The adrenaline rush that accompanies adventure and journeys seldom allows you to recover from your wanderlust. Well, it is not always a pleasure to explore all the lands in person, but thanks to a few geniuses, we can set ourselves off to La La land through their writings. Here are 8 amazing book collections to quench your wanderlust:
1. EAT, PRAY, LOVE- ELIZABETH GILBERT
“Don’t touch anything but yourself”. Sincere to its title this book is a memoir of self discovery. This book is also adapted into a classic movie starring Julia Roberts. Read this book to get a feeling of exploring new roads as well as a new “you”!
2. CROWFALL- SHANTA GOKHALE
“Don’t you think, he is looking beyond the ocean and the ships to tell us something about life?” This beautiful translation from Gokhale’s Marathi book Tya Varshi strikes a chord with the readers as it involves story of struggling Mumbaikars! Indeed a must-read.
3. A WALK IN THE WOODS- BILL BRYSON
He describes the Appalachian Trails as the “granddaddy” of long hikes and thus gives you a granddaddy of hiking memoirs on a silver platter! Cure your travel bites with this book folks, as it ticks all the checkboxes like humour, adventure, danger and storytelling.
4. SUMMER SISTERS- JUDY BLUME
This complex yet gripping novel captures the essence of the summer season, childhood crush, first love, a rags-to-riches tale and most importantly, roads. A journey introduces you to a new chapter of life and friendship, hence, pick this book up for a ride in a time-machine to summers and childhood!
5. SHANTARAM- GREGORY DAVID ROBERTS
“It took me a long time and most of the world to learn what I know about love and fate and the choices we make, but the heart of it came to me in an instant while I was chained to a wall and being tortured”. This is how this travel saga opens! A mesmerizing memoir which explores India for you through a foreigner’s vision!
6. THE PARIS WIFE- PAULA MCLAIN
This book is a treat for Hemingway fans as it involves the story of this ‘bad boy’ of literature and his first wife. More than it, these pages serve as travel diaries and take you through the dream destination of Paris. This story of ambition and betrayal is a good read indeed!
7. THE ALCHEMIST- PAULO COELHO
Well, to dream one must first get a good night’s sleep! But this book won’t let you, as it will make you a restless soul in pursuit of your dreams. Paulo puts profound philosophies in simple language and sets you off on a journey with Santiago. Grab this book to experience the syncing of journeys and souls.
8. THE SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS- ANN BRASHARES
What puts cherry on the travel cake? Answer: a journey with best friends! Ann here customizes a story of four best friends and their pair of pants. The ‘traveling pants’ has its own share of stories with every friend and makes you want to get in a car with your buddies and hit the roads instantly!
Which other books appeal to the backpacker in you? Share with us in the comments below!
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