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6 Books to Read About Travel During Quarantine

By : Fernanda lustosa | Jul 19, 2020

Despite some countries slowly recover from the restrictions implemented by the quarantine, opening borders still is something that will happen gradually around the globe and we still have a long way to full reopening. But if patience is a virtue, fortunately to our wanderlust genes we can find in reading a way to comfort our traveller's souls and get some nice inspiration! Let's check out some books to read about travel during quarantine.

1) The Lost City of Z, by David Grann (2009)


Lost cities have always caused curiosity and interest among scholars and common people, may it be for the knowledge they can provide on ancient civilizations or simply the mystery they input. 

In the book The Lost City of Z by David Grann the author recounts the true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett,

who ventured in the Amazon forest and disappeared in the jungle while looking for a an ancient lost city, named by him as 'Z'.

Grann reunited evidences of Fawcett's steps in the forest and on how the explorer may have died. 

In reality, the explorer went on several expeditions in South America between 1096 and 1924 until getting obsessed with 'Z' and disappearing in 1925. Many subsequent explorers and historians felt captivated by his mysterious disappearance and it is said that over 100 adventurers have died trying to find out the answer. A site called Kuhikugu was discovered right after Fawcett's presumed death in the area of Amazon Xingu, which is believed to be 'Z'. It contains the ruins of over twenty settlements.

The book became a bestseller and inspired the movie The Lost City of Z (2017), starring Charlie Hunnam and Robert Pattinson.

2) On the road by Jack Kerouac (1957)


Listed on the position 76 out of 100 by British newspaper The Guardian as The 100 Best Novels, On the road is a classic novel that gives voice to a post-war American generation who seeks freedom. Jack Kerouac wrote his masterpiece memoir in the course of three weeks while travelling the United States with friends and it has all elements to keep the reader interested: love with life, drugs, sex, beauty, jazz and more. All breaking up with the traditional American dream reward of the consumerist society and presenting a new dream.

The book became a symbol of youth, freedom and is an important title in Contemporary American Literature. The story was adapted to the screens in the movie On the Road (2012), starring Sam Riley as Sal Paradise and Garrett Hedlund as Dean Moriarty.

3) Worldwalk by Steven M. Newman (1989)


Who never felt the sudden urge of leaving everything behind and travelling the world without thinking twice? That's exactly what Steven Newman did by the age of 28. Worldwalk is an account of his walking journey over 20 countries. He set out from Ohio without money and wherever he passed he counted with the help of new friends and friends of friends. The memoir recounts how he fulfilled his dream of travelling the world without financial resources and how he overcame some real struggles: the book includes three life-threatening episodes in Algeria, Turkey, and Yugoslavia. Despite that, Newman brings up a tale of adventures in which he learned from other cultures and about adaptability. This is a book to read and feel you are travelling with the character.

4) The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (1988)


There are some books that gain new editions and over the years continue to enchant their readers, and this is the case of The Alchemist, that has so far been read by over 62 million readers and is the most translated book in the world by a living author. The novel focus on following your heart and pursuing your dreams by telling the story of Santiago, an young shepherd in Andalucía who desires to travel and discover what is beyond the boundaries where he lives in. One day, he finds the courage to start his journey and discovers about himself. Coelho is famous for blending spirituality and mysticism in his writing style and for focusing on messages that can inspire people's lives.

5) Love with a chance of drowning by Torre DeRoche (2013)


For those who can't resist a love story within a travel story, Love with a chance of drowning is an autobiographic romance that presents Torre DeRoche, a girl who fears deep water and yet finds herself in the middle of the Pacific ocean aboard a leaky sailboat with a handsome Argentinean who has the dream of exploring the world. When she faces herself with the possibility of losing her love to his dream, she joins him in a journey that can be a life-changing situation for her - and what risks are worth taking!

DeRoche's writing is brave and rather funny, the promise of a pleasant read.

6) The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton (2002)


Surely, we all love travelling but do we KNOW HOW to travel? In the philosophical The Art of Travel, Alain de Botton brings to light a truly original travel book by raising the idea that despite we all crave for amazing destinations and plan our trips, we still are ignorant on the art of travel. The author guides the reader through understanding why travelling, how to do it, and cites Van Gogh, Baudelaire, and Alexander von Humboldt. In his own words, "what we find exotic abroad may be what we hunger for in vain at home... the pleasure 'what we find exotic abroad may be what we hunger for in vain at home... the pleasure we derive from journeys is perhaps dependent more on the mindset with which we travel than on the destination we travel to'". 

What do you think of our list? Do you have any books to read during this quarantine? Let us know!