Influential Books That Inspire Our Travels

Looking for an Influential Books that inspire people to travel and do other incredible things? We are not very big readers especially because blogging takes up a lot of our time.  So when a book does come our way it has to be extra special for us to find the time to read it.

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We are always adding to this list of books that have inspired us to travel or that have found their way to us while travelling.  Each one will have a unique story behind them, as they always do!


Seven Years in Tibet

Author: Heinrich Harrier (based on a true story)

This book fueled my fascination with Buddhism.  I first watched the movie and it inspired me to want to visit the majestic country of Tibet ever since.  Heinrich Harrier was a European mountaineer who goes to the Himalayas to climb Mt. Everest.  During his journey Word War II started and he was taken prisoner in India to a British internment camp.  Harrier escapes the prison camp with a friend and they journey through Asia for twenty one months where they have many adventures.  Their biggest adventure is being one of the first foreigners to enter into the city of Lhasa, home of the Dali Lama.  Heinrich and the ruler of Tibet, who was just a young boy at the time formed a special friendship that neither one of them will ever forget.  It truly is an amazing story of  lost worlds, courage, spirituality and true friendships.

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Shantaram

Author: Gregory David Roberts (based on a true story)

I read this book before my first trip to India, the second time we went Lisa was reading it.  We took this picture in the Leopold Cafe’in Mumbai, a place which is referred to in the book a number of times.  The story is about a convicted Australian bank robber who escaped from Pentridge Prison and flees to India.  This book did just that… it took me to India in the 1980’s.  The story is based around Bombay’s hidden society of beggars and gangsters, prostitutes and holy men, soldiers and actors.  Not to mention all the adventures that came with it.

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The Alchemist

Arthour: Paulo Coelho

I bought this book in a tiny bookshop in Goa.  We were going to board a train to Varanasi for 16 hours so my friend suggested I buy it.  I have since read it about four times.  It is one of those books that will resonate with you no matter what stage of your life you at.  Every time I have read it I have learn’t something new about myself.  Its a story about how to follow your dreams and teaches you lessons to apply to your life in order to find what we all seek.  The book is now so in demand, originally written in Portuguese it is now translated into 70 different languages.  It is one of those books that you leave on your book shelf and every five years you dust it off and read it again.  Great story to read while travelling!

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The Cake the Buddha ate and Quiet Food

Authors: Many

These two books come from the kitchen of our Buddhist Retreat near our home town in Durban, South Africa.  All recipes are food for the soul, vegetarian food to me can either be really tasteless or really yummy.  South East Asia is our favorite country to visit and one day we hoping to call it home, the best vegetarian food comes from those small kitchens that line its busy streets.  When we home we follow these easy recipes and they give us ideas to personalize our own recipes.

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How to Transform your Life

Author: Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

This book is simply about truth. Everyone no matter what stage you are in your life will benefit tremendously by reading Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche spiritual incites about how we can all find happiness. He shows you what you can do when you change your attitude and mind which will solve problems and allow you to live your full potential.  It taught me simple steps on how to seek happiness within. From that I realised I need to stop chasing money and accomplishments and do what I love the most and that is to travel and serve others.

The free ebook is available for download.

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Know of a good travel book that’s not on this list?  Which book has inspired you to travel? Let us know in the comments below.

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Liza Williams

Born in South Africa, fascinated with culture and loves wood fire pizza. “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away” Follow me on twitter: @soul_drifters

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