“Readers don’t stop.”
We’ve read this a little bit everywhere over the past year, but it didn’t make it any less true before.
The theme of hospitality and travel are inextricably linked.
Both presuppose a certain openness to others and to what we don’t know; the ability to meet each other and to always remain curious.
But we, at heart, like anything that rhymes with “browsing”.
Here’s a list of 10 books about travel that you should read if you’re an incurable explorer.
1. Journey to Portugal, J. Saramago
First published in 1981, it tells of the author taking a trip to his own country.
2. In Patagonia, B. Chatwin
A diary of the journey that the author undertook in search of the traces of one of his sailor ancestors, through Argentinean and Chilean Patagonia.
3. Blue Streets, W. Least Heat-Moon
A journey into America, an autobiographical travel book published in 1982.
4. Hitchhiking with Buddha, W. Ferguson
A journey through Japan. “But for some, Japan is none of these things. For some, Japan is a way to travel.”
5. In Extreme Lands, Jon Krakauer
Recounts the life of U.S. nomad Christopher McCandles, reconstructed through his diary entries and the accounts of people who met him on his journey to Alaska.
6. On the right road, F. Grandis
From a cliff overlooking the Arctic Ocean, a man finally breathes his freedom. Just a few months earlier, he wouldn’t have thought it possible.
7. On the Road, J. Kerouac
Autobiographical book based on a series of road trips across the United States, partly with his friend Neal Cassady and partly by hitchhiking.
8. Around the World in 80 Days, J. Verne
Adventurous novel by French author Jules Verne, first published in 1873.
9. A fortune teller told me, T. Terzani
In 1976, a Chinese soothsayer warns Tiziano Terzani “Watch out. In 1993 you run a great risk of dying. In that year never fly.”
10. Against the Wind, F. Pace
Tells the stories of those who, by crossing a bridge, putting themselves on a road, getting on a bus or a train, have found in one day, in one instant, the way to change and transform themselves.