If there’s something I’m passionate about (other than traveling) it’s a good book.
A good book entertains, inspires, makes you travel in space and time, and, most importantly, gives you a new perspective about the world, others and yourself.
A good book will teach you something and make the perfect lazy Sunday or travel companion.
And here are nothing less than 10 of my personal favorite, to inspire your wanderlust and soul-searching:
After her mother’s dead and her own divorce, Strayed decides to hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon, to Washington State, alone, and with no previous training or experience
In this bestselling memoir, she writes about this challenging solo journey through grief and survival.
Eat, Pray, Love is a memoir about how Gilbert discovered she didn’t want to live the American dream – a husband, kids, and a house in the suburbs – and decided to travel the world in search of her true self.
In Eat, Pray, Love, she eats her way through Italy, prays in an ashram in India, and finds love and balance in Bali.
The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho, is a story about listening to your heart and following your dreams.
The book tells the story of Santiago, a Spanish shepherd boy who travels to Egypt in search of a treasure, and what he learns along the way about love and life.
The Alchemist sold more than two million copies worldwide.
I got it from a friend some years ago and it’s still one of my favorite books. In fact, I think I need to read it again soon.
The book tells the story of Richard, a young westerner traveling through Southeast Asia. On his first night in Bangkok, Richard hears about the Beach, an idyllic lagoon where tourists are forbidden and, according to the legend, a selected international few live in a communal Eden.
Even if you’ve seen the movie, this book is totally worth reading.
When World War II begins in 1939, Harrer and Peter Aufschnaiter are held prisoners in India by the British, but manage to escape to Tibet. In Lhasa they start learning about the Tibetan way of life, and Harrer becomes one of the tutors and a close friend of the 14th Dalai Lama, at the time still a boy.
Siddhartha, by Herman Hesse (Nobel Prize for Literature), is one of my favorite books ever. I’ve read it so many times already and will probably read it again.
This inspiring and beautifully written book tells the story of a young Indian man who leaves his family and luxurious life behind to go on a pilgrimage through the country. During his long soul-searching journey, he tries everything, from a contemplative life to sex and lust, until he finds his own path.
If you have to choose only one book to read from this list, make it this one!
Kafka on the shore, by Haruki Murakami, is a superb book about the meaning and purpose of life.
It tells the story of two main characters that are connected somehow: Kafka Tamura, a teenage boy who runs away from home to escape a prophecy, and Nakata, an old man who never recovered from a strange accident and now dedicates his life to finding lost cats.
A magical novel about freedom, fate, and self-sufficiency, that I highly recommend reading.
I bought The High Mountains of Portugal, by Yann Martel (author of Life of Pi), because it’s set in Portugal. I kept reading it until the last page because it’s brilliant.
The book takes the reader on a road trip through Portugal, while telling the story of three journeys separated in time, but all of them with something in common: love and loss.
The Enlightenment of Nina Findlay, by Andrea Gillies, tells the story of a woman caught in a love triangle with two Italian brothers.
After her divorce, she escapes to a small Greek island to do some soul-searching. But an accident puts her in hospital, where she revisits her life story.
A New York Times bestseller and winner of several prizes and distinctions, Euphoria is based in the life of revolutionary anthropologist Margared Mead.
The book tells the story of three anthropologists working along New Guinea’s Sepik River and caught in a passionate love triangle.
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