11 Books That Will Make You Want To Quit Regular Life & Travel The World
The wanderlust is real.
With summer well and truly on the horizon, there’s never been a worse time to get wanderlust.
But instead of just booking a week long trip to Spain and getting straight back to work, why not embrace that urge to see the world using these ridiculously handy (and dangerous) books?
Here are 11 that will make you genuinely consider quitting life and booking a one-way ticket around the world. Don’t say we didn’t warn you…
Do Big Small Things by Bruce Poon Tip
Armed with this rough-and-tumble field journal, prepare to embark on a wondrous, eclectic journey packed with inspiration and activities from around the globe. Page by page, it will challenge you to write, rip, make, and share as you blast out of your comfort zone, dream big, and pay it forward.
Wherever you find yourself--on a plane, trekking through Nepal, or in your living room - this book will inspire you to create a vibrant record of your adventures and to push the limits of your mind. The result is a deeply personal gallery of shared surprises, hidden treasures, sudden epiphanies, meaningful connections, and lasting changes.
On The Road by Jack Kerouac
Sal Paradise, a young innocent, joins his hero Dean Moriarty, a traveller and mystic, the living epitome of Beat, on a breathless, exuberant ride back and forth across the United States.
Their hedonistic search for release or fulfilment through drink, sex, drugs and jazz becomes an exploration of personal freedom, a test of the limits of the American dream.
Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer
By examining the true story of Chris McCandless, a young man, who in 1992 walked deep into the Alaskan wilderness and whose SOS note and emaciated corpse were found four months later, internationally bestselling author Jon Krakauer explores the obsession which leads some people to explore the outer limits of self, leave civilization behind and seek enlightenment through solitude and contact with nature.
(It sounds a bit like a drag, but honestly, it's really good).
The Sisterhood Of The Travelling Pants by Ann Brashares
Carmen, Tibby, Lena and Bridget have been best friends all their lives. They live in the same small American town and usually spend every moment of their long summer holidays together. The year they turn 16 is the first time they have separate plans for the summer but the girls are determined to keep in touch.
Tibby buys a pair of jeans in a second-hand shop and the girls discover that the trousers magically fit each of them perfectly, despite their different figures and heights. They hit upon a wonderful plan of sharing the jeans throughout the vacation - sending them on to the next friend when they feel the time is right.
Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination by Helen Fielding
From the white heat of Miami to the implants of LA, the glittering waters of the Caribbean to the deserts of Arabia, Olivia Joules pits herself against the forces of terror armed only with a hatpin, razor sharp wits and a very special underwired bra.
Talk about adventure, eh?
Paper Towns by John Green
Quentin Jacobsen has always loved Margo Roth Spiegelman, for Margo (and her adventures) are the stuff of legend at their high school.
So when she one day climbs through his window and summons him on an all-night road trip of revenge he cannot help but follow.
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life.
With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - and she would do it alone.
The Beach by Alex Garland
Richard lands in East Asia in search of an earthly utopia. In Thailand, he is given a map promising an unknown island, a secluded beach - and a new way of life.
What Richard finds when he gets there is breathtaking: more extraordinary, more frightening than his wildest dreams. But how long can paradise survive here on Earth? And what lengths will Richard go to in order to save it?
A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit
A Field Guide to Getting Lost is an investigation into loss, losing and being lost. Taking in subjects as eclectic as memory and mapmaking, Hitchcock movies and Renaissance painting, Rebecca Solnit explores the challenges of living with uncertainty.
Beautifully written, this book combines memoir, history and philosophy, shedding glittering new light on the way we live now.
Catch Me If You Can by Frank Abagnale and Stan Redding
Yep, that movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio was a real thing that a real person actually did. WE DEMAND TO KNOW EVERYTHING.
How To Be An Explorer of the World by Keri Smith
Written by the author of Wreck This Journal, Keri Smith asks readers 'to document and observe the world around you as if you've never seen it before.
Take notes. Collect things you find on your travels. Document findings. Notice patterns. Copy. Trace. Focus on one thing at a time. Record what you are drawn to.'