Despite competition from new technology, tablets, and mobiles, books are still sacred companions when it comes to traveling. Here are some of the best books that you can read while traveling in 2019 according to Oceanfalls.
“The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho
The Alchemist was first published in 1988. Quickly becoming a global literary success, it made Coelho one of the most famous writers in the world. The novel was translated into 76 different languages, including Arabic. It sold 210 million copies in more than 170 countries, making it one of the best-selling books of all time.
It tells the story of a Spanish shepherd boy named Santiago who goes after his dream of finding treasure buried near the Pyramids of Egypt, having been told about it by old King Melchizedek. He reaches Egypt through the Straits of Gibraltar, passing by Morocco. Throughout his journey, he experiences excitement, luck, humiliation, and love.
“Love with a Chance of Drowning” by Torre DeRoche
In her novel, Love with a Chance of Drowning, Torre Deroche, a travel-blogger, tells the story of a girl falling in love after meeting the man of her dreams and sailing with him across the pacific despite her fear of the ocean. The book sheds light on ways to get rid of your fears. The way Deroche describes the scenes, the characters and the experiences they face makes readers want to follow the protagonist’s footsteps to be as strong as her.
“The Caliph's House: A Year in Casablanca” by Tahir Shah
With a desire to go back to his home country, the writer documents the renovation process he experienced after buying The Caliph's House in Casablanca, Morocco. Tahir Shah is a famous travel writer and documentary maker. He was born to a family of Afghan descent, well-known for its adventure storytelling.
His story with the Caliph's House began when he moved with his family from London to Casablanca, in an attempt to run away from the hustle of modern life. In the book, a top ten best-seller, he talks about his experience living in the Caliph’s house and among Moroccan society.
“On the Road” by Jack Kerouac
Written by Jack Kerouac in 1957, On the Road is considered a timeless travel companion. The story follows Kerouac’s character Sal as he leaves New York and heads west, through the voice of Sal’s friend, the narrator, who was his friend for a period of time. They both share their journey, traveling through different parts of America. Throughout the novel, the narrator talks about his friend, describing his shortcomings, his adventures, and his love life.
Written under bad circumstances, such as poverty and homelessness, Kerouac finished “On the Road” in just 21 days. However, the editing process was not easy, taking almost four years before it got published. The manuscript was bought by an owner of a football team for more than $2million, while Francis Ford Coppola bought the tv-adaptation rights of the novel for only $95,000 in 1980.
“Unlikely Destinations: The Lonely Planet Story” by Tony and Maureen Wheeler
In “Unlikely Destinations”, the writers and founders of the publishing company, Tony and Maureen Wheeler tell the story of how they built one of the biggest publishing and travel companies in the world.
The two writers share their travel stories from England in the 1970s to the beginning of the 21st century, talking about their experiences in the business field.
With this book, Tony and Maureen Wheeler meet the need of a whole new generation of independent travelers conscious of the cost of traveling, way before the emergence of mass tourism.