Books that will rekindle the wanderlust in you beyond imagination!

  • 30 October 2018

A book is certainly a ticket to faraway places as some books often leave a lasting impression on your mind and make you want to live the exact life as portrayed in those books by the protagonists. Very few books, however, manage to captivate the reader’s attention, boost their penchant for travel and inspire them to live an exciting life in wilderness.

Here is our list of four compelling books that will definitely make the travel enthusiast in you get up and explore the world!

‘A Year in the World’ by Frances Mayes

This book tells a captivating story of a woman based in Tuscany, Italy who decides to explore life and its various forms gathering layers of insights. The experiences that Frances Mayes gains from her travels are replete with personal anecdotes and the reader gets a feeling that he or she is traveling with the writer. The places that she covers in this bestselling travel memoir include Spain, Portugal, France, the British Isles, Turkey and North Africa. The book captures the real essence of getting immersed in the entire travel experience that the writer embarks upon to satiate her quest of the unknown. There is a fine balance that is struck between personal perceptions and factual knowledge on art, architecture, history, and social and culinary rituals of each region.

A Year of Living Danishly, by Helen Russell

This book by a journalist from London shares an interesting and thought provoking idea with the readers. The author’s husband lands a job in Copenhagen, Denmark and this gives Helen Russell a great opportunity to find out as to why and how the Danish are such happy people on the planet. The book takes its readers by surprise as it unravels the secret behind the happy Danes. The Danes are being taken care of by the government without leaving any stone unturned that includes everything ranging from childcare, education, food and tax structure. The book is very informative and is a must-read for anyone who wants to travel while getting to know the recipe of happiness.

On the Road, by Jack Kerouac

A travel classic and a timeless novel which is set in the aftermath of the World War 2 as Sal the main protagonist sets off for the American west coast after leaving New York City, is a must-read for all travel enthusiasts. The story of Sal and his travels across America is seen as a subtle effort to retain the idea of the American dream while celebrating the energy and enthusiasm of the American youth. There is a certain sense of non-conformance of domestic and economic boundaries wherein the writer works towards the idea of building a free and inclusive environment for every individual. The book definitely echoes with the emerging Beat culture in America and results in the character becoming a stronger and a more confident person.

Without Reservations: The Travels of an Independent Woman by Alice Steinbach

Pulitzer prize-winning novelist Alice Steinbach tries to look for answers and find out what actually defines her in real life. Although unintentionally, the author has wrongly inculcated the habit of defining herself from other people’s point of view thereby enabling them to judge her and form opinions about her personality. She, therefore, takes on an exciting journey to find answers to these questions and visits some of the most stunning, charming and exquisite places in the world. She finds a soul mate in Paris, completes a course in English language in Oxford and finally befriends a young woman in Milan. The book takes the readers into an alluring voyage of self-discovery which is beautifully illustrated with postcards straight from the journeys of the novelist.

Investing in and reading these books are sure to make you live life to the hilt and rediscover your true self. So don’t think twice and get going!

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