Books About Wanderlust

, , Leave a comment

Wanderlust, this newly popular term captures an age-old phenomenon, a phenomenon that drove the great explorers of the time to discover new frontiers and then later the phenomenon that drives people to explore the world, its different cultures and people. Popular culture has tapped into this, with many books feeding into and inspiring wanderlust in people.

  1. On The Road by Jack Kerouac: Before the popularity of the term wanderlust, before there was it was cool to drop everything to just travel, there were the beatniks and there was Jack Kerouac. On The Road describes the author’s adventures and musings as he travels across the United States, his important life experiences along the journey with friends and strangers alike and his search for meaning.
  2. Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia by Elizabeth Gilbert: This book chronicles a 32 year old woman’s search for meaning after a devastating divorce as she travels across three countries finding sustenance for different aspects for herself in each country—food in Italy, spirituality in India and love in Indonesia. It is witty book that is relatable to all of us when dealing with difficult life circumstances.
  3. Tales of a Female Nomad: Living at Large in the World by Rita Golden Gelman: On the edge of a divorce, a forty eight year old woman sold off her possessions from her comfortable life in Los Angeles in California to travel the world. In search of joy and spirit she travels to the hidden gems of the world—Zapotec village in Mexico, Galapagos Islands, rainforests of Borneo—and had experiences ranging from sleeping in palaces and living in thatched huts.
  4. Video Night in Kathmandu: And Other Reports from the Not-So-Far-East by Pico Iyer: The author travels Asia for a period of seven months in 1980 and the book is a collection of essays from that period. It is an insightful book containing not only stories of his travels but also his musing on tourism and cultural exchange.
  5. Travels with Charley: In Search of America by John Steinbeck: This classic book is a travelogue chronicling the author’s drive through America with his dog as he makes his way across the country trying to answer the questions he had about the country and his countrymen.
  6. The Lost Girls: Three Friends. Four Continents. One Unconventional Detour Around the World by Jennifer Baggett; Holly C. Corbett; Amanda Pressner: Three friends drop out of the rat race to experience the world together. For one year, they travel the world together, experience new things and have adventures.
  7. Go Girl!: The Black Woman’s Book of Travel and Adventures by Elaine Lee: This book is a collection of 52 essays from inspiring women including Maya Angelou and Alice Walker. The essays vary from giving practical advice, giving descriptions of experiences in places as far flung as Africa and Bali and delve into the emotions of the world traveller.
  8. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed: This memoir chronicles a woman’s journey through a 1100 mile trek to find herself by pushing her limits and communing with nature.
  9. The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World by Eric Weiner: This book is part humor, part travelogue, part self-help and part travelogue; but one thing is for certain, as the author travels across the world to find happiness and its meaning, it will give the reader a serious case of wanderlust.
  10. Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel by Rolf Potts: Being struck by wanderlust is not enough; it may not always be easy to make it into reality. This guidebook is a one-stop book to all your questions—practical and otherwise—about making your dreams come alive.

Tea Time Quiz

[forminator_poll id="23176"]

Leave a Reply