If you can’t afford to travel to faraway lands then at least travel there with books that take locations in various exotic places. From China, India to Africa and other, you can find a lot of nice literature that has their plot set in these unique places around the globe. Don’t know where to start looking for these books? Then take this short list of 5 best books ever and travel the world without leaving your home.

And if you are bookkeeper just like me, you could also find a nice place to shop for all these books to make your collection even bigger and better. I would recommend you to visit Abebooks website and look for unique and rare books that are all used. But that is no problem because it also means that it will be much cheaper too.

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

If you want some romance in a faraway land then give a chance for one of the best books written by Columbian author Gabriel García Márquez. This love story takes place in somewhere near the Caribbean Sea, and it is all quite similar to author’s life. But that doesn’t stop to fall in love with characters you are going to meet there and the general spirit of Latin America. So follow their love story (tragic or not I can’t really say) and travel to a hot and colorful country in the time of cholera.

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Now let’s travel to India. There, meet the protagonist called Piscine Molitor “Pi” Patel. He is a simple Tamil boy from Pondicherry, who not only survives 227 days after a shipwreck while stranded on a boat in the Pacific Ocean with a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker, but also explores issues of spirituality and practicality from an early age too. So if you want to experience India and discover the beauty of life and friendship more – definitely purchase this book by Yann Martel now.

The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan

Now let’s travel east and back in time at his Amy Tan book that set place in 20th century’s China. The Valley of Amazement tells a bittersweet story of loss, identity and secrets, providing you with an insightful glimpse of that it was like to life in a faraway land long time ago. This book tells an epic story of Violet Minturn and follows her life for more than 50 years. She was forced separated from her mother and become a virgin courtesan at the start of the revolution in China. Many years will pass and she will become a successful businesswoman, who is searching for answers to make sense of her life. So if you want to take this journey with her and live in China for a bit – get this book right now.

Green Hills of Africa by Ernest Hemingway

Another readers’ destination should be Africa and a classic book written by Ernest Hemingway. Green Hills of Africa sets place in Tanzania and tells a story about Hemingway’s journey to it. While living for a whole month on safari, he and his beloved wife will experience all about East Africa and hunt wild animals. So if you want to live for a little bit with the spirit of Tanzania, get this book at read about a magnificent landscape of Lake Manyara region.

The Martian by Andy Weir

Well, finally the most exotic place probably is Mars. This ultimate sunny getaway written by Andy Weir, tells a story of Mark Watney, who finds himself stranded on the red planet with no way of communicating with Earth. This book really takes you far away from the Earth and truly takes you for long. So definitely read this little masterpiece and travel as far as your imagination can take you!