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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.

                                          What did you think of this list? Share it with your friends who have the wanderlust gene to see what they think!

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                                          4 Ways to Deal With Big Life Changes in a Positive Way

                                          4 Ways to Deal With Big Life Changes in a Positive Way

                                          Life changes are constant. Whether it’s in the workplace or our relationships, nothing in life ever remains the same for long.

                                          Regardless of the gravity of change, it can always be a little scary. So scary, in fact, that some people are downright crippled by the idea of it, causing them to remain stagnant through anxiety.

                                          Have you ever noticed how much of life’s transitional periods are riddled with anxious vibes? The quarter life crisis, the mid-life crisis, cold feet before getting married, retirement anxiety, and teenage angst are just a few examples of transitional periods when people tend to panic.

                                          We can’t control every aspect of our lives, and we can’t stop change from happening. However, how we respond to change will greatly affect our overall life experience.

                                          Here are 4 ways you can approach life changes in a positive way.

                                          1. Don’t Fight It

                                          I once heard one of my favorite yoga instructors say “Suffering is what occurs when we resist what is already happening.” The lesson has stuck with me ever since.

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                                          Life changes are usually out of our control. Rather than trying to manipulate the situation and wishing things were different, try flowing with it instead.

                                          Of course, some initial resistance is natural if we’re going into survival mode. Just make sure you are conscious of when this resistance is no longer serving you.

                                          If you’re feeling anxious about impending life changes, it’s time to practice some techniques to address the anxiety directly. These can include meditation, exercise, talking with friends about how you’re feeling, or journaling.

                                          If you’re worried about a big life change, such as starting a new job[1] or moving in with your partner, do your best to control your expectations. It may help you to talk with people you know about their experiences going through similar changes. This will help you form a realistic picture in your mind of what things will look like post-change.

                                          2. Find Healthy Ways to Deal With Feelings

                                          Whenever we’re in transitional periods, it can be easy to lose track of ourselves. Sometimes we feel like we’re being tossed about by life and like we’ve lost our footing, causing some very uncomfortable feelings to arise.

                                          One way we can channel these feelings is by finding healthy ways to release them. For instance, whenever I find myself in a difficult transitional phase, I end up in a mixed martial arts studio.

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                                          The physical activity helps me channel my emotions and release endorphins. It also helps me get in shape, which generally increases my mood and energy levels.

                                          Exercise is important in cultivating positive emotions, but if you’re struggling with anxiety in particular, it’s important to cultivate a regular exercise routine as opposed to a one-off workout. One study found that “Aerobic exercise can promote increase in anxiety acutely and regular aerobic exercise promotes reduction in anxiety levels”[2].

                                          If exercise isn’t your thing, there are other, less intense ways of cultivating positive emotions and reducing anxiety around life changes. You can try stretching, meditating, reading in nature, spending time with family and friends, or cooking a healthy meal.

                                          Find what makes you feel good and helps you ground yourself in the present moment.

                                          3. Reframe Your Perspective

                                          Reframing perspectives is a very powerful tool used in life coaching. It helps clients take a situation they are struggling with, such as a major life change, and find some sort of empowerment in it.

                                          Some examples of disempowered thinking during life changes include casting blame, focusing on negative details, or victimizing[3]. These perspectives can make awkward transitional phases much worse than they have to be.

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                                          Meanwhile, if we utilize a more positive perspective, such as finding a lesson in the situation, realizing that there may be an opportunity for something, or that everything passes, we can come from a greater place of ease.

                                          4. Find Time for Self-Reflection

                                          Having time to reflect is important at any stage in your life, but it’s especially important during transitional periods. It’s quite simple really: we need our time to step back and get centered when things get a little crazy.

                                          As a result, big life changes are perfect for doing some self-reflection. They are opportunities to check in with ourselves and practice getting grounded for a few minutes.

                                          Take a look at this reflective cycle adapted from Glibb’s Self-reflection guide (1988):[4]

                                          Use self-reflection when facing life changes.

                                            Self-reflective exercises include meditating, yoga or journaling,[5] all of which require some quiet time to get yourself together.

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                                            One study found that journal improves “self-efficacy, locus of control, and learning”[6]. A healthy sense of self-control can make the process of change easier to bear, so that in itself is a great reason to try self-reflection through journaling.

                                            To learn how to start journaling, you can check out this article.

                                            Final Thoughts

                                            Big life changes may rock us for a little while, but they don’t have to be as bad as we initially perceive them. If handled in a positive manner, transitional periods can pave the way for some serious self-growth, reflection, and awareness.

                                            Cultivate a sense of positivity and find ways to diminish the anxiety around life changes. Once you make it to the other side, you’ll be grateful that you made it through in the best way possible.

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