29 Books That Will Fuel Your Wanderlust ...

A book has the power to transport you from your everyday life into other worlds. Books can take you into fantasy lands where your imagination can run riot or they can whisk you off to places all around the world, to cultures and people very different to your neighborhood. These are some books that will inflame your wanderlust so much that you better have a bag packed ready.

1. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

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A spellbinding journey from Spain to Egypt that will give you itchy feet as you turn the pages. An absolute must read.

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2. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

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An inspirational and uplifting journey of self discovery that takes the reader through India, Italy and Bali. Full of introspective intrigue.

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3. Stamboul Train by Graham Greene

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A 1930’s thriller that takes place aboard the iconic Orient Express as it rolls through Europe. Mystery and wanderlust all in one, perfect for curious travel lovers.

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4. As I Walked out One Summer Morning by Laurie Lee

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A wonderful book that showcases the vibrancy, pride and humility in traditional Spanish life. Full of humor and life, it will make your ache for the Mediterranean!

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5. Istanbul: Memoires and the City by Orhan Pamuk

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A wonderful memoir about the author’s life in Istanbul where he still lives in the very apartment building in which he was raised. A beautiful and fascinating insight.

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6. The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World by Eric Weiner

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This unique book is a comedy, self help guide and foreign affairs commentary all in one as the writer travels from America to India to Iceland in search of true happiness.

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7. Life of Pi by Yann Martel

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Who would have thought the story of a zookeeper’s son stranded at sea with a tiger would make you want to explore the world so much? Well, it does, it really does!

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8. Love with a Chance of Drowning by Torre DeRoche

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A captivating tale of new love in an exotic and exciting destination, combined with a truly once in a lifetime kind of adventure, this novel will have you packing your bags the second you’ve finished!

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9. My Documents by Alejandro Zambra

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This book is a collection of short stories about life in Chile both during and in the aftermath of the Pinochet regime. A stunning read, you won’t be able to put it down.

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10. The Lost Girls: Three Friends. Four Continents. One Unconventional Detour around the World. by Jennifer Baggett

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An inspiring read about three New York City girls who decide to leave their hectic lives behind and go on a yearlong around the world adventure. It will definitely give you ideas!

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11. A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit

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A combination of travel and history, this book will give you a sparkle of wanderlust but also a healthy dose of philosophy too.

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12. The Scapegoat by Daphne Du Maurier

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A sweeping tale about a French aristocrat and English man who switch places after a chance encounter a railway station. It will spark the need for some travel excitement in your own life.

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13. The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

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Exploring the interesting relationship between writer Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadley, The Paris Wife is full of glorious detail about the stunning city in which they lived.

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14. Black Lamb and Grey Falcon by Rebecca West

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This 1942 book is regarded as one of the very best for providing a captivating account of life in the former state of Yugoslavia. Really interesting.

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15. Travels with Charley: in Search of America by John Steinbeck

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The iconic writer travels across America with his loyal dog Charley in an attempt the rediscover the magic of his homeland.

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16. The Great Railway Bazaar by Paul Theroux

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A deeply personal account of the author’s journey through Asia that encapsulates the sights, sounds, tastes of cultures of the continent. A real page-turner.

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17. The Blue Sky by Galsan Tschinag

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A fascinating read about the Altai Mountains in Mongolia, and how the local residents were forced to enter the modern world.

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18. In Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin

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Full of incredible imagery and sure to fuel your wanderlust, this story of a man travelling to a remote country in search of a strange and mythical beast will delight and inspire in all the best ways.

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19. Up in the Air by Walter Kirn

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This witty and engaging novel about a man who spends most of his life on planes will give you a whole new perspective on flying. It’s much more than just getting from A to B!

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20. Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson

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The godfather of travel writing provides a sharp and hilarious tale of an American moving back home after living in Britain. A funny exploration of different cultures.

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21. The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pene De Bois

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This beautiful novel tells the whimsical story of a professor who flies in his own hot air balloon to an imaginary island. Let the wanderlust consume you as you turn each page.

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22. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell

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This book is about the legendary author’s experiences of life in Spain during the Spanish Civil War. Full of history and endlessly interesting.

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23. Shantaram: a Novel by Gregory David Roberts

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This is a riveting tale that follows three different people through the city of Bombay, giving insights in to different aspects such as gangsters, holy men and prostitution.

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24. On the Road by Jack Kerouac

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An American classic about five friends who take a road trip together across the States in the 1950s. Full of young angst and self discovery, it’s a real must read.

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25. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

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Hemingway’s first really big novel, it tells the story of a group of expats who travel together from Paris to Spain to watch a bullfight. A really interesting mix of cultures is described.

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26. My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

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A beautifully told story about the lives of two friends who grow up together in a small neighborhood on the cusp of the Italian city of Naples. Stunning imagery throughout.

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27. Crowfall by Shanta Gokhale

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A captivating novel about a diverse group of characters during a single year in the Indian city of Mumbai.

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28. Summer Sisters by Judy Blume

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A touching novel about two friends who travel between Martha’s Vineyard and New York City whilst addressing some long overdue problems in their relationship.

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29. A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

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Recently made in to a film, this book will leave you wanting to hike the Appalachian Trail more than ever before!

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