Joshgun KarimovJoshgun Karimov 20 AUGUST 2019 1041 views 3 min. read

Books that create the love to travel

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"There is no frigate like a book." - Emily Dickinson

The book's place in our lives is undeniable. At the same time, the idea of "how is it to travel on the frigate" doesn't leave you. To compare, you should definitely check both.

"Show the books you read, and I'll tell you where you will go."

In this article, I want to talk about three books that create and strengthen my love for travel.

The discoveries of my childhood are related to Jack London and his works. It would be interesting to measure the impact of his real name John Chaney on his career if the author kept it. We can say that his pen-name has been put in a very successful way for him. I saw a strange detail, like the surname London, while writing this.

London's stories take you to cold places like Alaska, as well as the promising towns like San Francisco. While leafing through, you can feel cold and hear the sound of wolves. You can hear the storms, the sound of the sailors and the ocean. One of London's works is more valuable among all his other works. It was after this work that I started to think seriously about traveling. We are talking about the Valley of the Moon.

The Valley of the Moon

The book talks about the love of two young people and their desire to live in California. Billy and Saxon think their lives will change after a trip to the eastern United States. Like Billy and Saxon, I had such an unforgettable experience years later when traveling the Pacific coast. It was not as native as my home. Nevertheless, it was a good reason to travel miles away from home. Eventually, I saw the magic of this place and the inviting beauty of the Golden Gate Bridge. When you step on to a boat surrounded by large whales, and while seeing all the grandeur, you understand that the boats are designed for taking you to the required place, not to the distance. So do books. The Valley of the Moon and the works of Jack London are my first love. One of the reasons that make San Francisco sacred is that the writer's office is located in this city. Auckland is a must-see destination for those who love to read and write.

Eat, Pray, Love

Elizabeth Gilbert is in search of herself. In the next years, she spends time traveling in order to live in peace with her inner world. Throughout this woman's journey, a special sympathy occurs to countries such as Italy, India, and Indonesia. Italy is a land of food. India is the home to pray. Indonesia is a place where a person who thinks will never love again re-energizes. With Elizabeth's help, we also begin to seek answers to our internal questions. We also get acquainted with the guru Ketut. Also, watch the movie starring Julia Roberts after reading the book. You will want to visit the places you see. You will also love Bali. With its energy, your heart will be restored.

The Alchemist

Paulo Coelho has become a writer with more readers than Shakespeare. The reason for this was his work called The Alchemist. Why does the world read "The Alchemist" so enthusiastically?

A young shepherd named Santiago is looking for ways to make his life a success. It seems to him that his hometown does not show these ways. Santiago starts his journey looking for a "more valuable answer than gold." He meets a merchant who wants to visit Mecca. This part of the book is very interesting. The merchant does not dare to go to Mecca even if he wants to. He thinks that if he visits Mecca, he will have no dreams anymore. The meaning of life will be lost. Santiago has many troubles and adventures on his way. His purpose is to find the treasure in the Egyptian Pyramids. When he reached the pyramids, he found out that the treasure was in his home.

Do not forget to leaf through the Thor Heyerdahl's notes on his Kon-tiki adventure. The traveler who does not know how to swim will share with you the 101-day dancing on the ocean waters and his joy of stepping to the shore. 

It's great to read a book. It is even better to sit and read on board.


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Joshgun Karimov is an author and a public speaking coach.

He wrote KVAN, which is one of the best-selling personal development books in Azerbaijan. This book was personally endorsed by world’s leading personal development coach and author Brian Tracy.

Joshgun does training and mentoring for Azerbaijan Public Speaking Competition and Social Innovation Lab. He delivered trainings on communication and presentation skills to such corporate clients as Four Seasons Hotel, Fairmont Hotel, McDonalds, Formula 1 (Baku City Circuit Academy), Kapital Bank.

He won at startup competitions such as “Yeni Fikir” and “Seedstars-Baku” for the presentation of mobile application for book readers - Kvotter.

He has received Global Influencer Day Award for a positive social media impact. 

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