Travel Books to Read before You Go – A House in Fez – Suzanna Clarke
Knitted with the love story that forms the core of this book are interesting descriptions of the Moroccan culture – from its everyday life to its fascinating lore, festivals and customs. The novel also features snippets of the cuisines and architectural styles that define Morocco.
Travel Books to Read before You Go – In a Sunburned Country – Bill Bryson
Published as “Down Under” in the United Kingdom, “In a Sunburned Country” is a travel book that centers on traveling across Australia while staying alive against hot, dry weather, and peculiar and lethal animals. This funny, adventurous and fact-filled travelogue also features the friendliness of the Australians.
Travel Books to Read before You Go – Into Thin Air – Jon Krakauer
While this book describes a series of events in a disastrous
Mount Everest climb, it remains an inspiration for those looking at taking on
the intricacies of conquering the highest point on the planet. “Into Thin Air”
is a good title to pick up to prepare for a journey into the Himalayas.
Land of the Dawn-Lit Mountains – Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent
In this memoir, Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent takes you to a
journey to a relatively unheard of portion of India: Arunachal Pradesh. This chronicles
the adventures of the author in this seemingly forgotten part of Asia and is
filled with stories of lamas, shamans, opium farmers and hunters. It also includes
stories one might not have heard about World War II, as well as descriptions of
bizarre tribal festivals.
Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
“Memoirs of a Geisha” welcomes you to a world that places
great value to appearances. This historical fiction novel is a lyric account of
the hardships that go along with becoming a geisha. The entirety of the novel
is set in Kyoto and inspires one to discover the traces of history in this
iconic Japanese city.
On the Road – Jack Kerouac
This American novel takes inspiration from the cross-country US travels of Jack Kerouac, along with his friends. The protagonists are painted on an Americana backdrop of poetry, jazz and drug use, to later on emerge stronger, better and more confident.
Paris Echo – Sebastian Faulks
Paris is definitely a popular travel destination but this book
paints it in a different kind of light. “Paris Echo” features different
historical places in the city that echo with volumes of unacknowledged stories.
It also makes mention of Paris Metro stations, odd corners and the more popular
tourist attractions. All these are spun into a story full of twists and turns
and revealed by two narrators.
The Beach – Alex Garland
A tale about backpackers seeking tropical paradise, “The Beach” is set in Thailand. It can inspire one to go cycling in Thailand and explore its famed beaches. The novel is a great reminder that searching for the “ideal” can sometimes ruin that very ideal. Nonetheless, it can still greatly motivate one to discover the pristine beaches of Thailand through the vibrant imagery in its plot.
The Island – Victoria Hislop
One can easily sense the pain entrenched in this novel… and
the descriptions of the various places in and around Crete meshed with the yarns
of tragedy can be enough reasons for you to journey into this part of Greece.
What We Were Promised – Lucy Tan
Set in Shanghai, this novel delves into themes
involving social status, family traditions and new-found affluence. As it hooks
one with its tumultuous story, it also makes one wonder about personally seeing
the splendor of Shanghai’s skyscrapers that co-exist with traditional Chinese
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