5 books to read while travelling




This world is a big book and those who don’t travel read only one page. Reading and travelling, in a way, are first cousins. While reading enables you to explore the world of imagination through words, traveling let you explore the real world through your own five senses. Both the art forms are equally celebrated throughout the world; which one do you prefer is a matter of personal choice. However, there are people who want the best of both the worlds and if you are one of them, read on. Here I am going to discuss some of the finest books that you may like to carry with your travel luggage. So wherever you are heading to, metropolitan or the country side, one of these books is a must as a travel companion:

1. ‘The alchemists’ by Paulo Coelho

This book is unique in ways more than one. This enchanting book is going to inspire you to travel without plans and expectations. Santiago’s journey from Spain to Egypt in search of a treasure and the point at which it culminates tell us that expectations in life aren’t always met and we are instead greeted by the wonderfully unexpected. So the message is clear that expect the unexpected and rejoice the life.

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2. The Adventure of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twin.

This American classic about Huck’s life on the river will make anyone want to explore a river valley. But its more than just a travel book. It’s Huck’s first tussle with issues of personal liberty and the unknown. Firmly grounded in early reality, the book digs deeper into the complexities of both a joyous and a tragic life. And these attributes make Huckleberry Finn indisputably the most appealing child-hero in American literature. 

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3. ‘The motorcycle Diaries’ by Ernesto Guevara

This book by iconic Che Guevara reminds you of the power of travelling. Although the book has a political overtone, it doesn’t fail to impel you to take a motorcycle road trip across the continent. If you want to learn from your travel this book may act as a source of inspiration.

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4. ‘Shantaram’ by Gregory David Roberts.

The love story of Lin and Karla might not be the most famous but is certainly one of the best love stories you may come across. Set in underworld of contemporary Bombay the book centers around the thugs of life. The novel has the world of human experience and passionate love for India which is going to make the reader fall deeper in love with the country.

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5. ‘On the road’ by Jack Kerouac

You are gonna find this book on almost every traveling book list and it might be little annoying to see it all the time, but there is a reason why it always makes the cut. The riotous odyssey of two American drop outs, Dean and Sal, acts as a source of infinite inspiration for adventure. This book is gonna push you for your own road adventure.

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About the author, Liya James

Hi, I am Liya!! I first traveled the globe when I was four months old when we immigrated to the United States from Indonesia, and I have been roaming the world every chance I get ever since. I've been to 15 countries and counting. I am passionate about experiencing new cultures and sharing my adventures with others. I believe that travel is the best education, and I am excited to continue learning and sharing these adventures with you.

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