Someone once said how the success of great travelogues cannot be measured by rewards, already “traveled” miles, kilometers. This does not apply to the miles described by the authors of the travelogue, but to all of them kilometers that you “crossed” in your head while reading books. For all those miles that are start your imagination, inspire you to walk, drive and fly. These are the things that are important when it comes to travel books. Because sometimes, reading travel books can be just as transformative as the trip itself. Especially today when we are quite limited in terms of movement.
See which books will take you through Istanbul, Rome, Paris. Find out which places are right for you if you are a bookworm.
So are you ready for one list of books that will change your view of travel? The following 10 travel books were chosen for Forbes by several experienced globetrotters. So prepare for a serious case of teleportation and research.
Saturn’s rings: Winfried Georg Zebald
When asked to choose the best travel book, James Kay, editor of the Lonely Planet site, chose a work that does not fit into any genre. Travelogue? Memoirs? Novel? We would say that this book is all mentioned. The most significant work of a German writer it is actually a collection of thoughts that were born in Winfried’s head during a walk through the English county of Suffolk. The narrator meanders a few kilometers along the coast, but his is the mental journey feels far greater as you read this book. This novel combines various and very unusual descriptions of places and people that Winfried met along the way. That’s what you’re going to do here learn something about herring hunting, colonialism in Congo, to the reign of the Chinese Empress. “Saturn’s ringsand “contain a philosophy for travelers who want to hear the stories of places they visit and strive to be more thoughtful explorers.
The Art of Travel: Alain de Boton
With so much travel literature telling us where we should travel, it can easily happen that we lose sight of the purpose behind the journey. “The Art of Travel” philosopher and critic Alain de Boton serves as a reminder of this, said Michelle Halpern, a travel blogger on the show Live Like It’s The Weekend. De Boton is brutally honest and philosophical about why we travel and reveals truths we do not want to see or do not want to believe. All those fantasies that we have and that can often be better than what awaits us when we arrive at a destination. He is incredibly passionate when describing everyday moments of travel, which often remain in our fond memories. It’s not just about moments of greatness – every little element is part of the whole experience.
Alhemičar: Paulo Koeljo
Most travelers enjoy their adventures, whether it is the enjoyment of amazing archeological sites or the finest meal. But while you’re busy looking for something external, you usually eventually discover a part of yourself which you never knew existed. This is exactly what happens in the book “An alchemist“, she said Cory Varga, a travel expert and founder of a travel blog You Could Travel. The “Alchemist” tells the amazing story of an Andalusian shepherd who travels through the Egyptian deserts, in search of treasure. But during his adventures, instead, he gets to know himself. Coelho shows us the journey that is most important – a journey of lessons and charming stories about snakes, love, dunes and alchemies.
Medium baked: Anthony Bourdain
Anthony Bourdain has a special place in the heart of every traveler. But between his award-winning TV shows and best-selling books, it’s hard to choose which part of his storytelling is the most influential. Fortunately, Meagan Drillinger, a travel writer and owner of a women’s entrepreneurial company Vaera Journeys, makes the decision a little easier with your choice. Anthony comes to us in this one book a little older, a little worn out, and above all, wiser. The journey changed Bourdain. It opened his eyes to a world that was forgiving and kind, a world that was less fortunate than him, and taught him how much getting out of the comfort zone a means of growth!
Lands of Lost Borders: The Silk Road: Kate Harris
The search for the unknown is what drives a large number of people when they travel. But where do you go when it seems to you that everything has already been discovered? Is there another place to discover? Kate Harris thinks about these issues in her own memoirs which she dedicated to the whole one year she spent on the bike exploring the famous Road Silk (The Silk Road). This book is like a meditation on distant places that are rarely written about, on history and borders, said Elizabeth Sile, senior editor at Real Simple.
Woman Alone: Travelogues from Around the World: Collected and Edited by Faith Conlon, Ingrid Emerick, and Christina Henry de Tessan
The question “what if” when traveling alone is enough to distract many from the journey. Especially women. This book will help you help you overcome the fear of solo research and encourage you to do so on your own terms, said Tanika Renee, travel influencer. “Woman Alone: Travel Stories from Around the World” is filled with experiences and stories of solo travelers that are real, transparent and inspiring. This book will give you the wind in your back to face your fears and to see the world.
The Adventures of Tintin: Georges Remy Erge
What could inspire a young traveler (or older nomads who are still young at heart) more than exciting adventures of a journalist and his little dog who wanders the world? Tintin’s comics for Inma Gregorio, an experienced traveler who runs the travel blog “World for Travel”, are something that marked her childhood and all travels! “The Adventures of Tintin” by the Belgian cartoonist Erge is actually a comic series that can take you to Egypt, Congo, Tibet, no matter how old you are.
Pocket Atlas of Distant Islands: 50 Islands I Have Never Visited: Judith Schalansky
It’s easy to see why travelers love this book. It is small and easily fits in a bag, contains beautiful maps and, most importantly, reminds you that there is so much left to see from the world, said Kristin Henning, a travel blogger. This book attracts you at the same time with detailed discoveries and great pictures of distant destinations. On each of the presented islands, the most important statistics on the country are presented, with a delicately drawn map. What other travel book feeds your longing for places you know you will never visit?
Vagabonding: An Unusual Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel: Rolf Potts
Some are so fascinated by travel that a two-week vacation will never satisfy them. They aim to create a completely nomadic life, with countless victims along the way. Refreshingly honest “Vagabonding teaches you exactly what it takes to build a life on the roadsaid Dane Faurschou, a surfer, climber and photographer who has been traveling non-stop for 13 years. Anyone thinking of traveling longer than the average vacation has something to learn from this book, whether it’s how to direct the budget during the trip or change the whole way of thinking towards money.
Beach: Alex Garland
We believe so there is no person in the world who does not dream of that imaginary island, surrounded by crystal clear sea and covered with golden sand! However, fantasies never meet expectations and that is exactly what the novel “Beach” reminds us of, he said Clemens Sehi, travel writer. The book changes the way people think about the definition of paradise. Garland creates an image of paradise, drawing the reader into the thought that the characters have indeed found paradise on earth, and then he starts showing them what reality is.
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