During this difficult and uncharted time in our world one of the positive things to hold onto is the ability to read more books. Normally, for me, reading can sometimes take a back seat to the multitude of other distractions available to me. But with added down time and being indoors so much, my ability to read has gone up. This also is a way to help maintain my mental health during this time, because we all might need a moment to “escape” from our reality.
There are unlimited and never-ending supplies of awesome books, and with most libraries offering free ebooks to check out, you can really never go wrong. I love a variety of books from biographies to fiction to novels, but most of all I love to read about travel and adventure. During stressful and uncertain times it can be difficult to unplug. I know for me I find it hard to do things for myself, I feel guilty, like I shouldn’t be enjoying my time when so many are suffering. But I have to remember that it is even more important during times of difficulty to take time to escape and to recharge. So grab one of these books, in no particular order, and set off on a grand adventure!
This is an incredible story of a newspaper writer, who at the age of 28 packed his bag and started a 4 year adventure around the world on foot! He made his way across 22 countries and 5 continents. This is a must read for those who love amazing adventure and harrowing tales of danger, connection, and deep understanding of how small the world really is.
This is an international bestseller and an inspiration to many. It follows a young shepherd boy on his mystical journey who dreams of travel to search for treasure. This is a story of more than just travel but how travel can really help you find yourself and what you are searching for in the world.
A story of a journey on foot from the southern tip of South America to the north of Alaska over a 7 year period. This is truly an epic adventure ripe with beauty and danger and perseverance of the human spirit.
This historical recounting of Ernest Shackleton’s 1914 attempt to reach the South Pole. This is a harrowing tale that will keep you on the edge of your seat. It inspires with its ability to expand your understanding of what is possible, and tells you to look in the mirror and discover what you are really made of.
This is a great book for people interested in traveling in a deeper way and getting something more from their travel practice then just fun, Joseph Campbell and his book are essential reading. Every experience we have, especially in a travel context, has the potential to provide us with access to secrets about ourselves and about the world around us, and this book lays out how we can follow a proven path to transformation. It also connects each of us individually to the timeless path of adventure and movement that has been passed down from our ancestors to us, the lust for adventure and the need to seek out new experiences.
If there was ever a book that used the written word to paint elaborate images and create masterful works of visual art, it would be this one. John Muir recounts his first trip to visit the Western United states, and specifically the Sierra Nevada mountains of Eastern California. At this time the area was not as developed as it is now, and his wanderings in the forests and hills of this magical place transport you to a mystical wonderland of splendid nature.
A story of a troubled soul, misunderstood and at times reckless and callous, this true story recounts the travels of Christopher McCandless who left home after graduating college to discover some “higher truth” and ultimately do battle with “the false being within.” At times touching, at times maddening, and all the time beautifully written, this story elicits wildly varied emotional responses from those who read it. So read it yourself and you can be transported on a journey and make up your own mind about what you think.