What movies,books or music helped inspire you to hit the road?
First among these is Shogun by James Calvell. To a 12 year old kid from Middle England, the strangeness and beauty of Clavell's Asia was astounding.
It made me NEED to experience Asia.
I would love to hear other people's inspirations.
Actually, your question is a popular one and different forms of it have been asked in myriad forums. I think you can pick through this forum and not have to go back very far to find the answer you seek.
Again, glad to have you. For the record, Rolf PottsÂ´ book I carry with me because when I feel tired of travel I can read a passage or two and get energized again.
I was a very impressionable young man with a rather vivid imagination and rather taken with reading. A myriad of films, music and books influenced me to travel:
Chaucer's Canterbury Tales had a huge impact on me and were the reason I walked from London to Canterbury in 1994. Tolkien's body of work was also a large contributer to my wanderlust, especially the Hobbit.
As far as Asia goes, my trip to China was primarily motivated by some rather striking Chinese films. China has some of the most talented director's of any country (in my opinion). Among these films are Farewell my Concubine, The Yellow Earth (both by Chen Kaige), and To Live. Add to these the Vietnamese film The Scent of Green Papaya (though I haven't yet been fortunate enough to travel to Vietnam yet).
Other Books which inspired me to travel were:
1. The Razor's Edge by Somerset Maugham (I also loved the remake of the film starring Bill Murray)
2. The Way of the Bull by Leo Buscaglia (a beautiful collection of stories telling the Author's spiritual search through Asia, with a tale dedicated to each country he visited. Out of print, but used copies are easily found online)
3. Kim by Rudyard Kipling (though I picked this up in Nepal after I had already been traveling for a while, I heartily recommend it. It plays out like a true to life tale of fantasy. An epic travel adventure)
Music- I have always found the work of Leonard Cohen and Cat Stevens to be particularly inspiring traveling music.
Books: Paul Theroux
Ariel Gore's Atlas of the Human Heart (this is one of my fave fave books I LOVE HER!)
Music: Trance makes me wanna go to Ibiza, samba to Brazil, Indian music makes me wanna jet to India...you get the picture....
One scene in the final episode in particular when Claire was talking to her dead brother Nate about moving to New York. Also the final scene in the final episode when Claire actually left for New York.
Book: No Touch Monkey and anything by Paul Theroux
Solo Traveler. Spunky Woman. A World of Misadventure. I'm currently traveling through Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia and beyond! Follow my adventures on my blog Spunky Girl Monologues.
1. Long way round (book and TV) - Inspired me to take the Trans-Mongolian rail from Moscow to China. The sights of Mongolia in that programme were amazing and my best ever travel experience is camping in the cuds in Mongolia.
2. Around the world in 80 days (TV show by Palin) - Further inspired me to take the trans-mongolia and convinced me to get the train all the way from Manchester, UK to China and not just pick up at russia.
3. Sideways (Movie) - Has led me to deciding to go to California this year for a fortnight for a road trip in wine country.
4. Motorcycle Diaries, Jupiters Travels - Has made me want to take a RTW bike tour...need to learn to ride a mobike first though
Books: Walden (Henry David Thoreau), Vagabonding (Rolf Potts)
But I've also loved travel-related TV shows and movies ever since I was a kid, especially the Wild Thornberrys TV show. That RV was AWESOME.
Your all choice are nice but to me If any book inspired me it was Into the Wild. I always touch with its message of leaving the world behind, exploring nature,looking what else is out there. It's funny, I tried twice to read On the Road and found it tedious. But I love that it has inspired many others to travel!
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A lot of it had to do with the romance of youth and exploring the world during those formative, impressionable, wonderful years. Albeit, I was already knocking on 30 by the time I took that first trip to Europe. First of all, it took me forever to find this commercial online, but even now when I see it, I am reminded of how much I longed to experience Europe in the way it was protrayed here. Unfortunately, my experience turned out quite the opposite. But that is a different matter, for a different post.
"What the hell is wrong with you C3-PO? We're here to see Europe not some crappy statue" (Eurotrip)
Dharma Bums, as well... and Walden. Walden is brilliant.
does anyone know where to get Vagabonding (rolf potts) online (for free)? i'd love to read it before leaving...
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