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No One with the Wanderlust Gene Should Miss Any of These 20 Books

No One with the Wanderlust Gene Should Miss Any of These 20 Books

Do you have the wanderlust gene? A good book can make you feel like you’re a million miles away. A great book can even inspire you to travel to new destinations and cities.

If you have the wanderlust gene, check out 20 uplifting books that will help your mind travel to exciting and beautiful new locations — even if you can’t.

1. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

    An uplifting story about following your dreams, The Alchemist is one of the most read wanderlust books ever. The book follows the journey of a young shepherd boy from Spain to Egypt.

    2. Stamboul Train by Graham Greene

    Stamboul Train by Graham Greene

      First published in 1932, this thriller takes place aboard the Orient Express as it travels through Europe. If you like murder mysteries, politics and wanderlust, this is the perfect book for you.

      3. Istanbul: Memories and the City by Orhan Pamuk

      Istanbul Memories and the City

        Orhan Pamuk was born and still lives in Istanbul. Actually, he still lives in the apartment building he was raised in. Read this for a fascinating and beautiful insight into his life in Istanbul.

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        4. Life of Pi by Yann Martel

        Life of Pi by Yann Martel

          In this magical book, the son of a zookeeper finds himself stranded at sea with a hyena, a tiger, an orangutan and a zebra. This is an interesting introspective look at fantasy and religion — and the truths we tell ourselves.

          5. My Documents by Alejandro Zambra

          My Documents by Alejandro Zambra

            This interesting book is a series of short stories documenting Chilean life during and after Pinochet’s regime. This book is a real page-turner!

            6. A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit

            A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit

              This thought-provoking book combines history, travel, philosophy, and memoir together to create an original and unique read.

              7. The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

              The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

                The Paris Wife covers the fascinating relationship between Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadley, as well as the beautiful city of Paris where they reside.

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                8. The Scapegoat by Daphne du Maurier

                The Scapegoat by Daphne du Maurier

                  The Scapegoat is an interesting read about an English man and a French aristocrat who switch places after a random meeting in a railway station.

                  9. Travels with Charley: In Search of America by John Steinbeck

                  Travels with Charley In Search of America by John Steinbeck

                    In 1960, John Steinbeck decided to go out and rediscover his homeland in a truck, accompanied by only one living thing – his dog, Charley. An enjoyable read that you just can’t put down.

                    10. Black Lamb and Grey Falcon by Rebecca West

                    Black Lamb and Grey Falcon by Rebecca West

                      Published in 1942, Black Lamb and Grey Falcon is universally noted as one of the best books written about the former state of Yugoslavia.

                      11. The Blue Sky by Galsan Tschinag

                      The Blue Sky by Galsan Tschinag

                        The Blue Sky is a fascinating read about Mongolia’s Altai Mountains, and how the local natives were forced into the modern world.

                        12. The Great Railway Bazaar by Paul Theroux

                        The Great Railway Bazaar by Paul Theroux

                          This book is Paul Theroux’s personal account of his journey through Asia, describing all of the places, sights, and cultures he experienced along his way.

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                          13. Up In the Air by Walter Kirn

                          Up In the Air by Walter Kirn

                            Up in the Air is about a “Career Transition Counselor” – a man who’s job is simply to fire people. Witty and perceptive, this book is a must-read. It was so adored and successful it was adapted into a motion picture starring George Clooney.

                            14. In Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin

                            In Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin

                              In Patagonia is a beautiful book describing a man’s travels to a remote country in search of a strange beast. Filled with incredibly descriptive imagery, this book will make you feel like you are a million miles away.

                              15. The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pene du Bois

                              The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pene du Bois

                                Winner of the Newberry Medal, this original book follows a professor as he flies to his imaginary island in his hot air balloon.

                                16. Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson

                                Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson

                                  Hilarious and smart, Notes from a Small Island follows an American moving back to America after living in Britain. According to poll viewers, this book is a very accurate representation of Britain.

                                  17. Shantaram: A Novel by Gregory David Roberts

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                                  Shantaram A Novel by Gregory David Roberts

                                    This fascinating book follows three people travelling through Bombay and it’s secret society of gangsters, prostitutes, and holy men.

                                    18. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell

                                    Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell

                                      This classic book is a memoir of George Orwell’s experiences in the Spanish Civil War.

                                      19. On the Road by Jack Kerouac

                                      On the Road by Jack Kerouac

                                        Another classic, On The Road, follows a group of friends as they travel together across America during the 1950s and discover their own voices.

                                        20. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

                                        The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

                                          In Ernest Hemingway’s first big novel, a team of expats leave Paris together to watch a bullfight in Spain.

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                                          How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                                          How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                                          We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

                                          We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

                                          So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

                                          Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

                                          What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

                                          Boundaries are limits

                                          —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

                                          Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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                                          Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

                                          Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

                                          Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

                                          How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

                                          Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

                                          1. Self-Awareness Comes First

                                          Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

                                          You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

                                          To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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                                          You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

                                          • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
                                          • When do you feel disrespected?
                                          • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
                                          • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
                                          • When do you want to be alone?
                                          • How much space do you need?

                                          You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

                                          2. Clear Communication Is Essential

                                          Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

                                          Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

                                          3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

                                          Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

                                          That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

                                          Sample language:

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                                          • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
                                          • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
                                          • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
                                          • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
                                          • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
                                          • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
                                          • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

                                          Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

                                          4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

                                          Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

                                          Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

                                          Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

                                          We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

                                          It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

                                          It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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                                          Final Thoughts

                                          Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

                                          Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

                                          Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

                                          The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

                                          Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

                                          Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

                                          They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

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