Best Books to Read While Travelling | The Wanderer India

Embarking on a long journey via different travel modes appears to be thrilling in the beginning but as time passes the journey starts to bore. Peeping out of the window gets on the nerves as some views are not so pleasing and sleeping dampens the joy of travelling. The best thing we all can do to relieve the tedium of travelling is reading. Reading is the perfect activity that keeps us engrossed throughout the journey. From fiction to thriller, there are a plethora of books that we can read while travelling. The preference for the books completely depends on the taste of reading. 

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Besides packing essential items in the bag, never forget to carry a set of books that might come in handy at different stages of travelling. Whether camping in the mountains or sitting in a hotel lounge, a book is all you need to relax.

Here is the list of best books to read while travelling –

1. Life of Pi

Life of Pi is a magnum opus by famous Canadian author, Yann Martel. The popularity of the book can be derived from the fact that it bagged the ‘Booker Prize’ to Yann Martel. Life of Pi is an inspirational story of a young man who manages to survive a distressed shipwreck in a lifeboat with a large Bengal Tiger. If you are actually on a long journey then you will surely get plenty of time to read this book as it consists of 100 chapters.

Life of Pie

2. The God of Small Things

Written by notable Indian writer Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things is nothing but a delight to read while travelling. Though the novel was published in 1996 it still is one of the most highly read books across the globe. The fictional books beautifully depict the childhood experiences of twins whose lives are destroyed by the love laws prevalent in 1960s Kerala.

The God of Small Things

3. Wings of Fire

We all experience some unusual struggles in life that break our courage but ‘Wings of Fire’ is an inspirational book that inspires us to be persistent until we live the life of our dream. ‘Wings of Fire’ is an autobiography of Indian president APJ Abdul Kalam. 

Wings of Fire

4. Vagabonding

The book is a paradise for all those who love to wander from place to place. Through ‘Vagabonding’ the author wants to teach how to be daring enough to take up a journey off from the usual life, manage the finances, decide on the itinerary, and return to the ordinary life. 


5. You Only Live Once? One for Passion, Two for Love, and Three for Friendship

Well, the title is itself inspiring and the moral imparted by this popular book is par excellence. Stuti Changle is the writer of this book and the book was published in 2016. The book will surely help you see the world in a better way and inspire you to live life to the fullest.

You Only Live Once? One for Passion, Two for Love, and Three for Friendship

6. The Kite Runner

Khaled Hosseini is the writer of one of the bestselling books ‘The Kite Runner.’ Translated into 42 languages, the book delineates the story of two boys who grow together in Kabul, Afghanistan and discover an inseparable bond of friendship. The conversational style of writing makes this a must-read book.

The Kite Runner

7. Five Point Someone

The beautiful portrayal of wonderful years of college will definitely take you to your college life. ‘Five Point Someone is written by notable Indian writer Chetan Bhagat who is known for his exceptional writing style and lucidity. If you are thinking of a long trip then you can include this book in your checklist as it consists of 270 pages.

Five Point Someone


8. Shantaram

Written by Gregory David Roberts, Shantaram is a story of an Australian convict who escapes from prison and reaches Bombay to find love and meaning. The great depiction of the characters and unusual story make this book travel friendly as it consists of over 900 pages.



9. The Beach

The beach is a story of a young backpacker who looks for an isolated beach, spends a great time there, and explores a paradise untouched by tourism. Alex Garland is the author of ‘The Beach’ and exceptionally depicts the alluring beauty of exotic destinations.

The Beach

10. Into the Wild

Written by Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild is an uncommon story of a young man who dies of starvation while camping alone in the Alaskan Denali National Park and Preserve. Adventure, wilderness, and the temptation of nature are the theme of this popular book published in 1996. The book will surely incite your craving to live a life close to nature and its latent beauty.

Into the Wild


Above is the list of books that will surely help you have a great time while travelling.


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