8 must-read books to feed your wanderlust
Literature makes a lasting impression to us. It makes our imagination work and go wild as we read pages after pages.
Books are one effective tool to fuel our imagination. Let’s talk about travel and adventure books that will ignite your wanderlust.
Regardless if you already have a trip scheduled and coming up in a month’s time or still undecided on where to spend your next holiday, here’s a good reading list to help you decide where to go and help you give a taste of adventure until the day comes. Happy reading!
Author: Paulo Coelho
One of the most read books in history and remains a classic tale of travel, adventure and following one’s dreams. The Alchemist takes on a young shepherd boy who went on a quest from Spain to Egypt and along his journey, meets different people that will leave impact in his life.
This novel has transformed and inspired millions of lives and generations after generations. It has the perfect mix of wisdom and magic than leads the readers to their own self-discovery.
The novel is also filled with inspirational and eye-opening quotes that will open your mind to the meaning of life, your soul to go with the flow and your heart to follow your dreams.
A Moveable Feast
Author: Ernest Hemingway
A memoir of Ernest Hemingway’s, this book narrates his life in Paris from all his experiences writing the book to drinking, mingling and wandering the streets of The City of Lights.
His memoir perfectly captures the ups and down of being an American in a foreign land and. It can be lonely but in his own words “Paris is a moveable feast.”
Me Talk Pretty One Day
Author: David Sedaris
A tidbit different from other travel books, this one is a ludicrous collection of essays by American humorist David Sedaris recounting his experience in Paris and narrating his hilarious attempts to learning French. The book also takes on him wrapping his mind around the French culture.
Author: Cheryl Strayed
This is a memoir of Cheryl Strayed recounting her female solo adventure in Pacific Crest Trail when she was just 26. With a heavy burden in her heart following the death of her mother, family scattered and failed marriage, Cheryl made the most impulsive and life-changing decision of her life.
You see, being impulsive and going out of your comfort zone can be the answer to the many questions popping inside your head. Take risks, maybe it’s what you need.
Into the Wild
Author: Jon Krauker
Wild and Into the Wild are two books people always talk about when discussing the other for they have similarities. One of which is that both reads tackles on going on a solo journey, creating a new life for themselves. The tragedy that hits Into the Wild however is unforgettable, Christopher McCandles died in the wilderness.
The events and unfiltered experiences before his death are certainly a great representation of what traveling is about: connecting with new people, taking what nature offers, make an impact in other people’s lives and vice versa; and the works.
The Art of Travel
Author: Alain de Botton
This is a witty and incredibly articulated narration of the different emotional stages a traveler experiences during their journey. In addition, de Botton perfectly captures the anticipation of starting, during and ending of the trip. The book also details how and why we travel.
It is a thought-provoking read that will make you question why you ought to explore the world. Once you start reading it, you’ll have a hard time putting it down for it will suck you in.
All God’s Children Need Travelling Shoes
Author: Maya Angelou
The inspiring, remarkable and legendary poet shared her experiences living in Ghana, finding her “home” in Africa and what it means to be an African-American. Beautifully written, her mastery of language makes the autobiographical book pleasing all the while challenging to read.
Author: Rolf Potts
If you’re currently on a long-term travel or planning to do one someday, Potts shares his experiences, valuable insights, practical knowledge and words of wisdom to inspire and guide travelers. Go and pick up this book for it will greatly help you in planning, saving and adapting to your nomadic lifestyle.
Packing a book with you on your journey makes a good company. So don’t forget to bring one especially during long-hour trips.
What travel book has inspired you to wander? Share us your recommendations!
About Chie Suarez
Chie Suarez sails from the PH and enjoys travelling with her family and dog. She found her passion for travelling quite late, not to mention she writes for Kims Luxury Accomodation & Romantic Getaways in Toowoon Bay NSW Australia.