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Good Books to Read While Travelling

Here are a few fast-paced travel books that will keep you turning pages until long into the night. These are great books for sitting on the beach or passing time on a plane. 

Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas
Hunter S. Thompson

If you’re looking for a book that is fast-paced, funny and easy to read try Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson. Not many books have actually made me laugh out loud, but this is the exception. The story begins with a big convertible and a suitcase full of drugs. Hunter a freelance journalist and his attorney attempt to report on a race in the Las Vegas desert while ingesting copious amounts of drugs which leads to them continually making bad decisions along the way.

Gregory David Roberts

The story of a convicted drug dealer who escapes an Australian prison and goes on the run. He makes his way to India where he is forced to live in the slums before he makes connections with the Mafia. The protagonist Lindsay, dips his hands into all sorts of underworld activities while trying to stay out of more trouble from the law. This is a long book, but if you have the time, it is a great read.

Marching Powder
Rusty Young

Marching Powder is the story of Thomas McFadden, a tourist who is caught at the airport in Bolivia with a few kilos of cocaine in his suitcase. The author Rusty Young bribed the guards at San Pedro Prison to stay with McFadden to see what life in a dangerous Bolivian prison is like. The story is exciting and paints a picture of the life of a convicted cocaine smuggler in a third-world prison.  

The Old Man and The Sea
Ernest Hemingway

I read this book when I was young and didn’t think much of it. But after recently rereading it I realised why it is a classic, it is a masterpiece. The story is based on an old man named Santiago’s battle with a giant fish. He travels day and night through the ocean, alone in a tiny boat while he fights his mind, his body, and the fish. The book is fast-paced and will open up your mind. You might just learn something about yourself while reading this.

The Hitchhiker Man
Matt Fox

In June of 2007, Matt Fox left his middle-class life behind to hitchhike across Canada. One year later he arrived in Alaska with less than fifty dollars to his name. During his journey, he learns that there is more to life than what first meets the eye. As time passes he is forced to consider how his spontaneous decisions change his life and his future. In the book, he shares his thoughts, emotions and what he learns with each experience he goes through.