Eat, Pray, Love What better way to bask in the feeling of wanderlust than with a good travel book? Call it invoking the feelings of travel itself by getting lost in stories of tales in destinations unknown. Perhaps your favorite travel book might be one that takes place in a city you absolutely love.

 

The effect a travel book has on a traveler, or a book lover is instantaneous: a desire to travel to that place. If you're currently traveling or counting the days until your next trip, these books will add to your contagious travel bug.

 

Eat, Pray, Love (Round the World Travel) – By Elizabeth Gilbert: In 2010, the general public became engrossed with the idea of Round the World travel thanks to a little 2006 novel called “Eat, Pray, Love” Though many soul seekers have taken this adventure, there is nothing like watching a true female solo traveler on the journey of a lifetime. The bestselling novel made it to the big screen in 2010; re-awakening the popularity of the novel itself. Liz Gilbert makes any reader want to eat their way through Italy, pray for good fortune in India and fall in love with (or in) Indonesia.

 

Kafka Was the Rage: A Greenwich Village Memoir (Old New York City) – By Anatole Broyard: The glitz and glamour is already enough reason to visit New York City. Being a city that never sleeps one wonders how it got this reputation. New York City culture is one that cannot be imitated, but experienced. The novel takes a look back at life and culture after WWII when barriers began to crumble and new ideas of changing attitudes, sexual freedom and wild creativity would take over. These post war ideals that infiltrated the city would soon become the core foundation and best memories of downtown New York in general.

 

First They Killed My Father? A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers – By Loung Ung (Cambodia): Anyone that travels to Cambodia makes the trip understanding it will be a historically moving experience. After the harsh times of the Pol Pot regime, true heartbreaking stories of survivors truly exposed the horrors of the times. This 2000 nonfiction book was written as a personal account of a girl in the midst of the action one would never imagine happening. It is a tough read that makes a traveler truly appreciate the story, the culture, the survivors, and the country itself; whether or not you intend to visit. Any traveler that has visited the killing fields may want to pick up this book to capture the full experience. 

 

Dinner with Persephone: Travels in Greece – By Patricia Storace (Greece): With such a rich and dynamic history, Greece has always been a destination on a traveler's bucket list. Images of the Parthenon and Greek Gods seem to conjure up in the backdrop of a warm Mediterranean sea lined up by linen white houses. But, what do most travelers know about contemporary Greece? Who are the Greek people and what is their culture, religion and common concerns? Patricia Storace spends time living and traveling in Greece to answer these questions.

 

Berlin Diary: Journal of a Foreign Correspondent 1934-1941 – By William L. Shirer (European Travel): There is nothing like following the eyes of a journalist; hot on the trail of a story. They are these observant analytical types looking to know anything and everything that is going on. The Berlin Diary is a true recollection by acclaimed journalist William L. Shirer who kept a personal diary in Europe during the 1930s; before the collapse of Europe and the rise of Nazi Germany. Anyone fascinated in the history of Europe at this time; wandering the broken streets where wounds still remain will love the details of a pre-war society. It is almost as if the reader can travel through Europe the way the author did; comparing his glimpse versus a traveler's modern day appreciation with a now healed Europe.  

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  1. Jim Lesses

    I spent most of March 2011 in Cambodia and while there bought Loung Ung’s First They Killed My Father and her follow up book Lucky Child, and can only agree that the first book is a truely harrowing account of life under Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge. Neither book is an easy read, but they do provide readers with an eyewitness account of life in Cambodia during that period, that most visitors have no idea of. Of all they books you could have included here, I certainly did not expect to find First They Killed My Father. That is certainly a brave call.

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