“That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet” says Jhumpa Lahiri in her first novel, The Namesake.
Here are few books that are capable of transporting you to another place through the power of words.
1,000 Places to See Before You Die by Patricia Schultz
Renowned travel guide writer Patricia Schultz has explicitly penned down her escapades around the globe. This book deciphers unique attributes every continent has to boast about. While it provides the reader with dramatic representations of ancient ruins, grand hotels, castles, opera houses, museums etc., it also works as one of the most credible sources to refer to while creating your vacation itinerary.
On the Road, by Jack Kerouac
A beautiful story about a young man Sal who wants to explore the world is what makes this novel a timeless masterpiece. Jack Kerouac’s writing finesse helps you relate to the protagonist as he flips each unknown facet of the world with mixed emotions. Every bit of Sal’s journey is sure to keep your eyes fixed on the book and your heart trotting distinct roads.
Vagabonding, by Rolf Potts
Vagabonding is not everyone’s cup of tea. Probably no one else can describe it better than Rolf Potts himself who is said to be the godfather of vagabonding. This book is a perfect guide to novices in long-term travel and a treasure for rovers. A gripping account of Rolf’s road drifting for 10 years sheds light on the most fascinating as well as the most unpleasant aspects of life on the road.
In a Sunburned Country, by Bill Bryson
When we talk about travel writing, there’s one name, we can hardly afford to miss – Bill Bryson. His noteworthy travel classics are just like the rabbit hole in “Alice in wonderland” where the reader could possibly forget about the real world he belongs to as long as the book is being read. Though it’s quite difficult to pick one from a long list of travel novels by Bill Bryson, I picked this one due to the beguiling aspects of the Australian landscape. The bewitching box jellyfish, idyllic mountains, diamond mines, the less explored cities around the coast and voracious alligators are only few of the things that make this book a treat for travel lovers.