10 Books That Will Kindle Your Wanderlust

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step,” said Laozi the philosopher from Ancient China. And yes indeed, it is the initiative that brings about action. So, if you’ve been finding yourself enclosed in the humdrum and sweet chaos of your life, we give you ten reasons that would prep you up for that single step!

#1 The Time Machine (H.G. Wells)

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“The Time Machine” is a novel where the protagonist travels beyond his time through a vehicle built by him and the new evolved worlds he steps into. At the heart of it, the book can’t help but make you think about man’s thirst and curiosity that create possibilities for further experiences in societies. The Time Traveller is new to the society he walks into 800,000 years beyond his time where humanity has evolved to two different species (Eloi and Morlocks) and like every other traveller, experiences the life outside his world and witnesses what it will come to be. Be it the paradise like society of the placid and naïve Eloi or the dark underground where the gruff Morlocks move about, hop into your own vehicle that lets you escape into the world’s vast creation and who knows maybe you’d even spot rabbit-like herbivores like the Time Traveller.

 #2 The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)


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Every end begins with a journey and every journey begins with a dream, a desire and a belief. The Alchemist traces the journey of a boy’s belief in his dream and the hardships he faces in the form of misconceptions, contention and self-sufficiency to witness his once recurring dream become a reality. From the ruins of a church in Andalusia, Spain where our hero Santiago (a shepherd boy) resides to his journey to Northern Africa where he loses whatever little he had and gains more to leave the life behind to march on through the desserts of the Sahara to the pyramids of Giza, The Alchemist never ceases to amaze and uplift.

#3 Paper Towns (John Green)

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What happens when the girl you’ve always admired one night arrives at your window and picks you to assist her in a mission for revenge against her cheating boyfriend and then disappears the next day leaving behind clues to the rollercoaster ride of a lifetime? Well, a guy like Quentin sheds his inhibitions to embark on trips that involve spending time in deserted buildings and searching abandoned towns near his hometown Orlando, Florida to a 21 hr road trip accompanied by his friends in a minivan to the paper town of Agloe, New York hoping it may lead him to Margo and even if not, it would be one helluva story to reel off.

 #4 Into The Wild by (Jon Krakauer)

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This is the story of Christopher McCandless who shuns his current existence for a more raw and meaningful lifestyle away from pretense in the wilderness of Alaska. Alexander Supertramp is the name he chooses for himself as he drives to the west and then hitchhikes towards the Alaskan wilderness. He kayaks down the Colorado River all the way to Mexico, travels to Los Angeles in a freight train, shaves in wheat fields with the sprinklers spraying water, befriends a farmer, lives amidst gypsies at Slab City, and bonds with an old man near Salton City, California. But never for once does he decide to settle down before he completes his quest to walk into the wild north. He abandons his car, money and his watch to embrace nature like the animals on earth. Living off minimum supplies, Chris hunts with a .22 caliber rifle, at the same time realizes the importance of life and lives his wild Alaskan days as he camps in an abandoned bus he finds as if by magic in the interiors at Denali National Park.

#5 Around the World in 80 Days (Jules Verne)

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Our hero Fogg argues over an article that states one can now travel around the world in 80 days and is challenged by his fellow card players to complete the task himself. A journey like a travel full of adventure and excitement begins and we see Fogg along with his valet Passepartout set off from England to make it back to London on time. He passes through Brindisi, Suez, Bombay, Calcutta, Hong Kong, Yokohama, San Francisco, New York and Liverpool. There is also a detective who suspects him to be a bank robber and arrests him at Liverpool. But Fogg manages to reach a day earlier, wins the bet and on course finds himself a beautiful woman. Ah! What all joys does travel have in store!

#6 A Moveable Feast (Ernest Hemingway)

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 "If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast," writes Hemingway. Moveable Feast is a memoir of his personal experiences and observations as a young writer and his transition towards becoming a great one. Each chapter is a memory of the author laced in beauty. Hemingway writes or more like sketches a portrait of Paris in the 20s against the backdrop of the people in his life from F. Scott Fitzgerald and his troubled relationship with his wife Ella to his mentor Gertrude Stein to name a few.

#7 Notes from a Small Island (Bill Bryson)

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 Notes from a Small Island capture’s a homeboy’s love for his country through a humorous amalgamation of memories, people and places. It was written when Bryson decided to move back to his native US but felt like having one long last look at Great Britain, his home for over two decades. Bryson sets forth to spread his gaze upon the entire island and recounts the memories he holds of this home from the first time he laid eyes on it. He takes us on a tour of the neighborhoods of London, wanders a few restaurantless streets of Exeter in the West Country, moves to the majestic Edinburgh and also nudges our arm and speaks about the transformations of Glasgow.

#8 Eat, Pray, Love (Elizabeth Gilbert)

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Eat, Pray, Love is an account of Liz Gilberts travel across Italy, India and Indonesia after she walks out of her unhappy marriage to set loose the chains that had bound her for long. She travels these countries for specific purposes – to explore the art of pleasure in Italy, the art of devotion in India and the art of balancing the two in Indonesia. Liz spends four months in Italy enjoying fine Italian meal and language, finds the much needed spiritual guidance during her three month stay in a Guru’s ashram near Mumbai in India and ends the year in Bali, Indonesia where she finds true love in the form of a Brazilian businessman.

 #9 The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)

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From waking up one least favorite day to see a bulldozer waiting to demolish your house for a new motorway pass to being informed by your best friend that the Earth will be destroyed by a Vogon (alien race) Constructor Fleet for a new hyperspace bypass and that your friend is an alien too, things just get weird and worse. Join Arthur and his alien friend Ford as they climb aboard a Vogon ship and escape planet earth, are tortured by terrible Vogon poetry and join forces with the President of the Galaxy (who happens to be Ford’s brother) to find the planet Magrathea (a legendary lost planet) and meet new races and species that make you wonder about the varied possibilities of life. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is crazy, ridiculous and the right kind of crazy for your travel bones.

#10 On the Road - The Original Scroll (Jack Kerouac)

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Jack Kerouac’s epic tale of his travel across America and his fascination with Neal Cassady is a vehicle in high gear in its own right. You rev up the engine on the first few lines and then there is no stopping. A sweet welcoming barrage of people and places with no or little time for long goodbyes, On the Road is raw, full of sex beasts and poets and drug addicts and bebop (style of jazz) and the crazy energy that defined the beat generation. The Original Scroll an unedited version of On the Road has no chapter numbers or separation of any kind. Like Jack had typed it and realized when finished, it does resembles a road and you’d wish nothing but to keep rolling under its stars.


Article by: Jerome Gonsalves

1 Comment

Arnab Das
Arnab Das

January 06, 2015

‘Three cups of tea’ by Greg Mortenson has accounts of travels to some of the most inaccessible places in Afghanistan and Pakistan, including PoK.

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