5 Books to Give You Serious Wanderlust
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I love reading, if I could find a way to get paid to do nothing but read, I'd be a happy camper. Sadly I have yet to find such a perfect job. Instead I settle for reading when I can, mostly after work and on weekends. I also come from a family that loves to read. I can't even begin to guess how many books have passed through my childhood home. In all that time I have found a few books that have stocked the flames of my travel addiction. They have ignited something with in me that many other books couldn't, they leave me up all night imagining how it feels to walk their streets, taste the flavors on my lips and see the sites I've only ever dreamed about.
Below is a list of five books that have shaped me and filled a place in my heart. I hope that they can inspire you to get out and wander.
5 Books to Give You Serious Wanderlust:
1. A Movable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
This book changed my life! I know that sounds dramatic but it's true. In A Movable Feast, Hemingway tells of his early years in Paris as a struggling writer and his friendship with F. Scott Fitzgerald. Hemingway speaks of enjoying Paris during the Bohemian Art movement of the 1920s. There's something about the way he describes Paris in this time, eating and drinking in bars and cafes (many of which still exists), the creativity between Hemingway and Fitzgerald, that transports you to that moment. This book turned me into a Hemingway fan.
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2. The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant
I have to admit that I read this book while living in the city it takes place in, so my view might be slightly bias. In Sarah Dunant's The Birth of Venus, a young girl in 15th century Florence must learn how to deal with the end of the Renaissance, Savonarola's grip on the city and those that follow him, a serial killer, an invading army and if that's not enough she must navigate the tightrope of marriage to a man she doesn't know and her feelings towards someone who she could never socially be with. Set in the backdrop of the heart of Florence, this story brings to life a city being torn apart at it's seams.
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3. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
The Alchemist follows the young shepard Santiago as he journeys on his quest for fortune. He is joined by an Englishman, a love interest and an Alchemist on his journey of finding his true self and worth. It's a great read when you need a little perspective added to your reading list.
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4. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
Need a boost of girl power? Than this is your book. A true account of author Cheryl Strayed's hike across the Pacific Crest Trail after a downward spiral. Strayed shares her experiences as she hikes thousands of mines from the Mojave Desert north through California, Oregon and into Washington State. Through her journey he finds herself and the power to heal.
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5. The Motorcycle Diaries: Notes on a Latin American Journey by Che Guevara
The journey of a young Che Guevara will leave you with a strong desire to see the world as traveler not a tourist. Meet the locals and experience the culture like a local. The freedom of Guevara in these early days is inspiring. His desire to learn and help may stir feeling of your own. Follow his journeys around South America through his lively and funny travel journal. It's a great insight into a man who has become a legend.
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There are of course other great books out there that can inspire a desire to travel. These are just a few. Do you have a favorite book that inspires you to travel? Share in the comments below!