Books are the first adventures many of us experienced and have the power to inspire us to explore the world. Like travel, they are a way of getting out of our own experiences and being a part of the world. Here is a collection of books which inspired wanderlust in travel bloggers.
Shanti at A Wanderphile
Seeking self-redemption, novice hiker Cheryl Strayed suffered through 1,100 miles along the Pacific Coast Trail in America.
The book, Wild had me cheering on the sidelines for Cheryl to overcome her demons. She’d been living a life that she wasn’t proud of – destroying her marriage by cheating on her husband and reaching new lows through a short-lived heroin addiction.
In this story the burden is both physical and psychological. Cheryl’s backpack (nicknamed “Monster”) was so heavy that she literally wobbled under its weight. The extra weight caused by superfluous items that make any experienced hiker shake their head. A foldable saw! And those same hikers grimace in empathy when she describes the endless blisters, lost toe nails and “duct-tape bootees”.
An inspirational story that makes me want to strap on my backpack!
The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Heart of Darkness
Oh, The Places You Will Go!
The Tale of Peter Rabbit
I was inspired to visit the Lake District in England because of my love of the Beatrix Potter Peter Rabbit books when I was a child. As I grew up I realized this area was what inspired her to draw such beautiful characters and write the stories I loved as a child. There is a museum there with some of her original art along with some interesting bits and pieces from her life.
I hope you enjoyed this collection of books from travel bloggers that inspired them to travel. Immerse yourself in the worlds that are opened from books and the big wide world that is out there to experience! Read Part 2. You can check out Books I Love here.