The best five travel books you can read today

If you have an adventurous spirit, you can take advantage of the quarantine to catch up on various travel books. Join us to see the best ones.

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We present you a selection of travel and adventure books. / Photo: Pexels - Limuel Gonzales

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The coronavirus was a problem for all those who love to travel. We can see this represented in the fact that there are people stranded abroad, due to the restrictions imposed by some governments. According to El Clarín, there are some 15,000 Argentines who have not yet been repatriated to their country from their destinations.

Knowing that the situation is difficult to be able to take a tour to distant lands, we decided to undertake adventures through pages. Although it is not the same feeling, knowing the best travel books, it will give you more desire to travel when the whole situation returns to normal. Meanwhile, we can learn about other people's journeys.

1. Journey to the Center of the Earth, by Jules Verne

In this case, we are talking about a fictional novel from 1864 that is not related to reality, although it will allow us to venture into some of the Earth's greatest secrets: its center. Basically, the story is told of an expedition by a mining professor, his nephew and a guide, who will seek to discover the enigma.

Lecturalia's specialized site lists it with a score of 8 out of 10, being one of the most important works of literature. Through the more than 300 pages that this story has, we will discover some of the most important terrestrial enigmas in history, having that adventurous and mysterious spirit in each of your prayers.

2. Ebony by Ryszard Kapuściński

Here we are recommending a work from 1998, listed as one of the masterpieces of this Polish writer. Basically, the axis is not set on the white man, but the great explorer who appears to come from the "civilized" world reaches a little-known terrain, which is Africa.

This work has some 29 stories that are told chronologically, where the author's adventures are narrated in the first person, demonstrating from an anthropological perspective how this journalist was part of the tribe itself. It describes in great detail how these societies operate and what resources are available.

3. The shortest path, by Manuel Leguineche

Throughout the more than 600 pages of this book launched in 1965, we will see how the world that lasted more than two years can be walked around. The author recounts his experiences in this adventure he made in a car, narrating the story from a journalistic perspective, making it a kind of "must-read" for the profession.

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The description of the five continents is perfectly done, including some historical events that he could witness, such as the war between India and Pakistan. In addition, he comments on some incredible personal experiences, such as the interview he made with Mother Teresa of Calcutta or playing soccer with the Cambodian king, Norodom Sihanouk.

4. In the South Seas, by Robert Louis Stevenson

We continue with another book that came to light in 1896, where we talk about a story that has a very close relationship with pirates and hidden treasures. The story is as follows: years before the publication of this story, the author went to the doctor to treat tuberculosis, where he was given a recommendation: travel somewhere with a milder climate.

The author then decided to set out for Polynesia. There, he began to discover a new way of living, so he described it with respect, denouncing the "imperialist vision", where different is always treated as something exotic. In other words, it is an adventure, but also an anthropological text of enormous cultural value.

5. Hopscotch, by Julio Cortázar

Hopscotch is a story from 1963 that is characterized by describing Buenos Aires and Paris, jumping between the two cities, being considered one of the masterpieces of Latin American literature. Throughout all the pages, we will find a beautiful description of many streets, cafes and parks in these two areas through different characters.

This story has a total of 155 chapters, with the particularity that the book can be read in various ways, with various possible endings. This reading is ideal for all those who may have been in both cities, so that in the future they can return with a new perspective.


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