9 Best Travel Books to Inspire Wanderlust

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If you are a book lover and love to travel across the world, then you have come to the right place! Have you ever asked yourself why you pick a specific city or country to travel to? Almost certainly it is just because someone you know went there, a photograph/video on social media platforms, or a travel book you have read that inspired you. There are several ways to fuel your desire to travel and the great one, in my opinion, is diving into a good travel book!

Reading travel novels/books are a brilliant way to get motivation for your next destination in the world. These wanderlust-exciting reads are a real combination – old and latest, fiction and non-fiction, masterpieces, and relaxed beach reads. But what they all have in mutual is that they transference you to another place. These books might educate, inform, or entertain you, but surely, they’ll all make you want to see more of the world. Hopefully, these amazing travel books will trigger your wanderlust too.

The Alchemist - by Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho’s fascinating novel, The Alchemist, in the eclectic “enchanted realism” category, has encouraged a devoted following around the globe. This beautiful story, appealing in its influential simplicity, powerful emotions, interesting characters, and heart-touching wisdom, is about a young shepherd boy called Santiago who travels from his home in Spain to the Egyptian desert in quest of a gem hidden nearby the Pyramids.

Vagabonding - by Rolf Potts

If you have ever thought about wandering for more than two weeks at a time – Vagabonding is a must-read. What attracts this book is the way it supports long-term travel as a lifestyle choice. Especially for those who may be shy about trying a digital traveler lifestyle, this travel book worth looking into. Rolf Potts beautifully makes a convincing case for this kind of lifestyle and how it can be perfect for those who have been looking for a way to travel the world over a very long period.

Into the Wild - by Jon Krakauer

A delightful page-turner is very well-written with modesty, imminence, and great style. Into the Wild is the actual story of Christopher McCandless, a young American, who was a top student and amazing athlete, decided to travel the desert of the United States after graduating from Emory University in Atlanta and who eventually died of starvation in Alaska, aged 24.

In A Sunburned Country - by Bill Bryson

Has In A Sunburned Country been standing next on your book bucket list? Read here the key message of the book with this quick summary. This Bill Bryson’s book is a smartly written travelogue about Australia, sprinkled with so much local and unclear Australian history, almost all of it interesting. Bryson finds Australia is a unique, multi-layered country with amazingly beautiful geography, welcoming people, yet a shady past of the disturbing treatment of its native people. But by and large, Australia is a gigantic and privileged land, and it has found in untiring explorer Bryson its picture-perfect guide.

The Lost City of Z - by David Grann

In The Lost City Of Z, David Grann takes us on a classic journey to one of the distant places on Earth. A rugged explorer Percy Fawcett and his search to find the mythological city of El Dorado in the Amazon appeared in The New Yorker. This colorful tale has everything to fire the imagination: romance, true adventure, lost civilizations, hardship, madness, mystery, tragedy, bravery, nostalgia, science, unexpected twists, turns, and abundantly of dark warnings.

50 States, 5,000 Ideas - by National Geographic - by Joe Yogerst

This paperback is enriching and beautifully presented, which a traveler will be using to plan road journeys in the United States and Canada for years to come! In 50 States, 5000 Ideas, a reader can hangout in each state to get the highpoints and find rare hidden gems in the main cities, as well as some off the crushed path locations. This book also highlights the tourism department information of major cities along with unseen treasures and other important things you will want to know before you go like festivals, highway journey ideas, music & movie trivia, and interesting facts you might not have known.

Shantaram: A Novel - by Gregory David Roberts

Bold, thrilling, giddy, lyrical, racy, philosophical, romantic, and heartbreakingly tragic – all these words can define one book, Shantaram. This masterpiece is broadly based on author Gregory David Roberts’s life, an armed robber, and a heroin addict from Australia who ran away from prison and came to live in the city of dreams – Bombay (India) and travels it through its slums and the underground mafia world. This is one of those unpredictable books, which can make one rethink life from a completely different perspective.

A Walk In The Woods - by Bill Bryson

A Walk In The Woods is a real story about the author Bill Bryson’s wonderful experience crisscrossed the Appalachian Trail. Back in America almost after 20 years, the author decided to reintroduce himself to his inherent country by hiking around 2,100-miles Trail, which stretches from Georgia to Maine. This travel book is more than just a lol (laugh-out-loud) hike. Bryson’s sharp eye is a wise onlooker to this fragile and majestic trail, and as he beautifully tells its mesmerizing history, he makes a moving appeal for the conservation of America’s last great desert. An adventure, humor, and a carnival, this book is destined to become a contemporary masterpiece of travel literature.

Wild: From Lost to Found - by Cheryl Strayed

Halfway on her life’s voyage, the author Cheryl Strayed found herself in the dusky woods. However, Strayed’s story is inspirational, it’s not aspirational. Wild: From Lost to Found is a story about loneliness, getting away from the actual world when it seems dreadful, and reviewing ourselves that we can do hard things. Through this book, the author takes the liberating nature of travel – a theme as ancient as literature itself – and makes it her own. For almost 3 months, the author hiked around 1,100 miles to save herself. This isn’t a fancy paperback, but it is a book that makes you sit up and take notice for sure. It’s a marvelous book a traveler should read.

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