2020 is definitely a rough year with the Covid-19 Pandemic hit hard on every country and most of our (yes, including me) travel plan needs to be postponed until we are allowed to fly out of the country.
I was planning to re-visit Bali before the Government shut the border and I guess, a good call since we manage to control the spread and being from the worst nation to among the best in the world to handle the situation.
With few months left of 2020, I'm guessing some of us already looking forward to being able to travel abroad in 2021 and hopefully, we can as long as the destination is in a green zone and our government allowed international travel.
Meanwhile, let this wanderlust-inducing reading list inspire your next journey.
#1. The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
Originally written in Portuguese, The Alchemist has been translated into 56 different languages and is a must-read for those seeking inspiration to follow their dreams.
The enchanting narrative follows a young shepherd boy, Santiago, who journeys from Spain to Egypt in pursuit of treasure. Instead, Santiago discovers something far greater - a part of himself he never knew existed.
Buy e-book from Google at RM38.21
#2. London : A Travel Guide Through Time, Mathew Green
Let time traveller Dr Matthew Green be your guide to six extraordinary periods in London's history - the ages of Shakespeare, medieval city life, plague, coffee houses, the reign of Victoria and the Blitz.
No matter what your knowledge - or relationship - to London, this vivid recount through its history will have readers hooked. Turn back the clock and journey through 600 years of London’s history from the Shakespearean to the Victorian. Activate your senses as you experience the sights, smells and sounds of London through this enthralling best-seller.
Buy e-book from Google at RM36.33
#3. Travels with Charley: In Search of America, John Steinbeck
His 10,000-mile journey took him through almost forty states, where he saw things that made him proud, angry, sympathetic and elated. A rugged and passionate adventure of self-identity, Steinbeck's vision of the changing world still speaks to us prophetically through the decades.
An intimate journey across America, as told by one of its most beloved writers To hear the speech of the real America, to smell the grass and the trees, to see the colours and the light--these were John Steinbeck's goals as he set out, at the age of fifty-eight, to rediscover the country he had been writing about for so many years.
With Charley, his French poodle, Steinbeck drives the interstates and the country roads, dines with truckers, encounters bears at Yellowstone and old friends in San Francisco.
Along the way, he reflects on the American character, racial hostility, the particular form of American loneliness he finds almost everywhere, and the unexpected kindness of strangers.
Buy e-book from Google at RM36.33
#4. The Beach, Alex Garland
Richard lands in East Asia in search of an earthly utopia. In Thailand, he is given a map promising an unknown island, a secluded beach - and a new way of life. What Richard finds when he gets there is breathtaking: more extraordinary, more frightening than his wildest dreams.
The irresistible novel that was adapted into a major motion picture starring Leonardo DiCaprio was a million-copy bestseller, with a new introduction by John Niven: a classic story of paradise found - and lost.
Buy e-book from Google at RM29.06
#5. How to Travel the World on $50 a Day: Travel Cheaper, Longer, Smarter, Matt Kepnes
New York Times bestseller!
For more than half a decade, Matt Kepnes (aka Nomadic Matt) has been showing readers of his enormously popular travel blog that travelling isn't expensive and that it's affordable to all.
He proves that as long as you think out of the box and travel like locals, your trip doesn't have to break your bank, nor do you need to give up luxury. How to Travel the World on $50 a Day reveals Nomadic Matt's tips, tricks, and secrets to comfortable budget travel based on his experience travelling the world without giving up the sushi meals and comfortable beds he enjoys.
His Website : Nomadic Matt
Buy e-book from Google at RM19.91