Adventurous Books To Ignite Wanderlust This Year

By the Wild Women On Top Team

There’s nothing like a good adventure story to inspire you to get out in nature and explore. Whether you’ve got an adventure already on the cards or you need some motivation to take the leap and make it happen, reading an adventurous book can excite and thrill you to action. These are some of our favourites.

Wild

One woman’s journey hiking the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada. Alone. With no experience. This one will make you grateful for your knowledge of how to pack a pack and deal with blisters… even if you don’t have much! It’s entertaining, inspirational and a fantastic reminder of the power of hiking to heal even the deepest of wounds.  

Outlander

If this book won’t excite you for adventure, I don’t know what will. The multimillion-bestselling series combines historical fantasy with romance and adventure… with kilts. The first novel is set in the Scottish Highlands, and will have you dreaming of rocky, green landscapes, rugged gentlemen, and the bliss of deep sleep after long, physical days on your feet. Plus, it’s got a bad-arse female protagonist who is SO a Wild Woman.

How to Prepare for World Class Treks

So you’ve booked your adventure… now what? How do you train? What do you bring? What do you wear? What do you do when you get your period? This unashamedly female guide to hiking the world’s most famous and iconic treks with style, grace and great coffee will make your adventure truly world class. It’s funny, practical and extremely down-to-earth, answering all those scary questions you were too afraid to ask.

Lonely Planet

Sometimes, after booking a trip, the actual planning can get a bit boring. Booking hotels, hire cars and transfers can be tedious, and if you’re anything like me, it gets put off till the very last minute. If you’re feeling a bit blah about the logistics of your adventure, pick up a Lonely Planet and just have a bit of a read. You’ll be so excited by the tantalising descriptions of accommodation and activities even the boring stuff will start to sound exciting.

Natural Exhilaration

You may like the idea of hiking Machu Picchu or climbing Mt Kilimanjaro… one day. Eventually. In the future. If this is you, pick up a copy of Natural Exhilaration, by Di Westaway. Westaway outlines WHY you need adventure in your life – not just one day, but today. Based on science and backed by real women’s stories, this little book of tricks will help you start leading an adventurous life you love – and make that Bucket List adventure a reality.

More recommendations from our Adventurous Community

  1. Eat, Prey, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
  2. Wild by Cheryl Strayed
  3. Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
  4. Crossing the Ditch by James Castrission
  5. The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  6. Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
  7. Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
  8. Tracks by Robyn Davidson
  9. Women who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estés
  10. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho  

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