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5 Awesome Books to Read While You Travel

A solo trip to some place can be greatly enhanced by having a book to help you get over the lack of companionship. Whether it is fiction or non-fiction, a good book goes a long way in helping your trip be well rounded and more fun than it could have been.

Here are 5 awesome books to ward off those solo-travelling blues.

1. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams: This one is a personal favorite. Though I’ll never forgive Douglas Adams for dying as early as he did, still, this has to be the best book I have read in a long time and it has stayed that way for a while. Read about Arthur Dent and his companions on a never-seen-before quest to find the answer to the life, the universe and everything visiting the most absurd planets and meeting the most neurotic extra terrestrials on the way. Oh, and just in case you were wondering, the answer is…

The Answer to Life, the Universe and Everything
The Answer to Life, the Universe and Everything

 

2. A Sense of the World: How a Blind Man Became History’s Greatest Traveler (by Jason Roberts) James Holman was a member of the British Royal Navy till an illness struck him completely blind. Though I bet you’ve never heard of this man, he happened to break the stereotype of being a blind invalid and became one of the most prolific travelers of the 19th century. He taught himself echolocation and went on to capture elephants in Ceylon, fight slavery in Africa and chart the entire Australian outback. This book about a common man’s battle with disability and rising above it will make all your problems seem precious in comparison.

A Sense of the World
A Sense of the World

 

3. The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner: This is a fabulous non-fiction book about a dissatisfied foreign correspondent who is tired of covering war-zone stories and decides to visit only the happiest places on Earth as well as the unhappiest country. This book offers a great insight into what people consider as happiness across the world.

The Geography of Bliss
The Geography of Bliss

 

4. On the Road by Jack Kerouac: This novel is based on the travels of American writer Kerouac and his friends across America in the 1950s. It is considered to be an eminent work that deals with the Beat and Counterculture generation that followed the war. The protagonists thrived against the backdrop of jazz, counterculture poetry and drug usage. Some very famous early 20th century figures like William Borroughs and Allen Ginsberg are shaped into characters that are found in the book. The book is actually based on notes Kerouac took on his numerous notepads during his travels.

A Much Used Quote from "On the Road"
A Much Used Quote from “On the Road”

 

5. City of Djinns by William Dalrymple: So this one is a travelogue about the historical capital of India, Delhi, by the prolific writer. The book is more of a novel telling a story than a travelogue, where the author talks about everything from his Sikh landlady to the British survivors after the Raj. The book covers everything from Delhi’s violent past to the experiences of living in the now modern city which still has the ancient ruins of the Mughal empire as it’s famous landmarks.

Cover of "City of Djinns"
Cover of “City of Djinns”

 

Of course, reading a book from start to finish is not really an option when you are out and exploring. This Hobo suggests you to get them while they’re hot, read them before you step out and maybe let them inspire you to try things you did not think you could have before.

IMAGE CREDITS:  Featured Image: vagabondish.com

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: Tumblr

A Sense of the World: peacerequiesanarchy.wordpress.com

The Geography of Bliss: abandonthecube.com

On the Road: stephsstacks.com

City of Djinns: relishreads.com

 

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