What inspires your travels? What gives you the wanderlust fever? I get the travel bug from the books I read and the movies I see.
I always see myself as the heroine of one book or another and try to imagine the places described in the book. Now is easier because the WWW brings any place closer than ever.
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1. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Eat, Pray, Love is the story of a woman on her journey to find herself. I loved the descriptive content of the places she visits along the way; I fell in love with Italy and wanted to live in Bali.
2. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
This is a book that teaches you how to follow your dreams. Coelho’s book is full of meaningful quotes.
3. My life in France by Julia Child
This book is the amazing story of the year Julia Child spent in France, how she fell in love with the French cuisine and how she discovered her true calling.
4. Bengal Nights by Mircea Eliade
The book tells the love story between Alain, a French engineer, and Maitreyi, his host’s daughter. The story is set in 1930 in Calcutta and you can find out more about 1930’s India and the differences between two cultures.
“Bengal Nights is forceful and harshly poignant, written with a great love of India informed by clear-eyed understanding. But do not open it if you prefer to remain unmoved by your reading matter. It is enough to make stones weep.” — Literary Review
5. The Beach by Alex Garland
Discover the 1990’s Thailand with secret blue lagoons, white beaches, jungles untouched by people, a real Eden for those who run from the crowded cities.
6. A Year In Provence by Peter Mayle
The entertaining story of a man moving into a 200 years-old farmhouse with his wife and two dogs and trying to adjust to a country lifestyle in France.
7. Under The Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes
A beautiful story about a woman buying and restoring an abandoned villa in the amazing Tuscan countryside.
That’s my list of best travel books!
What books inspired your travels?