5 Books To Ignite Your Wanderlust
The world is a book and those who don’t travel read only one page
– St. Augustine
And sometimes, those who travel morph their experience into words, giving us an out of this world view of all the things that they have witnessed. Travelling is something which is self-compelled but at times splendid books with their beautiful descriptions might just be that push needed for someone to actually embark on their journey.
For those who love reading as much as travelling, a bunch of books are surely stacked up in your closet which have inspired you to take up this course of life. Are you one amongst those who needs a gentle push from the words to move you into a world of never-ending real-life fantasies? Then, perhaps, it is time to pick up these books which are exclusively chosen to inspire and ignite your wanderlust.
#1 The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
A book about travelling, growing and above all learning. The story follows a young shepherd from Spain who travels all the way to Egypt and on the path discover lessons of life like no other. An enthralling and think-provoking read, the alchemist leaves you spell bound with its sheer simplicity in which the ‘way of the heart’ is described.
And of course for the travellers, this quote is a standout –
We are travellers on a cosmic journey, stardust, swirling and dancing in the eddies and whirlpools of infinity. Life is eternal. We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share. This is a precious moment. It is a little parenthesis in eternity.
#2 Vagabonding: An uncommon guide to the art of long-term world travel by Rolf Potts
Written by the godfather of vagabonding himself, this book is a must read for all those who are keen on being a solo traveller. Full of philosophy and tips about travelling, this book is surely to enrich your knowledge by guarding you against the difficulties and excitement of the path that you might choose in the future. From money-saving to actually embarking on the trip, this book is gold for all it is worth.
#3 In a Sunburned country by Bill Bryson
If nothing, by the end of this book, you would surely want to travel across Australia. Extremely witty, humorous and data-filled, Bryson does justice to the smallest continent which is so rich in its natural as well as cultural heritage. The old saying goes that,
anything in Australia can kill you.But Bryson goes a step forward to prove that this land is also filled with something else which is much more fascinating.
#4 Travels with Charley: In search of America by John Steinbeck
This is not just a superb travel journal but also a historical study in itself. Steinbeck embarks on a journey through America with his beloved poodle ‘Charley’ (yes, our titular character). What he encounters, is a series of beautiful places and people with various dimensions which is sure to give you an idea of the then (1960) American scenario, be it in its scenic beauty or vivid history.
#5 Without reservations: The travels of an independent woman by Alice Steinbach
Steinbach writes about how her independent lifestyle kind of made her dependent on the mundane routine that she was leading every day. Therefore, to define herself, she goes on an exquisite journey – one that leads to love, knowledge and friendship. The unique thing about the book definitely has to be the postcards that Steinbach writes – it gives a whole new dimension for this travel inspiring book.
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