10 Classic Armchair Travel Books To Get You Through Coronavirus
By Everett Potter
The coronavirus outbreak has many of us canceling, amending or postponing our travel plans. Fair enough, and sensible enough. But it fails to stave off the very real human need to get away. So if you can’t travel, you might as well delve into a classic travel account that can (virtually) take you there. Here are 10 of my personal favorites.
The Great Railway Bazaar, by Paul Theroux. I could have named any number of my favorite Theroux books, like Dark Star Safari, an extraordinary journey from the top to bottom of Africa or The Old Patagonian Express, about a similarly expansive journey through Latin America. But this, his first travel book, has all of the freshness of a young traveler exploring two continents in a way that was familiar in the 19th century: by rail. Nearly a half-century since it was first published, Theroux’s observations and insights in his first and arguably best book still ring true.
The Snow Leopard, by Peter Matthiessen. The book is ostensibly the quest for one of the world’s most elusive big cats, the snow leopard, found only in the most remote parts of the Himalayas … continue reading