Summer is almost over, but your desire to travel won't be.
1. The Alchemist - Paulo Coehlo
The Alchemist follows the journey of an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago. Believing a recurring dream to be prophetic, Santiago decides to travel to a Romani fortune-teller in a nearby town to discover its meaning. A gypsy woman tells him that there is a treasure in the Pyramids in Egypt.
The book is admired by everyone who's picked it up, over two-million copies have been sold, and it's on of those books that changes the reader forever.
2. On The Raod - Jack Kerouac
"The two main characters of the book are the narrator, Sal Paradise, and his friend Dean Moriarty, much admired for his carefree attitude and sense of adventure, a free-spirited maverick eager to explore all kicks and an inspiration and catalyst for Sal's travels." The narrative takes place in the years 1947 to 1950, is full of Americana and amazing road trips through the country. Kerouac wrote the book based on his own experiences and there are very few books as quintessentially American as this one.
3. Shantaram - Gregory David Roberts
"It took me a long time and most of the world to learn what I know about love and fate and the choices we make, but the heart of it came to me in an instant, while I was chained to a wall and being tortured."
In 1978, Gregory Roberts was sentenced to a 19-year imprisonment in Australia after being convicted of some serious crimes. In July 1980, he escaped in the middle of the day, thereby becoming one of Australia's most wanted men. The main character Lindsay (Roberts' fake name) arrives in Bombay carrying a false passport and not much else. Mumbai was supposed to be only a stopover on a journey that was to take him from New Zealand to Germany, but he decides to stay in the city. He makes some local friends and then the adventure really begins.
4. Wild - Cheryl Strayed
One woman's memoir of her 1,100-mile (1,800 km) hike along the Pacific Crest Trail during the summer of 1995. She begins her journey in the Mojave Desert and through hikes all the way to Washington. The book shows glimpses into her past, determination to persevere, and an amazing spiritual journey few would dare to embark upon.
5. Zen And The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
A man and his son go on a 17 day motorcycle trip from Minnesota to Northern California. During their trip they are joined by friends, engage in deep conversation, and reflections on the past. The book explores human nature in a way that most never could.
6. Garden of Eden - Ernest Hemingway
This novel was published posthumously and is still one of Hemingway's best. The story focuses on newlyweds David Bourne and his wife Catherine. It is set mainly in the French Riviera, but they do move around a bit and end up in Spain. The story begins with their honeymoon in the Camargue where they meet a beautiful woman named Marita. They both fall in love with her. David starts an affair with her. Things get sticky.
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