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33 Best Inspirational Books That Will Make You Want To Travel The World

4. Vagabonding by Rolf Potts

After reading The 4-Hour Work Week, another highly transformative book, I read Vagabonding by Rolf Potts, which was recommended by Tim Ferriss. While I had already had the urge to see the world, this book really inspired me to make it happen. While seeing iconic travel images is great, Rolf inspired me by turning travel into a lifestyle.

In Vagabonding, Rolf talks about travel as a way of taking time off from normal life. Instead of the typical 1-2 week vacation spent at a resort, he taught me about extended travel, whether it be six weeks or one year. He inspired me to take solace in a task-free adventure, discovering the world on my own terms. Vagabonding has become one of my favorite reads and since the time I opened the book, I’ve been to more than 35 countries spanning 6 continents. After seeing a decent chunk of the world, I also decided to get to know my own country better and did a 150-day road trip to experience the best things to do in Canada, coast to coast to coast. Read More.
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Best Travel Books About Africa

5. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

The Poisonwood Bible was truly eye-opening and I learned so much about the Congo. It’s history and trials, some which still continue today were heartbreaking. Kingsolver paints such a vivid picture that you can almost imagine being there. Read More.
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6. Out of Africa by Karen Blixen

Ever since I read the book Out of Africa by Danish writer Karen Blixen I was mesmerized by the incredibly detailed and vivid descriptions of the African plains and savannah. The author provided such realistic descriptions of a time that once was that I couldn’t help but want to see it for myself.

I have since gone on many safaris to several of Kenya’s conservancies and national parks, some in the same fashion as safaris once emerged: with mobile tented camps, fine china and sunset drinks around the campfire. While I have not been able to find the essence of that time and the romance felt in the book in the Kenyan highlands, I have memorable stories to take home. Read More.
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