10 Travel Books that will change your life for ever

Our world is constantly changing, so is our way of gaining experience, but reading a book is still one of the best ways to open new windows in your life. If you are a travel lover but don’t have the time or money for it, consider reading a travel book instead!

Ready for a reading list that would change the way you look at your ways of traveling and your whole life?

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1- Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Most travelers are looking for something specific while exploring the world, like the most remote cities to visit in the world, or a certain type of local dish, not knowing that while they think they’re looking for something external, they actually end up discovering themselves!

That’s the story of Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. Alchemist is about a shepherd who starts a long journey to the other side of the world in search of a hidden treasure, but as he meets different people and gaining more experiences along the way, he ends up noticing a lot of things within himself!

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2- “The Rings of Saturn” by W.G. Sebald

“The Rings of Saturn” is for those travelers who not only want to visit a place but to scratch the surface of what they see and taking their time to have a better understanding of the people and history behind the place.

The story of “The Rings of Saturn” is the author having a walking tour of the English county of Suffolk. as he walks a few miles down the coast, he talks about historical events related to the places and way beyond that! This book leaves you stunned, thinking how deeply a simple place could be seen and what impacts can a journey has on the traveler!

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3- “A Moveable Feast (Life Changing Food Adventures Around The World)” edited by Don George

The main reason for some people to live is to make money for their travels, and they travel to eat!

A Moveable Feast is a beautifully written book, consisting of a few short stories from famous chefs, writers, and foodies around the world, talking about their love for food and the power food has to bring people together. This book gives you an insight into different cultures through the magic of food!

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4- “The Art of Travel” by Alain de Botton

Sometimes the fantasies we make in our mind about traveling to a specific place are much more gorgeous than the actual place which results in a shock as we arrive at our destination!

“The Art of Travel” is there to remember us that the small elements of a journey are what making us a good memory, not the perfect pictures we have in mind! We often tend to ignore, or deny these elements!

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5- “Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to The World of Food and the People Who Cook” by Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain has a special place in the heart of most travelers, especially those who have a passion for food! He has multiple best-selling books and TV shows that shaped a new culture of traveling for a lot of us, but “Medium Raw” is a little different. You would easily notice that years of traveling has taught Anthony Bourdain to be more patient and has opened his eyes to a lot more than regular cliches since he had seen a lot of people who weren’t as rich as him, but much happier!

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6- “Lands of Lost Borders: A Journey on the Silk Road,” by Kate Harris

That indescribable feeling behind exploring the unknown is what makes a lot of people wanting to travel, but nowadays most places have been visited by millions of others, and honestly, what’s the point of traveling some Instagram-famous place and taking the exact same pictures as those perfectly edited ones on IG?

“Lands of Lost Borders” is the journey of a year cycling along the silk road by the author, Kate Harrison. She talks about the meditation and the awesome feeling of visiting unknown places that very few others had the chance to see!

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7- “A Woman Alone: Travel Tales From Around the Globe” edited by Faith Conlon, Ingrid Emerick and Christina Henry de Tessan

The fear behind not having a travel companion is what forces a lot of people not to travel solo! If the traveler is a woman, the fear becomes even greater! In A Woman Alone, we read a few stories of solo female travelers who put their fears behind and hit the road. The book has inspired many women around the world to start their solo female journey!

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8- “The Adventures of Tintin” by Hergé

The The iconic “The Adventures of Tintin” comic book series is the best gift to younger travelers (or older nomads with a young heart). Tintin and his dog surf around the world and the description is so good that makes you feel like you’ve visited countries like Egypt or Tibet yourself!

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9- “Blue Highways: A Journey Into America” by William Least Heat-Moon

Large cities often vacuum all of the tourists with their charms, but small towns seldom get the chance to become as popular!

Blue Highways is about the author, William Least Heat-Moon’s journey within the northern parts of New York state, discovering the glamours of small towns you may not even find on the map, or drove by a hundred times and never noticed!

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10- “Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel” by Rolf Potts

Having a 2 weeks vacation during Christmas time is not satisfying for some people. Their soul begs them to hit the road instead of doing the same thing over and over again, so-called work! At the same time, their mind is like, “Are you crazy? You can’t afford it!” and that’s when the Vagabonding says hi!

Vagabonding is about nomad traveler, Rolf Potts who’s been traveling since 2007 around the world! He teaches how to extend your 2 weeks vacation as long as your heart desires! The teaching goes back to the bottom of the issue and starts by teaching you how to start a new relationship with money and how to look at your life during your traveling time!

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24 thoughts on “10 Travel Books that will change your life for ever

  1. I’ve read The Alchemist three times… I’m not familiar with any of the others.

    I spent several months in 2005 wandering around the US trying to find myself. I’m thinking that maybe when I’m done with DLTDGB, my next blog will be about that period of my life.

      1. It’ll be a long time before I finish DLTDGB. And before I move on to something else, I was also thinking of rewriting certain episodes from DLTDGB from the perspectives of other characters. I have two in mind already that I want to do that for.

  2. I just landed on your website from Google! These books are exactly what I needed for my summer reading list!

    I ordered the Tintin series! And I think it’s worth it since a lot of my childhood memories will recover!
    Thank you very much for making it super easy with your link!

  3. I just ordered the Alchemist using the link you provided!

    Thank you very much for this beautiful post!

    Looking forward to more posts like this! Keep up the good work

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