Hello you wonderful people! First of all, sorry for the silence on here. Coming home to Los Angeles has been a whirlwind of seeing all the loved ones I had missed and an unexpected case of reverse culture shock. That’s why I am so happy to be back at my laptop writing a post today which lies very close to my heart: the 5 books that inspired me to travel. So enjoy this post, and I hope that some of you will end up grabbing one or more of these and curling up with it on a summer afternoon.
- Just One Day | Gayle Forman – This is the story of a Dutch boy and an American girl who meet on a train in Europe. The two end up taking off for just one day in Paris, during which they fall in love, only to be separated and then spending the next year trying to find each other again. It’s a heart warming love story, and Allison’s (the narrator and main character) journeys across Europe looking for her Dutch boy will inspire you to get out and do the same.
- Looking For Alaska | John Green – “I go to seek a great perhaps.” After reading this line, I knew the story of Miles and Alaska Young would be one that forever changes me. It’s about going out and seeking your answers in the world, rather than being scared and staying in your own little bubble. The characters might stay in their small Alabama boarding school, but the message is that one should not be afraid to break free. The story will stay with you long after you have put the book down.
- The Alchemist | Paulo Coelho – I read this book a few days before moving to Paris. I had been feeling a little lost in terms of identity, and didn’t know what to expect of the future at the time. Reading about Santiago’s journey through Egypt really helped me find my center again, and showed me that I didn’t need to be afraid of the unknown. Be prepared for beautiful quotes within this story of love and personal growth.
- Anna and the French Kiss | Stephanie Perkins – This is definitely lighter pool-side material, but a cute book with a great story nonetheless. Reading about Anna’s life at a boarding school in Paris is actually what put the city on my radar the first place! This is another love story (I’m the biggest sucker), but one that seamlessly integrates what life in France is like along with the narrations. My favorite part is now reading back and knowing exactly where everything is.
- The Opposite of Loneliness | Marina Keegan – A collection of short stories and essays, TOOL is about the process of finding yourself while growing up. Written by a college student who was killed just days after her Yale graduation, the stories will hit home. They might not take place in foreign countries or even have anything directly to do with travel, but they inspired me to stop being so afraid and to go ahead with my dreams: moving away and seeing the world. Nothing I have ever read described so accurately what I feel about myself and life, and I suspect that this best seller will do the same for you. (sorry that this got kind of sappy)
And those are the books that have inspired me to travel, and affected almost every major decision I have made in the past year. Now I want to know, what books inspire you to travel? I would love to hear, as I am always looking for something new to read.
Thank you for reading!
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