Top 10 Travel Books You Must Read

Reading while travelling is one of the most common habits seen in people these days. But isn’t it a good idea to pick up a book about travelling and read it while you travel? So here are top 10 travel books you must read,

1. Turn Right at Machu Pichu by Mark Adams

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Travel writer Mark Adams begin a quest of rediscovering Machu Pichu just like Hiram Bingham did 100 years ago. A good mix of historical facts, timelines, and humour, this book follows the story of Mark Adams and his son following the regular tourist trail, he decided to hike, camp and explore the way to gain information about it.

2. On The Road by Jack Kerouac

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No list on best Travel book will be completed without this book. The unique way of telling the story in this book will automatically transport you to post-World-War America. A mix of Travel, poetry, jazz, and drugs will take you on a roller-coaster of emotions.

3. Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts

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A mix of both fact and fiction this is a definitely a fantastic read. Based upon an Australian robber and a drug addict who escapes the prison and runs into the slums of Bombay, India. In India, he recovers from his addiction and ends up opening a clinic and works undercover for the Bombay Mafia. While parts of it is a true this hefty read take you to a world of wonder, faith, and contempt.

4. The Beach by Alex Garland

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The author told us perfectly why travellers always go to the beaten paths in search of what known as a paradise. This book will directly transport you to Thailand before mass tourism took over the country.

5. The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho

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This book taught us the lesson of listening to your heart and not being afraid to dream and follow it. The story revolves around an Andalusian shepherd boy who dreams of travelling the whole world. As cliché as it sounds, it’s a book about self-discovery, spirituality, subtly reminding all of us what is important in life.

6. How Not to Travel the World by Lauren Juliff

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This is one of those books which changes your perspective about travelling, even if you consider yourself as the unluckiest traveller this book will definitely change your opinion. There are parts of this book which will make you laugh so much that your stomach will start to pain and at some parts you would not be able to see due to tears in your eyes. While containing World’s biggest misadventures and packed with full of travel disasters, this is a love story that tells us about the transformative power of travel.

7. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

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It is the story of Eliza Gilbert who is a modern-day American woman. To examine different aspects of nature, she first visited Paris for pleasure, then to India for devotion and at last at Bali. While she travels to different countries, this book makes you feel to travel with her. This book inspires all its readers to explore life while exploring the world around us.

8. Holy Cow: An Indian Adventure by Sarah MacDonald

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As the title suggest this is a story of a great adventure in India, the real story of Sarah MacDonald, a journalist in the land of religion, India. Sarah in the story backpacks and embarks on a journey around India and is left with an impression of population, poverty, heat, and pollution. But after eleven years she visits India back and this begins her own series of hilarious adventures. She on her journey meets swamis, yogis, people of different religions and even Bollywood celebrities. It tells the journey of a woman on a mission to survive.

9. Lost On Planet China by J. Maarten Troost

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A book by Best selling author J. Maarten Troost author of The sex lives of cannibals where he tries to bring China to life as no one has ever seen before. An adventure book that tells us the tale of the journey of the visiting the deadly rivers of Shanghai, visiting chairman and trying to translate the Chinese menu up to Tai Shan, China’s most revered mountain. This book gives insight into a vast and complex city that will definitely affect our lives in the future. It explores China in a way no one ever thought off.

10. Unlikely Destinations by Tony Wheeler

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This book is a combined form of an autobiography, a travel book and a business history of the founders of one of the biggest publishing company The Lonely Planet. This book allows us to peek into the personal life of Tony Wheller and Maureen Wheller and shows us how the converted their business of travel guide into one of the biggest publishing company.

So while you have this great list of travel books remember to give them a try next time you travel.

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