Books That Inspire Wanderlust!

At lot of us have been stuck inside for extended periods of times lately and it can get stifling for sure. So, I decided to compile a list of books that have taken me to places all over this earth as a means of distraction and escapism. Therefore, even if we may not be able to go there in real life right now, maybe this will be a nice way of planning for when this will eventually be over.

Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Amy & Roger's Epic DetourI wanted to start with something easy – a good, old-fashioned road trip through the USA. Morgan Matson is one of my favourite contemporary Young Adult authors and I really adore all her books. This one in particular is one of her earlier works though and just so much fun. While she always manages to have an emotional component and some depth to her characters, I definitely just wanted to get into a car with a potential love interest and drive around for a while after finishing the book …

Again, but Better by Christine Riccio

Again, but BetterThis is a read I finished only very recently. You’ll know that I had some points I didn’t absolutely love about this book, but if you want to imagine what it’s like to go explore Europe as an exchange student, this might just be something to look into regardless.

The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais

The One-Hundred Foot JourneyIt might not sound like a conventional travel book, and it’s not. The Hundred-Foot Journey focuses heavily on the culinary journey of a young man originally from India, however, you follow him around as you explore his life in his home country and later on in the UK and France. This is also one of my picks that is available as a movie, just in case you want to get really hungry from all the delicious food they are cooking on-screen.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie SocietyI have talked about this book a plenty, but it was just such a lovely read. Who says that every vacation or travel experience has to be packed full of excitement and rushes around every corner? If you maybe are longing for some calmness on the beautiful island of Guernsey, I wouldn’t fault you! (The book is set shortly after WWII and does explore the topic, just to be clear)

Memories of the Eagle and the Jaguar Series by Isabel Allende

From what I heard, Isabel Allende is really more known for her adult fiction, however, I was obsessed by this series as a kid/young teen. It follows teenagers Alex and Nadia through their adventures from the Amazon to the Himalaya and lastly to Kenya. It didn’t feel like it was written for very young readers, but it definitely was marketed as Young Adult. There are some really heavy themes explored and the books get more adult as the characters age. Still, I have very fond memories of it and therefore picked it as my only fantasy-inspired read.

City of the Beasts (Eagle and Jaguar, #1) Kingdom of the Golden Dragon (Eagle and Jaguar, #2) Forest of the Pygmies (Eagle and Jaguar, #3)

Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman

Call Me By Your Name (Call Me By Your Name, #1)Do I even have to explain myself? I know this book has flaws, but to me the writing was magic and I felt like I had just spent a summer in the countryside of Italy myself. What more could you possible want? Maybe it’s time for me to check out the movie as well?

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest TrailWe are now entering memoir territory! This was not an easy read but since Cheryl Strayed had gone through all of it herself, it was very hard to rate. When you decide to go on the Pacific Crest Trail (from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State) all on your lonesome self, you have a lot of time to think and work on past trauma. This book deals with all of that!

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

Eat, Pray, LoveNow, we all know that this isn’t the most relatable journey for the majority of people. Very few of us can afford to just go travel all over the globe for a year, yet I found Elizabeth’s travels from Italy to India to Bali such a rewarding read. Depending on where you are in life, I think you might find yourself more interested in one specific part of Eat, Pray or Love in the book and that is totally valid. It will not connect with everyone, but I had some really enlightened moments during the whole affair.

These were all books I have read myself, but I am sure there are many I have missed. What are some books that have inspired wanderlust in you? I especially have taken care of mostly using real life settings, but are there some fantasy worlds you like to escape to? Let’s chat!

12 thoughts on “Books That Inspire Wanderlust!

  1. My wanderlust has been going wild lately. In my head, I’m literally travelling all over the world without a care in the world. Sadly, the reality is not the same, but I adore Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour. I love how the book also featured snippets from scrapbooks that make the journey feel all the more intimate. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, even with the awesome title, sounds like one of the most soothing books ever.

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    • I think we are all ready for a little getaway. In my head, the two of us are already on the road in Texas haha
      I find the idea of Guernsey calming haha even post-war poverty and all


  2. Given that we can’t really go outside, traveling via books is truly a good idea 😄 I love The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society so much and I really, really need to finally watch the movie 🥰 I also still have Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour on my TBR, it seems like it’s time to read a good old road trip book 😊

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    • I thought it would be fun with everyone stuck in a place they might not want to be stuck in haha (also, not sure anyone will be able to go on summer vacations this year …)
      Awe, Amy and Roger is SO cute! I hope you’ll love it 😀 Feel free to spam my DMs if you get around to it!

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  3. Great post Kat! I really want to read some of these books. Specially Call me by your name, which everyone seems to love. And eat pray love is a modern classic i’d also like to read! One book I’ve read recently that inspired me wanderlust was The Unhoneymooners, as it is set on a island.

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    • Thank you so much for your comment!
      Call Me By Your Name has such a special way of telling the story, I don’t think it works for everyone, but I adored it. I felt so in the moment with Elio and really felt his teen brain trying to justify and process everything that’s happening. I still have so many quotes bookmarked from that book!
      I heard great things about the Unhoneymooners! I’ll definitely make sure to keep it on my radar when I want something wanderlust-esque again 😀


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