by September 7, 2015
top travel books to read

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We humans are not beings that like to stick to one place. Nomads at heart, we yearn to travel. Experiencing different lands, different cultures, different people…this is something that a soul with wanderlust dreams of. We dream, we plan, we travel. However, not all of us are able to pursue our desires to travel, and thus we vicariously live through the experiences of others. Those who are lucky enough to travel, usually plan ahead, unless they are the proverbial hitchhikers looking for adventure! Listed below are some of the most acclaimed travel books that cover every aspect of travel:

journeys of a lifetime national geographic

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1. Journeys of a Lifetime: 500 of the World’s Greatest Trips by National Geographic Society

Anyone with itchy feet has been left mesmerized by the various documentaries and programs covered by National Geographic. This particular book lists a variety of unassuming yet brilliant travel destinations that most travel enthusiasts would easily miss. It has classified these travel trips into categories of underwater adventure travel, cultural trips to Eastern Europe; top ten ancient highways etc. which effectively caters to all kinds of travelers, with all kinds of interests. A must read if you wish to take the road often untaken…

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2. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Although a work of fiction, this book beautifully captures how a young boy follows his dreams and travels to Egypt. Along the way he meets fascinating people, learns a thing or two about love and letting go, finds meaning in the everyday life. For the traveler in each of us, this book holds tremendous appeal as it shows us how to live in the moment and yet, keep looking ahead to the future…

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3. Vagabonding by Rolf Potts

This book is a very comprehensive guide on how to travel the world on a shoestring budget. Potts, an expert at budget travelling, gives the reader helpful direction on how to live on the road, how to assimilate into ordinary life etc. The author understands a traveler’s psyche well, which clearly translates on to the page. A must read for those with big travel dreams and small budget.

holy cow an indian adventure by sarah macdonald

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4. Holy Cow: An Indian Adventure by Sarah MacDonald

Following her boyfriend to India, a country she absolutely hated post her first visit here, journalist Sarah MacDonald writes about how her hatred soon changed to admiration and affection for the country that was so different from the West. Her funny yet insightful take on the culture of India, is a must read for both- those who have travelled to here, and those who have always called this place home. Her journey of experiencing culture shock to accepting the best of the East and the West is a light read for the traveler in you.

the happiness of pursuit chris guillebeau

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5. The Happiness of Pursuit by Chris Guillebeau

A brilliant twist on the famous phrase “pursuit of happiness”, Guillebeau’s travel book is about living your life, the way you wish. It is about chasing your dreams and allowing the journey to change you. As for those looking to travel, this book will provide you with the inspiration to look within, and understand your true self.

Be it a sabbatical from work, a midlife crisis, or simply a summer break from college, travelling is never valueless. So pick up these travel books and give wings to your wanderlust…