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5 Books to Fuel your Wanderlust

Books to Fuel your Adventurous Spirit 

If you’re one of those people who absolutely loves reading like me, then you know how important the perfect book is to fuel your adventurous spirit. I personally love to read about travel and adventure. I love to read about foreign places and dream myself into the story. However, I am also very picky. I have searched long and far to find the perfect books to charge my imagination. So after all my searching, I have compiled a list of some of my favorites that I have found. Some of these books have been my best travel companion and some of them have been the inspiration for my most amazing adventures. Hope you enjoy!

1. Better Than Fiction: True Travel Tales From Great Fiction Writers by Lonely Planet

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This is the last book I read and I absolutely loved it. First off, I am a huge fan of Lonely Planet’s travel books (as you’ll see by number 3), but this one holds a special place in my heart. All the stories in it are written by famous authors. The authors, however are telling true stories about their own travel experiences. They beautifully weave their stories into wonderful narratives that transport you to anywhere you want to go.

2.Paris: An Inspiring Tour of the City’s Creative Heart by Janelle McCulloch

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So this one is for the very specific traveller. If you dream of going to Paris or are planning a trip to Paris, this book is a must. It’s a in depth guide to everything you could possibly want to see in Paris. And the pictures are amazing! McCulloch divides Paris up by arrondissement and lets you know the names and locations of all the best spots to eat, drink, shop, sight see, etc. Half of my Paris adventures were inspired by this book.

3. Tales From Nowhere: Unexpected Stories From Unexpected Places By Lonely Planet

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Another wonderful Lonely Planet travel book. I actually read this one first and fell in love with them. This book focuses specifically on stories about traveling to nowhere, an interesting place for travelers to find themselves. I think I loved it so much because to get to ‘nowhere’ you have to wander a little. Nowhere is away from the huge tourist sites and all the crowds. In many of these stories, ‘nowhere’ is the local’s ‘somewhere’. It’s the perfect book to dream up ways of getting lost.

4. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

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Here is our first fiction novel. I would have to say this is my favorite book in general. It’s a wonderful dark story that takes place in 1950’s Barcelona, Spain. Zafón writes in such a way that you feel you are walking along the dark rainy streets, or experiencing Mount Tibidabo right next to the main character, Daniel. The writing is beautiful, gothic, and dark, but it certainly makes you want to pack your bags and head to Spain!

5. Metronome by Lorànt Deutsch

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Another book about Paris. Because I love Paris.

Did you know that the last Gallic warriors massacred by the Romans lie beneath the Eiffel Tower? In this book actor, writer, and now, historian, Lorànt Deutsch explains the history of Paris in a super interesting way. By using 21 metro stops, one for each century, Deutsch unveils the history of Paris and the metro names in a way that makes you want to spend your day only going station to station.This book feels like a treasure map to finding all the hidden history of Paris, a city full of mysteries and incredible historical treasures.

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Hope you enjoy the adventure! Are there any books that specifically inspire you to travel? Comment below! I would love to have more reads to add to my library!

Lauren Mercier

university of california, Santa Barbara | 6 stories

Lauren is a California native who has a love for unexpected adventures, photography, and a well timed sunset. She has been to 16 countries on 4 continents and isn't planning to stop anytime soon! She recently graduated from University of California, Santa Barbara with a double degree in Acting and Communication.

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