To me, books have always been that “cheap getaway”. I love reading books that makes my wanderlust heart flutters. There is an endless list of places I want to see just because I read it in a book. These are my favourite books that fuel my wanderlust soul, I hope it will inspire you too.
Tales of a Female Nomad: Living at Large in the World (by Rita Golden Gelman)
Way before Elizabeth Gilbert did her Eat, Pray, Love, Rita Golden Gelman left the comfort of her home to be a nomad. In 1986, she sold her things and roamed the world. From Mexico to Indonesia, she travelled to learn from other cultures, to spice up her ordinary life. Her book filled me up with excitement as I read from one adventure to another. Imagine she was travelling without travel apps, iPad or GoPro! This book is perfect for those looking for inspiration in the world of female travellers.
I have buried my fears, abandoned self-consciousness, and allowed myself to slide into sensation. I like the person I have become. (Rita Golden Gelman)
Around India in 80 Trains (by Monisha Rajesh)
The book is about the author, Monisha, who wanted to see India. Monisha and her family once wanted to make India their home but failed to do so for some disappointing reasons. Curious Monisha, who grew up in England, wanted to see this fascinating country with trains only. She had already worked out her plan, all the trains she would be taking. Inspired by Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days, Monisha set out to see India and even scored herself her own Passepartout. During her journey she encountered many interesting people as well as a bag of experiences as a woman travelling in this chaotic country.
I like how this book doesn’t sugarcoat her experiences. The good, the bad, it’s all written there. I definitely recommend this book especially to those who wants to see India, specifically if you are interested in train travel.
To understand India you have to see it, hear it, breathe it and feel it. Living through the good, the bad and the ugly is the only way to know where you fit in and where India fits into you. (Monisha Rajesh)
The Merde Factor (by Stephen Clarke)
The Merde Factor is actually the fifth book of the Merde series (please Google what “merde” means if you don’t know it already). I first picked up its third book, Merde Happens, by complete chance (well OK, I was totally attracted by its “naughty” title) and then started buying the other books too. I didn’t know it was actually a series so I have been jumping in between series. However it doesn’t really matter because each book has its own silly adventure.
The fictional character, Paul West, is an Englishman who lives in France. He is living in Paris running his tea room business. Even after all these time living in France, there are certain things he still doesn’t get about the French. He stumbles upon problem after problem from his miniscule apartment to his ex-girlfriend.
I love how funny this book is and as it is set in Paris, I love it even more. I must admit, I have a thing for books set in Paris. It will make you see Paris from a different side and also you will be able take a glimpse of the culture, at least from a humorous point of view. I advise you not to take it personally or seriously while reading this book and I guarantee it will make you more curious of France, the Parisian way of life in particular.
The sun came out, and springtime hit Paris like a tsunami of hormones. Suddenly every life form in the city, from the preening pigeons to the usually sullen street cops, seemed to grow a grin on its face. (Stephen Clarke)
I Grew My Boobs in China (by Savannah Grace)
This endearing story is about a girl who went on a backpacking trip around the world with her family (her mother, brother and sister). Savannah is originally from Canada when out of the blue her mother decided to take her kids on a round the world trip. They sold everything and travelled frugally around the world, together as a family. At first she was missing her life back home, and then she started having all these crazy travel adventures. The story for this first book focuses on China and Mongolia.
This is a true story, Savannah is now active in the travel blogging world too. This book is just the first book of the Sihpromatum series, there are now Backpacks and Bra Straps as well as Rusty Tracks and Booby Traps – both of which I need to get my hands on. This book is truly an inspiration for those who want to travel as a family.
I’d seen how quickly people who value family and help strangers became friends in this culture. (Savannah Grace)
And the Mountains Echoed (by Khaled Hosseini)
I love all of Hosseini’s books. They all make me wonder of the Kabul before the war. This particular book tells of a story of brother sister Abdullah and Pari, who got separated during their childhood. Their father decided to sell Pari when she was little to a couple. The book actually consists of several stories derived from the members of this family. Many of the tales show the struggle of being an Afghan in their own country as well as being an Afghan in a foreign country, of being separated from your own family, of being jealous to your own sister, and many more conflicts. Most importantly this book is about finding your lost self.
The book is set in many different places around the world like Paris, Kabul and even Tinos in Greece. It definitely makes me want to see those places.
J’aurais dû être plus gentille—I should have been more kind. That is something a person will never regret. You will never say to yourself when you are old, Ah, I wish I was not good to that person. You will never think that. (Khaled Hosseini)
Of course there are still many more books that makes me want to roam the world, including our book Menghirup Dunia which is available to buy too! I still have many other books to recommend, perhaps I’ll make another list in the future. For now, I hope you will be inspired to travel by this list!
Do you have a book that makes you want to see the world?
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