During all the time I’ve spent travelling, I’ve learnt a trick or two. And a nice way to inspire you to start your own journey is to share my knowledge. I’ll be telling you about my adventures, and each story will have recommendations on what to do, when to go, what to see or where to eat and drink, but I also want to tell you about how I pack, what I got to make the trip more efficient, and which equipment I use to shot all the wonders I see.
As this is the first of the tips, I’ll keep it to inspiration. I love to read, and lately I’ve chosen mostly travel-inspired literature. I’ve been really lucky, because all the books I chose have been great!
This is my top three, and I’m more than happy to recommend them.
Jamie Maslin starts his journey in Tasmania hoping to hitchhike all the way back home to London. After four seasons, 800 rides, 18,000 miles (30.000 kms), and 19 countries in three continents, he gets there. The magic is on all the adventures he has on the way, though. They’re funny, enlightening, endearing, and full of learning experiences. You get to see the best of mankind through the people he meets on the road… what’s more stimulating than that to follow his footsteps? And coolest thing is that every country featured in this well written, informative and inspiring book is on my list 🙂
The name caught my attention before I read a single review. And it paid off. Kristin Newman walk us through her full-of-wanderlust life. Was she feeling blue? She booked a ticket. Was she trying to get over a breakup? She booked a ticket. Was she celebrating a promotion? She booked a ticket. You get the idea, right? Her adventures are funny, sexy, empowering, candid and sweet. Especially the women that are reading this, get this book!
For the series-lovers out there, Kristin is a sitcom writer. Remember in HIMYM when Robin went to Argentina and came back with Enrique Iglesias? Can you guess who wrote it?
For all of you who are wondering if the grass is greener on the other side, Steven Primrose-Smith has the answer. He biked through 22,000 miles (35.400 kms) trying to see all the capitals in Europe (even though he has a weird way to count them). He experiences first-hand how people, food, roads and bureaucracy work around the continent, telling us all about it with a colourful and sarcastic sense of humour. His trip is hard and fun at the same time, like most things in life. There’s a lot to learn about oneself reading about his journey.
He also wrote about a trip living with £1 a day on the road (Hungry for Miles), and he just finished a tour around 39 breakaway territories. I can’t wait to read his insights about what could be future countries!
–> At the moment I’m starting Shantaram, by Gregory David Roberts. It looks quite promising, so I’ll let you know how it goes 🙂
Anything you would recommend? I’d love to hear about what you’re reading. And please let me know if you liked these books!
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