I started traveling a long time ago and have been on the road ever since. My first travels though looked very different from typical road trips, bus and train adventures, or even flights to faraway countries. I experienced all of these and much more through pages of hundreds of travel books.
I’ve always been a voracious reader and perused everything that came my way. The travel books, however, have been my absolute favorite. Over the years, the real voyages slowly sneaked into my life. But the travel books still remain one of my biggest loves that teach, entertain, and let me dream.
I regularly carry a book in my purse (that’s why most of the time, I stick to big handbags). A few times a month, a couple of good travel books traverse with me everywhere I go. Today I’d like to share some of my favorite travel reads. If you are looking for an interesting, yet educational book, here are a few travel books that changed the way I travel forever.
TRAVEL BOOKS YOU MUST READ
The World is Our Classroom by Cindy Ross
I finished reading this book about a week ago and became completely convinced that traveling brings extraordinary benefits to kids, especially during their forming years. In this nature and travel guide, the author Cindy Ross reminiscences on some of her family’s most memorable adventurous. The World is our Classroom, one of my favorite travel books, includes numerous stories of two parents leading their young children through the most unusual experiences and places. Their family lifelong adventures started in the Rocky Mountains wilderness and took them all over the world. Throughout their travels, Cindy and her husband taught the kids about the world, nature, and history using real life experiences. I would recommend this travel book to anybody looking for untraditional ways of raising the kids.
Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Eat Pray Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything across Italy, India, and Indonesia is one of the best travel books for those who decide to take time off to travel the world in order to find themselves. In this memoir, Elizabeth Gilbert narrates about her adventures across Europe and Asia that took place shortly after her divorce. Along with ever-changing addresses, the author goes through serious life-altering events and experiences.
A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett
A small town girl from a poor family dreamed of a big city and couldn’t wait to get out of the place she grew up… The beginning of this memoir made me question why I’d picked up this book in the first place. Another story of poor to middle-class American family didn’t meet requirements for the travel books I usually read. But the more I read it, the more I was becoming interested in the voyages of the main character, Amanda. I secretly envied her courage and determination to travel the world until she reached Somalia, her most difficult and dreadful experience ever.
On her fourth day in the country, Amanda was kidnapped and held hostage for 460 days. The young woman remembers every detail of horrors she went through in captivity. Only imaginary house in the sky that she returned to over and over again helped her survive all those nightmares.
This memoir certainly found its permanent place among my favorite travel books in my home library. A House in the Sky taught me to put safety above all other things when traveling.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
The Alchemist is a travel story about Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy, who backpacks to Egypt in search of treasure. He doesn’t find any gold or silver. What he discovers though surpasses all his expectations. Santiago learns to follow his heart, understands love, and masters the meaning of life. This is a great travel book for everybody who dares to chase his or her dreams and overcome fear of future.
Paris Letters by Janice Macleod
Janice, an American young woman on the verge of burnout, sells all her belongings and travels to Europe. A few days after her bold move, she meets Christophe and decides to reside with him in Paris. Some time later, Janice realizes that she can’t return to her previous corporate job. Instead she turns to writing and art that lead to creation of Paris Letters. This travel book teaches you to embrace unknown, learn to trust yourself, and believe that in the end everything will be all right.
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