The nearest thing now we can get to real travel without leaving the house is reading. Books can bring us to places we have never been to before or remind us of places we have already visited. I’m sharing my list of travel and inspirational books I have read, these will help you escape.
Some of these books helped me to find my creative path to become a freelancer so I can travel the world. They helped me to believe in myself and to look for inspiration everyday.
A Thousand Splendid Suns is a breathtaking story about the volatile events of Afghanistan’s last thirty years—from the Soviet invasion to the reign of the Taliban to post-Taliban rebuilding – This book shows you the world through the eyes of two women, who were bought together by a tragic war, trying to live a normal life, while fighting for their survival outside and inside their homes.
I never cried this much while reading a book. Sometimes it’s heartbreaking and not an easy read, but it will introduce a world to you that is rarely shown or talked about properly. It will take you back three decades and show you the Afghan history, while it tells a deeply moving story about family, love, and friendship.
Another book by Khaled Hosseini: The Kite Runner
Ever wondered what happened in Eat, Pray, Love after Liz and Felipe fell in love in Indonesia?
Their story continues with them relocating to America, where they swore to each other never to get married. But the United States government intervened when they detained Felipe at an American border crossing and gave the couple a choice: they could either get married or Felipe would never be allowed to enter the country again.
As this memoir, Committed, is very different from Eat, Pray, Love it will take you on a journey about marriage and fears of marriage by researching this topic completely, trying to discover through historical research, interviews with women, and much personal reflection about what marriage is really about. While they are banned to go back to the US, they travel through Asia, where Liz is researching what marriage means in different cultures.
Another Elizabeth Gilbert book I can’t live without.
Big Magic will show you how to embrace your curiosity and how to find what you most love, how to face our fears, and helps us to create new habits. She encourages us to be creative whenever and wherever we are, there will be no perfect time or perfect outcome. She encourages us not to be paralyzed by fear, just to enjoy the process and create.
I learned from this book that we will never know where our next big creative idea comes from, it can come from the most unexpected places, by writing a journal or painting a flower.
Very motivating book for those who need help in figuring out what is really hidden inside of them!
4. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
The Alchemist tells the story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure.
This book is about an inner journey and about whether we listen or ignore that inner voice. This book helped me to see that real treasure is not to be something you will find along your way at some point in your life but within yourself.
“When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education.”
Malala will take you on a journey about the political and social change of her country and her life. She writes about the history of Pakistan and about her upbringing, which I think is a very crucial part to understand her world.
It’s a very motivating book about the right to education for girls and equal rights and about how Pakistan changed during the years. I love to read about history this way and to see it through her eyes how life in her city was for her.
Half the Sky is quite a powerful book, it explores the oppression of women in developing countries. As this topic was always close to my heart I bought the book of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, who vividly describe the lives of women in developing nations. It is incredibly eye-opening especially if you ever been to Asia or Africa.
They will tell stories of extraordinary women struggling in these countries, among them a Cambodian teenager sold into sex slavery and an Ethiopian woman who suffered devastating injuries in childbirth
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