Reading is retiring from a noisy world into a secret intimacy. It is an “art of running away” said the writer Julien Gracq. In fact, books can bring us to places, whether it’s somewhere close to home or thousands of miles away. Beyond killing time, some books provide an escape and serve as preliminaries to travel. Sometimes a book makes it possible to experience a trip in a totally different way.
This week, we would like to share with you books that have been particularly inspiring, sometimes even changing. They might transport you to another place and make you want to see it with your own eyes.
- On the Road by Jack Kerouac
Back home after the ravages of the Second World War, Sal Paradise, the narrator, back in the US, is struggling to stay put. He meets Dean Moriarty, a young guy who is a bit insane, a bit excited, attractive and mad, who will give him a taste of the pleasures of the road, and encourage him to travel across America, from east to west, north to south, all the way to Mexico.
Disjointed journeys, not always coherent, traveled over and over again, with any other avowed goals than friendship, driving, beers and girls. It is a classic American travel books and a great for those who would like to cut out the routine for a while.
- Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
This story is a hymn to the transcendence of nature, a beautiful tribute to the courageous act of Mc Candless.
With McCandless, it is a part of our idealism that is inexorably destroyed, like the mad, vain and ironic act of a final rebellion. It is an indispensable testimony of reality and a real invitation to travel.
- “Le monde en stop” by Ludovic Hubler
Out of the ordinary by its nature, this travel story tells about a hitchhiking trip around the world over a period of five years, from its genesis to its completion, including its preparations and its progress. Its form is mainly chronological, as we follow the narrator on his itinerary, accompanying him in the decisions he makes along the way, such as spending three years more than expected on the road, whether or not to cross a country or a region, etc.
More than a simple travel story, Ludovic Hubler’s book is a true hymn to life. Indeed, in the course of his book, Hubler does not only share with his readers his encounters or the beauty of the landscapes he visits, it is a real invitation to see treasures of the world, to come and experience a different way of life.
- The Cat who went to Paris by Peter Gethers
For a wary person who needs reassurance and be convinced to go abroad, there is no better resource than The cat who went to Paris. Peter Gethers’ travels around the world with a cat named Norton bring a lovely dose of humour to many common travel situations.
Norton accompanies Gethers on his travels and helps to convince the love of his life that he is the one. After years of adventures, they move to New York City and Norton is one of the city’s most traveled felines. This book shows the human experience that one can go through during a trip. Getting attached is something that happens, but it’s all the charm of going on an adventure.
- Road Trip by Routard
This beautiful book “Road Trips” offers 40 routes on the most beautiful roads in the world. With 308 pages to travel through America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Middle East and Oceania it Illustrated pages in a superbly vintage style.
This opus signed by the Guide du Routard is composed of computer graphics maps, photos and above all, precious advice for setting off on the roads of the World. Length of the itinerary, duration, points of interest, this guide accompanies you on all the stages.
You will set off in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, along the Garden Road in South Africa, on Napoleon’s route through the Alps or through the Balinese rice fields with paths to cover by driving your car or using public transport.
Hopefully, these brilliant travel books will inspire you to travel around the world.