5 BOOKS THAT INSPIRES TRAVEL

People who travel a lot know how much there is to gain from exploring new locations and discovering new cultures. It is a powerful transition, which leaves you with the appetite to explore more.

A good travel book draws you into the world of travelling; it also moves you to explore the wider world around you. Additionally, reading travel books helps you learn about the destinations you are visiting. The more you know about a place, the more you can understand the place.

Apart from learning more about a particular location, travel books provides you with new perspectives, it challenges your thought process  and allows you see and understand things from a different perspective.

While literature of many kinds has influenced us, here are a couple of titles that inspire us to travel.

  1. THE ALCHEMIST, BY PAULO COELHO

Top of the list is the award-winning book The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. It is an Oldie but a Goldie. This is one of the most-read books in recent history. The story centers on a young shepherd boy Santiago from Spain as he follows his heart, learns love and the meaning of life.  Most travelers search for something while travelling, whether it is amazing view or the most delicious meal. However, while you are busy seeking something external, you end up discovering a piece of yourself you never realized was there. That is exactly what happens in this book. The Alchemist’ tells the engrossing story of a shepherd who  sells his flock and purchases a ticket to Tangier, where he is robbed and has to work at a shop to find his way home. He ends up taking a great adventure across the Sahara and after all his adventures, discovers his fortune right back where he started.  However, in the quest of his adventures, he finds a different part himself and learns the meaning of love and life.

2. THE BEACH, BY ALEX GARLAND

Asides the fact that most people prefer the book to the movie, The Beach is one of the top picks among travel books.

One of the most interesting things about this book is that you can relate with Richard and his search to “do something different and get off the beaten path,” but in the end, you will realize it is an delusion. Garland creates the picture of paradise, luring the reader into thinking, the characters have truly found their paradise, and then he begins bringing in reality into them through betrayal, deadly secrets and violence.

Every traveler daydreams about that imaginary island surrounded by clear waters and blanketed by golden sunlight.  Yet, fantasies never live up to expectations—and that is exactly what “The Beach” portrays, it changes the way people think about the definition of paradise.

  1. EAT, PRAY, LOVE” BY ELIZABETH GILBERT

“Eat, Pray, Love” is a journal all travelers should read, especially if you’re planning a trip all by yourself.

It is the real life story of Elizabeth Gilbert a modern-day American woman, who leaves behind her life to examine different aspects of her nature, trying to find herself after divorce traveling through Italy, India, and Bali.

Around the time, Elizabeth turned thirty, she went through an early midlife crisis, she went through a divorce, a crushing depression, another failed love and the eradication of everything she thought she was supposed to be.

To recover from this, she took a radical step and went on a yearlong journey around the world to discover herself. Her aim was to visit three places where she could examine one aspect of her own nature.

In Rome, she studied the art of pleasure, in India, she mastered the art of devotion and in Bali, she studied the art of balance between worldly enjoyment and divine transcendence.

 This book is everything that will inspire you to explore your life while exploring the world around you.

4. A MOVEABLE FEAST (LIFE CHANGING FOOD ADVENTURES AROUND THE WORLD)” BY ERNEST HEMINGWAY’S

Some of us live to travel, and travel to explore and eat.  Searching for a book to fuel your epicure journey?  A Moveable Feast  has got you covered with this celebration of 38 food lover tales from around the world

 A Movable Feast is a compilation of short stories from famous chefs, writers and food lovers around the world, reading these short stories will give you a hint of the culture and stimulate a serious case of food lust.

Written during the last days of Hemmingway’s life, his memoir is a lively and powerful reflection of his genius that scintillates with the romance of the city.

5.  1,000 PLACES TO SEE BEFORE YOU DIE BY PATRICIA SCHULTZ

Save the best for the last! This is the best book to take you round the globe.

A 2003 travel book, which curates the world for people who are passionate about travel and desire to learn more.

1,000 Places to See before You Die is the original brainchild of the talented and wonderful Patricia Schultz. If you have a serious desire to travel around the world, buy this travel book by Patricia Schultz as it exposes you to the truth that the world truly is not a small world.

Packed with recommendations of the world’s best places to visit on and off the beaten pattern, this book is a passionate gift for travelers, it is an around- the- world, continent- by- continent listing of amazing places like beaches, islands, monuments, museums, restaurants and many more.

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