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
This 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
Known 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
Piscine, 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 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
This 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 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 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 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
This 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
Mayes, 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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