I would go for the classics or travel books. I don't mean guide books but books about travellers and their adventures, specially about the places you are visiting or passing by.
The last book I read and really enjoyed was 'King's Solomon Mines'. I know it is not an original choice, but I think everyone should read it. I really enjoyed, and, by the way, about travels; everyone should read 'Round The World in Eighty Days'. I read several times and who likes to travel and read should start with this one.
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Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton by Edward Rice.
Life of Pi is a great travel book. Makes you appreciate tigers, real or imagined. And don't forget to hide the cookies.
The Beach by Alex Garland is the book to read in Thailand...
Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Down Under by Bill Bryson
Though not a travel book I would recommend Atlas Shrugged by Ann Rand. The book is huge but excellent. You dont want it to end and it will take you some time to finish it. It is great to take only one for a few months and this is it.
Atlas shrugged is pure shit. It should be said that i dont like Rands philosopy, but in my opinion it contains too much propaganda. She adds reasoning which interupts the story or fits the characters. I would rather read the fountainhead. Its pretty good.
Can recommend A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry. Its about india. One of the best books i have read. Salman Rushdi is also great and write a lot about india. Midnight's Children and Shalimar the Clown is awesome.