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5 Travel Books to Recharge Your Wanderlust Soul

Do you find yourself often aching for the outdoors? To go far and wide? We’ve compiled a list of travel books to inspire you and keep you going in these times of great restraint. Check them out below!

The Maps That Contain Us

Marla Miniano and Reese Lansangan  

Singer and songwriter Reese Lansangan and bestselling book author Marla Miniano-Umali team up in this heartwarming collection of poetry and flash fiction that talks about love, life, loss, and heartache on the road and at home. From cold airports to the warm tropics to scenic foreign streets, this Filipino duo takes you on a refreshing and unforgettable journey to places that sting, remind, and transform. Complemented by beautiful illustrations by Jamie Catt, the pages of this book will” unreal the maps that contain us”, so that we “may never stop moving, changing, and searching for out truest self, wherever in the world we may find it.”

A Walk in the Woods 

Bill Bryson

Bill Bryson is one of the most prolific travel writers out there, and A Walk in the Woods is a proof of that. In this book, Bryson tags readers along as he recounts his life-changing experience trekking through the Appalachian Trail – a 3,500-kilometer long terrain that spans from Georgia to Maine. From a briefer on the trail’s history to real-life accounts of its storied forests and mountains and the folks who braved its harsh environs, this is one travel book that will have you giggling and hoping all the way through. Recommended for those who love the outdoors and hiking!

The Alchemist 

Paolo Coelho

A classic novel that you will never tire of re-reading, this book catapulted Paulo Coelho to the status of a timeless storyteller. The Alchemist tells of the exploits of Santiago, a shepherd boy who traveled far and wide in search of treasure. Rich with melodic verses and symbolism, it urges you to follow your dreams according to your heart’s desire. A staple quote goes, “When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”

On The Road 

Jack Kerouac

Arguably Kerouac’s most outstanding and most popular work to date, On The Road is a semi-autobiographical book based on his adventures across the US with friends. It follows Sal Paradise (said to be Kerouac) and his free-spirited friend Dean Moriarty as they set out for interstate trips in the US, then Mexico and party away. Vibrant and hip, the book is rich with depictions of jazz and Americana. The Modern Library and Time Magazine both named On The Road one of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century.

No Reservations: Around the World on an Empty Stomach

 Anthony Bourdain

Meant to complement the similarly named Travel Channel hit series, No Reservations offers outtakes, in-betweens, and personal mementos of the late Anthony Bourdain as he films the show. Deeply personal, the book feels almost like Bourdain’s journal and makes readers feel as if they are alongside him on his adventures. Gifted in storytelling as he is in the kitchen, Bourdain delights with his sensitive, humorous, and heartwarming commentary about food, cultures, and the world at large.

How about you? What is your favorite travel book?

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