When a woman sets out to travel, a philosopher returns. While conquering the world, few things are as comforting as evenings in a luxurious hotel room with your favorite book for company. Travel is the perfect time to delve into that long-forgotten habit of pulling a book out of your handbag, be it at a crowded coffee shop or a noisy train station.
Since you can’t carry your entire library with you while on the go, here’s a list of the five books that fight for space in your cramped carry-on. Having these with you when you hit the road is like travelling with a companion!
- The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
It is the journey that matters, not the destination is an oft-repeated mantra of the 21st century. Paulo Coelho drives this message home in this bestseller. Santiago, a young shepherd from Andalusia travels through the myriad towns in Africa, an oasis in an Arabian dessert to ultimate find his treasure in Egypt. Santiago’s Journey is more spiritual than material and with him, you too escape the physical world around you and enter the realms of spirituality. After all, travelling is also about self-discovery, right?
- Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Most of us modern day superwomen have sometimes felt like give giving it all up and hitting the road. Elizabeth Gilbert empathizes with this feeling in this international best-seller. After a messy divorce and an emotional meltdown, she embarks- and takes you- on a journey through the land of pleasure, Italy ; divine destination, India to find ultimate peace in Bali. The description of each journey transports you to these places. Pick up this one to rediscover new horizons.
- Conde Nast Traveller Magazine
Every time I am struck by wanderlust, I pick up the latest issue of this monthly travel magazine. This is your go-to holiday planner. Featuring picturesque locations, swanky getaways and a gazillion travel ideas and tips, each issue brings a different dimension to travel, be it for work or pleasure. It is very gratifying to read about the joys of exotic destinations when you been on the road for days on end. This is a must read for all those who live out of the suitcase.
- City Guides
Non-descript as they look, city guides are a frequent traveler’s Bible. Given, today thanks to the internet you can access all information about a city online but the charm of flipping through the city guide and planning your time there is unmatched by an app containing more advertisements than information. City guides like those published by the Lonely Planet are a must buy for every avid traveler, not just for their utility but also for their sentimental value as souvenirs of an adventure.
- Your all time favorite book
Each of us has a book that is our best friend. We have read and re-read it and it still holds the same special place in our hearts. What better than the magic of Harry Potter or the elegance of Pride and Prejudice to keep you company when you feel lonely in an impersonal hotel room. So don’t forget to pack this, even if you must leave behind every other item on the list!