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Novel Vacations


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I love to read. I love to travel.
Unfortunately, the latter is expensive, and when monetary crunch occurs, I like to treat myself to some of these cheap and affordable holiday packages:

Holiday Package: The Hippie Backpackers Special
Location:  Secluded beachy islands with fields of marijuana, Thailand
Travel Guide: The Beach by Alex Garland (1996)
The Beach is sure to be found in the back pocket of every backpacker in the world. The quest is not only about finding the secluded paradise beach, but also finding whether it is possible to live in an idyllic commune, isolated from civilization.

Holiday Package: Super Spelunking Special
Location: Underground caves, Iceland
Travel Guide: A Journey to the Centre of the Earth by Jules Verne (1864)
Calling all pseudo adrenaline junkies and adventurists. For those who can’t, but still dream, A Journey to the Centre of the Earth is the ultimate book on hardcore adventure and fantasy. Descending into volcanoes, witnessing dinosaur fights and running into giant prehistoric humans – this is a surreal expedition your mind should not miss.

Holiday Package: The Grand Americana Road Trip
Location: Across the US of A
Travel Guide: On the Road by Jack Kerouac (1957)
On the Road is a road trip deep into the life and times of Jack Kerouac and his Beat Generation friends. Traverse through the urban jungles, rural emptiness, and the vastness of America with healthy doses of sex, jazz and poetry as you discover the importance of exploration, bonds of friendship, and living of life to the fullest.

Holiday Package: International Intrigue Expedition
Location: England, South Africa
Travel Guide: The Man in the Brown Suit by Agatha Christie (1924)
This is perhaps one of the very few Agatha Christie books which overlooks sheer detective work and focuses on beautiful people, exotic locales, romance, thrilling plot twists and murders. Enjoy a cruise to Cape Town while on the hunt of a murderer, travel in luxury trains across South Africa trying to ditch thugs and indulge in a romantic interlude on a Zambezi island with a potential criminal – all thanks to Miss Christie.

Holiday Package: Trippin’ Trip for Trippers
Location: Las Vegas
Travel Guide: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S Thompson (1971)
This surreal book serves 2-in-1 purposes. Firstly, you get to run off into the great American desert and wreak havoc on the oasis of consumerism and capitalism that is Las Vegas. Secondly, you get to ingest copious amounts of drugs and narcotics of all kinds. It is a good thing that all this is done second hand, i.e. by reading. Otherwise it would surely lead to criminal charges and police arrests.

Holiday Package: Camping and Cuisine Special for Kids
Location: Yorkshire Moors, UK
Travel Guide: Five Go off to Camp by Enid Blyton (1948)
The story revolves around spook trains. That’s it for the plot, now for the fun part. Famous Five go off gallivanting to the gorgeous moorlands for a camping holiday.  Fresh air and food make a good combination as the kids treat themselves to lavish picnics, lunches and dinners with quintessentially Enid-Blyton-esque treats such as cakes, tomato sandwiches, tinned sardines, ginger beer, buttered toasts and of course, the classic hard-boiled eggs.

Holiday Package: The Dream Hobo Package for Hobos
Location: Paris, London
Travel Guide: Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell (1933)
Hobos, vagrants and people with simply bad luck need guides too. Mainly drawn from his life experiences, Down and Out revolves around the oppression faced by the poverty stricken under society. Its the underprivileged tour of the luxe cities of London and Paris. From washing dishes in Parisian hotels and restaurants to sleeping under bridges and in Salvation Army hostels, the novel takes us on a journey that delves into the seedy underbelly of these cities.

Holiday Package: Discover the Savage Islands
Location: Unknown island
Travel Guide: Lord of Flies by William Golding (1954)
Learn to live the island life – such as building shelters and hunting for food. Above all, try and figure out whether it is possible to live a life with rules and in harmony, or be seduced by power and descend into anarchy and savagery.  Lord of the Flies tells the story of a group of male children, marooned on an island, who start falling prey to fear and power and commit acts of horrific violence.

[P.S. Shitty internet and forgotten passwords are to be blamed for the long delay between this post and the last]

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