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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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                                          Last Updated on March 13, 2019

                                          How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                          How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                          Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                                          You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                                          Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                                          1. Work on the small tasks.

                                          When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                                          Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                                          2. Take a break from your work desk.

                                          Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                                          Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                                          3. Upgrade yourself

                                          Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                                          The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                                          4. Talk to a friend.

                                          Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                                          Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                                          5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                                          If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                                          Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                                          Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                                          6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                                          If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                                          Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                                          Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                                          7. Read a book (or blog).

                                          The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                                          Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                                          Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                                          8. Have a quick nap.

                                          If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                                          9. Remember why you are doing this.

                                          Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                                          What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                                          10. Find some competition.

                                          Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                                          Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                                          11. Go exercise.

                                          Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                                          Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                                          As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                                          Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                                          12. Take a good break.

                                          Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                                          Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                                          Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                                          Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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