A fulfilling trip is a blend of leisure, adventure and great experience. A good travel plan takes you away from a worked up life to somewhere more peaceful. And, if there is a book to take a seat beside you, it gets merrier! Here are five travel books that you can keep handy as you pack your bags for your next trip. By Ishani Singh

Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel, Rolf Potts

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The book is the ideal destination for those who are looking to go on a trip for more than a week, one that they want to invest in leisure and exploration. Potts has inculcated information on everything you need to know about planning a trip — from the destination, time management, adjusting to varying cultures and getting back to the ordinary life. Grab a copy of this travel thesaurus!

The World’s Cheapest Destinations: 21 Countries Where Your Money Is Worth a Fortune, Tim Leffel

Do you love travelling but money is a problem? Rest your worries for there is another plan that won’t kill your travelling spirit. This book lists 21 travel destinations with cost information on lodging, meals, transportation and more to make a custom-made, pocket-friendly trip for you. The guide will even tell you things you can get for less than a dollar in each of the countries! Pick the book to organise an economical getaway!

The Lonely Planet Book of Everything: A Visual Guide to Travel and the World, Lonely Planet

Published by one of the world’s leading travel guides, The Book of Everything is the ultimate guide map to experience a safe and exciting venture, along with tackling a problem or two while you’re out on a trip — an adventure or an expedition. There are solutions to unusual problems, smart survival techniques and tips to do all-things-strange or quirky when you’re setting your feet on the world. Read to know how you can get out of a sinking car, eat a lobster and even greet an alien!

The Motorcycle Diaries, Ernesto Guevara

The Motorcycle Diaries is a travelogue about South America in the 1950’s and has been a New York Times’ best-seller. The story is about two men who go on a road journey on a motorcycle from Buenos Aires to explore South America. Ernesto Guevara, one of the two bikers, has reflected upon the discrimination that existed in South America at that time and his resolution to change his life to work towards the upliftment of the people of Latin America. Read to get inspired!

The Shooting Star: A Girl, Her Backpack and the World, Shivya Nath

This piece of literature is a great chronicle for every free-spirited, brave person, who can sacrifice a fortune to experience the world. The story revolves around the writer’s life who quit her job at twenty-three to travel the world, and embarked upon a journey to find new experiences, overcome her fears, and take upon thrilling adventures. From wandering around the Amazon rain-forests of Ecuador to sleeping under a meteor shower in the salt desert of Gujarat – she did it all! Refer to this book to if your mind is up for an exceptional solo journey!

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