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10 Travel Books that will Ignite the Wanderlust in You

Many authors themselves have travelled to different corners of the world to get inspiration on what to write about, and through their novels, they share memories that you can experience, too.

There have been thousands of books that have inspired people to travel. Here are some books that are sure to bring out your inner-wanderer.

1. A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

walk in the woodsThis book documents Bryson and his friend, Stephen Katz as they go hiking on the Appalachian Trail, starting with Bryson’s curiosity about a trail near his house. It is written in a humorous style and highlights the history of the places and animals that they come across along the way. This book proves that it is indeed true that curiosity is a contributing factor for travellers wanting to see the real world and not just read about it in novels.

2. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

the alchemistKnown as one of Coelho’s best-selling fiction books, The Alchemist is a timeless classic, and a favorite among road-trippers, about a young shepherd that gave up his job and went all the way to Spain and Egypt to chase his dreams. He is amazed with the beautiful places he sees, finds audacity to learn and try new things, experiences deeper love, learns invaluable life lessons, and discovers his real purpose. In the middle of his journey, he meets strangers who seem to be like him as he wanders through the realms of the world and this makes him even more passionate about travelling.

3.  Life of Pi  by Yann Martel

life of piPiscine, a zookeeper’s son, is saddened when he learns that his family, including the zoo animals, is moving to North America because his father is selling the zoo. During their journey, a storm hits their ship, and Pi must survive with a hyena, a tiger, an orangutan and a zebra in a lifeboat. He journeys with these creatures for months, alone with them in the ocean. Determined to survive, he fights his depression when the tiger kills all of the remaining animals. Being on the open sea for so many days, he sees many unusual things and experiences strange events, which he survives, in order to tell his tale.

4. Into the Wild by Jon Krauker

into the wildInto the Wild is the story of a man that sets off for a hiking adventure in the wilderness of Alaska. On his soul-searching quest, he burns out his funds and begins his journey to see western America. Things don’t always run exactly as planned or expected along the way, and he experiences complexities that not only challenged his patience, but his endurance to survive as well.  Through it all, he does not give up, but continues his journey and decides to climb Stampede Trail in Alaska, where he is left with insufficient supplies needed for his camping.

5. Vagabonding by Rolf Potts

vagabondingThis book is rich with travel philosophies that speak to solo traveling, planning and saving pennies along the road. Potts went travelling for more than 10 years to document his experiences and turn them into a book that serves as guideline for travelers planning long-term trips. Vagabonding coaches travelers, not only on budget travelling, but on having the best experience as well. What makes this book even more inspiring is Potts’s inclusion of encouraging quotes from different travellers from around the world.

6. Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

eat pray loveEat Pray Love is the story of a woman who divorces her husband to find what is missing in her life. Spending time in three different countries over the course of a year, she finds comfort in Italy by eating to excess; inner peace by praying in India; and a very special love affair in Indonesia. By traveling solo, she is able to achieve her goal, which is to know herself better and survive in a place outside of her comfort zone.

7. The Beach by Alex Garland

the beachThe Beach is the tale of a man named Richard and his desire to experience wild adventures. He finds himself in a small community on one of Thailand’s many islands.  His journey gives inspiration to American and European tourists and will persuade them to explore Thai beaches for their stunning views. This book‘s best message is that Mother Nature is still the most beautiful thing around.

8. On the Road by Jack Kerouac

on the roadOn the Road was published in 1957, and is the story of Sal and his friend Dean, leaving the busy streets of New York. Together, they head west to enjoy their lives, partying, making new friends, sleeping with random women, and riding the rails at night. From his adventures at different corners of North America, Sal learns a lot of things in life, matures into a full-blown man, and exercises his free will. It is an inspiring tale about leaving one’s old life behind and creating a new one by exploring the roads and experiencing new adventures.

9. The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner

geography of blissThis novel by Eric Weiner is about a self-help guide in search of happiness in different places of the world. The story is about a cynical man’s trip from America to Europe, Iceland, and Buthan in search of the happiest people in the world. It is a great read for travellers who are looking for happiness by seeing the world on a grand scale.


10. Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes

under the tuscan sunMayes, Under the Tuscan Sun is a good book for travelers who desire empowerment to live life in the best way possible. Shortly after discovering her spouse is cheating on her, Mayes goes on a tour to Italy where she writes about her experiences as a local Italian, and talks about different food traditions and art styles in northern Italy, which makes this book a great guide for people travelling there. The book also includes several chapters of recipes and how Mayes was able to acquire and develop her villa in the countryside.

Are you inspired to travel? Open your travel planner now, plan your trip, and let your sense of wanderlust take over!

About the Author


Jason Biondo is an amateur bodybuilder and travel junkie who loves to share insightful tips with his fellow health enthusiasts and travellers. He is also a User Interface Developer Consultant and the founder of Trekeffect.

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Interview with Author Glenn Maynard

Britbear’s Book Reviews is thrilled to feature author Glenn Maynard in today’s spotlight.

From the Black Rose Writing site:

Carter Spence is a 26 year-old accountant out of Boston who has an out-of-body experience Desert+Son+eimagefollowing a car accident that kills his parents.  He views the chaos from above the scene of the accident, then passes through the tunnel and reunites with relatives who have long been dead. A woman he does not recognize approaches him and says, “Welcome, son.” Her message to him is that he needs to be aware of his true identity and should follow signs that will lead him there. She mentions mountains, but Carter is jolted back into his physical body before she can finish.

After burying his parents, Carter heads west and meets a free-spirit named Brenda, whom he is drawn to on many levels. She becomes his travelling companion and leads him to Boulder, Colorado, and to an old white house of an old man named Martin. Diaries, hypnosis, and past-life regression reveal a bizarre connection between these three. Carter discovers that the truth to his identity can only be found by pursuing the answer to whether he is the reincarnation of his biological father in what is shaping up to be a love affair rekindled beyond the grave.

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Welcome, Glenn. Your Amazon author page says you worked for a year as a travel correspondent. Can you talk a bit about that experience? Is there a connection between this experience and Strapped into an American Dream?

After I got married, my wife and I quit our jobs, sold our cars, bought a used RV and travelled through the 48 continental states for an entire year. I needed something to write about, so I created something. I contacted a couple local newspapers about my trip and generated some interest. I then became a travel correspondent for these newspapers and published twenty articles along the way. Every two weeks throughout the year I would send off a story, and readers could follow along with these monthly updates. I published my first book, which detailed the people and places along the way in the USA, entitled Strapped Into An American Dream.

Ingenious idea!

Tell us a bit about Desert Son. Why choose to begin it with an out of body experience? Why choose to incorporate reincarnation in the story, too.

The story begins with Carter involved in a horrific car accident that kills his parents. I chose to begin this story with an out-of-body experience because there was a significant message from a woman he did not recognize who was claiming to be his mother. She told him to follow signs to reach the truth. There is a bizarre twist in this tale when he follows signs out west to Boulder, Colorado. The story revolves around the topic of reincarnation. Carter discovers that it is up to him to find out if he is the reincarnation of his biological father. The out-of-body experience was a spin-off of the reincarnation theme since this was a paranormal novel that needed injections of paranormal.

What genre do you consider Desert Son and why?

This has been a paranormal novel all along, but it is being marketed as a paranormal romance because boy meets girl. It might not be the first time they met, but the book was categorized as a paranormal romance for the better marketing plan.

Your webpage has links to three blogs you maintain. Why choose to maintain three separate blogs as a part of your author platform rather than combine them into one?

It’s one blog, but four separate pages. I have pages for my two books, a poetry page, and a page for my life that is not book related. When I write about non-book topics that I wish to share with Facebook, then I use that page. Every once in a while I have a poem in me and use [my] Poetry page. The two different book pages…well, that’s self-explanatory. I originally had a page for my first book, but when the second child came along, I needed a place to put it. Instead of creating another blog, I created another page within the original blog.

Speaking of the Poetry blog, why do you write poetry? Do you prefer writing prose novels or poetry?

When I was an English major in college (UCONN) I was taking Shakespeare and other complicated poetry classes that included notes on the bottom so you knew what the hell they were talking about. I would receive cash from my parents and siblings as a poor college student, and in return I would write funny poems. My family enjoyed the poems so much that I was getting more money sent just so I would thank them poetically. Sometimes I would write poems about other things, like when my dog died, or when my grandfather passed, as a way of coping; mourning. I created a poetry blog just to have a better way to keep track of my writing and to just have more out there with my name on it. I read my poetry at large family functions now. It’s a lot of fun and people love to laugh at it (some readings are on YouTube, but writing novels takes the cake. It’s a whole different ballgame and it cannot be compared to knocking off a poem in a day or two. Writing a novel is like having a baby (I apologize in advance to all the moms out there).

It certainly feels like birthing a baby sometimes, doesn’t it?

Your bio says you’ve had twenty articles published. Where were they published? What were they on? In a previous question I asked if you prefer writing fiction or poetry. Now I ask if you prefer writing non-fiction to fiction?

When I was traveling through the country, I was writing monthly travel articles to the Glastonbury Citizen and the Bristol Press, two local papers back home. I also wrote an article that appeared in the Sunday edition of the newspaper in Pocatello, Idaho. Readers would follow us along as I updated them monthly on the places we’d been, and the expected path ahead. I have written one non-fiction book and one fiction book, and my third book is a sequel to my fiction book, Desert Son, so therein lies the answer. I love writing fiction!

Your WordPress blog has quite a few posts on social media. What are your opinions about social media with respect to building your author profile?

I’m still trying to figure it out. I think all authors are in the same boat. There is no magic formula, and it’s a trial and error and see what works process. I share my blog posts with Facebook and LinkedIn. Now Facebook is set up so that you only reach about 10% of your established audience. There has to be a mixture of social media, reviews, newspaper ads detailing your speaking engagements, etc.

Talk a bit about your writing process and Desert Son from start to finish.

The idea for this book came after reading the book, Twenty Cases Suggestive of Reincarnation, by Ian Stevenson. This book was about the spontaneous recall of previous lives by children. I was so fascinated by these children in third world countries recalling lives of people who had died, and who had lived an unreachable distance from these kids. Researchers would then follow the kids’ claims and travel to talk to the surviving members of the deceased’s family. The claims of the children exactly portrayed the deceased, sometimes including the language they spoke, and with information that nobody other than the deceased would know. Desert Son evolved from this book.

The topic of reincarnation is certainly an interesting one.

What about your next project? Can you tell us a bit about that?

I have written the sequel for Desert Son, and [I’m] contemplating a third and final book in the series. The sequel occurs four years later, and the paranormal [theme] continues with that very bizarre twist occurring just as it did in the first book.

Is there anything else you’d like to tell your readers but that’s not included in these questions?

You will never see me do air quotes or say “if you will,” “per se” or “at the end of the day.”

Thanks so much for the interview, Glenn. How can readers discover more about you and you work?

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About the author:

glenmaynardimageGlenn Maynard is the author of the books Strapped Into An American Dream and Desert Son. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Connecticut, and a degree in Communications. After spending 4 years living in Denver, Colorado, he returned home to Connecticut and now resides in Wethersfield. Glenn has a 14 year-old son named Andrew. As a travel correspondent for three newspapers while exploring the United States, Canada and Mexico during his one-year journey, Glenn published a total of twenty newspaper articles. His story was captured on the NBC local news upon his return.