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5 Books That Let You Travel the World From Your Bedroom

Amazing Books  To Read That Let You Travel the World From Your Bedroom

Good travel writing, whether fiction or non-fiction, transports you out of the mundanities of everyday life, allowing you to visit places you’ve always dreamed of seeing, or to deepen your connection with beloved destinations. In a time when most of us are staying at home to keep safe, cancelled travel plans are bringing a lot of frustration to an already grueling time.

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Good travel writing, whether fiction or non-fiction, transports you out of the mundanities of everyday life, allowing you to visit places you’ve always dreamed of seeing, or to deepen your connection with beloved destinations. In a time when most of us are staying at home to keep safe, cancelled travel plans are bringing a lot of frustration to an already grueling time.

But don’t fret! In honor of World Book Day and Copyright Day 2020, on April 23, we’ve rounded up ten of the best travel books that let you explore the world from the comfort of your own home…

On the Road by Jack Kerouac

The classic road-trip story, On the Road is considered to be the defining novel of the Beat generation. Taking place between 1947 and 1950, On the Road is a loosely autobiographical book based on Kerouac’s experience of travelling across America, from New York to San Francisco, with his friends. Expect sex, drugs and rock n’ roll (or rather, jazz n’ poetry), but also a poignant exploration of the pioneering frontier spirit that shaped America’s past.

The Corfu Trilogy by Gerald Durrell

Although not strictly travel literature, as the majority of the trilogy takes place on the small Greek island of Corfu, naturalist Gerald Durrell’s memoirs of growing up with his eccentric English family in the north of the island will transport you back to 1930s Greece. Durrell’s love for the nature of Corfu is matched by the sheer chaos of his family life – hence the title of the first book in the series, My Family and Other Animals. If you can’t get enough of Corfu, TV series The Durrell’s, on Netflix, is loosely adapted from these memoirs.

The Beach by Alex Garland


If you’re mourning a cancelled trip to Thailand this year, The Beach might just be the perfect antidote. At first, the eponymous beach seems like an island paradise of golden sands and clear water; a utopia where the residents, former backpackers, live an idyllic life uninterrupted by the outside world. But all is not what it seems, as protagonist Richard soon discovers…

Walking the Himalayas by Levison Wood

 

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If you’re looking for the perfect gift then maybe some adventure inspiration is in order. Even if you’ve seen the TV shows, my books bring the journeys so much more to life. I explore the history of each region in more depth and look at how these fascinating places have changed over time. I also explain my own motivation for making these expeditions and how they became a reality. I love the challenge of writing a book and seeing my scruffy notepads transform into a compelling narrative. These are what I have put my heart and soul into and I hope you enjoy reading them. I’ve written 6 books in the last 5 years and I’m about to start on the next couple. Big thanks to @hodderbooks @groveatlantic @jocantello1. They’re available in all good bookshops but please consider checking out @stanfordstravel the spiritual home of travel writing! #books #travel #adventure #walkingthenile #walkingthehimalayas #walkingtheamericas #easternhorizons #arabia #arabianjourney

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Levison Wood is a real-life Action Man: formerly a major in the British Army, he is now an explorer who travels to regions of the world often untouched by tourism, either due to political instability or geographical inaccessibility. Walking the Himalayas sees Wood do just that, travelling 1,700 miles, largely on foot, from Afghanistan to Bhutan. Perfect for aspiring adventurers – or armchair explorers.

In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson


Bill Bryson is legendary for his travel writing, which combines humor with a genuine curiosity about the world. In a Sunburned Country sees Bryson travel round Australia, a perennial favorite of the backpacking student. Bryson’s jaunt through the country sees him meet friendly locals, visit natural wonders like Uluru, and try to get to the bottom of the question – just why are there so many creatures in Australia that can kill you?!

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