8 Travel Books to Read in 2015
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There is nothing more inspirational than a well-written travel book. It can fill you with awe, wonder, and wanderlust. There are books made for those 10-hour bus journeys and those books made for a relaxing day at the beach; whichever book you choose you can always be promised a magical awakening in to a world of culture, cuisine and stunning landscapes. A book can make us excited about a destination and even inspire you to book a flight somewhere on the other side of the world. Here are our top eight. The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho (1988) This book is a tale about following your dreams and is one of the most widely read books in recent history. The story follows a young shepherd boy traveling from Spain to Egypt after he has a dream telling him he needs to get to Egypt. Along the way, he meets interesting people, learns to follow his heart, to go with the flow, and to love, and discovers the meaning of life. The book is filled with wonderful and inspirational quotes such as “if you can concentrate always on the present, you’ll be a happy man… life will be a party for you, a grand festival, because life is the moment we’re living right now.” A book about following your dreams is perfect for travel because when you travel you certainly are living the dream. In to the Wild, John Krakauer (1996) This book (and now film) follows Christopher McCandless after he graduates from college, donates his savings to charity, and sets off across the United States in search of a deeper meaning to life. Throughout his journey he meets people from all walks of life and also finds a deeper insight into his own life and the life he left behind. Sadly, he was tragically found dead by hikers in Alaska after mistakenly eating the wrong type of berries. Not much is known is about his time on the road – McCandless used an alias while traveling. Krakauer tries to fill in the blanks by using McCandless’ diary and interviewing the few people he met on the road. Therefore much of the book is pure speculation however regardless, it is an inspirational story about breaking the mould and following your dreams. Eat Pray Love, Elizabeth Gilbert (2010) The book follows the life of an American named Elizabeth Gilbert who realises how unhappy she is in her marriage and the life she lives. She therefore embarks on a journey of self-discovery and decides to her take her life in a new direction, leaving the US behind for an adventure of self-discovery and inner peace. The book is based on author Gilbert's real-life travels and her journey across Italy, India and Indonesia is filled with meditation, eating and finding her true self. The film is a good reminder that sometimes a little travel does a lot of good and the gorgeous scenery you can imagine throughout the film is reason enough to follow in Elizabeth's footsteps. Holy Cow: An Indian Adventure, Sarah MacDonald (2004) Witty and well written, Holy Cow is authored by Journalist Sarah MacDonald as she writes about her experience moving to India to follow her boyfriend, despite vowing never to return after a visit a few years before. The book features amazing insights into Indian culture and its differences from the West – from family, marriage, and dating to class breakdowns. It provides real insight in to the way many travellers settle in to new lives across the world and the challenges they often face.
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