The beginning of the year is usually the best time to start compiling a list of some of your favorite books to read and for me—travel books are starting to become one of my true genres to love. I absolutely love talking about travel books. Why is that? Because any good reader knows that books have a way of taking you on a journey from each page that you turn to completed chapters, all the way to the very end of the story. Books are one of the most inspiring things in the world. They have the gift of taking you through a new experience. Placing you in unfamiliar locations and time that you may not have traveled before. There’s so many great travel books to choose from. From fiction to love stories to non-fiction novels and so much more. While figuring out which travel book to read when planning a trip, you might as well secure parking at LGA while you’re at it. And let’s be honest, who really likes missing their flight? No one—that’s why LGA airport parking has made travelers’ venture from the lot to the airplane a piece of cake, by ensuring the very best in parking along with a can’t beat it price attached. Absolutely no worries while leaving your car behind, even if you’re only traveling local.
Yes, we know long plane, train and bus rides can often become pretty boring and can leave you fiddling your fingers, hoping to reach your destination sooner than later. Tired of falling victim of the never-ending stare down contest by passengers? Ran out of good vibration playlists to tune out all the annoying conversations you’re often forced to hear by commuters? Fed up with having to act like you’re in a sleep coma to prevent strangers from talking to you as you sit patiently for the plane to take off? Good news---it’s the perfect opportunity to pick up a good travel book and learn about destinations you hope to one day experience. Definitely hot spots and exotic locations that need to be checked off the bucket list once this pandemic is over. But in the meantime, here’s a list of 9 travel books from some of our favorite international writers that will take you on an experience of a lifetime, mixed with a twist of both fact and fiction!
“The God of Small Things” by Arundhati Roy takes place in Kerala, India. This touchy historical fiction touches on forbidden love, cultural and complex family dynamics. Roy puts together a series of events in chronological order as the unique characters experience them in their lives. However, the novel is a series of fast-forwards and flashbacks so you will not read it in that order.
The debut book of Markus Zusak, “The Book Thief” takes place in Nazi Germany, with the main character being a little German girl who loves words but the story itself does not have a happy ending as Zusak creates a heart wrenching story that combines the idea of goodness and evil.
Azar Nafisi’s memoir “Reading Lolita in Tehran,” takes us right into the home of Azar Nafisi, an educator of Iranian students as she teaches both beauty and hope within literature. Despite women’s different backgrounds they learn to truly see each other through studying literary classics.
“One Hundred Years of Solitude” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez shows just how beautiful the Latin American community is through the eyes of magical realism. The book takes you on a fabulous journey into a secluded, breathtaking village where one family tries to create a place of solitude only to see history unfold in cycles.
Another good travel book would be Khaled Hosseini’s “The Kite.” The novel takes place in Kabul, telling the story of two young boys as their life unravels based on one decision. The struggle between family and friendship, truth and lies will leave you speechless.
If you love the world of magical realism, you’ll love the story of “The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle,” by Haruki Murakami.” The Japanese based story starts off with Toru Okada looking for his wife and cat, in Tokyo only to discover a completely different world due to the aftermath of World War II.
The youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Malala Yousafzai tells her powerful story of hope and courage. Once shot in the head by the Taliban and became a survivor refusing to be silenced by anyone ever again. I am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban is a must-read and will make parking near LGA a breeze since you’ll have enough time to dive into a few pages before heading to your flight.
Rania Mamoun gives readers a glimpse inside the Sudanese life through the use of her poetic words. She has put together a collection of short stories translated from Arabic. “Thirteen Months of Sunrise,” shows readers the true humanity of Sudan throughout each page.
Brainard takes us on a journey as she tells the story of three different generations of Filipino women. “Magdalena” is a fictional book that shares tons of family secrets, banned love and cultural effects of the war in the Philippines.
With all these must-read travel books recommended to make travelling even more enjoyable you should never be bored again. Well at least we hope not. Any great travel book can be measured by the lengths our imaginations can take us not in miles or in awards—those are the things that make books matter. And often, reading an awesome travel book can be the biggest ticket to a vacation right in the comfort of your home; especially with all this idle time available. Unfortunately, we may not be able to venture out right now, but with great travel books from comics to classics to take us on excursions around the world, we are closer to being away than we know it. We hope you enjoyed this guide to the best travel books of all time. Let us know if we should add some more to the list.