10 books you must read: Subject Traveling

1.) Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne. This classic adventure novel seems to be the essential timeless travel novel. In a bet, the main character, Phileas Fogg, must prove one can travel around the world in 80 days. Excitement and thrills ensue as Fogg and butler Passepartout’s adventures take them around the world.

2.) Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen. This memoir is based on the seventeen years that the author lived in Kenya. It is a gorgeous and accurate look into colonial African life during the end of British rule.

3.) Two Towns in Provence by M.F.K. Fisher. A memoir dedicated to the French provincial capital of Aix-en-Provence. The author effectively is able to contrast life in Aix-en-Provence with that of bustling Marseilles. Both cities are shown with love and respect.

4.) Travels with Charley: In Search of America by John Steinbeck. The legendary American writer, John Steinbeck, documents the road trip that he took with his poodle, Charley, via a camper across the United States in the 1960’s. Steinbeck traces the borders of the continental United States, covering 10,000 miles and 38 states. For the reader, this book is not just a journey across the U.S. but also a glimpse into the mind of the great that was Steinbeck.

5.) On The Road by Jack Kerouac. One of the most legendary writers of the Beat Generation, Jack Kerouac presents his readers with the amazing story of Dean Moriarty and Sal Paradise. The four journeys within On The Road create one magnificent story detailing the experiences that Dean and Sal have as they crisscross back and forth across the United States, often hitchhiking. The standout features of this book are the ideas and character development that Kerouac presents to the reader.

6.) A Short Walk in the Kindu Kush by Eric Newby. As one of the world’s most beloved travel writers, Newby presents that reader with an amusing and honest account of an ill-thought out expedition through the Himalayas. Newby had recently ended a career in the fashion industry and was determined to explore remote Afghanistan. This novel will leave the reader amused, slightly horrified by the lack of preparations of Newby and honored to be part of the reckless journey.

7.) In Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin. This travel log details the author’s journey through Patagonia in South Africa and is a piece of literature that changed the genre of travel writing forever. Chatwin intertwined travel, history and adventure along with a little bit of fiction mixed with the facts. The product was an award winning book.

8.) Coasting by Jonathan Raban. This incredible novel describes the 4,000 mile journey around Britain that Raban took in a restored 32-foot sea-going ketch. Raban completed this journey with only a chart and a hand-bearing compass. Coasting effectively intertwines the trials and tribulations of Raban’s journey with those of his life and of the state of England.

9.) Venice by Jan Morris. A beautifully written book that is often stated to be the best book ever written about Venice. Morris divides this book into three sections, each dedicating ample time and prose to the people of Venice, the city of Venice, and the water in which it is built upon. Passion, humor and irony are common traits throughout this love letter to Venice.

10.) Into the Wild by John Krakauer. This heart wrenching true story about Christopher McCandless leads the reader through the journey of what happens when someone gives up all their education and wealthy and sets out to discover people and nature for what they truly are. Into the Wild is a story of true adventure and selfishness. This is a novel that will remain on the reader’s mind for many years to come.

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