Travelista73's Greatest Travel Books

January 26, 2012

They say a painter is born and travellers are made. I’m not so sure about the latter. Anyone who knows me would swear I was a born traveller, that my body and mind are so infused with wanderlust that it consumes my every thought. They would be right!

For as long as I can remember my dream has been to see the world in its entirety. To savour its beauty and its complexities. To become enlightened by its exquisite wonder. And as I slowly make my way through the world, I will continue to fuel my inquisitive mind and quench my thirst for travel by losing myself in a great book.
As a little girl I would spend hours lost among the colorful pages of a well written book, (though admittedly my stories began with a prince and a magic carpet ride). However, through the years I’ve acquired a more discerning taste in books.  What began as an escape into a world with enchanting landscapes has now become a passion. I mean seriously, outside of boarding a plane and immersing yourself in a new culture, what else can transport your mind the way a great book can?

For me a really good book allows me to mentally savor the tastes and sounds of a place. It provides me with insight into the culture and tapestry of the people, and if I’m really lucky it will leave me with a longing to know more… So without further ado, here are some of my all-time favorites.

Greatest Escape Books According to ME!

·         Arabian Sands - Wilfred Thesiger
·         Eat, Pray, Love - Elizabeth Gilbert
·         Letters from Egypt: A Journey on the Nile, 1849–1850 - Florence Nightingale
·         Memoirs of a Geisha  - Arthur Golden
·         Song of the Cuckoo Bird - Amulya Malladi
·         The Other Boleyn Girl – Philippa Gregory
·         The Twentieth Wife - Indu Sundaresan
·         Wild Swans - Jung Chang

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