MY TOP 5 BOOKS ABOUT TRAVELING

Watch out! This article is written to take you out of your comfort zone and to evoke the adventurous spirit in you and inspire you to start your own story.

 If you are looking for inspiration for travel or other stories about the places you want to go listen to one of the most fun things you can do if you want to browse 5 great travel books ...

 1-Travelogue– Evliya Celebi

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When traveling especially in Turkey, I love to read what Evliya Celebi wrote about that city or route. I almost feel like I live at the same times as he did, additionally I learn valuable things that I cant possibly learn anywhere else.

For example, when I was reading about Istanbul Galata district part, I learned that Gala means actually “Milk” in ancient Greek and neighborhood took that name because people of that area mostly generated their income by selling milk and dairy products. Learning this kind of info is one of the most experience enriching thing when traveling....

I know reading nine-volume in one snap can be challenging. Therefore, reading the relevant sections of this work is the best. But all in all they are great books about travel adventures and highly recommended ...

2- On the Road – Jack Kerouac

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If you want to get familiar and learn more about Beat Generation(1940-1950) this book is just great for you.. Jack Kerouac wrote “On the Road” in one take to 36 meter long roll paper during his famous travels across the Europe and book created very strong reactions at that times. Book is more like a adventurous friend telling about his travels over cup coffee. With this quote below, I believe you will understand the soul of the book better.

“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.”

3 - Into the Wild - Jon Krakauer

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 Many people think “Into the Wild” resembles Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road”. This similarity is rooted to both book’s philosophy; revolt to the system, keeping the free sprit etc. But biggest difference between two books is “Into the Wild” is not written by owner of the travel diary Christopher McCandless but it was written by Jon Krakauer who was inspired by Christopher McCandless’s diary.

The book tells how Christopher McCandless graduates from school, and says no to the public opinion that imposes him to have a career, get married, have children and withdraws all his money from bank to go on a trip into the wild.

Until he reaches his ultimate destination “Alaska”, he hitchhikes throughout America. After he reaches Alaska, he was found dead in a van and says;

4 - Candida or Optimism –Voltaire

Candide or Optimism takes you to a trip in time just like Travelogue of Evliya Celebi. Books tells a story about young man who was very optimistic at first but turned into a man who said “Optimism is the obstinacy of maintaining that everything is best when it is worst.” along his way.

When Candide was full of optimism his only dream was to marry the woman he loves but he gets expelled from the paradise, literally. He finds himself in a war away from his lover. Then he travels to Europe, America and even utopic land of El Dorado. During his travels Candide questions optimism, religions and life in short.

 At the end of the book, his path falls into today's Turkey and there Candide actually finds answer to all your questions ...

5-The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams

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Series of Douglas Adams which consist of two trilogies (5+1) will take you to a funny, joyful adventure and will push the limits of your imagination.

The book left so great that its impact on the people that film adaptation of the books was released as well as recording radio program inspired by this book.

Book in a nutshell, the British Arthur Dent's escape from the world with aliens before his house being demolished. During inter galaxy travels, hero of the books goes through lots of fantastic and funny incidents. Before writing this book, Douglas Adams, indeed, is known to hitchhike around the globe.