onVacation: Traveling Abroad
Lucky enough to travel abroad? We recently featured a website called Local Libris for reading recommendations around the world, but here are just a few more from us:
European travel: Ken Follett’s The Pillars of the Earth. Set in 12th-century England, the narrative concerns the building of a cathedral in the fictional town of Kingsbridge. This is a great book to read before going to Europe or while traveling. You’ll find yourself appreciating the ancient buildings much more after reading this book, plus it’s very engrossing, and can make a long train ride pass in the blink of an eye. From Publishers Weekly: “Tom Builder’s dream is to build a cathedral, but in the meantime, he must scrounge about to find a lord that will hire him. His search pulls him and his family into the politics of 12th-century England, as different lords vie to gain control of the throne in the wake of the recently deceased king. Prior Phillip, a man raised in the monastery since childhood, also finds himself drafted into the brewing storm as he must protect the interests of a declining church.”
Asian travel: Mr Nice by Howard Marks. This great read is a popular book along the Southeast Asian backpacker route. It’s an autobiography following Howard Marks, an Oxford graduate, a successful businessman, a spy, and a convicted drug trafficker. His adventures takes him through Thailand, Philippines, Afghanistan, China, and India in a time where all you had to do to get off the beaten track was to leave the airport.
African travel: The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay. From the book description, “Set in a world torn apart, where man enslaves his fellow man and freedom remains elusive, this is the moving story of one young man’s search for the love that binds friends, the passion that binds lovers, and the realization that it takes only one to change the world. A weak and friendless boy growing up in South Africa during World War II, Peekay turns to two older men, one black and one white, to show him how to find the courage to dream, to succeed, to triumph over a world when all seems lost, and to inspire him to summon up the most irrersistible force of all: the Power of One.”
Do you have other suggestions for travel abroad? Comment below and let us know!