I recently read this article on Conde Nast Traveller’s website (one of my favourite online travel resources) on books that inspire you to travel. The article listed 16 books, ranging across diverse locations such as Istanbul, Ho Chi Minh, Marrakech, Alaska, Ireland, and my very own Mumbai (Katherine Boo’s Behind the Beautiful Forevers). The UK’s Telegraph has also come up with its own list of the 20 best travel books of all time.
|Rambling somewhere in The Cotswolds, England|
It’s so true; every time you pick up a book you get transported to another land, provided the writing is good! There are some books that are not travel books, strictly speaking; yet, they manage to weave such a vivid picture of the place that they’re set in, that you just want to pack your bags and go. Both the articles got me thinking about some of the travel-related books that I treasure. So here’s my list of Top 5 Travel Books. All of them are non-fiction works. And it’s no coincidence that 4 of them are set in Europe!