Books That Inspired My Wanderlust

As an avid reader, oftentimes I come across books, which give me a call to action and inspire to get off my butt and do things, some of which are to travel the world, meet people and learn new things. In this post I am going to share all the books that inspired my wanderlust.

Anatolian Days and Nights: A Love Affair with Turkey

By Angie Brenner and Joy E. Stocke

“Reality is framed within our memories. Maybe it happened, but then again”

My ultimate dream destination is Istanbul and I plan to go there in two years’ time. Anatolian Days and Nights is like a diary of two women who went to Turkey for the summer but ended up staying longer and forming relationships with the Turks in the process. The book paints a vivid picture of the beauty of Turkey; its verdant greens; its plains and plateaus; and of its warm people and sumptuous cuisine. Just reading it made me want to teleport myself to Istanbul right away. I can almost hear the muezzin calling people to prayer.


The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World

By Eric Weiner

“I’ve spent most of my life trying to think my way to happiness, and my failure to achieve that goal only proves, in my mind, that I am not a good enough thinker. It never occurred to me that the source of my unhappiness is not flawed thinking but thinking itself.”

I have often asked myself what makes people happy, is it a new car? Is it a designer bag? Or a million dollar savings? Well when I read this book I learned that happiness has got nothing to do with one’s wealth. The book is entertaining and I was in fits of laughter while reading this on my Kindle while on the train. Never mind if people were looking at me, it gave me insights to different countries, their customs, and people. Eric’s journey to finding happiness makes me just want to pack my bags and leave my 9 to 5 job.


The Alchemist

By Paulo Coelho

“Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.”

Who has not heard of this book? It has been a bestseller for such a long time and it is one of the books by Paulo Coelho, which I have read, and it definitely didn’t disappoint! This is mainly a story about pursuing your dreams and never giving up on them, regardless of setbacks on the road. I plan to travel the world and I am going to keep this book in mind while working my way slowly.


Into the Wild

By Jon Krakauer

“It is easy, when you are young, to believe that what you desire is no less than what you deserve, to assume that if you want something badly enough, it is your God-given right to have it.”

This book is about Chris McCandless, a lover of literature and the simple life devoid of all traces of luxury. Some people admires Chris for his courage, his noble ideas and his dedication while others ridiculed him for his unpreparedness, his recklessness, his stupidity and for what some people refer to as arrogance. Whatever he was, the truth is the wilderness has an allure that beckons people to make their survival fantasies a reality.


1000 Places to See Before You Die

By Patricia Schultz

This is the book that started it all for me. It ignited my passion for travel and leafing through the pages just made me want to book tickets and go to places I have only seen on pictures. Well, I am working on my dream of traveling around the world and slowly but surely I’m getting there.


This is what I have so far but I will be adding more books as soon as I catch up with my reading.

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