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Neal P. Corpus

Posted on September 06, 2020

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Travel books for while we can't book travels

As our quarantine situation drags on, it’s getting harder and harder to stay still. Being cooped up in our homes definitely takes its toll.

Surely by now you’ve daydreamed about swimming in crystal waters and frolicking on pristine beaches, or perhaps getting lost in a foreign city exploring its food and culture.

But alas, we must remain responsible. If we do our part, the sooner this will be over (hopefully). So if you’ve been nursing that raging urge to travel, we’ve collated a list of wanderlust-inducing reads that should transport you even for a little while.

The Pilgrimage by Paolo Coelho

The Pilgrimage by Paulo Coelho, P245, National Bookstore

Paulo Coelho is a writer that almost needs no introduction. In this book, Coelho recalls his travels throughout Spain with his mysterious mentor Petrus.

Here, they are on, well, a pilgrimage, to Santiago de Compostela, in search of a miraculous sword. Part adventure and part self-discovery, The Pilgrimage is a story that will transport you both inward and outward.

Visit National Bookstore at your favorite Ayala Mall or order via ANA.

The Philippines: A Visual Journey by Elizabeth V. Reyes

The Philippines: A Visual Journey by Elizabeth V. Reyes, P645, Fully Booked

If you need a little reminder of just how beautiful our own country is, this is the book for you. Full of vibrant, breathtaking photographs, this tome captures not only our gorgeous landscape, but the warmth of its people as well—perfect for dreaming up your next vacation when this is all over.

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The Giver Of Stars by Jojo Moyes

The Giver Of Stars by Jojo Moyes, P895, National Bookstore

Set in the Great Depression-era of the United States, The Giver Of Stars follows Alice, an Englishwoman who impulsively marries a wealthy American in search of adventure.

But when she gets to Kentucky, it’s not quite what she hoped — so she joins a group of women on a mission to spread the magic of books in a story of friendship set on the Appalachian mountains.

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The Place To Be from Lonely Planet

The Place To Be from Lonely Planet, P1,499, Fully Booked

Lonely Planet is widely known as an institution in the world of travel media, so this is sure to stir up your wanderlust. But this isn’t just your regular travel guide — The Place To Be recommends destinations based on a feeling you’re chasing.

Whether it’s to be brave, amused, fulfilled, enlightened, and more, it’s got you covered with over 240 travel destinations around the world. A must for that eat-pray-love trip you’ve been dreaming of.

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Less by Andrew Sean Greer

Less by Andrew Sean Greer, P715, Fully Booked

Picture this: you’re a failed novelist approaching 50, and you get an invitation to the wedding of your ex-boyfriend of nine years. How do you get out of it? Well, accept a slew of literary invitations all over the world, of course.

Less takes you on a journey across Mexico, Italy, Germany, Morocco, India, Japan, France, the list goes on. Described as “a love story, a satire of the American abroad, and a rumination on time and the human heart,” the book is a Pulitzer prize-winning good time.

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Turning: A Year In The Water by Jessica J. Lee

Turning: A Year In The Water by Jessica J. Lee, P720, Fully Booked

If the water is your second home, Jessica J. Lee’s Turning: A Year In The Water should feel somewhat familiar.

The author, who grew up in Canada, is in Berlin to finish a thesis when she decides to swim in 52 of the lakes around the German capital to escape her lowered spirits and feelings of loneliness.

The award-winning author Kate Harris describes is as “beautiful, moody, and bracing,” commending Lee’s experiences of diving into the depths of not only these lakes, but her life.

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Ten Years A Nomad by Matthew Kepnes

Ten Years A Nomad by Matthew Kepnes, P1,539, Fully Booked

If the office life just wasn’t for you even before this whole work-from-home revolution began, then this book might just be your turning point.

What started out for the author as a year-long trip became ten, eschewing society’s expectations and traditional milestones. Described as a “part-memoir, part-philosophical look at why we travel,” Ten Years A Nomad explores what it truly means to live around the world.

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Prefer to pick up your reads on your next errand run? Check out National Book Store and Fully Booked at these Ayala Malls:

National Book Store: Alabang Town Center, Ayala Malls Circuit, Ayala Malls Cloverleaf, Ayala Malls Feliz, Ayala Malls Manila Bay, Ayala Malls Serin, Ayala Malls Solenad, Ayala Malls The 30th, Glorietta, Greenbelt, Fairview Terraces, Market! Market!, TriNoma, U.P. Town Center, Ayala Malls Abreeza, Ayala Center Cebu, Ayala Malls Legazpi, Centrio Mall, Harbor Point, MarQuee Mall, and The District Imus.

Fully Booked: Alabang Town Center, Ayala Malls Manila Bay, Ayala Malls The 30th, Ayala Malls Vertis North, Bonifacio High Street, Glorietta, Greenbelt, TriNoma, U.P. Town Center, Ayala Malls Abreeza, Ayala Center Cebu, and Ayala Malls Central Bloc.

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