We can’t picture relaxing on vacation without a page-turner in our hands. There’s something about lying long on a lounger in the sun, with nothing but hours to kill reading, snacking on treats you order from the hotel restaurant to be brought to you poolside. When we can’t fit a vacation in, the closest we can come to an escape like that is reading right at home. It’s a literal escape and brings utter peace of mind. The joy of reading a travel adventure, especially one that takes you on a ride to an exotic location, cannot be matched by anything except an actual, real-life travel adventure. Go through these five travel themed books for your reading pleasure — who knows, they just might inspire your next trip!
1. Love with a Chance of Drowning – Torre DeRoche
This memoir is written by travel blogger Torre DeRoche, and is full of adventure. The author recounts her experience of unexpectedly falling in love and having to overcome her fear of deep waters to sail across the ocean with her boyfriend. This romantic, hilarious, and poignant book will make you feel restless to get to your own travelling.
2. A Cook’s Tour – Anthony Bourdain
This food inspired travel story comes from the worlds most popular chef, Anthony Bourdain. ‘A Cooks Tour: Global Adventures in Extreme Cuisines,’ is a New York Times bestseller. The late celebrity chef takes his readers around the world on a quest for the perfect meal. The book depicts Anthony’s love for food and travelling.
3. The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
Wisdom, magic, mysticism and self-discovery are at the heart of this novel by Paulo Coelho. It’s been called an inspiring masterpiece by many. The story revolves around the journey of a young shepherd boy who travels from Spain to Egypt in search of worldly treasure. This is a tale to cheer you up and motivate you to follow your dreams in equal measure.
4. The Geography of Bliss – Eric Weiner
Writer Eric Weiner’s epic search to find the happiest places in the world is sure to keep you hooked. Wandering through places like Iceland, Denmark, Qatar, India and Moldova, he interacts with locals and has interesting experiences to retell. This book is the perfect blend of humour, travel, and psychology.
5. Eat, Pray, Love – Elizabeth Gilbert
This beautifully written travel memoir by Elizabeth Gilbert perfectly describes the throes of a midlife crisis – and an unconventional way to try and overcome it. The story follows her extreme unhappiness, and how it forces her to embark on a journey to explore the three aspects of her nature in three different cultures – Italy, India, and Indonesia. During this life-changing journey, she rediscovers herself.