I decided to create this new blog series to showcase the different books which help me through my various travels. From specific travel books, to poetry books, journal books and actual literary books, I’m hoping that each different suggestion with backed anecdotes will help you all in your own travels!
There was no doubt in my mind what book would have the privilege to commence my new blog series “Reading For The Road”. “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed is one of the only books I keep rereading and its impact on me as a woman, as a traveller and as a human, has been profound.
I’m sure that some of you have either read this book or seen the film, but for those who haven’t I’ll give a little insight into what it is about. “Wild” is an intrepid journey of self-discovery, where, after life became too much to bear, a woman decides to trek the Pacific Crest Trail alone for 1,100 miles. Cheryl Strayed recounts her trip in the present tense and interweaves various anecdotes from her past which bring a richness to the book where the reader is taken along on her journey and gets to fully understand what leads her to hiking the trail in the first place.
If you are not much of a reader, then you can watch instead the film adaptation of “Wild” which boasts an outstanding cast including Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern. The film is rated 15 and was released in 2014 meaning that it can currently be bought on DVD. I love both the film and the book equally, but one of the reasons why I like the film is because of its soundtrack. Songs such as “Tougher Than The Rest” by Bruce Springsteen, “Walk Unafraid” by First Aid Kit and “El Condor Pasa (If I Could)” by Simon & Garfunkel, add further dimensions to an already brilliant movie.
For me, as a female solo traveller, “Wild” speaks to me on so many levels. When I began my trips they were a means of escaping a life which was slowly suffocating me. I travelled from country to country trying to learn how to breathe again, to move on from my past mistakes, to become stronger and to find some sort of enlightenment. “Wild” helped me in my journey through all of these aspects and has encouraged me to keep going. The book and film also prove that we are capable of anything, despite past mistakes and future uncertainties.