Travel Motivation

12 Travel Books to Inspire Wanderlust

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We love books, especially travel books, and think they are the perfect compliment to any extended trip! So, we wanted to share some of our favorite travel books that will without a doubt inspire your wanderlust:

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The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho

A modern classic and international best seller, The Alchemist is the story of a shepherd boy who longs for travel in search of riches but instead finds something much more valuable, himself. It is an extremely inspiring book about self-discovery that encourages you to follow your dreams.

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On the Road - Jack Kerouac

An American classic and travel novel, On the Road, was inspired by Jack Kerouac’s own adventures with Neal Cassady. It is the story of two friends on a cross-country journey in search of adventure in the 1940s. They definitely find adventure, as well as freedom, hope and raw experiences.


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Into Thin Air - John Krakauer

Into Thin Air recounts the true story of what can go wrong while summiting Mt. Everest. John Krakauer details the treacherous climb in 1996 when eight people died, describing both the heroism and mistakes involved. The national bestseller is a tragedy interlaced in adventure and puts into perspective why people put their lives at risk to summit the world’s highest mountain.

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Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia - Elizabeth Gilbert

The romanticized story of Elizabeth Gilbert setting off into the world after her divorce. She travels to Italy to eat, India to pray, and she falls in love in Indonesia. This is a great story for someone new to traveling that needs a little extra push to step out of their comfort zone.

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Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel - Rolf Potts

A must read for anyone with dreams of longterm travel. Vagabonding veteran, Rolf Potts, lays out the process of taking time out of your ordinary life to travel the world on your own terms. The book contains invaluable insights and practical information for longterm travel that has served as a source of travel inspiration since it’s original release in 2002. It is a deep dive into the philosophy of longterm travel to the extent that no other book compares.

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The Beach - Alex Garland

A better book than the movie, The Beach exposes travel through Thailand in the 1990s. The book features plenty of mystery, a hidden beach paradise, but also a thrilling dark side.


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Turn Right at Machu Picchu - Mark Adams

Turn Right at Machu Picchu details Mark Adam’s experience exploring Peru in search of ancient Inca cities. The book will teach you a lot about Peru and might even inspire you to visit some of the sites he encounters in the book.



Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance - Robert M. Pirsig

A moving examination of how we live our lives, and a meditation on how we can live better. It recalls a father-son journey by motorcycle from Minnesota to Northern California which is often interrupted by philosophical discussions. A worldwide bestseller about love, growth and acceptance.

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A Cook’s Tour: In Search of the Perfect Meal - Anthony Bourdain

In A Cook’s Tour, Bourdain marries his love for cooking and travel in pursuit of the perfect meal. It recounts his experiences traveling the world and discovering exotic food. This one is sure to inspire the foodies and travelers alike.


Love with a Chance of Drowning - Torre DeRoche

A well written account by Torre Deroche about facing her fears of the ocean and setting sail with her boyfriend across the Pacific Ocean. It is a beautiful book about a deeply personal experience. It will make you want to follow in her footsteps and chase your dreams.

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The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon - David Grann

A blended recount of famed British explorer, Percy Fawcett’s disappearance while searching for an ancient lost city in the Amazon and author, David Grann’s own discoveries in the Amazon. The book will teach you a lot about the history of the region and what could have happened to Fawcett during his search for the fabled lost city.

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail - Cheryl Strayed

A memoir of a young woman who thought she had lost everything after her mother’s death and destroyed marriage, and made the impulse decision to hike the Pacific Crest Trail. She had no training or prior experience yet wills herself to hike over 1,000 miles of the trail. It is the story of a young woman pressing on against the odds and the journey that brought her self-discovery.

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