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Top 10 books on traveling and adventures

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Somewhere between your assignments, classes, exams and long lectures, you probably dream about packing your stuff and go literary anywhere, far enough to forget the real life you live. We’ve all been through that. Reality is tiring. Especially when you have experienced the adventures of traveling at least once.

Taking a trip for holidays is always a great idea. Still, if you cannot allow yourself to go out and explore whenever you want, there is something else you might like as much as traveling itself.

A good book is a favorite cure-all. A good book on adventures can quickly make you forget the reality, by transforming you into the hero going through the most insane experiences in the most distant places. Isn’t it the best thing to fill up the long winter nights? Read up to keep your heart warm!

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  • On the Road, by Jack Kerouac
  • Beat Generation classic doesn’t need any additional promotion. Jack Kerouac’s ‘On the Road’  is a travel novel written in 1957, but with no expiration date. The main character, Sal, leaves New York and rides rails heading west. As the story goes, he makes friends and parties all night long. The main theme of the piece is the character’s frustration and the willingness to see the world. This resonates with all of us, isn’t it?


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  • The Island at the Center of the World, by Russell Shorto
  • One of the best books on the history of the New York City. It tells how it was founded by the Dutch, how it was lost to the British. Tells about the vain attempts to get it back. The book shows the impact history made on the city culture. Next time you’ll be walking down the streets of New York, they won’t be the same.

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  • The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho
  • The story of a young shepherd chasing his dreams is one of the most-read novels in last 30 years. Nobody knows the secret of this astonishing success. It might be caused by loads of inspirational quotes included in the book, or by the beauty of the life story each would wish to have, or by altogether. This story will move you, will make you dream big and inspire you to follow your dreams no matter what happens in life.

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  • The Beach, by Alex Garland
  • Alex Garland did a genius work in highlighting the search of paradise and getting off the beaten path. His heroes, backpackers, are going through a tough road, looking for an ideal, but get nothing instead. They gain the understanding that nothing can be perfect, there is no such thing as an ideal, and all that concepts are nothing more than an illusion. A great tale recommended being read at least once in a lifetime.

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  • Paris Was Ours, by Penelope Rowlands
  • Paris. The most romantic and the most artistic city in the whole world. The story ‘Paris was ours’ tells about 32 writers from around the world. They move to Paris and share their personal stories of how they try to integrate into the city life. This book will dive you into all kinds of emotions, the positive and the negative, and will perfectly show you the impact Paris can have on people. Beware! You might pack your suitcase right after finishing the last page!


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  • The Great Railway Bazaar, by Paul Theroux
  • An incredible story about the four-month train trip from London to Southeast Asia and back again. It shines with humor and jokes, but more important are the complete sober descriptions of eccentric people author meets on his way. The book was written in 1975 and is continuously recognized as a modern classic of travel nonfiction.

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  • The Green Hills of Africa by Ernest Hemingway
  • Hemingway is one of the most controversial writers in the history. This particular book made him into a dirty, terrible man obsessed with big-game hunting. There are loads of thoughts on writing and literature included, which makes the story easier to comprehend. The reception of the piece is bipolar, so make own opinion by reading this book, which already became classic.

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  • Shantaram, by Gregory David Roberts
  • An incredible novel which unveils all the beauty and ugliness of India and its underworld. You will dive straight into the unbelievable life story of Lin, main character, who is an escaped convict from Australia, trying to hide in the overpopulated poor country. This book is full of love, betrayal, brutality, and compassion. The best entertainment one can have from the adventures book is guaranteed.

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  • World Walk, by Steven Newman
  • Ever dreamed of taking a backpack, go out and make a journey around the world on foot? That is exactly what the hero of this book did. Newspaper writer, Steven Newman was 28 years old when he started this insane adventure, which turned into a trip across 22 countries and 5 continents. The book shares the incredible stories of wars, arrests, wild animals attacks, wildfires, and blizzards. It feels just like you were on that journey yourself!

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  • The Twenty-One Balloons, by William Pene du Bois
  • It is a story of a Professor William Waterman Sherman, who plans to fly across the Pacific Ocean on a hot air balloon. Still, fate twists him to land on Krakatoa, where he discovers an unbelievable world of great wealth, bizarre inhabitants, and the most incredible balloon inventions. The book is considered to be classics of fantasy-adventure and is highly recommended for having a pleasant time while reading.


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