Books To Read To Daydream About Travel

Since your clients might have some extra time on their hands (after all there’s no hockey, or basketball, or most anything) our Goway Asia team has come up with a short reading list to help your clients start to dream about their next adventure across Asia.

Practicing Yoga in Bali

Eat Love Pray by Elizabeth Gilbert

It’s no surprise this one makes the list as the book was extremely popular. It’s been 10 years since Julia Roberts starred in the film adaption in 2010, so now is the time to reread or re-watch this story of a woman finding herself across the world. Be prepared as it will make you want to eat your way through Italy, reorient your mind in India, and fall in love in Bali.

Singapore Skyline at Night

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

The story of three super rich Chinese families and their elite lifestyles in Singapore. Mix in some humor, gossip, romance, and a likeable social outsider and voila, you’ve found your next guilty pleasure read. This book was also made into a movie in 2018, but we suggest you read the book first.

The great Buddha sculpture of Kamakura, Japan

1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

Murakami is a best-selling Japanese author and 1Q84 is one of his latest masterpieces, first published in 2011. We say masterpiece because the book is 925 pages! The story flips between the narrative of two characters living in Japan and intertwines mystery, fantasy, and intrigue to keep the pages turning. If you think 925 pages is too much commitment (no judgement), you can try one of Murakami’s other shorter novels first such as Norwegian Wood.

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

Set in 1969 in Southern India, this family saga focuses on two seven-year-old twins and incorporates themes of social discrimination, forbidden love, and Indian history and culture. This novel won the Booker Prize in 1997 and is still as relevant today.

Little Princes: One Man’s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal by Conor Grennan

The true story of Conor Grennan’s life-changing journey in Nepal. At the age of 29 he quit his job to travel the globe for a year. His first stop was Nepal for a three-month volunteer placement at Little Princes Children’s Home, an orphanage in Kathmandu. You’ll have to read to find out what happened next. It’s an inspirational story about a topic not many people know about.

For future reference, we do have an Eat Pray Love tour of Bali and a Crazy Rich Asians tour of Singapore.

What other books about Asia have inspired you and your clients to travel there?

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