Travelling takes you to places which can open your soul, but recently the quarantine has not been of much help. Travellers everywhere are bored at home planning and wishing for the situation to get under control, so that they can pack their bags and go out wandering around the world.
This brings us to provide a little bit of ease to these itching travellers by enlisting some of the awesome books on travelling that can show you places from the safety of your homes.
- Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton
This book takes you to the streets of Cuba and that too from the year of 1958. The story makes you travel through time and show the culture and history of Havana. Through the eyes of Marisol, the readers travel from the Miami of 2017 to Cuba where her dead grandmother’s life story comes to life. The colorful streets of Cuba as described in this story brings color to your traveler’s soul.
- A Moveable Feast edited by Don George
For the travellers who are big-time foodies, this book has a lot of information to share. It consists of 38 short stories written by chefs, writers and foodies from around the world who share a common love for food and decided to bring forward a collection which can make all five of your senses experience travelling to other countries.
- In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson
Have you been planning to visit Australia? This book gives you an in-depth insight of the continent from the friendly-locals to the (sometimes) scary wildlife. The author has put his real-life experiences with a touch of humour to lightens your mood and takes away the feeling of being left in the walls of your house.
- Lands of Lost Borders: A Journey on the Silk Road by Kate Harris
With no such places remaining unexplored, these books offer a journey in the wilderness and discomfort. The idea of travelling and exploring places like no other, this story is a travelogue which takes the readers to a place which has been travelled and explored but not talked about much.
- One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
One of the many aspects of books on travelling is that no matter if they are based on real-life experience or imagination, they all feel like fiction until one experiences it themselves. This story takes you to the Colombian Jungle and even though it is a fictional story, it will make you aspire to unravel the mysterious and fascinating forests of Macondo.
- The Paris Hours by Alex George
This story takes you to explore one day in Paris during the times of upheavals in 1927. The story revolves around 4 people; a refugee, a maid, a journalist and an artist. It makes the readers experience one day in Paris like a local without even stepping out of your house. It makes you get acquainted with the history, culture and lives of Parisians without getting a stamp on your passport.
- A Woman Alone: Travel Tales From Around the Globe edited by Faith Conlon, Ingrid Emerick and Christina Henry de Tessan
With a collection of travel stories and experiences of female solo travellers, this book helps you not only by motivating you to travel but also to face your fears and step out of the comfort zone. Thinking beyond the “what ifs” of travelling, this book on travelling makes you let go of your fears.
- Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
How much do we wish to have magical doors that can take us to different cities and countries? Well, in this story, Nadia and Saeed are fortunate enough to have one. The author, through these two characters, takes us away from the politically messed up city to the cities of Mykonos, Marrakesh, Tokyo and San Diego.
- The Adventures of Tintin by Hergé
It may seem like a children’s book, but many authors have used child characters or young travelers to explore different places from a perspective of newness, giving the readers their first time experiences. This is a comic series of a nomad reporter who goes out exploring different places with his dog. These places include Tibet, Congo, Egypt and even the moon.
- Blue Highways: A Journey into America by William Least Heat-Moon
When we talk about off-beat locations, they do not really have to be the ones without people. Some places are well inhabited and yet not quite close to exploration. This story is about the small towns around New York City which are not talked about much but can bring extraordinary experiences of history, bakery and local life if explored closely.
- The Far Field by Madhuri Vijay
Need some mountains? This is your book. Set in a remote village of Kashmir in India and taking you to some Himalayan scenery, this story is based on the experience of Shalini, who decides to visit her mother’s friend. Moving out of her city life in Bangalore, she experiences the colors and freshness that travelling brings to your routine.
- Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
The story in this novel begins from the coast of Italy in 1962 and catapults the readers through a time-span of 50 years, discovering multiple countries and lives of people living there. Other than the in-depth writing that makes you believe that you are yourself going through the streets of these countries, the cover of the book is fascinating enough to want you to book your tickets to Italy once the situation gets better.
Other than the books listed above, you can also read The Alchemist, Vagabonding, The Art of Travel, The Outrun and Strange Weather in Tokyo for more fun travelling experiences. These books are perfectly fitting to take you on a flight without actually flying and show you the wonders around the world to fill your bucket list.