“Gonna travel, gonna travel wild and free
I’m gonna pack my bags because this great big world is calling me”
Elvis Presley – Harem Holiday
There is a quote in the book The Travels of Ibn Battutah that says, “Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” It captures what many travelers feel. The stories and reflections travel inspires may be told or not. But the tales are there. Some share them through songs. While others do it by writing a story that sparks wanderlust in others. Whether you are looking for a good read or inspirations and ideas on where to go next, here are a few books that will make you want to pack your bags and go now.
Istanbul: Memories and the City by Orhan Pamuk
Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk provides a more intimate look at one of the most beautiful and fascinating cities in the world. Reading this book is like taking an immersive journey into a city seen from the lens of someone whose depth of understanding of the city makes you want to see and experience for yourself. You cannot read this book and not be moved by it.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Paulo Coelho’s best-selling novel is an inspiring tale of a shepherd boy who wanted to travel in the hopes of finding treasures that will improve his lot in life. This book takes you on a mystical journey with the boy Santiago. It tells a captivating tale that include the path to wisdom that can be found in one’s quest to find riches some of which may not have been sought at the onset but made for the best treasures in life.