Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Books that Inspire

One of my favorite things to do whilst on holiday or on a break from school is to get a stack of new books to read-being able to stay up all night reading a new and exciting book in bed is such a luxury! I absolutely love looking at books reviews in my favorite magazines and newspapers to compile a list of must read books, and although I pretty much read everything that I can get my hands on there are still those few books that really inspire me. Here are a list of books that have influenced my love of travel and encouraged me to seek far off places. Happy reading!

Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven

This amazing memoir follows the journey of two girls as they make their way across China which has just opened its boarders to foreigners. The girls quickly find themselves out of their depth as they are put in situations that leave them at times terrified for their lives. I found myself so gripped by this book that I ended up inhaling it in one 24 hour period.

The Lost Girls

The travel memoirs of three girls who leave behind busy careers and boyfriends in New York to set off for a year traveling around the world. This book reminds me that anything is possible if you set your mind to it.

The Lonely Planet

The Lonely Planet guide books are by far the best travel books I have encountered thus far. Each book will show you the hidden wonders of the country you are traveling to, along with advice and warnings-these books are written by backpackers who have first hand experience. I suggest picking one of these guide books up before you start your journey!

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