You’ve packed your bags, checked in for your flight online, managed to locate your passport, and exchanged enough cash for the taxi fare from the airport! All you have left to do now is find a book to last you while travelling to your getaway destination. We’ve saved you the hard work and found the 3 best page-turners to take on your next adventure…
The Beach – Alex Garland
“If I’d learnt one thing from travelling, it was that the way to get things done was to go ahead and do them. Don’t talk about going to Borneo. Book a ticket, get a visa, pack a bag, and it just happens.”
If you’re somebody who fantasises about the prospect of throwing caution to the wind and disappearing on an adventure with just your backpack, then The Beach is the perfect book to escape into. A young British backpacker, Richard, discovers an off the grid community of hedonist travellers on a beach island near Bangkok. The vibrant description of this natural travellers’ wonderland and the quirky nomads that inhabit it will set your imagination alight, and your flight will be over before you know it! However, by the time you land, you may realise why Richard’s carefree approach to travelling isn’t quite as fun as it seems.
The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
“We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share. This is a precious moment. It is a little parenthesis in eternity.”
The thought of setting off on an overseas adventure is often a daunting one. The Alchemist is sure to cure your pre-journey jitters and replace them with a new hunger to explore. It is a fable about following your dreams told through the story of Santiago, a shepherd boy who leaves his home of Andalusia to explore farther than he could have imagined in search of his treasure. However, the experiences he has on the journey far outweigh what he receives in the end. Full of amazing quotes and moments that will fill your heart with wanderlust, this book will leave you ready to hit the ground running and absorb as much as you can on your next adventure.
How to Stop Time – Matt Haig
“To talk about memories is to live them again for a little bit.”
How to Stop Time tells the story of a human species that live among us but age at only a fraction of the pace. The protagonist, Tom, looks like any other 41yr old but in fact, he has hung out with Shakespeare, sailed the high seas with Captain James Cook, and partied in Jazz Age Paris. Tom will take you on a trip of an (incredibly long) lifetime and give you a glimpse into what it is like to live forever. This book will leave you asking yourself what you would do if you had Tom’s lifespan? Where would you travel? And by the time you arrive at your destination, you will certainly start wondering what the city you’re in was like one hundred, two hundred, or a thousand years ago – and would you want to live to see what it was like in another few hundred years if you could?