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7 Books You Need to Read If You Miss Travelling

These escapist reads are you need to cheer you up right now!

The Adventure of Tintin by Hergé

This is an all-time favourite of many travellers. In the pages of the visually driven comic book, you find a young reporter and his dog travelling the world and encountering one adventure after the other. From the comfort of your chair the book takes you to Egypt, Congo, Tibet, Japan and purani dilli.

The Golden Hour by Beatriz Williams

This book transports you onto a tropical beach in the Bahamas in an instant. The story revolves around a reporter, Lulu Randolph, arrives in the Bahamas in 1941 to investigate the rich elite who escaped wartime in favor of warm weather and sandy beaches. But what ends up in her plate is a murder mystery. How she finds the murderer and ends up learning about the dark past of people makes from a gripping read.

The Paris Hours by Alex George

This is a fast moving story that gives you a tour of Paris’ arrondissements in just 24 hours. It makes you feel like you are walking down the streets and soaking in the sounds and sights from the comfort of your home. The author narrates the story of four people living in the City of Love over the course of a single day in 1927. A refugee, an artist, a maid, and a journalist's lives all beautifully intermingle to form a beautiful tale.

Hidden Places, by Sarah Baxter

Sarah takes you off the beaten path into little known places through her beautifully illustrated guidebook. However, many of the places that she talks about are difficult to access like a remote village in Austria or the rock-cut underground churches of Lalibela. This book is meant for travellers, who look beyond doing the touristy things and believe in learning about people and culture of different lands.

Dark Star Safari, by Paul Theroux

Paul Theroux, the veteran travel writer gives an unputdownable account of his journey from Cairo to Cape Town in this book. He travels by bus, canoe, cattle truck, armed convoy, ferry, and train to discover the hidden nuances and unheard stories of the African continent. Along the way he meets locals and tourists, who make his journey all the more interesting.

Stranger on a Train by Jenni Diski 


The book is a travelogue-cum-memoir. Jenni puts her experience of seeing the United States by AmTrak in lucid prose. She talks about the decline of American railways and describes her eventful meetings with fellow travellers. It makes for an interesting read.

From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home by Tembi Locke

If you like a love story with rich details of a beautiful backdrop thrown in, then this book is for you. The book is filled with rich imagery of the Italian countryside and elaborately discusses Italian cooking, but at the centre is a bittersweet love story of Tembi, who travels to Sicily after her husband’s death to spread his ashes there and finds out about his childhood and also recounts her love story spanning decades.