The 5 Best Books To Inspire Wanderlust.

The 5 Best Books To Inspire Wanderlust.

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. So I’ve made of the list of the best books to inspire wanderlust, I hope you enjoy!

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.

Related:   Harry Potter Locations In London.

When you can't get out and explore, it's best to let a book do it for you. These are the best books to inspire wanderlust.

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. Plus, I’d say that many people agree that this is one of the best books to inspire wanderlust.

Related:   Sioux Falls 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.

When you can't get out and explore, it's best to let a book do it for you. These are the best books to inspire wanderlust.

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.

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When you can't get out and explore, it's best to let a book do it for you. These are the best books to inspire wanderlust.

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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  1. June 7, 2017 / 8:30 am

    The only one I’ve read on that list is Harry Potter! I loved the series and finished it before the movies came out. I’ll have to check out your other suggestions but I’ve not had time to read lately! Hope you are loving your new job!

    • June 8, 2017 / 8:30 am

      Harry Potter is my life! And thank you!! I’ve been at my new job for almost a year now and it’s been the greatest!

  2. Miranda Knudtson
    June 7, 2017 / 9:26 am

    Harry Potter books are classic! I agree that it still sparks wanderlust and curiosity even though it’s not about traveling exactly. Into the Wild sounds right up my alley though; I’ll have to add it to my summer reading list!

  3. Joanna
    June 7, 2017 / 10:11 am

    I didn’t read any of these books but I have read another really beautiful book my Paulo Coelho which inspired me wanderlust: Aleph. I have done the year before reading the book the same journey as the main character and it brought back to many beautiful memories.

  4. chikonahoka
    June 7, 2017 / 6:44 pm

    Perhaps I need to expand my reading list. 🙂 But there again, somehow *any* book seems to do it when my mind wants to travel but my body can’t. 😀

  5. June 7, 2017 / 7:59 pm

    I’ve only read three out of the five! I should get cracking on the other two! Great idea for a post and I loved The Alchemist and of course Harry Potter!

  6. June 8, 2017 / 9:15 am

    Wonderful book wanderlust list! I thought Eat,Pray,Love would’ve made the list?

    • June 8, 2017 / 2:19 pm

      Hey Jin! Personally, I wasn’t the biggest Eat, Pray, Love fan but I completely understand why it would be on a list like this! 🙂

  7. June 8, 2017 / 1:02 pm

    So interesting that you included Harry Potter on your list. I wouldn’t have thought of HP as a wanderlust inspiring book, but it totally makes sense! Great list, will have to check out these books sometime.

  8. authenticfoodquest
    June 8, 2017 / 7:08 pm

    My all time favorite on this list is the Alchemist!! A truly magical and life changing book. Nice list!

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