Traveling is a wonderful way of exploring the world. And the journey becomes more memorable with a book. The right book can change our life forever. At times long bus, train, or plane rides can get pretty boring and can give you a lot of dead time. So, to kill your boredom, we have handpicked some books which deserve your attention. Use these books as your guide; handbooks you can refer to anytime you feel lost or need inspiration.
Here is the list of books:
1. The Alchemist by Paul Coelho:
Oh, this is my favourite writer book. This book is all about following your dreams. The story follows a young shepherd boy from Spain to Egypt as he follows his heart, goes with the flow, and learns love and the meaning of life.
2. The Caliph’s House: A Year in Casablanca by Tahir Shah:
It is a travel book by Anglo-Afghan author. Inspired by the Moroccan vacations of his childhood, Tahir Shah dreamed of making a home in that astonishing country. At age thirty-six he got his chance. Investing what money he and his wife, Rachana, had, Tahir packed up his growing family and bought Dar Khalifa, a crumbling ruin of a mansion by the sea in Casablanca that once belonged to the city’s caliph, or spiritual leader. With its lush grounds, cool, secluded courtyards, and relaxed pace, life at Dar Khalifa seems sure to fulfill Tahir’s fantasy–until he discovers that in many ways he is farther from home than he imagined. For in Morocco an empty house is thought to attract jinns, invisible spirits unique to the Islamic world. The ardent belief in their presence greatly hampers sleep and renovation plans, but that is just the beginning. From elaborate exorcism rituals involving sacrificial goats to dealing with gangster neighbors intent on stealing their property, the Shahs must cope with a new culture and all that comes with it.
3. The Beach by Alex Garland:
“The Beach” is a novel written by Alex Garland an English author in 1996. Every backpacker should read this novel. The book is about a group of young backpackers who discover an ‘idyllic’ island off Bangkok, captured the late-90s zeitgeist. A quote from the “If I’d learnt one thing from traveling, it was that the way to get things done was to go ahead and do them. Don’t talk about going to Borneo. Book a ticket, get a visa, pack a bag, and it just happens.”
4. Vagabonding by Rolf Potts:
This is a must-read book for the long-term traveler. T here’s nothing like vagabonding: taking time off from your normal life—from six weeks to four months to two years—to discover and experience the world on your own terms. In this one-of-a-kind handbook, veteran travel writer Rolf Potts explains how anyone armed with an independent spirit can achieve the dream of extended overseas travel.
5. The Great Railway Bazaar by Paul Theroux:
The book is about the four-month journey by train in 1973 from London through Europe, the Middle East, the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia, and his return via the Trans-Siberian Railway. Many people consider it a classic in the genre of travel writing. The first part of the route to India is very interesting to read.
6. Unlikely Destinations by Tony and Maureen Wheeler:
The book is a unique mix of autobiography, business history, and travel book. Tony and Maureen Wheeler, who is the founders of Lonely Planet, tells bumpy evolution of their travel guide business into the world’s largest independent travel publishing company.
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