5 Travel Books for the Holiday Season

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If you’re heading somewhere exciting or maybe you have a torturous family trip planned, these books are going to help you with your inspiration. Easy to read and visually attractive are the keywords to these 5 vacation friendly books below.

  1. Eat Pray and Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

Every girl that has been in a break up or needs inspiration for a year off needs to read this. If you already saw the movie, the book is going to convince you even more. Find yourself first and then find love. Check the writer’s website for more details about the book.

2.  The Elephant’s Journey by Jose Saramago

If you’re looking to reflect through a philosophical and poetic reading, this book is for you.

The Elephant’s Journey  is Saramago’s slender new novel. Originally published in Portugese in 2008, it describes a road trip. There are no sex scenes, minimal violence, no awful narrative arc’s and the insights arrive as gently as a skiff pulling up to a riverbank. “Confounding though it is for me to say (believing as I do the mind of the apparatchik to be the nastiest soup), it would be hard to more highly recommend a novel to be downed in a single draft,” wrote The New York Times about the book.

3. On the Road by Jack Kerouac

A liberal book that talks about two friends’ journey through the United States and Mexico. It’s about experiencing life’s fuel heightened by drugs, alcohol, and sex. Even after sixty years after its first publishing, you need to keep your mind open if you want to read this classic!

“It changed my life like it changed everyone else’s,” Bob Dylan would say many years later. Tom Waits, too, acknowledged its influence, hymning Jack and Neal in a song, and calling the Beats ‘father figures.’ At least two great American photographers were influenced by Kerouac: Robert Frank, who became his close friend – Kerouac wrote the introduction to The Americans – and Stephen Shore, who set out on an American road trip in the Seventies with Kerouac’s book as a guide.” Read all The Guardian review here .

4. Seven Ages of Paris by Alistair Horne

If you’re staying in Paris for the holidays or if you miss it so bad that you need a reminder of the city, this is the book for you.

“In this luminous portrait of Paris, celebrated historian Alistair Horne gives us the history, culture, disasters, and triumphs of one of the world’s truly great cities. Horne makes it plain that while Paris may be many things, it is never boring.” For other reviews, click here.

5. A Good Girl’s Guide to Getting Lost by Rachel Friedman

The author describes her book on her website as her journey takes her to Australia and South America, Rachel discovers and embraces her love of travel and unlocks more truths about herself than she ever realized she was seeking. Along the way, the erstwhile good girl finally learns to do something she’s never done before: simply live for the moment. Credit http://rachel-friedman.com.

By Paula R. Sierra