Author: Dominic Lester
The Hindu Kush is an 800-kilometer mountain range that starts from the central Afghanistan to northern Pakistan. A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush is an autobiographical account of Eric Newby's adventures in the Hindu Kush. It offers a first hand account of the trials and tribulations of hiking those untouched mountains. This book was published in 1958.
On The Road is a masterpiece by Jack Kerouac. For some, this book is the best-known travel story of all time. On The Road is about the journey of two “beats” Sal Paradise and Dean Moriarty whose journey begins in the west of the New York City and goes across the country. Published in 1957, On the Road covers the incidents of Sal and Dean, proving it's not about the destination, rather, the journey.
If you love to travelling by train, this book is for you. The Great Railway Bazaar published in 1975 is based on the world's largest railway system of that time which ranged from London to Southeast Asia. In The Great Railway Bazaar, Paul Theroux explains his long and unique train journey from the London, across Europe, the Middle East, India and South East Asia.
In 2006, Theroux published Ghost Train to the Eastern Star, where he travels the same places by taking the same routes 30 years later.
Into the Wild is based on the adventures of Jon Krakauer who traced the steps of Chris McCandless to know the reasons of his mysterious death. Chris was a traveler who decided to travel on his own from Virginia to Alaska without any of the resources that travelers use. With a touch of emotion and mystery, Into the Wild is a 9,000-word adventure which will challenge your ideologies of capitalism, and mainstream society.
The Sun Also Rises is a masterpiece by world renowned Ernest Hemingway. This book details the lost generation of the post-world war 1, their disillusionments and their angst. Hemingway, makes his characters come to life in an emotional tale of travel and loss. From the Parisian nightlife of 1920s to the bullfighting rings of Spain this book has it all.
The Sun Also Rises was first published in 1926 making Ernest Hemingway one of the greatest writers of the 20th century.
"What makes people happy?” Eric Weiner was a foreign correspondent reporter in Iraq, Afghanistan and Indonesia. Here he explores the psychologies and emotions of different countries like the US, Iceland, Iraq, Afghanistan and Indonesia.
This book is about the savage journey of Hunter S. Thompson to Las Vegas. Thompson thoroughly depicts life in the Sin City and the times of drug-soaked, addle-brained and rollicked periods in Las Vegas. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is a perfect way to get to know the night lives of Las Vegas in the late 90’s.
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert is beyond a travel book as she searches for her best self. This book touched many hearts and changed countless lives. Eat, Pray, Love inspired and empowered millions of its readers to find their inner selves and build their self-esteem. This book was published in January 2007 and won Puddly Award for Nonfiction Books in 2008. Now, on its 10th anniversary it's back in the market with the complete updated information to inspire a new generation of travellers.
As the name suggests, this book is an account on the beautiful city of Venice. Written by Jan Morris, it is acclaimed as the finest book written on the City of Venice. This book depicts the view of an author who explored almost every part of this city during World War 2. From it's architecture to it's citizens, tourist spots to the residential areas, Morris explains everything about Venice so romantically that the reader will fall in love with the City. Venice was first published in 1960 and then republished in 1993.
From the author of bestselling books, The Mother Tongue, Made in America and A Walk in the Woods, Notes from a Small Island is another classical piece of writing from Bill Bryson. Before leaving Britain, Bryson decided to take a tour of the England one last time and pen it down. This satiric and unapologetic social commentary is based on the glory of Britain. Bryson's emotive language takes you on a ride through some of the most bizarre places of the England. This book was first published in 1995 and has 334 pages of journey.
It took five years for Wilfred Thesiger to write his book, Arabian Sands. Thesiger spent five years in the Arabian countries when there was nothing but sand, camels and nomadic tribes. He traveled the Arabian countries in 1959 with tribes who considered killing a Christian infidel as their duty. He ate, slept and walked among them while recording everything. After the fateful five years, he published his book in 1959.
This book was written by the first African correspondent for Poland’s state newspaper. Ryszard Kapuscinski documented the end of colonial rule in Africa by experiencing it firsthand. Kapuscinski traveled across the African continent including Ghana, Rwanda, Nigeria and the desert of Sahara. To witness the transformation of the Africa, he battled hardships, such as living in the slums, fighting malaria and witnessing a mass genocide. Although this book revolves around the bloody revolution in Africa, he beautifully manages to depict the vibrant and frequently joyous montages of African people, blended cultures and his encounters with dozens of African tribes. This book was first published in 1998 and then republished in 2002.
If you are curious as to what it feels like to drop everything and travel the world, this book is for you. With the extended title of “An uncommon guide to the art of long-term world travel” Rolf Potts describes his life of extensive overseas traveling. Vagabonding is not a novel, but a guide that will answer all your questions to start a never ending journey of adventure, fun and excitement.
Dominic Lester is a Literature graduate from the Berkeley University and fond of writing and reading books. Since his college he is doing critical blogging on every new book he reads and also provide best courseworkwriting.