Books have the power to change lives, bring about revolutions and in some cases inspire this urge to just pack your bags and take that journey you’ve always wanted to take. Here’s a tidy list of books that will make you crave a holiday and won’t stop nudging you till you’ve finally taken that trip.
1. Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
We challenge you to read this book and put it down without a serious case of ‘wanderlust’. Coelho’s tale of magical realism will make you want to travel and follow your dreams like the story’s protagonist Santiago. The Alchemist makes you believe in the quote that ‘not all those who wander are lost’ and how!
2. Eat Pray Love – Elizabeth Gilbert
For all the women out there, this is the one book that will make you want to take a similar soul searching journey. The story is about the journey a 30-year old woman takes and finds happiness in Rome where she eats, India where she prays and eventually Bali where she falls in love.
3. A walk in the woods – Bills Bryson
No one can call himself a traveler and miss out on Bryson’s amazing work that leaves you restless unless you’ve traveled with a peek-a-boo into spectacular vistas of mountain ranges, forests and lakes. This book borne out of Bryson’s personal expedition is a must read for all those who love a little bit of adventure on their travels.
4. Around the World in 80 Days – Jules Verne
This is an old book written in the 19th century but holds true even today for those who love travelling. This book is a travelogue in its most pristine form, chronicling the fictional tale of its protagonist Phileas Fogg, who wagers that he can fly around the globe in 80 days in his hot air balloon- an adventure that he embarks upon with his valet. It’s a really interesting read (and may also make you consider taking a similar adventure).
5. Geography of bliss – Eric Weiner
For all those who dig humor this is a book that promises to inspire you while giving you a few laughs. Ever wondered what a male version of Eat, Pray, Love would be like? Well, this is it. With a whirlwind journey from America to Iceland, the book is a funny rendition on the correlation between happiness and location.
Now that these amazing books have taken you on a journey with your imagination, it’s time to book a flight and translate it into the journey of a lifetime.