15 Books That Spark Wanderlust In Readers

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2:00 pm 5 Sep, 2015

Wanderlust is addictive and there are some books which make this wanderlust even more active inside us. Some of the greatest guide books and novel which will spark the extreme urge to travel in you are listed below.

1. ‘Into The Wild’ by John Krakauer

A young man’s escape from the brutal society of the 90s, this novel depicts the travel account of Christopher Johnson McCandless. His journey towards the Alaskan wilderness in search of enlightenment is extremely inspiring for young travellers.

2. ‘Walden’ by David Thoreau

This book was written when Thoreau abstained from society and lived by the Walden Pond in Massachusetts. ‘Walden’ will make you backpack into silence so as to find some peace in solitude.

3. ‘Go Girl’ by Elaine Lee

It is all about female travel ladies! ‘Go Girl’ is a collection of 52 essays sharing travel stories of women travelers around the world. The essays include write-ups by Maya Angelou and Alice Walker in addition to some useful resources for your next trip.

4. ‘In An Antique Land’ by Amitav Ghosh

The novel talks about the story of an Indian slave who was brought to Egypt 700 years ago. The book pushes you to find the comparative value of traditional beliefs and their importance in today’s world.

5. ‘Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail’ by Cheryl Strayed

One major thing which sparks the desire to travel inside us is confusion and dilemmas. This story is about a woman who feels lost in the hustle of the mind and therefore decides to go on a solo hike to the Pacific Crest Trail.

6. ‘Vagabonding’ by Rolf Potts

The book is not a fictitious story about a normal traveler. It is actually a great guide for beginners to use, with helpful and practical tips included in it along with the writer’s insightful quotes and incidences from his journeys.

7. ‘Tales of a Female Nomad’ by Rita Golden

This novel showcases the being of a woman who has had a lavish married life but is eventually divorced, motivating her to go on a journey of a lifetime. It is very inspiring for the ones undergoing lows in their lives.

8. ‘The Travel Book’ by Lonely Planet

A photographic introduction to every country of the world, this book is a must have in the house of every traveler. It contains 817 photographs and also some inspiring facts about the world which will make you want to research them non-virtually.

9. ‘Into Thin Air’ by John Krakauer

‘Into Thin Air’ shares the writer’s account of his expedition to Mt. Everest in 1996 when, as a result of a massive storm, eight climbers died and others got stranded in a disastrous halt. It is tragic yet inspiring at the same time.

10. ‘Journey of a Lifetime’ by National Geographic

This wonder is a compilation of the best travel experiences of National Geographic’s travel writers. The stories are quite varied and encompass tales from all over the world for you to relish to the core.

11. ‘Seven Years in Tibet’ by Heinrich Harrier

This classic has a film based on it but no cinema can beat the pleasures of reading this novel. The background is set in the World War II era. The journey of its characters, from being imprisoned in Pakistan to being enlightened in Lhasa, is incredibly inspiring.

12. ‘The Call of the Wild’ by Jack London

Another marvel in the world of novels, ‘The Call of the Wild’ is still among the bestsellers of the world. With several cinematic adaptations, this book is a reflection of how the call of one’s roots is the call of truth and substance.

13. ‘The Alchemist’ by Paulo Coelho

This is truly a fable about fulfilling your dreams. The journey of a shepherd boy from his usual routine to exploring new horizons in Egypt and the exciting encounters which he has on the way, is what makes this book a hit among travelers.

14. ‘On the Road’ by Jack Kerouac

‘On the Road’ is a travel tale of Sal who leaves New York to see a new world of the west. The book teaches the traveler in you to become a stronger person with every journey that you take and to admire every bit of it.

15. ‘The Beach’ by Alex Garland

The novel talks about Richard’s quest to explore and do something different so as to gain what he ideally thinks he will get at the end of his journey. The ideal situation, however, doesn’t prove to be the same for him and hands him an illusion of whatever he thought was concrete.


If you are a traveler or want to become one, these 15 spectacular books are a must-read for you to get motivated for your next journey.


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