Traveling Through Books

There are many books, both fiction and non fiction that take us on a journey.

Trips through exotic places or places known, painting a lovely picture of the scenery and life that goes on down the streets and across the hills. Words so beautifully laid out as to paint the perfect picture, so well described, you can almost smell the atmosphere. There are so many to choose from depending on your desired genre and any that incorporate food into the adventure. Books are even better if they are recommended by a friend. Read a book, and you can go afar!

Top 10 Travel Books

1. The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James

An enchanting classic, written by Henry James (a famous American Author) that explores the differences between traveling and living, between the Old World and the New World. It explores America and Europe as seen through the eyes of a young American Victorian woman traveling abroad. Experience Italy with Isabel Archer as she travels towards her destiny.

2. A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

Hemingway’s “A Moveable Feast” a snapshot of living in Paris in the 1920’s. He lives there as part of the “Lost Generation” of American writers and artists. For anyone who dreams of living abroad it is a beautiful and necessary read.

3. The Great Railway Bazaar by Paul Theroux

Solitary moments on a train were designed for reading a book like Paul Theroux’s “Great Railway Bazaar”. The route takes place from London’s Victoria Station to Asia and finally through the Trans-Siberian express. If you didn’t want to travel by train before reading this book, you will after.

4. Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes

For lovers of food, adventure and chances at a new start, this book will not dissapoint. “Under the Tuscan Sun” is a memorable memoir that is as deep as it is enchanting.

5. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne

“Around the World in 80 Days” by Jules Verne was one of the original travel adventure books. It centers on the story of Londoner Phileas Fogg, who makes a bet that he can circle the globe in 80 days. A traveling classic.

6. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupéry

An aviator lands in the Sahara desert, meets an alien boy who teaches him about seeing the world through the eyes of a child.While it is largely viewed as a children’s book but this beautiful novella is much more than that. It speaks to those looking for a sense of meaning and purpose.

7. Into the Wild by John Krakauer

John Krakauer’s book, “Into the Wild” will rock you. It is the story of a young man who decides to give up everything and head for the Alaskan wilderness. The journey that he takes is equally awe-inspiring and heartbreaking.

8. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

Thought this book is often discouraged by the “literarati,” it is an stimulating read, especially for those planning on traveling to the Louvre in Paris. Art lovers and conspiracy fans alike enjoy this book. Read it if only to be swept up in another world while reading it.

9. Life of Pi by Yann Martel

The character of “Pi” (son of a zookeeper) is shipwrecked in the Pacific Ocean for 227 days. With him in the life raft are various animals, the most intriguing of which is the Bengal tiger who becomes Pi’s only friend, as well as enemy. This surprising story looks at religion, spirituality and the effects of traumatic experiences.

10. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

Another train travel novel, an exciting and thrilling story that takes place on a train. Famous detective, Hercule Poirot attempts to solve the case of “Murder on the Orient Express” in one of the best loved mystery novels of all time.


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