Travel brings with it some glorious opportunities to relax, unwind and recalibrate. And each one of us does that in our own unique way. Some of us lean towards adventure and exploration, while others prefer to just sit back, relax and perhaps even meditate. Whichever category of traveller you may belong to, a good book always makes for a great travelling companion. Here’s our list of 5 books to read on your next trip:
- In A Sunburned Country (or Down Under) | Bill Bryson
If you haven’t yet read this modern classic about Australia and everything uniquely Australian, your next road trip will serve as the perfect opportunity to give it a shot. And even if you have, thumbing through Bill Bryson’s adventures and encounters once again, as you traverse the open road yourself, promises to be an exhilarating experience. Full of first-hand descriptions and insights on Australia’s people, places and natural environs, all presented via Bryson’s trademark wit and humour, In A Sunburned Country makes for a perfect read when accompanied by warm sunshine and a cold beer.
- Life Of Pi | Yann Martel
Welcome the spirit of adventure into your road trip with Yann Martel’s Pulitzer Prize winning masterpiece. Life Of Pi is a many-layered book. Its gripping story of adventure, coupled with the treasure-trove of metaphors that it contains, is unmatched in its ability to keep you hooked. Martel’s descriptive genius transports you to the open sea, where you join Pi, the shipwrecked boy with nothing but a wild beast for company, nothing but salty sea breezes, blazing sunshine, starry skies and tumultuous storms to tell time by, and nothing but the thrill and trepidation of the unknown to feel within your heart. This is a book that well deserves your undivided attention – the kind you typically can’t spare during your standard nine-to-five schedule.
- The Dalai Lama’s Cat | David Michie
On your next caravanning holiday, discover the magic of mindfulness, meditation and enlightened living, as explained by the Dalai Lama’s cat. In this beautiful piece of writing, David Michie lights the way to a simpler, happier, love-filled life, in a style that is extremely readable and relatable. The furry little protagonist of the story is rescued by His Holiness from the streets of New Delhi, and embarks upon a very special journey, not just physically to the mountains of Dharamshala, but also spiritually, unfolding life chapter by chapter. A beautifully crafted story with a lovable set of characters, this delightful book will make your road trip even more memorable.
- You Are Here: Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment | Thich Nhat Hanh
What better setting can there be to an introduction to the power of living in the present, than the open road and its ever-changing facets and features? This holiday, take your exploration of mindfulness a step further, with Zen Buddhist Thich Nhat Hanh’s practical and instructive guide to mindfulness, deep thinking, compassion and love. What’s more, you can use the time, space and freedom at your disposal to practice the techniques outlined in this book.
- The Little Prince | Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
We’re ending this list with this timeless classic - short, sweet, simple, endearing, and everything we need in the world today. A spectacularly simple and deeply moving tale of a lost little prince from a lonely little planet, The Little Prince makes an unforgettable first impression, while always being good for a re-read. Relive your childhood by painting a picture with the stars as your crayons and the night sky as your canvas. The peace and quiet of the open road around you will serve as the perfect setting, as you immerse yourself in this charming little story about growing up, adventure, and most of all, love.