8 Books to Inspire Wanderlust

While you are traveling with wanderlust on the mind. You need some classic travel books to keep alive the adventure and inspire your inner explorer. 

Vagabonding: An Uncommong Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel

by Rolf Potts

Many people dream of traveling around the world, but are held back by financial and other concerns. Potts assuages these fears with practical and inspirational advice, showing that long-term travel is indeed possible. Vagabonding was published over ten years ago but is still considered the Bible of long-term traveling.

Into the Wild

by Jon Krakauer

No list of books to fuel your wanderlust would be complete without Into the Wild. Krakauer chronicles Chris McCandless’ travels from hitchhiking in Virginia to Alaska. Read when you want to reflect on your life and values and how those interplay with your desire to explore.

The Beach

by Alex Garland

8 Books to Inspire Wanderlust

The novel was made into film with Leonardo DiCaprio. Skip the movie and read the book instead. Garland writes about a young backpacker’s search for a community of backpackers living in an untouched part of Thailand and the travails he faces once he gets there. The book has been described as a modern Lord of the Flies.


Eat, Prey, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia

by Elizabeth Gilbert

After going through a difficult time with a divorce and rebound relationship, 32-year-old Elizabeth Gilbert decided to travel for a year. She spent three months eating her way through Italy, three months exploring spirituality in India, and three months in Bali, Indonesia where she fell in love. The book was so popular that it was made into a movie with Julia Roberts. Both are worth checking out.

No Reservations Around the World on an Empty Stomach

by Anthony Bourdain
If you aren’t famished by the time you finish reading Gilbert’s mouthwatering inducing passages about food in Italy, then you definitely will be after perusing through Bourdain’s accounts of his extensive travels. The book is chock-full of pictures sure to leave you hankering for food and traveling.

The Nomad’s Nomad: Intrepid Stories from the Road

by Luke Armstrongbbbbbb
Armstrong neglected to go back on his return flight from Guatemala to the United States. Instead he started to travel. The book has forty short essays about his experiences, perfect for when you’re waiting for your bus to come or relaxing on the beach. You are guaranteed to laugh, cringe, and dream about exploring.

The Sun Also Rises

by Ernest Hemingway
Hemingway writes about a group of American and British expats who travel from Paris to Pamplona, Spain during the 1920s to watch the running of the bulls. Some critics have said that this is Hemingway’s best work. You don’t want to miss Hemingway’s exploration of love, death, and masculinity.

The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World

by Eric Weiner
A self-described grump, Weiner sets out to Iceland, Bhutan, Holland, India, Switzerland, and other countries to find where happiness abounds. He combines research on science and psychology with humor, exploring age-old subjects, happiness and our pursuit of it, in innovative ways.

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