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5 Travel Books To Ward Off Coronavirus Blues

When can we travel again? I don’t know, but meanwhile, I do have something for you! In my last blog post, I spoke about how you can travel in summer 2020, even without actually traveling. As promised in that post, here is my reading list for May of 2020. You will find that this reading list is full of travel adventures and other uplifting reads that will be sure to keep you hooked!

Due North by Lola Akinmade Åkerström

Lola Akinmade Åkerström is a Nigerian-born, award-winning photographer and travel writer. Due North is a delightfully personal book that chronicles Lola’s dream of reaching the North Pole – a dream she has garnered ever since she saw the North Pole on a map in her Geography book. When she moved across the Atlantic Ocean to study in the USA, little did she know that one day she would be traveling across continents. With her Nigerian passport raising more questions than not by different immigration officers in different countries, here is her story of how she traveled against all odds. Her book is a blissful voyage of images and words, sharing with us intricately woven experiences that she had never before imagined she would have!

Currently based in Sweden, Lola Akinmade Åkerström has won several awards for her photography and her writings; and has also been recognized by the likes of CNN and National Geographic. You can learn more about her on her website here: https://www.lolaakinmade.com.

Grab a copy of Due North here!

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

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Here’s a book that you have probably heard of and even read, but can’t get enough of! If you haven’t already read this, you might have wondered what the rage was all about. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho is one of the most-read books in the last couple of decades. Originally written in Portuguese in 1988, the translated version of this book has gripped the hearts of millions!

The story details the life of a young, Andalusian shepherd boy, who is gripped by a dream that he sets off to chase. From Spain to Egypt – and with multiple encounters with other people – the story of the young boy inspires traveling, and far beyond! Find the enchantment in reading about a young boy’s quest to fulfil his dream, by grabbing your copy of Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist, now!

All God’s Children Need Travelling Shoes by Maya Angelou

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The fifth book in Maya Angelou’s autobiographical endeavor, All God’s Children Need Travelling Shoes is a beautifully honest depiction of her journey into Africa. Maya Angelou, an inspiring lady who has won the hearts of millions of people across the world, records what it is like to be African and African-American. The book showcases her life in Ghana in a moving and an eloquent – almost poetic – fashion! Get yourself a copy now.

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

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Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia, by Elizabeth Gilbert is a New York Times Bestseller that won the hearts of millions. A memoir written by the author in 2006 following her divorce, the book weaves an enriching tale about her experiences when she traveled the world. This book was popularized when it was turned into a movie starring the stellar Julia Roberts! If you haven’t already read the book, get a copy here.

The Adventures of Tintin by Hergé 

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For a lighter read, try this amazing series of comics by the Belgian cartoonist Hergé. If you haven’t already read The Adventures of Tintin, you are definitely missing out! The stories that each comic book brings to you are well-woven around different parts of the world, bringing you closer to the sights you can witness in far-away lands. With excellent characterization, memorable dialog-writing, and joyful imagery, this 24-book series will keep you occupied, along with your loved ones! Get yourself the whole collection now. This is definitely a series worth investing in and collecting!

So, when can we travel again?

Pretty much anytime you want to with these books! Nobody really knows when we can reeeally start traveling again, unfortunately. But let’s not get disheartened by that! Let’s explore the world vicariously, through these cheerful and moving books.

Of course, there are a whole lot of other books that I would love to share with you, so I hope to keep sharing more reading lists with you, this year; while we look forward to when we can travel again!

I do hope that you enjoy reading these books just as much as I did and I will be happy to hear your views on them, in the comments below.

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