Life is an adventure — or at least it can be, and should be — and one of the greatest ways in which people experience the adventure of life is to get out of their comfort zones, venture out into new lands, and see what mysteries the open road has to share.
Even the most enthusiastic adventurer is unlikely to be able to be on the road year-round, however, and in the quiet moments in-between — those times when we review travel guides, investigate BON Hotel accommodation Swakopmund, and dream of our next outings — it can pay to take a more introspective view on things.
Books about travel or adventure; either real or fictional, can deepen our understanding and our sense of just what an adventure is, can be, and should be.
Here are a few books that you should read for just that purpose. These aren’t travel books, but rather, tales that might strike the right chord.
The Beach by Alex Garland
At first glance, The Beach may seem more like an anti-travel book than a book that could encourage you in your adventures. It is a fiction work and, without ruining the plot, it paints a pretty grim picture of the life and adventures of a character who is seized by wanderlust and discontentment, and constantly driven to seek a more “real” experience.
Throughout the various extremes that take place throughout the story, a couple of messages may present themselves to you, the reader.
One of these is that true adventure – magic – wonder – can be found in the fleeting moments where we care to search for them. These things can be found in a particular sight that takes our breath away, or in the connections we make with those we meet along the way.
Another lesson from the book is, perhaps, that there is no such thing as a true, flawless paradise.
How can this book help your sense of adventure and wanderlust? By teaching, you appreciate the experiences you find, rather than hunting after ideals of how things should be.
Facing Up by Bear Grylls
In 2000, a younger Bear Grylls, without his current celebrity status, wrote a book about his experience climbing Mount Everest shortly after having broken his back in a parachuting accident, and fearing that he might never live a normal life again.
The book isn’t exactly about travel — but it is about the quest for adventure, in the truest sense. It’s about the urge to push against your own boundaries and see just who you could be, and what you could discover about yourself.
It’s very difficult to come to the end of the book without a deeper appreciation for you have, and a burning desire to get out into the world and do stuff, instead of feeling sorry for yourself.
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Hobbit is a timeless classic of fantasy literature, which depicts the adventures of a young protagonist who, at the start, would really rather not have any adventures at all.
Throughout the tale, our unlikely hero experiences many of the mysteries of the wide world and grows into a heroic role in the process.
The Hobbit can remind us that, despite our fears, reluctance, and comfort, getting out onto the open road and facing its dangers can truly be an incredible and rewarding experience.