You close your eyes to imagine. To let that air around encompass you to your very soul. You delve into places that make you want to roam the streets, or swim the lakes or engulf their sweet fragrance.

A destination is the end of a journey, but nevertheless, the ending is a beautiful one. And one thing that always remains by your side during these journeys is a good travel book. A book is youth and to hand partner, and survives with you in all kinds of travel you intend to make.

So, whether you are a voracious reader or a mild one, just take a look at these seven books and wander yourself into an imaginative reality – Traveling.

books to read for travel

1. Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-term World Travel

By Rolf Pofts

read booksThis book is an answer to all who want to ditch the mundane and are up for enthusiasm and surprise. It makes you get off that boring work chair and surrender all your excuses you’ve ever had for not getting up and going. The writer has this weird knack of making his words absolutely contagious in the most expressive way.

If not yet read, it’s time you read it now.

2. Into The Wild

BY John Krakauer

into the wildThis book is of a different kind. It explores the travels of a young man whose death was announced four months after he wandered into the Alaskan wilderness alone. The story will inspire, yet befuddle you, having to make you ask yourself how far you’d go to find the enlightenment.

Don’t wait for another moment. Go grab a copy of it now and get into the wild.

3. Butter Chicken In Ludhiana: Travels in Small Town India

By Pankaj Mishra

readMishra is a witty writer. He explores the excitement and aspirations of quirky characters in a small Indian village as his hometown embraces “modernity” and the promise it holds. This exploration of capitalism can feel heavy at times, but will make you want to explore how something you completely take for granted is introduced and used in countless other places.

Go, flip through the pages of Butter Chicken In Ludhiana today.

4. The Beach

By Alex Garland

read book the beachProbably, one of the most interesting travel books. It ignites in you the connection with the protagonist. You believe in him and in his quest to “do something different and get off the beaten path”, and then concludes that as an illusion.

Thinking of reading something interesting for long? This is the book you should read today.

5. Paris Was Ours: Thirty-Two Writers Reflect on the City of Light

By Penelope Rowlands

read book paris is oursParis is the ultimate beautiful destination on everyone’s list of places to go. This book gives you a glimpse of the lives of 32 writers who moved to Paris. It gives you an insight to their life and makes you dive into the good, the bad, and the ugly.

How much of Paris can you take in? Read it and find out.

6. Go Girl! : The Black Woman’s Book of Travels and Adventure

By Elaine Lee

read book go girlHow ecstatic would it be to have a compilation of amazing travel experiences at your desk? Yes, that’s how good this book is! Consisting of essays by the likes of Maya Angelou in Africa and Alice Walker in Bali, this book is a must. The essays give you a personal feel of the emotions of what it is like to be a traveler.

If not already, it should be on your bookshelf pretty soon.

7. On The Road

By Jack Kerouac

read book On The RoadJack Kerouac’s Beat Generation classic is a timeless travel novel. The story follows his character, Sal, as he leaves New York City and heads west, riding the rails, making friends, and partying the night away. The main character’s frustration and desire to see the world are themes that can resonate with many of you. What  is lovely about this story is that through all his travel adventures, he becomes a better, stronger, and more confident person. Something we all can relate to.

Go read it to find a bit of yourself On the Road.

How many of the above have you read already? Got more books that you want to add to this list? Tell us about them in the comments below for our book-loving readers.

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