Three Reads for When You're Full of Wanderlust
I'm on my couch, sunlight streaming in the window, curled up with a book. You'll find me here often- whenever I want to escape.
While there's nothing like a vacation to bring you back to life, a book (especially one about travel) is the second-best remedy when your job or bank account won't allow the trip you desire.
Reaching for a steaming mug of coffee, I crack open the book's cover and instantly feel worlds away.
Want to take a literary trip of your own? Try one of these three options. Brimming with wanderlust and set in interesting places, they're the next best thing to a new stamp in your passport!
1) Jack Kerouac's On The Road
Almost everything Kerouac ever wrote revolved around themes of getting lost, finding yourself or finding life- often all at once, and almost always in a new place. He understood the importance of travel and was addicted to the life it breathes into you.
His first Beat novel, On The Road, zig-zags across America in borrowed, dilapidated cars while young friends drink in big sights and dream even bigger dreams. They tackle life's questions and try to find where they fit in this world.
It'll make you believe that the world must be seen to be understood, and that you learn the most about life when living out of a suitcase.
2) Truman Capote's Breakfast At Tiffany's
Yes, this is the short story that inspired the famous Audrey Hepburn film, but don't let that fool you. While the film was sweet romance and happy endings, the book is something else entirely: It's an examination of New York's elite and bright young things, the fly on the wall at Manhattan parties. It's about what it takes to be a party girl, and, most of all, it's about what party girls are really like under all that glitter and mascara.
Capote's sharp narrative and unforgiving treatment of his characters feels very hard-and-fast New York. Add that to the delicate descriptions of city life and plot that roams all over Manhattan and you'll be feeling like a seasoned New Yorker (almost)!
3) Earnest Hemingway's The Old Man and The Sea
The story of an old fisherman trying to change his luck, this brief novel drops the reader in the deeply, wonderfully foreign-feeling everyday life of rural Cuba.
It's got action, adventure and heart break packed into a tiny fishing boat brimming with emotion.
By examining each slight detail of how some Cubans lived, Hemingway presents a picture of a life so different from yours you'll almost feel the salt water spraying on your face.
One of the best parts of travel is seeing how others live, and Hemingway's minimalist presentation of the Old Man allows you to do just that.
Escaping from our day-to-day grind, be it by travelling somewhere new or travelling through the pages of a book, opens our eyes to all that life can be. Don't let where you are stop you from dreaming of where you could be! Read a book, get lost and see what you find.