The free spirits in us often thirst for the adventure of a lifetime that sometimes, our real lives constraint. Traveling is often the outlet for our soul to explore, widening the horizon we’re all used to. But what to do when reality catches up with our hunger to see the world? Books are made for that very reason!
Travel books are adventures on hardbound or paperback. They allow us to see into another dimension without leaving the comfort of our own home. Here are some picks that would surely get your imaginations tingling.
White Oleander by Janet Fitch
This is the story of a mother and daughter, Ingrid and Astrid Magnussen, and their journey through life after Ingrid was imprisoned for murdering her lover. It talks about the hardship Astrid went through when welfare took her in and placed her in one foster care to another. White Oleander follows Astrid’s struggle as she ascends from the ashes of her past and uses art to document her journey.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Alice’s adventure began on a boring afternoon, with a strange bunny she followed in a hole to a wonderland. This lead to a series of progressively strange events wherein she had to babysit a pig, attend a tea party where time stands still, meet an enigmatic Cheshire cat which had the tendency to disappear and meet the vicious Queen of Hearts. This dreamlike story is as much about Alice’s adventure as it is about what she learns about herself along the way.
Among the Bohemians by Virginia Nicholson
This book conveys the valiant experiments of the artistic generation who revolted against conformity in the early twentieth century. It is a rich and detailed exploration of the way the people in the first half of the twentieth century chose to live their life – most of which are poets, artists, writers and musicians. Rebelling against the confines of approval, they chose to live their life outside the comfort zone of the society, often dabbling into alcohol and drugs as they are deaf to disapproval. They carried idealism and creativity in their lives by sacrificing comfortable homes they were once used to, taking to the road in gypsy caravans or moving into the Spartan garrets in Chelsea. Among the cast of characters Nicholson took into writing are artistic and literary giants such as Augustus John, Jacob Epstein and Dylan Tomas.
On the Road by Jack Kerouac
The classic Beat Generation story revolves around Sal Paradise, a writer and a college student who lives in Paterson, New Jersey and his crazy adventures to different places across America. It details his journey from one place to another with a friend he met and becomes obsessed with, Dean. It’s also a story of the wonders and hardship that their beautiful and complicated friendship goes through.
These are just some of our favorite books – there’s literally a whole world of travel stories to explore. Check out online book stores like Bookworld and find the book that speaks to you.
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