If money wasn’t an issue, I would travel all over the world! Stay in a country for months or years, meet the locals, actually experience the culture and place, and then pack up my suitcase and go on to the next country.
Alas, I’m not someone with an endless bank account, so I do my travelling by book. As George R.R. Martin writes in A Dance With Dragons “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only once.”
For this Friday, here are my top five books that release the travel bug in me. Surprisingly, or maybe not, only one of these actually features traveling to different countries as a major theme. The rest are all set in different countries or cities that I’ve never been to but would love to go.
13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
I read this ages ago, but it’s always something I remember with that warm feeling. All about traveling on a whim, which I so wish one day I can do.
Outlander by Diana Gabladon
Gosh, I did not have a need to go to Scotland. Was never on my list. Then I read Outlander and now I desperately need to go.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
This book encompasses all the love of travel. An Andalusian shepherd boy goes on a journey due to a prophetic dream. I mean man the amount of bravery needed to just go.
The Shadow of the Wing by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
This is one of those that I now need to go to Barcelona after reading. Also, I desperately need the Cemetery of Forgotten Books to be a real place.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
I never really paid any attention to Eastern Europe. I read this book back in college and fell in love with the descriptions of Prague and the entire city there. I ended up researching all about it and it went to the top of my places to travel to list.
Happy Reading Darlings!