Books to Inspire Wanderlust

By: Martha Pointer

It’s been awhile since I’ve written for Atlantic Teen – my last post was at the end of November. Since then, I’ve been backpacking through Europe and exploring some amazing countries in the wintertime. I figured there’d be no better topic to write about today than the books that most inspire me to travel!

Into the Wild by John Krakouer 
I read this book during the last leg of my summer backpacking trip and it inspired in me such a wonder for the world and meeting people and a reverence for nature. Chris McCandless was, in many ways, a remarkable human being in his search for solitude and need to roam and while the story is tragic, it’s also electrifying.

On the Road by Jack Kerouac
This is a classic American novel that makes me want to get in my car and just drive. Anywhere. I’d say this is the perfect book for those interested in taking a road trip or living life day to day, especially in the United States.

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Name a more enthralling tale of adventure? No, seriously – I’ll wait. Even though LOTR is a fantasy series, the scope of the characters’ travels, the richness of the setting, and the pure excitement of constant movement within the story always makes my feet itchy. Plus, this trilogy is long enough that you can bring it on a trip and never get bored!

Just One Day by Gayle Forman
For the young adult lovers out there, this one’s for you. The protagonist takes a graduation trip to Europe, meets a boy, and spontaneously leaves her tour to spend one final day exploring Paris with him. This moment of impulse triggers a series of events that shape her first year in college and life beyond, in the best way possible. This book will remind you to get out there and live a little, and I love it for that.

Love Her Wild by Atticus
It might be unconventional to include a poetry book on this list, but Love Her Wild is chock-full of figurative language about wild scenery, wild people, wild hearts. It’s beautifully written, relatable, and inspiring. What more could you ask for from poetry?

Well, there’s a short list of books that I love to read while traveling or to get me in the mood for a trip. Hopefully some of these recommendations can fuel your wanderlust and, if you can’t travel right now, at least make you feel like you’re seeing some of the world through the inky pages of a book. Happy reading (and wandering)!

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