WHENEVER I CAN’T AFFORD TO TRAVEL, I hunt down a book that’ll let me go somewhere else in the world on the cheap. A good writer can transport you to a new place without the help of planes, trains and automobiles — here are 7 books that take you to a totally new world.
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Marquez’s magnum opus is basically a magical history of the country of Colombia. You can’t travel to the fictional town of Macondo outside the pages of this book, but the story itself is a look into the mind of an entire country, and is a metaphor for the history of Colombia and the rest of Latin America.
If you like your travel to be a little bit surreal, a little bit magical, and totally absorbing, this is your book.