I’ve got a confession, guys. I’m a full-blown book nerd. Honestly, I’ll read pretty much anything from non-fiction history novels to the sappiest of romances. It’s a hobby that works very well with my love of travel since I’ve always felt that a good book can transport you to a new place or time. Here are a few suggestions of books that inspire wanderlust!

What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding-

6 Books that Inspire Wanderlust

“But I say that plane tickets replacing cats might be the best evidence of women’s progress as a gender. I’m damn proud of us.”

I admit that this book reads as much like a little black book of conquests as it does a travel memoir. But Kristin Newman’s self deprecating and sharp wit is endearing and I found myself chuckling throughout the book. It does tackle the concept of a modern woman taking the reigns on her life and breaking the norms. It’s a nice reminder to those of us who might want to take the path less traveled that we’re not alone.

The Beach-

6 Books that Inspire Wanderlust

“If I’d learnt one thing from traveling, it was that the way to get things done was to go ahead and do them. Don’t talk about going to Borneo. Book a ticket, get a visa, pack a bag, and it just happens.”

This is the quintessential travel book about a backpacker on a journey to find an island paradise who then consequently ruins said island paradise. It’s a concept that is talked about a lot in travel circles. Do you keep that small island paradise you visited in the Philippines to yourself or tell the world and risk it becoming the next Koh Phi Phi? I read this while backpacking Southeast Asia and highly recommend it to anyone thinking of visiting the region!

Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It-

6 Books that Inspire Wanderlust

“I learned to forgive myself for being scared and imperfect, for making mistakes. I stopped allowing myself to use those mistakes as an excuse to not try new things. Instead, I have to be brave. I have to try. That’s what Eat Pray Love makes me do.”

Eat, Pray, Love was an amazing book that touched many people. In fact, it was so infectious that the author put together this compilation stories from people who were so inspired by the original that they made the change they needed in their lives. What I liked most about the book is that all the changes weren’t necessarily travel related. There were stories about overcoming anxiety and the struggle of keeping your individuality while embracing motherhood. Those were the stories that touched me the most.

Girls Who Travel-

6 Books that Inspire Wanderlust

“But girls, we just want adventures. We want international best friends and hold-your-breath vistas out of crappy hostel windows.”

I just finished this gem by Nicole Trilivas, a talented writer and fellow wander, and couldn’t have loved it more! When she offered to send me a copy to check out, I couldn’t resist as the story sounded right up my alley. I was so intrigued by the adventures of the books protagonist Kika Shores, that I read the entire book in one day. The book is a mix of travel and romance but what really drew me in is that it deals with the part of travel no one talks about– coming home. Having just come home from a several month trip, I identified with Kika’s need for excitement and the struggle of trying to find it every day life.

Into Thin Air-

6 Books that Inspire Wanderlust

“But at times I wondered if I had not come a long way only to find that what I really sought was something I had left behind.”

This was one of the first travel related memoirs I had ever read and it’s stuck with me ever since. The book details a teams’ perilous ascent to the peak of Everest. Krakauer has this way of drawing his reader in and keeping them on the edge of their seats. I honestly felt like I was part of this impossible journey to the top of the world. Making the journey to Everest Base Camp has been firmly on my bucket list since I’ve read this book as a teenager.

The Alchemist-

6 Books that Inspire Wanderlust

“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” 

The Alchemist is just one of those books that seems to fall into peoples’ laps at the exact moment that they need it. The story follows a young shepard’s journey across land and water to follow his dreams. Along the way he learns many important life lessons. I read this book while traveling through the Greek Islands and it really spoke to me at that time in my life. I’ve reread it several times since and each time it speaks to me in a different way.

Hopefully you enjoyed this list of books that inspire wanderlust! I love how a book can bring me to a new place even if I can’t travel for other reasons.

Did I miss your favorite?  I would LOVE to hear your book suggestions in the comments! 

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6 Books That Inspire Wanderlust


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