The theme of the millennial is ‘wanderlust’. The need to break away and wander away is now more real than it has ever been. Escaping from the mundane every day and traveling to far-off destinations is becoming increasingly popular especially amongst the working youth. Some of the essentials while traveling, especially alone, include appropriate clothing, medicine, dry snacks and the right set of books for when you are stuck at the airport or on a long drive or a sleepless night. While traveling alone brings you solace, nothing gives you better company than a good book that weaves a world around you. Here are 5 books that will be great travel companions for your next trip:
1. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
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A fascinating and gripping story of the journey of a woman away from her absolutely normal, ‘well-settled’ life to various cultural spaces in the need to discover within love, devotion, and hunger. This book will inspire you and give you strength to break free and travel across continents if that’s what your heart aches for, constantly. A book that reinforces that traveling is another form of learning and growing.
2. Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
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A book that turns fantasies into reality for the character, solitude, humanity and wilderness seamlessly weave into one narrative for you. Call him a courageous hero or a village idiot, Chris personifies the wanderlust that burdens all our hearts. Perfect for a camping trip or a sunny mountainside, this beautiful read is an overwhelming experience.
3. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
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Bringing forth delightful adventures of travel, this simple yet enchanting story is full of fantasy, magic, and dreams. Romantically written, this book teaches you a thing or two about travel which is not just a beautiful journey away from home but an arduous realization of self and the world we inhabit.
4. The Beach by Alex Garland
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A must-read for backpacking and trekking trips, and a beautiful read for the afternoons at the beach, this story is about a guy in Bangkok in search of a remote island that is forbidden for tourists in the city. The journey and discovery are exciting and fascinating and will arouse the need for adventure in you.
5. The Great Railway Bazaar by Paul Theroux
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A charming read that will transport you and take you through Europe and South East Asia on a four-month railroad journey in an attempt almost desperate to figure out the world around. A travelogue you just cannot put down without completing it in one sitting is a tribute to the thrills of a train travel.
While travelling, take books that are gripping and easy to read and at the same time complements the mood and intent of travel. If you are travelling with friends, pick books that are humorous or entertaining. Graphic novels or comics are easy to read when you are on a city tour. Pick wisely and remember to pack light – so you might want to carry e-book for voluminous stories.