Hey friends! I’m in pain. Okay, it’s not quite that dramatic. But it’s been one week since the last time I’ve gotten out of South Dakota. And it’s been over a month since I’ve been more than 3 hours away from South Dakota. It’s safe to say that I’m currently suffering from a serious case of wanderlust. Since I have started a new full-time job, it’s not really possible for me to up and leave when I have the urge to. Like I want to right now. Instead, I’m taking solace in literature. The following books help relieve my sense of wanderlust (but also encourage it lol). Keep reading!
The Best Books To Inspire Wanderlust
Harry Potter & The Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling
I know this isn’t a book related to travel. But, it’s one of the very first books I’ve ever read and I’ve been in love ever since. I credit Harry Potter for my obsession with England and Scotland. In fact, visiting England is Numero Uno on my bucket list (tied with Bergen, Norway). Thankfully, that dream is finally coming true August 2017. But for now, I’ll continue rereading the Harry Potter series and pretending I am in Hogwarts or walking around Hogsmeade.
We Recommend Reading: Wizarding World of Harry Potter Guide
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
This nonfiction book is about 24-year-old Chris McCandless who leaves his home in Washington, DC to live “off the grid” in the Alaskan wilderness. Though you don’t want to have the same fate as the main character, his journey is quite inspiring. He even spent time in my native South Dakota, which is pretty cool. You don’t hear about South Dakota too much in film and/or literature.
We Recommend Reading: Sioux Falls, SD Travel Guide
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
This book is about Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who dreams of traveling the world in search of a worldly treasure. From his home in Spain, he journeys to the markets of Tangiers, and from there into the Egyptian desert, where a fateful encounter with the alchemist awaits him. I don’t know about you, but I now NEED to visit Egypt.
The Shell Collector: Stories by Anthony Doerr
Anthony Doerr’s debut collection take readers from the African Coast to the pine forests of Montana to the damp moors of Lapland, charting a vast physical and emotional landscape. This short story collection multiplied my wanderlust. But it feels so good.
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
At twenty-six, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s rapid death from cancer, her family disbanded and her marriage crumbled. With nothing to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to walk eleven-hundred miles of the west coast of America – from the Mojave Desert, through California and Oregon, and into Washington state – and to do it alone. She had no experience of long-distance hiking and the journey was nothing more than a line on a map. If I thought I wanted to go hiking before, it doesn’t even compare to my urge now. Dammit.
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