Things that make me happy,  We12inspire

Travel things that make me happy: “Wild”

Even though we travel a lot, we still value the happiness in small things. In previous blogs you can read how much we enjoy exploring our own country (such as the island of Texel or the hills in Limburg) and that it’s not always necessary to go far away. I can be a demanding person (because, after all, I’m a woman) but generally there are many small things that make me happy. Today I’d like to tell you about one of those things.

“Wild” by Cheryl Strayed
Last summer I was completely out of inspiration for books to read, even though my 4 Billy’s are packed and one third of them (will always?) remain unread. However I still posted on Facebook if someone knew a good book to read and I got two of the same recommendations: “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed. Trusting those comments completely I immediately ordered the book on Amazon without even bothering to see what it was about and it arrived within a week. By the time I received it, I was already fully engaged in another book and it ended up in one of my Billy’s.


The night before I went to London, I took a hot bath (my fave way to relax on a Sunday night) and took this book with me. I knew I had to get up early (04.30 am) and yet I continued reading until midnight because the story totally grabbed me. I just couldn’t put it down. In the train to Schiphol I read (while I should be napping) and on the way home I read some more. When home I decided to put it away, because I didn’t want to finish it. I was not quite ready yet to end the journey of Cheryl Strayed along the Pacific Crest Trail. But eventually the inevitable moment came and I read the last page of her journey. With pain in my heart I put the book down and back into my Billy.

bookA few weeks later now, I no longer feel sad but instead I’m happy that I got the chance to read this book. It’s the best book I’ve read this year and I would highly recommend it. Want to know what it’s about? I won’t tell, you’ll have to find out for yourself and be as surprised as me!

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page”

So fellow travellers, can anyone recommend me another awesome book about travel and/or adventure? I challenge you!


  • Solveig

    Hi Anto!
    I needed to check out your opinion on this book.. I just finished it two days ago and I loved it.. you know I’m not hiking so many km like you do, only some days when we go geocaching big rounds, but this book made me feel like I need to try 10-14 days with hiking in a row.. 😉 you want some ideas for other books? Some years ago I read a book of Hape Kerkeling (don’t know if you know him, he is a german comedian), he was hiking the Camino de Santiago).. I loved to read that as well and maybe it is available in Dutch.. 🙂

    • anto

      Hey dear, thanks for the comment <3 I'll definitely check out the other book, too, the Camino is high up on my list (not sure if I could do it at once though) ... I think you would love to hike a few kms more or longer however take your time 🙂 !!

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