There’s something really charming about reading books centering on travel. Fictional stories or travel memories- whatever type of book, reading these will leave us inspired and excited for our next travel adventures.
However, not all of us are gifted with the right opportunities that allow us to explore every nook and cranny of the world. This is why most of us turn to reading books because it is simply put a way to travel using our minds- most especially our imagination.
Here are some of the most note-worthy publications you should read first before fulfilling your dream of exploring the world.
- Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist
By far, The Alchemist is one of the best reads on following and fulfilling one’s dreams. This story by the Portuguese author follows the story of a shepherd boy travelling to Egypt from Spain. Let’s witness how this young boy learns significant lessons about living and loving.
- Rolf Potts’ Vagabonding
If you’re planning to try your hand at long-term travels, then this book is for you. Rolf Potts writes about his 10 years of travelling on the road. Learn from Potts’ experiences as he shares useful and practical information on constantly moving to another place.
- Tim Ferriss’ The 4-hour Workweek
Reading this book has been a life-changing decision for millions all over the globe. Most of the readers are inspired and moved to put up their own business, live a nomadic lifestyle and simply travel around the world. Tim Ferriss made himself a sort of lab rat or guinea pig, performing huge changes in his life such as losing a specific amount of weight on a deadline, getting mini-retirements for himself and trying to run a business while travelling.
- Adam Braun’s The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change
Adam Braun recounts a moving experience of meeting a young boy in one of his many trips. He asked the boy what he wanted the most to have and the boy’s answered that he wanted an ordinary pencil. Adam was so moved that he founded an international organization called Pencils of Promise, which helps build schools in different locations such as Thailand, Nicaragua and Laos. A simple encounter encouraged him to provide full-time education for thousands of kids in need all over the world.
- Alex Garland’s The Beach
A novel written by a British backpacker named Alex Garland, The Beach recounts the story of his own journey in searching for paradise on earth. This book served as an inspiration and a reminder that once in a while, we need to escape from our busy lives and one way to do this is to travel. It also shows how important and fruitful it is to immerse ourselves in another culture and be a part of a community that shares the same ideas. This book has also been adapted onto film in 2000, directed by Danny Boyle and starred by the wonderful Leonardo DiCaprio.