I can't stress enough the importance of literature and culture in general. In my opinion, it is the best form of self-education. It is also what motivates me the most, and when I'm in need of inspiration, there's nothing working quite as good as reading an amazing book, or watching a captivating film. Here is a list of 5 adventure and/or travel books that have changed my relationship with stepping forward out of my comfort zone. If you have any other suggestion or would like to share something that has great meaning to you, please leave a comment bellow.
WALKING THE HIMALAYAS
I have met Levison Wood in person and let me tell you: Indiana Jones has got nothing on him. His adventures are always a delight and full of inspiration. Sequel to Walking the Nile. Levison Wood's enthralling account of crossing the Himalayas on foot. His journey of discovery along the path of the ancient trade route of the Silk Road to the forgotten kingdom of Bhutan led him beyond the safety of the tourist trail.
ON THE ROAD
On the Road is a classic and one of my first travel books. If you have never read or heard of Jack Kerouac you are missing out. The good news is, it's never too late to catch up! It swings to the rhythms of 1950s underground America, jazz, sex, generosity, chill dawns and drugs, with Sal Paradise and his hero Dean Moriarty, traveller and mystic, the living epitome of Beat.
INTO THE WILD
This is the book that inspired the film, not the other way around. The book that has changed my life. Jon Krakauer's Into the Wild examines true story of Chris McCandless, a young man, who in 1992 walked deep into the Alaskan wilderness. Jon Krakauer explores the obsession which leads some people to explore the outer limits of self, leave civilisation behind and seek enlightenment through solitude and contact with nature.
ATLAS OF REMOTE ISLANDS
This collection is a treasure. I have all the Atlas ever published by them. There are still places on earth that are unknown. Visually stunning and uniquely designed, this wondrous book captures fifty islands that are far away in every sense-from the mainland, from people, from airports, and from holiday brochures. If you want to travel to a remote destination but don't know where to, here's your solution:
THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES
Before he became Che Guevara, Ernesto - then a 23-year-old medical student - travelled through South America with his friend Alberto. During the journey, he is transformed by witnessing the social injustices of exploited mine workers, persecuted communists, ostracised lepers, and the descendants of the great Inca civilisation. This book is so undervalued.