Inspire Pre-Travel Wanderlust

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Reading  about the cultural nuances and the history that shapes a country is one of the best gifts we can give ourselves before traveling—it allows for more informed and considerate travels, as well as a deeper experience in the country. These books are hand-picked and provide cultural and political history of new countries, often woven through a story or personal narrative.

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A Fortune-Teller Told Me: Earthbound Travels in the Far East Cover Image
ISBN: 9780609809587
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Published: Broadway Books - April 23rd, 2002

Now in paperback, this work by Terzani, a jet-age Asian correspondent, recounts his year of traveling the Far East by foot, boat, bus, car, and train--but never by airplane--while rediscovering the land, the people, and himself.

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Eat Pray Love 10th-Anniversary Edition: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143038412
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 1st, 2007

A celebrated writer pens an irresistible, candid, and eloquent account of her pursuit of worldly pleasure, spiritual devotion, and what she really wanted out of life.

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National Geographic Simply Beautiful Photographs Cover Image
ISBN: 9781426206450
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Published: Focal Point - October 19th, 2010

This text plumbs the depth of "National Geographic's" renowned image collection to highlight the loveliest and most appealing photographs from this impressive archive. The result is an experience of visual delight, whether from stunning landscapes, magnificent wildlife, fascinating people, or quaint locales.

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On the Road: The Original Scroll: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) Cover Image
By Jack Kerouac, Howard Cunnell (Introduction by), Penny Vlagopoulos (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780143105466
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Published: Penguin Books - August 26th, 2008

The legendary 1951 scroll draft of "On the Road" is now published as Kerouac originally composed it: rougher, wilder, and more provocative than the official work that was released, heavily edited, in 1957.

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The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World Cover Image
ISBN: 9780446698894
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Published: Twelve - January 5th, 2009

Part foreign affairs discourse, part humor, and part twisted self-help guide, "The Geography of Bliss" takes the reader from America to Iceland to India in search of happiness, or, in the crabby author's case, moments of "un-unhappiness."

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The Great Railway Bazaar: By Train Through Asia Cover Image
ISBN: 9780618658947
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Published: Mariner Books - June 1st, 2006

In this unique and hugely entertaining railway odyssey, Theroux vividly recounts his travels--and the people, places, and landscapes he encountered--on the Orient Express, the Khyber Mail, and the Trans-Siberian Express, through such countries as Turkey, Iran, India, Southeast Asia, Japan, and the Soviet Union

The Lost Girls: Three Friends. Four Continents. One Unconventional Detour Around the World. Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061689079
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - April 26th, 2011

Jen, Holly, and Amanda are at a crossroads, feeling the pressure to hit certain milestones--scoring a big promotion, finding a soul mate, having 2.2 kids--before they reach their early 30s. When personal challenges force them to reevaluate their lives, they journey 60,000 miles across four continents on a search for inspiration and direction.