I love to travel. It allows me to see how life functions, to immerse myself in a completely different world, and to gain awareness of new cultures, customs, places, and people.
However, one of the greatest joys about travelling for me is the time I get to catch up on the stories and books I’ve been meaning to read.
The days by car or the hours by the aeroplane — they give me the solitude I seek when I want to read thought-provoking books that’ll stay on my mind forever — books that provoke my thinking, allow me a fresh perspective, and change the way I see the world.
So, whenever I am planning a trip, I spend a good time choosing travel books to pack with me. I pick these books according to my travel duration. Shorter the trip, smaller the book, and vice versa.
Not only that, but I also create a list of what all to put in my bibliophile’s bag (add bibliophile bag article link here) and organise everything so it fits perfectly.
And today, through this article I want to shine a light on the best travel books I’ve come across. So, if you’re looking for a handbook you can refer to anytime you feel lost or need inspiration, you’re on the right page.
Read on and you’re sure to find something to keep you company on your next trip:
Ten Years A Nomad by Matthew Kepnes
Matthew Kepnes’ Ten Years A Nomad is a part philosophical and part memoir book about why we travel and what it means to be a nomad. The book is filled with aspirational stories of the author’s great many adventures. But the highlight is the lessons travelling teaches us about life.
Girls Who Travel by Nicole Trilivas
Nicole Trilivas’s debut novel ‘Girls Who Travel’ is about a young woman and her wanderlust. Nicole tells us about the many reasons people think women shouldn’t travel alone. But she leaves no chance to show all the more reasons about why they must.
On The Road by Jack Kerouac
On The Road is for travel-junkies — a class of travel-curious people who want to see beyond the border. The narrative opens in the depths of bitterly cold New York City and takes us to many different places.
All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See is a stunning tale about a German boy and a blind French girl whose paths collide as both try to survive the devastation of World War II. It’s an intricate and imaginative story that explores the contradictory power of technology and bizarre human nature.
A Room With A View by E.M Forster
A Room with A View has Lucy, a young British woman who’s facing a dilemma of whether to marry the unpredictable, charismatic George or the safe, nerdish Cecil. It’s a tale about listening to our intuitions, learning to follow our hearts, and taking the leap of faith.
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
‘Love in the Time of Cholera’ is set in a South American Community besieged by plagues and civil wars. It’s a story of Florentino Ariza who was rejected by Fermina in his youth. Florentino maintains a silent vigil of one-sided love for fifty-one years until he meets his lady love again at her husband’s wake and renews his suit. This novel is a celebration of health over sickness, life over death, and love over despair.
Murder On The Orient Express by Agatha Cristie
Murder On The Orient Express starts as an intricate story about the author’s trip to Europe but the narrative quickly unfolds in a race against time to solve a murder. When the Orient Express stops at a station, Hercule Poirot, the greatest detective, arrives and starts interrogating passengers before the killer strikes again. This thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout.
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Eat, Pray, Love is a candid, irresistible, and eloquent account of Elizabeth’s travels after she had a divorce. An intensely articulate and moving memoir of self-discovery, Eat, Pray, Love shows us what happens when we stop trying to live in imitation of society’s ideals and hold ourselves accountable for our happiness. It is sure to touch anyone who has ever woken up to the unrelenting need for change.
That’s all folks — my favourite travel books for all you Bibliophiles.
But, this list, of course, is incomplete and ever-expanding, so add on as you see fit.