Sometimes, a vacation is the perfect time to read a book. Not only you have more time to do so without your daily responsibilities, but they can also totally change your whole travel experience. Besides, they can inspire you to do fun things while away from home, such as flying, hiking, skiing, and so on.
So, what are you waiting for? Book a plane ticket, prepare your luggage, and make sure at least one of the books that will be presented in this article will be found in your traveling arsenal.
- The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
“The Alchemist” tells the story of a shepherd from Andalusia who wants to travel, but not necessarily for the sake of traveling, but because he’s looking for a treasure. However, in his attempts to find the valuable thing he’s looking for, he actually finds himself. In other words, he finds love, encounters some obstacles, and many other things.
This story is so fit to read while traveling because many people are looking to achieve something during their travels, but they actually end up finding something else. Most times, this “something else” becomes more precious and fulfilling compared to what you were initially striving for. This book is a perfect example.
- Arabian Sands by Wilfred Thesiger
This book is inspired by the author’s travels through Arabia. Basically, he grew very repulsed by how things were going in the West, with the many aligned streets, machines and so on. As such, he went to seek out an adventure in the Arabian deserts. Aside from the obvious “exploratory” theme, there is also the issue of the people living there, as they haven’t seen someone from Europe before. This could be very inspirational if you are traveling to a country where people from your continent or country are not commonly seen in the area.
- On the Road by Jack Kerouac
What better time to read a book about being on the road than when you’re actually on the road? This novel was written a long time ago, in 1957, and is presenting the story of Sal, who is riding the rails following his departure from New York City. During this time, he is finding new things, specifically meeting new people, going to parties, seeing another side of the world, and so on.
The coolest thing about this book is that Sal goes through a lot of character development, as he grows more confident and stronger. This makes him a very relatable character, as many travelers could find themselves in him after they went to a series of vacations.
- Cruising Altitude by Heather Poole
If you’re going to travel by plane, then maybe picking up this book will be a great idea. The story that unfolds in the novel focuses around life as a flight attendant. It describes in detail about how it is to work like that, being 35,000 feet above the Earth. You will see a side of the job that you normally don’t think of or don’t see. You will find out how it is dealing with pilots, with crazy passengers, drama in the crew, and the other stuff that takes place in these people’s lives.
If this interests you while on board, you’ll find it interesting, and maybe it will make you appreciate flight attendants more as well.
There’s nothing like a good book while traveling, which is why you should definitely pick up at least one of the books presented above. We promise, you’ll find them compelling and they will make the whole experience more unforgettable.