What Inspires The Inspiring People?
As part of the inaugural International Street Food Festival on The Dropout Diaries, I asked travel bloggers to share some things that inspired them.
So as well as some of the world’s most fabulous street food sensations, I got a boatload of inspirational stuff – book recommendations, thoughts, quotes and details of other inspirational people.
I found there wasn’t room at the street food festival for all the inspiration that came my way. But the inspiration is too good not to share.
So, let me re-introduce you to some amazing travel bloggers, who are inspirational in their own right simply for getting out there and chasing their dream of traveling the world.
Over the next few days I will share some of the stuff that inspires them. (And what inspires an inspirational person has got to be pretty powerful stuff, right?)
Today, the inspiring panel of travel bloggers talk about the books that have inspired them.
Travels by Michael Crichton, because it changes your definition of what it means to travel – Raymond from Man on the Lam
Bossypants by Tina Fey. Probably not your typical inspirational book, but it’s hilarious. And that’s really how I get my inspiration – from laughing so loud that I’m spewing snot out of my nose – Sally, Unbrave Girl
The Plantation by Di Morressey. It’s not your typical ‘inspiring’ book, but I loved the theme of genealogical travel, as I have always been fascinated by the stories of the lands, places, and times as well as the personalities of my ancestors. – Amy from Livin On The Road
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese. In many ways Cutting for Stone is depressing, but the author’s rich descriptions have brought to life long-forgotten memories of daily life in Addis Ababa and the awe-inspiring sights in the area. – Nancy from Family on Bikes
Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela. Mandela’s autobiography gives a look inside one of the most influential people in the world. Learn about Mandela’s childhood and how his experience led him to become an anti-apartheid activist and president of a free South Africa. It’s fascinating. – Laura from A Wandering Sole
The Success Principles by Jack Canfield, because it inspired me to get off my ass – Raymond from Man on the Lam
My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell. An amazing true story about Gerald Durrell’s family. In the 1930s, while Gerald was still a small boy, the whole family just took off on a whim to live on the island of Corfu for a few years – mother and four children. The book is Gerald’s account of what they got up to in the few years they were there. For a single-parent family to up and leave on a ship bound for Corfu in the 1930s must have been thought of as crazy but they did it nonetheless. – Julia from Turkey’s For Life
Pictures from Italy by Charles Dickens. All his books always makes me cry, laugh and wonder. – Mette from Italian Notes
Letters from Burma by Aung San Suu Kyi. This book is eloquent and simple. Suu Kyi shares not just Burma’s struggle for democracy, but the beauty and struggles of the Burmese people. – – Shannon from A Little Adrift
Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes. I read the book as part of my self-designed “cultural orientation program” for moving to Spain. It’s about a bloke who is trying to be brave but is also a bit daft and it resonated with me for some reason. Also, it really blows me away that a writer can deliver laughs from a distance of almost four centuries away. Amazing. – Robin from A Lot Of Wind
What books have inspired you? Share your inspiration in the comments below.
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