Travelling widens our outlook and exposes us to different kinds of cultures, food and languages. Most countries encourage international tourism as it boosts their economies largely. However, even in the most popular travel destinations, travelers run the risk of becoming victims to criminals and thieves who steal their luggage, jewelry and other valuables.
The best way to travel is through reputed travel agencies and in groups. Knowing the tradition of the place you are visiting would help in having a better travel experience. Suitable and well-stitched clothes, proper footwear and light luggage are important requisites you should take care of while travelling. Here are some top travel books that have attracted attention worldwide
On the Road by Jack Kerouac
This book creates great impact on young and old alike with its attention-grabbing tale. An avid reader may well take up to hitch hiking permanently. The book is a series on the trips of Kerouac and his pals across America in the post-World War II era.
As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning by Laurie Lee
This a great work by Laurie Lee who has also authored the work Cider with Rosie. In this book, Lee narrates his voyages in the 1930s from Cotswolds’ to Spain via London with just a violin and adventurous spirit as company. The book is poetic, whimsical and thrilling. You are hooked to the story right from the very beginning.
Coasting by Jonathan Raban
This is a story about the author who travels 4000 miles around Britain with just a compass and a ketch of 32-foot length. The book is a reflection of Raban’s life where he moves from one job to another all around the world. He says that at the first sign of trouble he shifted and moved where the tide took him.
Travels with Charley: In Search of America by John Steinbeck
This book takes you to a tour of the United States in the 1960s along with John Steinbeck and Charlie, his French poodle. The book is full of charming descriptions of the people and landscapes of the country. Alongside the cheerful scenery the bleakness revealed in the Deep South region show the extent of change the nation has undergone in the past century.
The Beach by Alex Garland
This is a backpacker’s tale, which had been adapted into a film later on. The books served as an inspiration for many to travel Far East and embrace the pleasures that travel alone can provide.
While travelling has its own benefits, there are certain preparations you need to do to make it hassle free and enjoyable. Here are some tips that will help you in your travels.
- A hat – a knit one for winter and a brimmed hat for summer helps to keep you warm and protected from the elements.
- Having a portable sewing machine comes in handy on long trips to mend your favorite dress or any other mending that you need importantly during the trip like a tear in your backpack, a torn sock etc.
- First aid kit with all emergency medications like painkillers, antiseptic cream and bandages is must
- A collapsible water bag will save you a lot on the bottled water you buy along the way
The rule of thumb while travelling is to pack as little as you can without skipping out on the necessities.