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7 Books That Will Feed Your Wanderlust

Get inspired to travel more by checking out these books.
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Books are fascinating. They spark emotions. They also take you to places you've never been before. They provide nuggets of wisdom or inspire you to do extraordinary things, like seeking out and exploring new experiences and places.

Since there can be a lot of idle time while traveling, here are 7 books that can help you pass the time while feeding your desire to travel at the same time.


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1. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

Reluctantly going to London to attend her father's second wedding, Hadley misses her original flight and gets stuck in JFK Airport, where she randomly meets Oliver. As they fly over the Atlantic, the two start exchanging stories about each other’s lives, only to get separated at immigration upon arrival at the Heathrow Airport. Is this fateful encounter going to end just like that?

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Perfect for the whimsical and hopeless romantic, the book will make you look forward to your next flight. More than the chance encounter at the airport, the story is about Hadley, how she mends her broken relationship with her father, and how she struggles to open herself to new possibilities. It will also take you around London where Hadley tries to find Oliver. Check out the book to see if they end up meeting again or not.

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2. The Summer I Turned Pretty Trilogy by Jenny Han
Belly always looks forward to summer because of the beach, seeing Susannah, and being with the Fisher boys. She also gets to spend time with Conrad, whom she has been secretly in love with. But like everything in life, things change, and this particular summer is when things start to become a lot different.

In the series, Jenny Han will effectively remind you of how fun summers are in coastal towns while effectively discussing about coming of age, love and loss, making bad choices and making up for it, and independence. The books will elicit a whirlwind of emotions so be prepared to laugh, smile, and even cry at times.

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3. Just One Day by Gayle Forman
Allyson’s orderly life gets thrown off track when she meets Willem during the last three weeks of her European tour. He invites her to Paris with him, to which she unexpectedly said yes. She is ready to let go of her inhibitions and take a leap of faith with a guy she barely knows. And just like that, everything changed in one day.

This page-turner will make you want to travel to places like Europe. Just One Day is not only about the romance between Allyson and Willem but also the wonders of the world, how experiencing various cultures brings inexplicable joy, and how meeting new people can get scary and exciting at the same time. The story, which revolves around a girl who is trying to find her place in the world, also tackles maturity and self-discovery.

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Never in my wildest dream I imagined to meet someone who does not know a single One Direction song or who does not even know, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, and err… Zayn Malik. How did you spend your teenagehood without listening to their songs? The disrespect to my #StyPayHorLikSon. My initial reaction, Vas Happenin’?

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As a persuasive fangirl, I thought to myself that I should make you appreciate their music, that you should know that it is What Makes You Beautiful, not Make You Beautiful. The group may be in hiatus but their music is and will always remain superior. You are hard-headed lad. We even when to the point where you challenged me to treat so I can make you watch their music video. Am I even surprised that I agreed to this? HAHA. I feel like an agent trying to persuade her customer to buy a property on our company. You do not know how happy I was when you sent me your video listening to What Makes You Beautiful. I felt like I successfully closed a deal with my client. Not to exaggerate but I really jumped because of happiness after watching your video. It was the first message I checked that morning. Thank you for your effort, so much appreciated. Funny how our conversation starts with your innocence on One Direction until it goes deeper and last longer. Up All Nigh conversations which turned to almost Midnight Memories. Ironic how a Directioner had developed an admiration on someone who dislikes her favorite boys? Just like One Direction’s song, Change My Mind, “Never felt like this before. Are we friends or are we more?” I guess, like Liam’s line on Love You Goodbye, “It's inevitable everything that's good comes to an end. It's impossible to know if after this we can still be friends.”

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I was happy that I made you listen to One Direction. At least I made you appreciate and made you aware that there is a song called, What Makes You Beautiful, not Make You Beautiful. I am happy that you already found your Girl Almighty. Wish me luck on finding my Summer Love. xoxo, Your Directioner friend

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