’s the best choice. After a good chunk of adventuring NY’s three settle, Norton is regarded as one of the most well-traveled pets.  

Commonwealth

The globe-trotting drama novelist goes autobiographical and somewhat domesticin this travel book. When a married female and a married male bond over love, reshuffling of households and kids lead to an imperfect family. After years pass, a grown daughter falls in love with a famous author of bigger age who then mines their issues for a great read. From action to comedy, this novel is a great time killer for frequent travelers.

In Patagonia

During his childhood, Bruce Chatwin stayed at his grandparents’ house during World War 2. A dinosaur piece, discovered by his cousin in a Chilean Patagonia cave, was secured in a cabinet at that house. Intrigued, Chatwin would go to the region decades after on a metaphorical and physical adventure that the narrator describes as a symbolic journey. Simply put, the narrator goes far country to seek information on a strange being. This experimental read is bound to stick those who have a thing for rugged terrain and breathtaking adventures.

A Time of Gifts

This is a travel classic from Paddy Fermor, who took a jaunt cross Europe just when he was 18. The fascinating part? He went from Holland’s Hook to Constantinople on foot. Written when he was 62 years of age, Fremor takes us to 1933 to traipse with him through the fire-lit dens of the monarchs of Balkan, Nazified Bavaria’s beer halls, and the frosty Danube. For those wanting to explore Europe by road, A Time of Gifts is the unmatched travel companion.

How Not to Travel the World

In this book, the author perfectly highlights the fears of the first-time traveler Lauren, before embarking on her journey, shares her rather enclosed lifestyle with the reader. The overall theme of this book revolves around living your dreams and conquering fears. Thee author does a great job at discussing the emotional patterns involved in heir choices as well. While we don’t know how she got into so many weird travel situations during her adventures, her narrative makes for a very exciting read.

Travel as Transformation

This book takes you on the journey of Diehl who went from living in an RV in San Francisco to volunteering in Africa, growing mouth watering chocolates with Central American tribes, and teaching in the UAE. The stories highlight how travel can influence people’s perception of themselves. Diehl has spent a good chuck of his time exploring places that most Westerners could only dream of going. The journey helps him to discover what happiness really is and who is he as a person.

Dark Star Safari

The author has gained a reputation as being one of the best travelogue authors in existence because he lives by every word he pens down on his books. In Dark Star Safari, Theroux takes readers through his voyage in Africa, from the best moments to the worst. The author often sees himself at the bottom of his barrel and can’t figure out what to next. It’s an honest take on what could happen in Africa, what to watch out for, and what should get you excited about traveling to this part of the world.

The Beach

The Beach was written by Alex Garland in 1996, just when Thailand was growing as a central destination for backpackers. Long before Danny Boyle and Di Caprio made the book famous courtesy of its big screen adaption, the main person of the story, Richard, was going amok around Bangkok’s Khao San road. As rumors about the idyllic beach grew, a French couple and Richard sailed away to the mythical paradise. As they arrived, they discovered that the new community behaves in a different way than the normal world and that their backpacking journey is about to get darker than their experience of Khao San.

The Swiss Affair

This “study abroad” novel from Emylia Hall takes the readers on a journey of self-discovery, must-read romance, and an ever-growing mystery, all along the scenery of Lausanne, Switzerland. Readers are bound to enjoy the narrative of the chocolate-box, winter-white Swiss city. In fact, the experience of this Swiss gem is so perfectly rendered that it goes like melting snow into Hadley (the protagonist), and makes the reader ponder the influence and power of the location on their suggestible and shifty years. For those with Lausanne on their list of must-travel destinations, this is a hell of a book.

Shantaram

This novel is set in contemporary India’s underworld, where an Australian named Lin, an escaped convict, has made a hideout. He strives to discover love while making ends meet with a clinic in one of India’s poorest areas. At the same time, he provides services to the Bombay mafia. It’s one of the most interesting reads we’ve ever come across and sucks the reader instantly into the enticing story full of brutality, compassion, beauty and love. If you’re looking to break away from the conventional travel reads and want something more thought-provoking, take this novel along.

Conclusion

Travel is a serendipitous, magical experience, though often lonesome for some people. Whether you’re a solo backpacker or a part of an adventure group, a great travel book remains a critical companion for long haul journeys. Buy and pack any read from the list above, and you can be sure to have a great time on the flight/road.

 

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