One of my resolutions is to read more this year. I’m just starting to tackle Russian literature (nerdy I know). Usually, the only time I have to read is on flights, and I always find myself going back to the same three beloved books. What I love about these novels is that they seem to embody the very essence of why travel. Like every great trip, each book is full of adventure, spontaneous decisions, interesting characters, and mishaps.
Martha Gellhorn is one of my all time favorite Authors. Martha was a war reporter and covered the Spanish civil war as well as many other conflicts in Europe and South America. She was a fearless, confident, and ambitious woman. I love Travels with Myself and Another because Martha captures the very essence of the excitement of travel. This novel documents a few of her trips (China, Africa, Russia, and the Caribbean). Each story is full of mishaps, funny anecdotes, and plenty of adventure.
Ever wonder what it would be like be friends with Hemingway and Fitzgerald? Morley Callaghan was one of the many American authors that moved to Paris in the 1920’s. In That Summer in Paris Morley shares the adventures he had while spending a summer among artists and literary elites. That Summer in Paris is one of my favorite books to read on a flight to Europe.
One of the things I love most about travel is that I come back to the place I left with a fresh perspective. John Steinbeck’s novel Travels with Charley is an account of a road trip he took with his dog across the United States to rediscover America. I love that this novel seems to capture the feeling of looking at life through another lens.
I hope you love these books as much as I do. What is your favorite book to read when you travel?