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Travel Books to find the Wanderlust Within The Pages

     

Flipping through pages of the book is not merely an action it’s a diversified attempt at unveiling the conscious mind of the author. It’s a journey through an author’s mystics and adventures. And just like an avid traveller, an avid reader walks past challenges encounters different stories, meets different people discovers new places and re-invents himself in the process. All in All, Both leave you speechless, dumbfounded, beatific yet sad because the journey ends. Waiting to reflect upon the experience both the traveller and reader unite in ways and diverge in paths. A reader knows how books are no less than a journey, and a traveller knows how every new destination is a new book waiting to be read, and so we here present a faithful collaboration between the two.

1. Into The Wild by Jon Karauker

Travel Books to find the Wanderlust Within The Pages-1 ''Into the wild'' has already erupted in the cinematic universe with a blockbuster movie being made on the book but for those of you who have not heard of it. Into the wild follows Christopher McCandless and his undaunted spirit as he parades through the wild. Set upon the idea of self-discovery, he gives away $25,000 in savings to charity, abandons his car and most of his possessions, burns all the cash in his wallet, and invents a new life for himself in the uninhibited spaces of nature. Four months later, a party of moose hunters finds his decomposed body. How McCandless journeys through the wild and how he is brought to the altar of death is the unforgettable story of Into the Wild. Christopher McCandless echoes as the brazen voice of youth. Into The Wild is truly a raw quest for freedom, a rabble-rousing yet a dedicated tale to unveil the miseries and misgivings of humankind.

2. Unlikely Destinations: The Lonely Planet STORY

Travel Books to find the Wanderlust Within The Pages-2 Lonely Planet is a name synonymous with travel and it is highly unlikely that its name would have escaped your ears as it is a pioneer in the travel industry. Lonely Planet's travel guides are every traveller's faithful companion. The Lonely Planet Publications was born in 1973 when the Wheelers self-published a quirky travel guide, Across Asia on the Cheap. This was quickly followed by what soon became the backpackers' bible, South-East Asia on a Shoestring. Going boldly where no other travel publisher had ventured, they catered to a new generation of independent, budget-conscious travellers long before the advent of mass tourism. ''Unlikely Destinations: The Lonely Planet Story'' is a unique mix of autobiography, business history and travel book. It traces Tony and Maureen Wheeler's personal story as well as the often bumpy evolution of their travel guide business into the world's largest independent travel publishing company. The Lonely Planet Story captures ironically the journey of the magazine that specializes in the above; the lonely planet story is an unmissable read for any avid traveller.

3. On The Road by Jack Kerouac

Travel Books to find the Wanderlust Within The Pages-3 The author who inspired a generation and whose vagabond experiences shape the edifices of travel books; Jack Kerouac’s ''On The Road'' is the most poignant books on travel till date. When Jack Kerouac’s On the Road first appeared in 1957, readers instantly felt the beat of a new literary rhythm. A fictionalised account of his own journeys across America with his friend Neal Cassady, Kerouac captured the soul of a generation and changed the landscape of American fiction forever. Influenced by Jack London and Thomas Wolfe, Kerouac always wanted to be a writer, but it only came about when he wrote about his own experiences in On The Road. Leaving a broken marriage behind him, Sal Paradise (Kerouac) joins Dean Moriarty (Cassady), a tearaway and former reform school boy, on a series of journeys that takes them from New York to San Francisco, then south to Mexico. Hitching rides and boarding buses, they enter a world of hobos and drifters, fruit-pickers and migrant families, small towns and broad horizons. On The Road remains a classic, with Jack Kerouac's offbeat experiences and remarkable prose. On The Road is impossible to skip both for its literary value and its amazing adventures.

4. Without reservations: The travels of an independent woman by Alice Steinbach

Travel Books to find the Wanderlust Within The Pages-4 "Without reservations'' captures the struggles of modern independent women. And in many ways, I was an independent woman," writes Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Alice Steinbach. “For years I’d made my own choices, paid my own bills, shovelled my own snow.” But somehow she had become dependent in quite another way. “I had fallen into the habit of defining myself in terms of who I was to other people and what they expected of me.” But who was she away from the people and things that defined her? In this book, Steinbach searches for the answer to this question in some of the most beautiful and exciting places in the world: Paris, where she finds a soul mate; Oxford, where she takes a course on the English village; Milan, where she befriends a young woman about to be married. Beautifully illustrated with postcards from Steinbach’s journeys, this revealing and witty book takes you into a fascinating quest unravelling what it means to be an independent woman without reservations quite literally.

5. Love with a chance of drowning by Torre Deroche

Travel Books to find the Wanderlust Within The Pages-5 A city girl with a morbid fear of deep water, Torre DeRoche is not someone you would ordinarily find adrift in the middle of the stormy Pacific aboard a leaky sailboat – total crew of two – struggling to keep an old boat and a new relationship afloat. But when she meets Ivan, a handsome Argentinean man with a humble sailboat and a dream to set off exploring the world, Torre has to face a hard decision: watch the man she's in love with sail away forever, or head off on the watery journey with him. Suddenly the choice seems simple. She gives up her sophisticated city life, faces her fear of water (and tendency towards seasickness) and joins her lover on a year-long voyage across the Pacific. Set against a backdrop of the world's most beautiful and remote destinations, ''Love with a Chance of Drowning'' is a sometimes hilarious, often moving and always breathtakingly brave memoir that proves there are some risks worth taking.

6. Neither Here Nor There by Bill Bryson

Travel Books to find the Wanderlust Within The Pages-6 Bill Bryson’s in ''Neither Here nor There'' brings his unique brand of humour to bear on Europe as he shoulders his backpack, keeps a tight hold on his wallet, and journeys from Hammerfest, the northernmost town on the continent, to Istanbul on the cusp of Asia. Fluent in just one language, he retraces his travels as a student twenty years before. Whether braving the homicidal motorists of Paris, being robbed by gypsies in Florence, attempting not to order tripe and eyeballs in a German restaurant or window-shopping in the sex shops of the Reeperbahn, Bryson takes in the sights, dissects the culture and illuminates each place and person with his hilariously caustic observations. Bill Bryson’s hilarious tale with his sidekick Stephen Katz will have you in splits, his journey through Europe is both a trainwreck and a life-saver.

7. Vagabonding by Rolf Potts

Travel Books to find the Wanderlust Within The Pages-7 ''Vagabonding'' is about taking time off from your normal life - from six weeks to four months to two years - to discover and experience the world on your own terms. Veteran shoestring traveller Rolf Potts shows how anyone armed with an independent spirit can achieve the dream of extended overseas travel. How often have we laid out travel plans for our dream destination only to forget about them and get lost in the monotony of daily life? Vagabond talks about just that- making time for the things we actually set out to do with our time. Vagabonding is a quintessential read for the vagabond lurking inside of you. Vagabonding is the key to unveiling the hidden traveller within you that has been caged off by multiple responsibilities.

"Vagabonding is about refusing to exile travel to some other, seemingly more appropriate, time of your life. Vagabonding is about taking control of your circumstances instead of passively waiting for them decide your fate” ~Rolf Potts

8. How not to travel the world: Adventures of a Disaster-Prone Backpacker by Lauren Juliff

Travel Books to find the Wanderlust Within The Pages-8 ''How not to travel the world'' Lauren expertly conveys the fears of a first-time solo traveller who, before hitting the road, lived a rather sheltered life. The theme ponders over conquering fears and battling the worst case scenarios that you can possibly imagine in the most humorous of ways. As she says “I had no life experience, zero common sense and had never eaten rice. I suffered from debilitating anxiety, was battling an eating disorder and had just had my heart broken. I hoped by leaving to travel the world I would be able to heal myself.” She does a solid job of discussing the emotional steps involved in her process, along with getting tied up in crazy adventures and whack escapes. Lauren hilariously portrays her struggles as a solo traveller equipping the reader with the courage to battle the worse oddities. If you have dreams of solo-travelling but have not avowed yet; How not to travel the world would break off your initial inertia and transform you into a courageous solo traveller.

9. Eat, Pray, Love by Eliza Gilbert

Travel Books to find the Wanderlust Within The Pages-9 ''Eat Pray Love'' -as the movie buffs among you would know has been turned into a blockbuster movie featuring Julia Roberts. In Eat, Pray, Love Elizabeth Gilbert tells how she made the difficult choice to leave behind all the trappings of modern American success (marriage, a house in the country, career) and find, instead, what she truly wanted from life. Setting out for a year to study three different aspects of her nature amid three different cultures, Gilbert explores the art of pleasure in Italy and the art of devotion in India, and then a balance between the two on the Indonesian island of Bali. Eat, Pray, love resonates in a tone that is both soulful and entertaining at the same time. Eat, Pray, Love is a book for those moments when you are down on your own, and every road ahead anticipates a blockade. Eat, Pray, love will free you from the Blockade in your soul and expedite all your decisions down that road because remember the destination is immaterial what truly matters is the journey.

10. Geography of Bliss

Travel Books to find the Wanderlust Within The Pages-10 Using the ancient philosophers and the much more recent “science of happiness” as his guide, Eric Weiner travels the world in search of the happiest places and what we can learn from them. Making his way from Iceland (one of the world’s happiest countries) to Bhutan (where the king has made Gross National Happiness a national priority) to Moldova (not a happy place). The geography of bliss follows the author’s pursuit of happiness as he looks for answers for some of the most pressing questions of our time: What are the essential ingredients for the good life? Why are some places happier than others? How are we shaped by our surroundings? Why can’t airlines serve a decent meal? With all this in mind, he starts his venture through the vastness of the globe to find happiness only to stumble upon wisdom in the most unlikely of place.

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