To read a book is to travel cheap.
Some have said that to read a book is to travel cheap. And it’s true. For a price of a plane ticket abroad, you can buy a dozen or more books. Yes, it can’t mirror what you feel when you’re in a foreign country. But, if you have the imagination, it can take you far, far away.
For travelers and bookworms, there are a wide variety of books that make you fall in love with the world.
Here are the top 4 on our list:
A Moveable Feast by Earnest Hemingway (1964)
Set in the 1920s in picturesque Paris, this is a favorite of many. The book is a nostalgic remembrance of Hemingway’s days as a struggling writer. For him, Paris, at that period, was a moveable feast that made a lasting impact on his life. To experience Paris in a different era, this book is for you.
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard (1974)
Dillard’s “travel” book describes the quaint yet earthly wonders of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It’s a fantastic read for travelers who want to visit Virginia. This is where you can “go” if you want smart thoughts and heartfelt reflections. The book also expresses witty and thoughtful musings.
The Lady and the Monk by Pico Iyer (1991)
For those who want to visit Japan and fall in love, this is the book to read. Iyer initially intended to become a monk in Kyoto. That dream didn’t happen, but another one had become a reality. His book is a testimony of how he fell in love with Japanese culture and a Japanese woman.
The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen (1978)
Matthiessen’s book is what you need if you want something that will make you see the world in a different light. It’s the interweaving story of his exploration in Nepal and his exposition of Buddhism. The book also describes his relationships with his family.
Books set in different parts of the world are treasures. They let you go places, experience new feelings, and discover things for a cheap price. You don’t even need to arrange for travel documents to enjoy your journey!