While photographs of faraway places do spark my wanderlust, there’s nothing quite like a good book to really get me eager to travel. The below books are just three of my favorite reads that I find really inspiring when it comes to travel. Whether you just enjoy reading about faraway places or have plans for a long-term trip yourself, one of these reads is for you. Enjoy!
Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
This book is more inspiration than practical, but isn’t that where the journey of travel has to start? If you still haven’t read Gilbert’s novel, please do away with any preconceived notions and give it an honest read. If you need a little kick to get inspired about traveling, this book will do it. It’s true that Gilbert’s experience seems unattainable, but really why shouldn’t you have an EPL experience of your own?
Wide-Open World by John Marshall
This book follows an average American family as they decide to take a trip around the world. They don’t win the lottery or have a huge income to begin with, but instead they decide to try “volunteerism” and volunteer their way around the world through Costa Rica, Thailand and India. The book gives an honest look at the costs of traveling long-term through volunteering. It’s eye-opening and inspiring. Plus, the story of the family’s journey itself is very engaging. Volunteering while traveling should certainly be considered if you’re going the lower-budget route. It helps you save money, but also it’s so meaningful to connect and help others during your travels.
Vagabonding by Rolf Potts
If you have a serious case of wanderlust and plans for extended travel, then this book is for you. Written by veteran travel writer, Rolf Potts, this book explains how anyone can achieve the dream of long term traveling. You’ll learn about financing your travel, working and volunteering overseas, adjusting to life overseas and more. All in all, it’s a great book that can help you start laying out your plans.
What books inspire you to travel? Share your favorites in the comments below.
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