To be a traveller

image-mediumTurn your mind from the festive season and to the thought of travel. Here’s some classic travel books guaranteed to give you wanderlust and to want be a real ‘traveller” Mixture of fiction and non fiction

The Alchemist – Paulo Coehlo Follows a young shepheard who lives his dreams and travels from Spain to Egypt. Rated 5 star by 8 of our readers !

In a sunburned country and Neither here nor there: travels in Europe (eBooks) and Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson Chronicles places and fills in details like no-one else

image-mediumThe geography of bliss: one grump’s search for the happiest places in the world by Eric Weiner Part travel memoir, part humorous self-help guide, award-winning journalist and self-proclaimed ‘chronic grump’ takes readers on an unforgettable journey in search of the happiest place on Earth

The Beach by Alex Garland – Perilous journey to find Shangri-La in Thai hinterland

As I walked out one midsummer morning by Laurie Lee. Lyrical picture of his tramp around Spain in the 30s

On the Road by Jack Kerouac. Ultimate travel book.Across America in the 50s with jazz, poetry and drugs

The Great Railway Bazaar by Paul Theroux. Author intends to board every train from Victoria to Tokyo. A four-month journey through Europe, Asia and the Middle East

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy. Southern India is the setting. May in Ayemenem is a hot, brooding month. The days are long and humid. The river shrinks and black crows gorge on bright mangoes in still, dustgreen trees.” Atmospheric, Booker Award-winning novel immerses you in the heat, the sounds and the colours of Kerala.

Arabian Sands by Wilfred Thesiger His journey through the deserts

Among the Russians: from the Baltic to the Caucasus by Colin Thubron. Journey by car from St Petersburg (then Leningrad) and the Baltic States south to Georgia and Armenia towards the end of the Brezhnev era.