Looking for good books to read while I travel.

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1. Posted by JetlagWarriors (Full Member 42 posts) 42w Star this if you like it!

I've been reading like a bookworm so far on this long trip. I am going to need be trading my finished books in at book exchanges in hostels, so it will be very beneficial to me to have a long list of great reads. Who knows what books I'll find in my travels, so the longer the list the better. If you'd like, share where and when you were travelling when you read the book, will help me get an ideal for what you felt when reading it, and it might be fun for you to remember.

To help narrow things down, here are the types of books I typically read when I am travelling:

Category 1 -- fiction adventure stories with 'morals'
Some of my favourites for examples:

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
1984 by George Orwell
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger

Category 2 -- books on conscience or meaning, almost like self help books
Some of my favourites for examples:

Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
A bunch of books on buddhism I've forgotten the exact names of

Category 3 -- comedy and total nonsense books
Some of my favourites for examples:

An Orgy of George by George Carlin
The Bro Code by How I Met Your Mother writers
The Book of Lists by Irving & Amy Wallace

Thanks in advance guys.

Enjoy your travels!

2. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1200 posts) 42w Star this if you like it!

Essential reading to heighten your awareness of your surroundings as you travel around the world: "The Lost Art of Reading Nature's Signs: Use Outdoor Clues to Find Your Way, Predict the Weather, Locate Water, Track Animals and Other Forgotten Skills" - by Tristan Gooley. He has other books as well.

3. Posted by road to roam (Travel Guru 374 posts) 42w Star this if you like it!

Book exchanges are total luck-of-the-draw, but here's a list of libros to look out for:

Under Category 1;
The Shardlake Series (7 books) by C.J. Sansom - fictional series based on historical accounts during the 16th century and the reign of Henry VIII

Under category 2:
Ishmael by Daniel Quinn - about how humans are still hardwired to be primitive - whether we like to admit it or not - and how the relatively new notion of civilization has been conflicting with our place in the natural world since the dawn of the agricultural revolution. Not as dour as it sounds! The author chooses to make his point through a fictional premise, but the lesson is pretty interesting nonetheless. Several sequels followed.

A good book to try to hunt down as you travel is Vagabonding in Europe and North Africa by Ed Buryn - an unsung hero of travel writing. His style of writing is self-effacing rather than deep and spiritual, but full of practical advice and honest observations. Although this book was written nearly 50 years ago it's still quite relevant. Having said that, it's funny to imagine travel without the internet, as all of his recommendations for more info involve mailing, say, the Italian board of tourism for a list of cheap boarding houses near the train station in Rome! This book is a real hoot.

[ Edit: Edited on 12-Feb-2019, at 07:55 by road to roam ]

4. Posted by Andrew Mack (Travel Guru 1037 posts) 42w Star this if you like it!

I tend to read factual books (rather than fiction) or Biographies, so not much help.
However I would 100% recommend a book called 'The Ravens' by Christopher Robbins.
It's about the American Pilots based in Laos during the Vietnam war.
Jammed full of genuinely interesting heartfelt stories and a very interesting backstory to the conflict itself.
I'd also recommend 'The Gulag Archipelago' which IMO fits into category 2.
Quite hard going at times but truly eye-opening to the things people will do in certain situations.

After that, don't ignore biographies, especially of older people.
They can give an interesting picture of life at certain times in history.

5. Posted by hennaonthetrek (Full Member 154 posts) 42w Star this if you like it!

Under Category 1: Michael Crichton Jurassic Park and Andy Weir The Martian

Under gategory 3: Nevil Shute A town like Alice

I read Jurassic park and Town like Alice in Spain. We were having a relaxing holiday with group of friends.

Martian was my "hotel-activity" when i had working related trip in Finland.

Mostly in holidays i like to read so-called girls books, they are easy to read and you don't necessary have to concentrate in them so much

I also really liked Game of thrones's and Diana Gabaldons Outlander-series which i read at home

6. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1330 posts) 42w Star this if you like it!

I tend to read mostly comedy and these are all old books so who knows if they are still around but -
any books by Daniel Gallery (Standby to Start Engines etc) which are about the Navy. Pioneer Go Home and Don Quixote USA by Richard Powell. Also books like "Rally Round the Flag Boys" by Max Shulman (the TV show "The Many Lives of Dobie Gillis" was based on these books)

7. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1200 posts) 42w Star this if you like it!

Where do you find the time to read so much while on the road?

8. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1330 posts) 42w Star this if you like it!

I can read a couple of books on my Kindle waiting in an airport or on a plane. Light reading - not any heavy stuff, but on an 8 hour daytime flight recently I read 3 books and started on a 4th.

9. Posted by Cottonwood (Budding Member 113 posts) 42w Star this if you like it!

If you like Comedy, try anything by Bill Bryson or Patrick McManus.

Bill Bryson has written about his travels around the world with a very funny humors twist.

Patrick McManus is just simply hysterical. Start with "A fine and pleasant Misery". He write's about growing up as a kid and learning how to camp in the outdoors and just puts the funniest twist on the whole story. You'll have half the airport terminal wondering what your laughing at.

10. Posted by JetlagWarriors (Full Member 42 posts) 42w Star this if you like it!

Thanks guys. I've copied the books here down into my journal, hopefully I can find some of them in my travels. I've got 5 books left to read, if I can't find any before I'm done those I will be buying some of the ones you've mentioned.

I have been reading before bed, almost every night. I usually play chess on my phone but I've been without wifi so I began reading more. Now that we have wifi again, I am just preferring to read every night.

Another place I am reading a lot is buses and airplanes. I figured I'd be editing videos during this time, but it's just too difficult. On buses, it's simply too bouncy to have any mouse control whatsoever. A big problem when you're trying to manipulate video clips -- it takes some precision. On airplanes it's just too cramped. I've brought a fairly large laptop because the increased screen size is very helpful for editing.

So, I have been reading a lot. I tell you that Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl is really something special. It's a psychiatrist who survived the holocaust explaining his opinion that searching for meaning will bring more fulfillment to your life than anything else, be it searching for happiness, or pleasure or finances or anything. Really a great read.

Keep the books coming, guys!