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    Do you long to see the world, travel to exotic locations, and experience new cultures? While taking a flight might not always be an option, there is another great way to see new cultures and fuel your wanderlust: reading travel novels. Even though we live in a time where knowledge is literally at our fingertips, books about travel still have a special place in the hearts of those who love to travel and read.

    Today on the blog, we’re going to take you on a literary journey as we discuss some of the finest travel literature ever written. These works of literature can transport you to faraway lands, shed light on the mysteries of long-lost civilizations, and expose you to courageous heroes who have braved the unknown.

    The Directions to Happiness by Bruce Northam

    Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

    As the name suggest, Bruce Northam’s The Directions to Happiness: A 135-Country Quest for Life Lesson, takes you on a ride with the writer to different countries in search of life lessons, where he meets new people from different cultures and stories. Each character is full of life and blood, offering insightful perspective about life. The inspire the wanderlust in us to hit the road and create beautiful memories along the way.

    A Walk in the Woods: The World’s Funniest Travel Writer Takes a Hike by Bill Bryson

    Publisher: Transworld Digital; Film Tie-In edition

    This one is especially for all the hikers and backpackers, where Bryson through his wit and humour writes an expose of the famous Appalachian Trail. He introduces us to the many faces he meets along his hike, offering an insight to the hiking from a novice’s lens. If your heart is aching for the outdoor, A Walk in the Woods is the book for you.

    The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton

    Publisher: Vintage; Reprint edition

    Sometimes we need a reason to travel and The Art of Travel does exactly that. Botton in this enriching book, reminds all of us why its important to hit the road every once in a while.

    Himalaya by Michael Palin

    Publisher: Orion Publishing Group

    Travel guru Michael Plain, memoirs his six month long adventurous trek of the mighty Himalaya. Starting his journey from the borders to Afghanistan to south west of China, we travel along Palin through the Khyber Pass and Hindu Kush to the gigantic peaks of Everest and K2.

    Around the World in Eighty Days by Michael Palin

    Publisher:  Phoenix (an Imprint of the Orion Publishing Group)

    Another great one by Palin, Around the World in Eighty Days, is one of the best travel books, where he writes about his journey through the globe. The book is also available in form of Palin’s televised voyage.

    A Moveable Feast by Lonely Planet

    Publisher: Lonely Planet

    Edited by Don George, Matthew Fort and Stefan Gates, A Moveable Feast, is a great collection of 38 short stories written by foodies and chefs from around the world. You’re in for a gastronomic journey, when you pick this one up.

    Lands of Lost Borders: A Journey on the Silk Road by Kate Harris

    Publisher: Dey Street Books

    Lands of Lost Borders takes you on a cycling adventure through the Silk Road. Harris in this intriguing memoir traces her journey of a year spent cycling the Silk Road.

    River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey by Candice Millard

    Publisher: Anchor

    This adventure travel books, accounts the 26th president of US Teddy Roosevelt’s travel through the enthralling Amazon rainforest. Roosevelt had taken the journey after his defeat, to satisfy his thirst for adventure and travel.  River of Doubt is the book for travel enthusiasts and history buffs alike.

    A Woman Alone: Travel Tales From Around the Globe

    Publisher: Seal Press

    Solo travel can often seem terrifying. But A Woman Alone: Travel Tales From Around the Globe edited by Faith Conlon, Ingrid Emerick and Christina Henry de Tessan, an inspiring collection where women solo travelers share their stories, motivates us all to leave the doubt behind and conquer the fear of traveling alone.

    On the Road by Jack Kerouac

    Publisher: Penguin Classics

    On the Road, a great classic by the beat generation writer Jack Kerouac is a must read for all travelers. Kerouac traces his adventures with his pal Neal Cassady, as the two of them journeys cross-country in search of the meaning of life.

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