“Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.”
~Anna Quindlen

With a book Kindle  in hand, anything is possible, any destination is reachable, and the knowledge that comes from your readings is endless. Dare to explore with an open mind as you turn through the pages and be inspired by the beautiful classic tales of Mark Twain, Jack Kerouac, Ernest Hemmingway and plenty more literary legends. You know all those classics you probably didn’t appreciate as a wee one.

For your next travel reading adventure here are 5 travel novels that you should add to your reading playlist.

Death in the Afternoon by Ernest Hemingway

If you’re looking to get a real in-depth experience of Spain and bullfighting at the same time, this will be beyond your expectations. Hemingway uncovers the art of bullfighting within the Spanish culture in a tasteful journalistic read that will tickle your travel bug and guide you through the streets of Spain.

On the Road by Jack Kerouac

 The underlying message of this book is simply to just live. Live with no attachments, no debts holding you back, make no excuses; just live. The inspiration from this book is quite strong and if you know any ‘vagabonders’ out there most likely they have read this book. As the characters of this book wander the lands of America for enlightenment you will find yourself experiencing the meaning of travel and adventure.

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

 Ok, so this is quite the fiction read, but if you love the twisting secrets of possible conspiracies this book will quench your thirst. Especially if you’re planning a trip to the Louvre museum in Paris this book will give you a good heads-up for things to look for once you go there. Art lovers will also be inspired by this exciting read, and with the beautiful in-depth descriptions of the art it will surely shed a different light on some of the most beloved paintings in history.

The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

This is a classic for sure and a must for all Mark Twain fans out there. The setting is placed in the early, early 19th century and depicts a great picture of how American and Europeans viewed their place in the world. A nice read for history lovers out there, as well as readers who enjoy a very observational author, don’t miss out on this beautifully written book.

I Dreamed of Africa by Kuki Gallman

The heart-wrenching memoir of Gallman while she was living in Africa is an awe inspiring tale of living in another country so very different than Italy, her home country. Where many would have given up Gallman embraces the new challenges, overcomes the triumphs and explores the possibilities of new chances. Those looking to work/live abroad, I highly recommended this book to give you some insights of what most may not tell you.

Photo Credit: Tim Lucas, edenpictures

Andy Hayes

Andy Hayes is a travel journalist currently based in Seattle, Washington. When not soaking up the Pacific Northwest lifestyle or enjoying life on the road, he is spending time hanging out on his own travel lifestyle magazine, Sharing Travel Experiences.

Posted : Wednesday, August 29th, 2012 at 10:00
Category : Holiday Tips
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