There’s just something about the summer season that makes you want to pack your bags and go jet-setting to a far-off place. But while you’re sorting out the logistics (like planning your leaves and drafting your itinerary), you can grab one of these books to temporarily relieve your wanderlust!
1. Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel by Rolf Potts
How would you like to take a two-year vacation to explore the world? If you think that’s impossible, think again. In his debut book, veteran shoestring traveler Rolf Potts teaches you the ins and outs of extended overseas travel. You’ll learn how to take time off from your normal work, prepare for your trips, and explore the world on your own terms. Potts believes that anyone with an adventurous and independent spirit can achieve the dream of long-term travel and his book doesn’t just give you a solid plan of action, but also a zest for a life of adventure.
2. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
On the Road is considered by many as Jack Kerouac’s most famous work. Dubbed by some as “the book that launched a thousand road trips,” this fictional autobiography tells of Kerouac’s journey across America with his Beat Generation friends after the Second World War. Filled with tales of hitchhiking, drug use, jazz, and poetry, Kerouac transports the readers from New York to San Francisco and LA, while exploring youth’s innate wanderlust and search for meaning.
3. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
The Alchemist tells the story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy, who heads out on a quest to find the world’s grandest treasures. But on his way, Santiago discovers things far greater than any riches on earth. Paulo Coelho’s famous and well-loved novel will take you on a journey of wonder and self-discovery, and teach you the important lesson of following your dreams.
4. The Beach by Alex Garland
Every traveler dreams of going to an exotic destination and experiencing something radically different from the everyday norm. This is exactly what happens to Richard, a young English traveler who learns about a hidden beach off the coast of Thailand. Together with a French couple, Richard sets off for the beach paradise and discovers a small community of travelers who have settled there. While the legendary beach lives up to its reputation, there is something dark and sinister lurking within the beach’s tribe. This book by Alex Garland has been adapted to a film in 2000 starring Leonardo Di Caprio.
5. How to Travel the World on $50 a Day by Matt Kepnes
As much as we want to travel and experience the world, some destinations just seem more out of reach than others (financially). But this book by Matt Kepnes will tear down that belief. Kepnes, who runs the award-winning blog Nomadic Matt, has put together the best and latest strategies, hacks, and resources to help you travel cheaper, smarter, and longer. True-blue nomads and first-time wanderers will find a wealth of wisdom in this carefully curated travel book which the BBC Travel dubbed as the “bible for budget travellers.”
6. The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World by Eric Weiner
In this beguiling and witty travelogue, former New York Times correspondent Eric Weiner journeys through an assortment of countries to find out where happiness is. Being a self-professed grump, Weiner seeks to understand why people who live in certain places seem to be happier than others. The anecdotes and insights in this book will make you laugh and think as you join Weiner in his trip across nine of the happiest places in the world.
7. 1,000 Places You Need to See Before You Die by Patricia Schultz
Any travel bug will want to get their hands on Patricia Schultz’s bestselling book. Part bucket list and part guide book, each page is filled with informative tidbits and alluring photos of just about any travel destination you can think of. Being a travel journalist for 25 years, you can trust Schultz to know “what’s beautiful, what’s fun, and what’s unforgettable–everywhere on earth.” Make sure your passport is ready before you open this book because we’re sure you’ll want to book a ticket to every place–stat!
8. The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot by Robert Macfarlane
In this unique travel book, Robert Macfarlane takes readers on walks across the terrains of England, Spain, and the Himalayas while following old ways and ancient footpaths. The Old Ways describe how walking through landscapes is not just a means of exploration, but also an immersive experience where one can think, feel, and know. Macfarlane weaves landscape imagery, history, and anecdotes to create a work that will inspire you to take more introspective walks.
9. Tracks: One Woman’ Journey Across 1,700 Miles of Australian Outback by Robyn Davidson
“There are some moments in life that are like pivots around which your existence turns.” And for Robyn Davidson, it was when she decided to go on a 1,700-mile trek to Alice Springs in Central Australia. With only six dollars in her pocket and a dog and four camels for company, Davidson set out on a perilous journey through one of the most inhospitable wildernesses on earth. Her true-to-life adventure was initially published in the National Geographic Magazine, before being turned into a book and a later, a movie.
10. The Art of Non-Conformity by Chris Guillebeau
Chris Guillebeau had an audacious goal– he wanted to visit all 193 countries by the age 35. And by 2013, he did just that. His work, The Art of Non-Conformity, is not exactly a travel book but more of a manifesto for living life on your own terms. Inspired by Guillebeau’s personal story and other people who have led unconventional lives, this book will give you a renewed outlook in life and the mind-set to pursue your own path while making the world a better place.
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