Friday, May 10, 2019

World Travel Through Literature in 402 Books

Dating back to the 5th century B.C., literature has inspired the masses to travel. It was then that the Greek writer and historian, Herodotus, detailed magical accounts of ancient Egypt in his work The Histories. It was so popular during its time that his words inspired thousands of wealthy Greeks to visit the shores of the Nile in search of great wonders and cultural diversity. 

Yet, fascination with literary travel didn’t start and stop with the Greeks. The 19th-century produced literary works from the likes of iconic authors like John Keats, Lord Byron, and Percy Shelley — captivating English-speaking audiences everywhere and attracting them to a romanticized Italy. 

More commonly recognized in modern literature is the master storyteller Ernest Hemingway. His glamorized expatriate lifestyle continues (to this day) to inspire people to travel to far-flung places and experience life elsewhere. In fact, remnants of his past are still alive and well in destinations like Cuba — a pivotal setting for much of his writing, including his novel The Old Man and the Sea, one of the last major works written during his lifetime. The story was inspired by fisherman Gregorio Fuentes, who met Hemingway in 1928 while the author was living in Cuba. 

A fascination with cultures around the world is captured in the hundreds of thousands of books detailing life outside of “home.” From travel guides and travelogues to historical fiction and inspired memories, travel has been and continues to be a popular genre. Through books, authors are able to capture cultural differences, landscapes, and experiences that can’t be portrayed in a blog post or Instagram post. Books transport us to another place and time. Books are a way to armchair travel. 

Whether you’re looking for modern travel stories or tales of travel from the Middle Ages, there’s a book out there to capture everyone’s intrigue. When you’re ready to travel by book, this interactive literary map created by CarRentals is an exciting and inspiring place to scope out travel reads from around the world. Pick a world location on the map and you’ll have a few recommendations pop up for you. You can even save them for later or share with a friend by simply downloading the list of books. Of course, world literature dates back thousands of years and spans multiple genres, but this is a great place to start. 

Enjoy interacting with this literary interactive and let the words of travelers and authors past permeate your life and adventures.