10 Best Books to Carry While Travelling


Best Books to Carry While Travelling.

I was not exactly alone in my solo journeys. I was always accompanied with some amazing reads all the time. They are like good friends telling good stories all the time. Even in the busy street or the dense forest, they won’t leave you alone if you want a good company. My train night journeys or waiting time is almost filled with interesting books.

A good travel book will automatically transport you to another time, to another place, from the moment you pick it up. Here I want to share you some good books that can include in your journeys. In no particular order, here we go with the 10 best books to read while travelling…

1. Alchemist by Poelo Coeloh


Alchemist is a wonderful book to buy yourself or gift to your close ones. The book will give you different experience for your first, second and third reading. Poelo Coeloh has done a real magic in this book.

The Alchemist is an allegorical novel that traces the journey of a young Andalusian shepherd, Santiago, to Egypt to find a treasure and ultimately to his enlightenment.

Santiago’s journey begins after having recurring dreams of a child coaxing him to look for treasure hidden beneath the great pyramids of Egypt. In this journey, he meets certain people who persuade him to seek the truths hidden in his heart and realize the depth of desires hidden at the core of his own heart. During the eventful journey, he comes across Melchizedek, the king of Salem, who teaches Santiago the concept of a ‘Personal Legend’. Next, he comes across a beautiful young woman and an alchemist. The alchemist accompanies him in this expedition and enlightens him with knowledge and wisdom.

Although bit frustrated about why the treasure evades him every time, as the book progresses, the readers find Santiago realizes that his was a journey of self-discovery, attainment of profound knowledge and wisdom and about creating his own ‘personal legend’ than being satiated in materialistic possessions. In other words, it is a book about finding one’s own destiny against all odds and Coelho, with his profound power of words and lyrical writing, gives an ideal treatment to this theme.

Published in the year 1988, The Alchemist has been translated into more than 56 international languages with over 65 million copies sold worldwide. It has even set a Guinness World Record for being the most translated book by a living author. The number of people all over the world who have read this book is steadily on the rise, for the author has done a good job of scripting a story that grips the reader for hours at a stretch.

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2. Long Way Down by Charlie Boorman


The must-read book in the phase, when you are looking for so many answers in your life. By reading this book in my most fascinating age, I felt that this book transformed my attitude towards the ‘understanding of the time’.

Nothing more to say about this book than it is just paved a beautiful path in my life. I must suggest you guys, to buy and read this book. This road trip based book will let you understand how these people solved questions of their life through the journeys they are undertaken over the curly and straight roads of the world.

After their fantastic trip around the world in 2004, fellow actors and bike fanatics Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman couldn’t shake the travel bug. After an inspirational UNICEF visit to Africa, they knew they had to go back and experience this extraordinary continent in more depth.

And so they set off on their 15,000-mile journey with two new BMWs loaded up for the trip. Joining up with producer/directors Russ Malkin and David Alexanian and the Long Way Round team, their route took them from John O’Groats at the northernmost tip of Scotland to Cape Agulhas on the southernmost tip of South Africa.

Riding through spectacular scenery, often in extreme temperatures, Ewan and Charley faced their hardest challenges yet. With their trademark humour and honesty, they tell their story – the drama, the dangers and the sheer exhilaration of riding together again, through a continent filled with magic and wonder.

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3. Motorcycle Diaries by Ernesto Che-Guvera


I am a huge fan of Che from my childhood. Some of his stories inspired me for very long years when I was in college. I was surprised by seeing that Che was a blood red traveller. He travelled thousands of kilometres with his bicycle when he was in the early teens. So this book is a must buy if you have never read it.

The Motorcycle Diaries is a story which revolves around 2 men who embark on a road journey on a ‘1939 Norton 500cc Cylinder Motorcycle’ from Buenos Aires. They are out to discover and explore South America. This book had been written 8 years prior to the Cuban Revolution. The person who wrote the memoirs of this journey was one of those 2 bikers, Ernesto Guevara. He focused on the injustices that were prevalent at that time in South America.

These 2 men explored the lengths of Venezuela, Chile, Argentina and Peru being the observers of the discrimination and exploitation. A man who was so carefree, his only concerns in life being; finding a drink, bed and love, is totally transformed after this journey into a person who is ready to give up on his life for the discriminated in Latin America.

This is a book that is totally based on observations of the 2 bikers that they undergo during the journey and how it transforms them. The readers may find it a bit tough to relate to the middle-class guy Che and the spiritual transformation and evolution that he goes through. These are basically diary entries of Guevara, which are raw in nature.

Che Guevara is just a 23-year-old medical student but ends up being a transformed man who has become very serious and concerned for the exploited people in South America. The story is a mix of personal experiences and political background.

At times, Che becomes a fireman, at others, he is a football coach. Sometimes, he falls in love and at others falls off even his bike. So, it’s kind of a roller-coaster ride for him.

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4. Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer


You might have watched the movie ‘Into the wild’. Haven’t you? Whether you watched it or not, this book will definitely give you a great experience.

By examining the true story of Chris McCandless, a young man, who in 1992 walked deep into the Alaskan wilderness and whose SOS note and emaciated corpse were found four months later, internationally bestselling author Jon Krakauer explores the obsession which leads some people to explore the outer limits of self, leave civilization behind and seek enlightenment through solitude and contact with nature.

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5. Walking The Amazon by Ed Stafford

walking-the-amazon-book-cover-wallpaper-quotesIn April 2008, Ed Stafford began his attempt to become the first man ever to walk the entire length of the River Amazon. Nearly two and a half years later, he had crossed the whole of South America to reach the mouth of the colossal river.

With danger a constant companion – outwitting alligators, jaguars, pit vipers and electric eels, not to mention overcoming the hurdles of injuries and relentless tropical storms – Ed’s journey demanded extreme physical and mental strength. Often warned by natives that he would die, Ed even found himself pursued by machete-wielding tribesmen and detained for murder.

However, Ed’s journey was an adventure with a purpose: to help raise people’s awareness of environmental issues. Ed had unprecedented access to indigenous communities and witnessed the devastating effects of the deforestation of the Amazon rainforest first-hand. His story of disappearing tribes and loss of habitats concerns us all.

Ultimately though, Walking the Amazon is an account of a world-first expedition that takes readers on the most daring journey along the world’s greatest river and through the most bio-diverse habitat on earth.

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6. As the Crow Flies by Jeffrey Archer


I can tell you Jeffrey Archer is one of the greatest storytellers in the world! Jeffrey Archer has a unique and beautiful way of telling stories.

As the Crow Flies is a novel by Jeffrey Archer. Charlie Trumper’s earliest memory is of hearing his grandfather’s sales patter from behind his costermonger’s barrow. When Grandpa Charlie dies, young Charlie wants nothing more than to follow in his footsteps — his burning ambition is to own a shop that will sell everything: ‘The Biggest Barrow in the World’.

Charlie’s progress from the teeming streets of Whitechapel to the elegance of Chelsea Terrace is only a few miles as the crow flies. But in Jeffrey Archer’s expert hands it becomes an epic journey through the triumphs and disasters of the century, as Charlie follows a thread of love, ambition and revenge to fulfil the dream his grandfather inspired.

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7. The Good Girl’s Guide to Getting Lost by Rachel Friedman


Rachel Friedman has always been the consummate good girl who does well in school and plays it safe, so the college grad surprises no one more than herself when, on a whim (and in an effort to escape impending life decisions), she buys a ticket to Ireland, a place she has never visited. There she forms an unlikely bond with a free-spirited Australian girl, a born adventurer who spurs Rachel on to a yearlong odyssey that takes her to three continents, fills her life with newfound friends, and gives birth to a previously unrealized passion for adventure.

As her journey takes her to Australia and South America, Rachel discovers and embraces her love of travel and unlocks more truths about herself than she ever realized she was seeking. Along the way, the erstwhile good girl finally learns to do something she’s never done before: simply live for the moment.

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8. The Himalaya by Ruskin Bond and Namita Gokhale


I was always fascinated with mountain and stories related to the Himalaya and when you know that it is written by Ruskin Bond, that book posses the absolute value.

For some, the Himalaya is a frontier against which to test themselves. Others find refuge and tranquillity in the mountains, a place where they can seek their selves, perhaps even God. And over millennia, the mountains have cradled civilization itself and nurtured teeming irrepressible life.

With over fifty essays, this comprehensive volume brings together a dazzling range of voices—among others, Fa-Hsien, Pundit Nain Singh, Heinrich Harrer, Fanny Parkes, Dharamvir Bharati, Arundhathi Subramaniam, Rahul Sankrityayan, Amitav Ghosh, Jawaharlal Nehru, Frank Smythe, Paul Brunton, Edmund Hillary, Mark Twain, Sarat Chandra Das, Dom Moraes, Manjushree Thapa—and the two editors themselves—in an unparalleled panorama.

Here you will find stories of great ascents and descents; The madness of war on the ‘world’s highest battlefield’; Tales of exploratory derring-do in Tibet and elsewhere; A drunken jaunt in Kumaon and even the probable sighting of an ‘Abominable Snowman in the Valley of Flowers’. A seeker has an intense spiritual experience on Mount Kailas, another among shamans on a mountaintop in Nepal and looking for the snow leopard in Ladakh, an author finds himself. A resident of a Sherpa village writes a heartfelt account of the aftermath of an avalanche which killed porters and climbers on Everest and residents of Langtang record an oral history of the earthquake which wiped out their village. A matriarch describes her life and family in Almora of a bygone time; A prisoner in Dehra Dun jail draws solace from visits by birds and small animals and the fragrance of lime makes a traveller’s night in a remote Garhwal village memorable for all time.

Edited by Ruskin Bond, India’s most-loved writer and acclaimed novelist Namita Gokhale, this anthology spans the entire range, from the foothills to the highest peaks and from its easternmost to its westernmost ends. Himalaya will keep you riveted.

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best-books-to-keep-in-travel9. The Beach by Alex Garland


This book is for the people who want to get intoxicated with the adventure travelling and wild experiences.

Richard lands in East Asia in search of an earthly utopia. In Thailand, he is given a map promising an unknown island, a secluded beach – and a new way of life. What Richard finds when he gets there is breathtaking: more extraordinary, more frightening than his wildest dreams.

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10.  A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini


A Thousand Splendid Suns’ is a contemporary novel that tells a gripping story of two women with contradictory attitudes and how their decisions shape future generations. A marvellous work of fiction which brings an untold side of Afghanistan in limelight, this novel is irresistible. Khalid Hosseini has once again depicted a plethora of human emotions and beauty of Afghanistan through his distinctive storytelling. These books became number one New York Times bestseller for fifteen weeks following its release and according to the author, it is a “mother-daughter story”. It won the Book Sense book of the year award for fiction and the Richard and Judy Best Read of the Year in 2008.

The title of the book is an inspiration from a line in the poem “Kabul” by the 17th-century Iranian poet Saib Tabrizi. This novel is set in Afghanistan from the early 1960s to the early 2000s. This period saw some of the ugliest phases in Afghanistan as it witnessed the Russian invasion, Taliban rule and American intervention. It revolves around two women, Mariam and Laila, who have contradictory attitudes and very little in common. However, a series of unfortunate events and dramatic changes intertwine their lives and their subsequent friendship and support for each other is the gest of this book. Khalid Hosseini takes us through an unforgettable journey of war, misery, troubles, losses and ultimately the divine fate. Along with these two brave women, the hardcore Pashtun, Rasheed give a different angle to this saga. On a wider perspective, ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’ is a contemporary reflection of Afghani women and their womanhood.

In my opinion, a thousand splendid suns is, a deep, profound experience, it shakes you out of your comfort and walks you to the brink of the realm where you feel your world colliding with the world Hosseini’s words have created; and you jump off that to feel the pain, the guilt, the fear, the animosity, the betrayal that has been portrayed. It is Hosseini’s masterful command of the story that connects you with the characters in such a way that you don’t feel out of the element. Each time you flip the pages you get more involved, more settled, more ordinary; the events don’t surprise you.

We don’t decide who, when, or where we want to be born, it’s he who does that. A few damned men do not decide the fate of a nation or its citizens, and a country run by such men does not make its citizens all the same.

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