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5 Must Read Travelogues

Must Read Travelogues

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine.

Travel is that part of one’s life that one would never know about until explored. One cannot feel what it is to travel until done by self. Be it the experience or the memories travel for many is a reason to live. Travelling has turned many into storytellers and here are a few of them with the best travelogues. Read their interesting tales, pack your bags and go find your story.

 Turn Right at Machu Picchu, by Mark Adams

This book narrates Mark Adams’s anecdote of grinding it through Peru in the quest of little-visited Inca remains and antiquated towns while following archaeologist Hiram Bingham’s original course. In a land filled with Inca vestiges, many are still unseen and witness very few tourists. The book teaches a lot about Peru, and will inspire you to tour a lot of the places Adams traveled. It is one of the best travelogue written in the recent years.

The Lost City of Z, by David Grann

This is another book about a different South American traveler, this book endeavors to discover what transpired with explorer Percy Fawcett when he hiked through the Amazon heart in the hunt of the mythical lost city of Z. Compounding biography, history, and travelogue, author David Grann merged erudition about Percy’s story and journeys with the science behind the legend of Z and the likelihood that there could have been a many exceptional and advanced civilizations in the Amazon.

Wild, by Cheryl Strayed

This is one travelogue that is much hyped about and hence got made into a subsequent movie. The movie takes you through Cheryl Strayed’s  journey across the Pacific Crest Trail at the age of twenty six. She leaves on a journey in search of finding herself and coming to terms with the loss of her mother, break-up of her marriage, and drug abuse. She’s narrates the story of someone looking for a fresh start. Along the way, she witnesses kindness, gleeful fellow travellers, and a deep sense of belonging and bonhomie. The book is powerful and yet deeply moving. A must-read for all who think travel is healing.

Alchemist, Paulo Coelho

We challenge you to read this book and put it down without a serious case of ‘wanderlust’. Coelho’s tale of magical realism will make you want to travel and follow your dreams like the story’s protagonist Santiago who travels across Egypt and through the desert, trying to carve his own destiny. The Alchemist makes you believe in the quote that ‘not all those who wander are lost’ and how!

Across the heaven lake, Vikram Seth

This book is a travelogue that talks about the time Seth spends after two years as a postgraduate scholar at China’s Nanjing University. Vikram Seth narrates the story of how he hitch-hiked back to his home in India via Tibet.  From Heaven Lake is essentially the story of his unforgettable journey and his experience with “nomadic Muslims, Chinese officials, Buddhists and others.”

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