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15 Travel Books That Will Give You Serious Wanderlust

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The end of the year is just that time for favorites lists – and I’ve written about the best travel books many times over! I love talking about travel books. Why? Because part of the tool belt of any traveler is a good book. Long bus, train, or plane rides can get pretty boring and can give you a lot of “dead” time if you haven’t mastered the art of the 10-hour blank stare. Additionally, reading travel books helps you learn about the destinations you are visiting. The more you know about a place, the more you can understand a place.

I am a voracious reader and even used to have a book club on this website where I shared all the books I read. Today is another one of those days where I share some of the books I’ve read recently! If you’re looking for some great reads, here are my current list of the best travel books to inspire you to travel to far-off lands:  

1. The Alchemist , by Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist

2. Love With a Chance of Drowning , by Torre DeRoche

Love with a chance of drowning

3. The Caliph’s House: A Year in Casablanca  by Tahir Shah

The Caliph's House: A Year in Casablanca

4. On the Road , by Jack Kerouac

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5. Looking for Transwonderland , by Noo Saro-Wiwa

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6. The Lost City of Z , by David Grann

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7. The Beach , by Alex Garland

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8. Vagabonding , by Rolf Potts

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9. In A Sunburned Country , by Bill Bryson

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10. Dispatches from Pluto , by Richard Grant

The cover of the book Dispatches from Pluto: Lost and Found in the Mississippi Delta

11. Turn Right at Machu Picchu , by Mark Adams

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12. A Year of Living Danishly , by Helen Russell

A Year of Living Danishly: Uncovering the Secrets of the World's Happiest Country by Helen Russell

13. The Art of Travel , by Alain de Botton

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14. From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home , by Tembi Locke

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BONUS: Ten Years a Nomad: A Traveler’s Journey Home , by me!

Ten Years a Nomad by Matt Kepnes

Books about travel inspire us to go visit far-off lands and imagine us doing incredible things. Bryson’s In a Sunburned Country inspired me to visit Australia! I hope these travel books inspire you to travel the world and feed your wanderlust. If you have any suggestions that I can add to this best travel books list, leave them in the comments.

If you’d like to see some of the other books I’ve recommended (or are currently reading), check out this page I created on Amazon that lists them all!

You can also find them listed in our Bookshop store, which helps support locally-owned bookstores. If you’re in the US, click here to check out my Bookshop store!

Book Your Trip: Logistical Tips and Tricks

Book Your Flight Find a cheap flight by using Skyscanner . It’s my favorite search engine because it searches websites and airlines around the globe so you always know no stone is being left unturned.

Book Your Accommodation You can book your hostel with Hostelworld . If you want to stay somewhere other than a hostel, use as it consistently returns the cheapest rates for guesthouses and hotels.

Don’t Forget Travel Insurance Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations. It’s comprehensive protection in case anything goes wrong. I never go on a trip without it as I’ve had to use it many times in the past. My favorite companies that offer the best service and value are:

  • SafetyWing (best for everyone)
  • Insure My Trip (for those 70 and over)
  • Medjet (for additional evacuation coverage)

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16 Best Travel Books to Inspire Wanderlust

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Posted on Last updated: March 22, 2024

16 Best Travel Books to Inspire Wanderlust

Travel books are a way of escaping everyday life and discovering new and magical destinations through the pages of a novel. Even from our armchairs, we can be transported to distant lands and capture the smells, sounds, and sights through descriptive words and authentic storytelling.

While guidebooks (and travel blogs) are great ways to research specific trip details, reading travel books written through someone else’s eyes, whether fictional or nonfictional, is an excellent way to inspire you to wander the world.

Explore new places, new experiences, and new adventures and escape to other lands from the comfort of your home. Immerse yourself in someone else’s footsteps, soak up their feelings, desires, and wanderlust, and make it your own.

Whether you love the intrigue of the Far East and Africa or dream of sipping coffee in the Tuscan countryside, a book awaits you. For those looking for even more adventure, read about the exploits of writers who have travelled worldwide and let yourself live vicariously through their excitement, fear, and intrigue.

Whatever kind of traveller you are, or indeed would like to be, there is a travel book just waiting to inspire you to wander to faraway lands.

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Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts; it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind .” Anthony Bourdain

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Adventure Travel Books

The best british travel writing of the 21st century by levison wood and guests.

If you are an avid traveller or want to live vicariously through others, this travel book is ideal reading. It celebrates outstanding travel storytelling from around the world.

It features topics including adversity along the Congo’s raging River Lulua, making new friends aboard Iraq’s night train, and embarking on life-changing pilgrimages from India to Saudi Arabia.

Pour a cup of tea, sit back and be transported around the world!

Click the link to purchase your copy of the Best British Travel Writing of the 21st Century.

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I Hope There’s A Kettle In My Room by Paula Rooney

This is the inspiring true story of Paula and her first solo backpacking journey around Europe at age 55.

She travels to mountain tops across the Swiss Alps, melts in Venice, feels emotional in Ljubljana, falls in love with Czech and is surprised by Germany.

All the while searching for a decent cup of tea and hoping there’s a kettle in the room. This book is ideal if you are a mature traveller and have always wanted to backpack.

Click the link to purchase your copy of I Hope There’s a Kettle in My Room .

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 The Wrong Way Home by Peter Moore

This is one of my favourite travel books. Once I started reading it, I just couldn’t put it down.

It fuelled my desire to travel around the world.

This is a hilarious look at how Peter backpacked from London to his home in Sydney, Australia, encountering all sorts of mishaps and funny experiences on the way.

Click the link to purchase your copy of The Wrong Way Home .

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Nala’s World by Dean Nicholson

If you love to travel and adore cats, this story of a friendship forged on a global journey will be a perfect holiday read.

Discover how Dean and Nala met when he was trying to find himself after a misspent youth and found Nala as a stray kitten. Read how they travelled across Europe together and the adventures they had on the way.

A heart-warming look at the compassion of a burly Scotsman and his feline travel companion.

Click the link to purchase your copy of Nala’s World.

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It’s on the Meter by Paul Archer

This is a humorous true story about three friends who decided to buy a London black cab and go on an adventure from England to Australia.

Their 43,000-mile trip took them to some of the most dangerous places on earth, but not to be defeated, they circumnavigated the globe and broke two world records in doing so.

Click the link to purchase your copy of It’s On The Meter.

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The Pants of Perspective by Anna McNuff

Conde Nast lists Anna as one of the 50 most influential travellers in the world.

She lets us into her world in her book as she runs New Zealand’s 3,000 km long Te Araroa Trail.

Her story paints a picture of the New Zealand countryside while allowing us to see her vulnerability as she pushes herself to complete the trail.

Click the link to purchase your copy of The Pants of Perspective.

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Dark Star Safari by Paul Theroux

The author re-connects with an Africa he last visited in the ’60s, now seen through the eyes of Africans he meets on his journey.

It was an adventurous, challenging, and dangerous solo trip from Cairo to Cape Town, and, in true Theroux style, the book is hard to put down.

Click the link to purchase your copy of Dark Star Safari.

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Slow Boat to Uruguay by Andrew Tunstall

This delightful travel book is a true story of a family selling up & sailing around South America is a travel writing delight.

A leaky boat, eccentric locals, and killer whales make a delightful tale that will inspire and amaze the reader.

Click the link to purchase your copy of Slow Boat to Uruguay.

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Down Under by Bill Bryson

You know that you will be entertained as soon as you turn the pages of a Bill Bryson book, and this one is no exception.

A travelogue detailing his trip around Australia, the things he sees, and the characters he meets.

From the sublime to the ridiculous, you will be itching to book a ticket to Oz.

Click the link to purchase your copy of Down Under.

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The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure.

Santiago’s journey teaches us to listen to our hearts and recognise the opportunity to follow our dreams.

Click the link to purchase your copy of The Alchemist.

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Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

After a failed relationship, the author takes us on her real-life discovery journey from Italy to India and Bali.

She describes the destinations and characters she encounters with depth and feeling and transports us on her travels.

It’s a story of love, understanding, and finding yourself through your journey when all else seems futile.

Click the link to purchase your copy of Eat Pray Love.

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Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes

The author buys a villa in Tuscany, Italy, and then devotes time, money & energy to remodelling and renovating it.

The book is about her time in Italy, and her description of the countryside and the characters around her is enchanting. There are even some Italian recipes in the book.

Click the link to purchase your copy of Under the Tuscan Sun .

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Swahili for the Broken-Hearted by Peter Moore

The second book on my list from this author, and this time he takes us on a whirlwind tour from Cairo to Cape Town following a break-up with his girlfriend.

He sets off to find himself but, in true Peter Moore style, finds he is at the centre of some crazy situations.

Experiences include facing a wild Hyena with terrible breath, crossing the treacherous Sani Pass, the highest in Africa, narrowly escaping a riot by hiding in a coffin shop and acting as an extra in a WW2 epic. Hilarious.

Click the link to purchase your copy of Swahili for the Broken-Hearted .

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Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

I read this book and saw the film version after travelling around Asia, and I loved it. The Blue Mansion in Penang was featured in the film, and as I had stayed there, it made the film even more interesting to watch.

This funny novel is about three super-rich Chinese families and the gossip, backbiting, and scheming that occurs when the heir to one of the most massive fortunes in Asia brings home his (American-born Chinese) girlfriend to the wedding of the season.

If you have enjoyed “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” you will enjoy this read.

Click the link to purchase your copy of Crazy Rich Asians.

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An Elephant in My Kitchen by Francois Anthony

If you have ever visited Africa, then you will know the plight of some of the animals. 

This incredible true story spreads awareness about the horrors of poaching and highlights the courage and bravery of those trying to protect the animals.

Francoise left Paris’s comforts to start a reserve, “Thula Thula”, to protect elephants and rhinos, but after the death of her husband, things got very hard for her.

One woman’s remarkable story of courage and determination in the face of adversity.

Click the link to purchase your copy of An Elephant in My Kitchen .

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Atlas Obscura by Joshua Foer

Atlas Obscura is more of a coffee table piece than a “read on the plane” novel, but It takes us to destinations that offer us curious and strange things to see and do.

Photographs, illustrations, maps, and charts highlight our wonderful world with many weird and beautiful destinations for the curious traveller.

Click the link to purchase your copy of Atlas Obscura .

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One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things. Henry Miller

How to Connect with Other Book Lovers

If you want to meet like-minded people who want to share and discuss their favourite reads, I suggest joining a book group or starting one yourself.

Register on Reading Groups for Everyone if you are keen on setting up an online group and are looking for people to join.

As a registered group, you’ll receive the latest book news through monthly newsletters and have access to exclusive publisher offers and opportunities.

Make sure you put as much information as possible on your profile (including how your discussion will take place, what kind of books you want to read, etc.) so people can choose the right group for them.

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Thursday 16th of April 2020

I usually consider myself an avid reader, but when I only have read 4 on this list I think I need to rethink that ‘self proclaimed’ title! I love reading travel themed books, it has inspired some great trips for me.


Glad to hear that, I have read the majority myself and would recommend them all.

Wednesday 15th of April 2020

I loved reading An Elephant in my kitchen. Have read quite a few books these days which keeps my old brain ticking. At the moment I am in love with Italy, so thinking of reading one of your recommendation - Under the Tuscan Sun.

It is a great one and another person just said she was going to try that one as well. Be transported to Italy from the comfort of your own home 😃

I have always wanted to read Under the Tuscan Sun, and I actually borrowed it from the library once, but life came between me and book so I never finished it... maybe I should order it and give it a good go :)

I think you will enjoy being transported to such an amazing part of the world. All you need is sunshine and a glass of good wine while you are reading it and you will be set.

Suzanne Jones

Saturday 4th of April 2020

What a fab list of books to while away the spare hours I have at the moment! Some I've read but lots I haven't. Can't wait to get stuck in and let the words transport me to faraway places :)

Glad you like my choices. I have read nearly all of them and they really are great.


I enjoy reading, and now that I'm locked down at home I have more time for it. I also enjoy reading about travel - particularly fiction books which are set in places I want to visit. I will try out a few of these books :-)

I hope you enjoy them, they are all quite different but great for travel lovers.

45 of the Best Travel Books That Inspire Wanderlust

I love reading a great book especially if it takes place somewhere that I dream of traveling to . I am always looking for the best travel books that inspire wanderlust so I asked my fellow travel bloggers to name their favorite inspirational books about travel.

Whether looking for books that inspire you to travel or the best books to read while traveling, here are 45 of the best travel books every traveler needs to have on their reading list.

The Best Travel Books of All Time That Inspire Wanderlust

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on the road is one of the best travel books of all time

The ultimate travel book is the nomad’s bible. I’m talking about On the Road by Jack Kerouac. This book is fast-paced (some might say rambling) but no other piece of travel literature so evokes the spirit of adventure and excitement that travel brings. It is especially descriptive and inspiring with regards to the quintessential American road trip . Follow Sal Paradise and his kooky, often drug-addled friends in a cross-country quest for something deep, spiritual, and unforgettable.

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There are few pieces of modern travel literature that has captivated readers around the world in quite the same way as Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts. The part-truth, part-fiction novel tells the story of an Australian convict named Lin who escapes prison and ends up in Bombay, India. His journey is both poetic and chaotic as he learns about his new environment and surrounding culture while living in the slums. Roberts’ writing is breathtaking, and his descriptive and elegant style transports the reader directly into the heart of bustling Indian society.

alchemist one of the best travel books of all time

“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”

When it comes to book that will make you want to pack your bags and chase your dreams, you really won’t find anything better than Paulo Coelho’s legendary tale found in “The Alchemist”.  It’s a quick and easy read (less than 200 pages), but it’s chalk full of inspirational travel quotes , life lessons, and thought provoking questions.  It was recommended to me by a friend, and once I finished it — I was only mad at myself for not reading it sooner.  It may be one of the most famous travel books out there, and it’s for good reason.  If you haven’t read this one yet, than don’t wait any longer!  It’s truly something special!

The Art of Travel is one of the best travel books of all time

We are inundated with advice on where to travel to, but we hear little of why and how we should go, even though the art of travel seems naturally to sustain a number of questions neither so simple nor so trivial…” writes Alain De Botton in ‘The Art of Travel’ . The book is neither a guide book nor an account of experience in far away places. Rather it is journal about how our thoughts and our very being is affected by the ‘not so simple’ act of travel. The book definitely creates a craving to leave everything and travel to far off places. But what it does better is being a companion who that helps you put in words exactly what you felt while travelling.

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail  by Cheryl Strayed

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If there is one ‘wild’ travel book you should read this year, it’s Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed. While the travel movie starring Reese Witherspoon is good, the book goes a mountain canyon beyond. Cheryl Strayed’s gritty portrayal of herself as a broken woman seeking redemption through nature and physical challenge is both a nail-biting travel adventure and a literary masterstroke. The way she entwines her inner journey with the harsh awe-inspiring landscape is, to my mind, inspiring. You won’t just find yourself rooting for her through every snowy pass and rocky trail, you’ll want to get out there and do it yourself.

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

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Gabor Kovacs, Surfing the Planet

Into the Wild is probably one of the best motivational books for those who want to travel with the objective of finding themselves. In Jon Krakauer’s book we can read about Christopher McCandless’ real story, who after his university graduation decided to get rid of all his material possessions and set out on a great adventure completely alone. McCandless was found dead in Alaska and this book tells us his tragic adventure based on his diary and the author’s investigations. Into the Wild teaches us a lot about life and makes us reflect on what we really want from it. Despite the tragic end, I enjoyed reading every bit of this adventure, which made me desire to live something like that.

The Pilgrimage by Paulo Coelho

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Claudia Tavani, My Adventures Across the World

The Pilgrimage tells the story of Paulo as he walks his way to Santiago in what is both a journey and a self-discovery experience. To this date, it is still one of the books that most inspired me to travel, not only to discover new, beautiful places but also to better understand myself.  While traveling became a way of life for me – as a result of a long trip across Central and South America in which I had plenty of time to think and figure out what I wanted to do with my life – it actually took me much longer to eventually walk the Camino de Santiago. I walked the Camino del Norte (the Northern route) to Santiago de Compostela last summer and, needless to say, it was an incredible, enlightening experience.

Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino

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Allison, Eternal Arrival

Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino is a masterpiece, somewhere between poetry and fiction. The narrator, a young Marco Polo, entertains Kublai Khan with stories of intriguing cities, each more impossible sounding than the next. As the book goes on, it becomes more and more fantastical, leaving you wondering whether or not any of these cities exist at all — or whether they’re all one city described in various ways from the vivid imagination of a young traveler. Calvino’s lush prose makes this question almost irrelevant, and after reading this short but sweet novella you’ll be left wanderlusting for all these impossibly beautiful cities. To be able to describe a city the way Calvino does these “invisible cities” is a lifelong pursuit.

A Fortune Teller Told Me by Tiziano Terzani

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Barbara Wagner, Jet-Settera

Tiziano Terzani’s A Fortune Teller Told Me is a book about an Italian journalist who travels across Asia and consults some of the most famous fortune-tellers of Asia along the journey. He consulted shamans, soothsayers and sorcerers during his travels. One of the fortune tellers in Hong Kong told him that he should not get on a plane for a year, because the plane would crash, so he ended up traveling across Asia taking trains, boats, cars. The book describes his journey across Burma, Thailand , Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, China, Mongolia, Japan, Indonesia, Singapore , and Malaysia over land.

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

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Samantha, There She Goes Again

This incredibly complex book takes place over the decades, with the two main threads taking place during the sixties in southern Italy and present day Hollywood. The whole book is rife with nods to the entertainment industry, both in the height of its glamourous days to a sarcastic view of its current reality-ridden state. Walter is great at invoking the various settings, and this is best seen in his descriptions of southern Italy. It’s so beautiful, so nostalgic, you want to book your ticket to Positano as soon as you’re done reading!

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

eat pray love one of the best books about travel and self discovery

They say most good books are based on a true story, and Eat, Pray, Love is exactly that and one each person can identify with.

It is a story of a woman who decides to end her marriage and go on a journey of discovery around the world and food for her soul. Set in three beautiful locations of the world Italy (Eat), India (Pray) and Bali (Love). We follow Elizabeth on her travels while she eats bowls of pasta and gelato which leave one instantly hungry and craving all the things she goes searching for in this book. Each part of the journey literally inspires one to book a ticket and go do their own Eat, Pray, Love trip. India a land of miracles and temples gives us a glimpse of the arranged marriage ceremonies while in Bali one learns to open their heart and love again.

The book not only inspires one to travel but also to follow their dreams. Life is too short not to eat that gelato or fall in love with a tall dark stranger.

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The Motorcycle Diaries by Che Guevara

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Himanshu, Everything Candid

The Motor Cycle Diaries written by Che Guevara is a cult book and thus a must read for every travel loving soul. It has all the elements to ignite wander thirst within you and put you in a whirlwind of thoughts that will make you travel. It’s a frank account of an inquisitive traveler who experiences the amusing world and that changes himself forever.

This book is a travel journal written by revolutionary hero Che Guevara when he was 23 years old and decided to travel the world with his friend Alberto riding their old motorcycle they christened “the Mighty One”. During their 9 months of travel on battered road of Argentina, Chile, Peru, Colombia and Venezuela to do their medical residency and serve at leprosy colonies of Latin America. His narration of his experiences are free-spirited and original to the core just like his shaping-up rebellion nature.

This book has all the elements that define a perfect road trip and make you realize how you can explore your true self by traveling across geographies and meeting different people. This journey, thus, transformed Che and by the end of journey it was clear what would be his destiny. This high-spirited book is an impactful read and an inspiring tale of a great legend in the making. A truly iconic book by a larger than life icon from last century.

A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson

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Nisha Jha, Lemonicks

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson has to be my book which inspires wanderlust. If you are into hiking or love outdoors, this book is for you. The author Bill Bryson tries to take the Appalachian Trail stretching from Georgia and has a hilarious take on it. The book is written in a humorous style, with more serious discussions and curiosity relating to the trail.

The book teaches us about our co-travelers and how it could be, in some cases, a daunting experience. The goals, outlook could be different. At times, you need to discard many things which are really not needed. He has wonderfully described the natural beauty of majestic mountains, silent forests, sparking lakes.

The Places Inbetween by Rory Stewart

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Alice, Teacake Travels

There’s nothing I love more than going to countries people tell you you shouldn’t go to. There are a lot of stereotypes and misconceptions out there about what a country is really like, how the people are and your level of safety once you’re there. Understandably, some countries are more dangerous than others but I feel we shouldn’t leave them alone and books like The Places Inbetween keep my wanderlust for these countries pulsing. Rory Stewart’s amazing account of his walk across Afghanistan in 2002 following the US invasion is a unique insight into this fascinating country and I love how personal it is. Like all good stories, it’s the local people that really make it.

In Xanadu – A Quest by William Dalrymple

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Maria, Maria Abroad

In Xanadu – A Quest  is a personal travel memoir of William Dalrymple’s journey along Marco Polo’s footsteps from Jerusalem to Xanadu, the summer palace of Kubla Khan. As an avid traveler, Dalrymple spends his summer break from Cambridge to take an overland journey from Jerusalem to Aleppo, to Eastern Turkey, across Iran and Pakistan, and finally through China until his final destination – Xanadu. Along the way he shares his encounters with locals and other travelers, funny stories, bureaucratic hurdles and historic insights on the places he visits.

Can We Live Here?: Finding a Home in Paradise by Sarah Alderson

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Jolene and Andrzej Ejmont, Wanderlust Storytellers

‘’In 2009, Sarah and John Alderson quit their full-time jobs in London and headed off, with Alula, their three-year-old daughter, on a global adventure to find a new home.’’

It is easy to connect with Sarah as you read her witty novel about what it is like to give up your job and to chase adventure in life!  Her story is honest and real; one can’t help but feel inspired to chase a similar lifestyle! But mostly to simply be brave enough to follow your dreams! Destinations you will read about include: London, India, Australia, USA , Bali and more!

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Rohan Cahill-Fleury, Travels of a Bookpacker

The story of a man determined to visit all the countries in the former Soviet Union. Some are popular tourist destinations e.g.  Czech Republic but he also travels to some more ‘off the beaten track’ locations such as Kyrgyzstan and Moldova.

It provides interesting account of local life in these countries as well as the practicalities and issues traveling there as a tourist. There is some simple, easy to follow history of each country explained as well as interesting anecdotes. You’ll find yourself adding countries to your travel list you’d never considered before!

A Sense of the World: How a Blind Man Became History’s Greatest Traveler by Jason Roberts

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This biography follows the life of James Holman, a British guy who went blind during the course of his life but wasn’t discouraged by it and travelled the world anyway. Known in the 19th century as the “Blind Traveller”, he hopped on sailing boats across the oceans, crossed Siberia until he overstayed his welcome, and got invited to explore South America . His books were both despised and celebrated by his contemporaries. Unfortunately, many works have not survived to this day – hence the man’s obscurity. This budget-minded, nifty and unstoppable fellow is one to read about. After picking up your jaw, you’ll likely travel with a changed perspective.

Iris, Mind of a Hitchhiker

The Adventures of Tintin by Hergé

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Inma,  A World to Travel

As a very visual person , the first books I read – if you want to call them that – were indeed comics. I would literally read one or two daily as the local library was a few steps away from my home and – newsflash! – travel ones were my favorite of them all. The Adventures of Tintin by Belgian cartoonist Hergé was a comic series that took me to Egypt, Congo, Tibet and even the Moon before I turned 8. Such great memories!

Around the World in 50 Years: My Adventure to Every Country on Earth by Albert Poddel

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Megan and Mike from  Mapping Megan  and  Waking Up Wild

This is an inspiring story of an ordinary guy who visited every country on Earth. He survived riots, revolutions, civil wars, trigger-happy child soldiers, robbers, pickpockets, corrupt cops, voodoo priests and Cape buffalo. He went around, under, or through every kind of earthquake, cyclone, tsunami, volcanic eruption, snowstorm, and sandstorm that nature threw at him. He ate everything from old camel meat, rats, dung beetles and the brain of a live monkey.  And he overcame attacks by crocodiles, hippos, anacondas and several girlfriends who insisted he stop this nonsense and marry them.

This is a remarkable and meaningful tale of quiet courage, dogged persistence, undying determination, and an uncanny ability to escape from one perilous situation after another and return with some of the most memorable, frightening and hilarious adventure stories you have ever read.

The World by hitchhiking: 5 years at the University of Life by Ludovic Hubler

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After business school, Ludovic decided to get on the road to get a Life PhD. His hitchhiking tour of the world ended up lasting for 5 years during which he also experimented with boat-hitching and  ice-breaker hitching  – A story full of beautiful life lessons in kindness and inspirational meetings, including one with the Dalaï-lama.

Covering 59 countries around the world and people of all background, this book inspires wanderlust not only to seek new landscapes but new connections and understanding of life. It is a book that makes you want to meet all mankind. But be careful, after reading it you will have a strong urge to pack a bag and lift your thumb!

Claire,  ZigZag On Earth Travel Blog

Without Reservations by Alice Steinbach

Without Reservations book about travel

Penny Sadler,  Adventures of a Carry-on

Without Reservations, by Alice Steinbach, is THE book that I credit with giving me a chronic case of wanderlust. Perhaps because I suspect she and I are close in age, I could relate to her observations of the people she met in her travels, and her self observations. Her writing is so sensual, I always felt I was right there with her — in Paris, Italy and England. This paragraph is beautifully descriptive it made me want to go and have my own adventures.

“Last night on the way home from a concert at Sainte-Chapelle, I stopped on the Pont Royal to watch the moon struggle through a cloudy night sky.

From the bridge my eyes followed the lights of a tourist boat as it moved like a glowworm across the water.  Here in Paris, I have no agenda; here I can fall into step with whatever rhythm presents itself. I had forgotten how wonderful it is to stand on a bridge and catch the scent of rain in the air. I had forgotten how much I need to be a part of water, wind, sky.”

Love with a Chance of Drowning by Torre DeRoche

love with a chance of drowning is one of the best travel inspiration books

Liz, Lizzie Meets World

Even if you’re not a fan of chick lit, you’ll love Torre DeRoche’s “Love with a Chance of Drowning.” It’s a love story wrapped in adventure, delivered with a healthy dose of humor and innuendos. DeRoche takes you through the gorgeous remote islands of the Pacific while riding on a leaky boat, as she shares her greatest fears and how she conquers them. This book will have you laughing and crying (cry-laughing even) and dreaming of palm trees and blue seas.

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlo Ruiz Zafón

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Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s most acclaimed novel, The Shadows of the Wind, is a magnificent book about a young boy whose life revolved around Barcelona where he eventually found himself in a tangle of mystery and drama. I can’t tell much because you have to read it actually to feel what I’m talking about.

So, how did this particular book inspired me to travel? It made me intrigued about Barcelona. So intrigued that I invited myself to join my friends who already planned their trip to the mystery city – they had to change plans to fit me in, but they were a real sport about it. Also, my visit to Barcelona ignited my passion for travel and also it is the place where I swore I’ll make it a goal to enjoy whatever our pretty wild world can offer us.

Evan, Pretty Wild World

The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss

4 hour workweek shows you how to become a digital nomad

In an era today where we mostly go to work for around 9 hours a day, and spend another few hours preparing for work, and even commuting to/from it, Tim Ferris gives us a chance to open our mindset that we can actually have a 4 hour work week instead of a 40 hour one. Four hours a week to work anywhere we want. Sounds too good to be true? It really isn’t. By working remotely, creating businesses and putting systems in place, you, as a business owner/worker, can actually do whatever you want. Most people who want to travel full time but are just wondering how to fund their travels can definitely pick up this book to become inspired, and eventually become a full time nomad.

Ruby,  A Journey We Love

Delaying The Real World by Colleen Kinder

delaying the real world book

I read this book by Colleen Kinder towards the end of my college career. This book was immensely responsible for a change in my beliefs of how life worked after graduation. Delaying The Real World is “a twentysomething’s guide to seeking adventure.” Within its pages, you will find hundreds of suggestions for things you could do around the world, other than heading straight into a cubicle. Suggestions include wanderlust-inspiring options such as teaching English abroad, working on a cruise ship, building homes in villages, or leading tour groups. There are also tons of helpful websites and inspiring anecdotes from real people living out adventurous lives. I highly recommend this book to anyone bitten by the travel bug, and looking for a way to make life an adventure.

Brianna,  Archives of Adventure

Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel by Rolf Potts

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In 2013, my boyfriend and I planned to quit our jobs and go for a RTW trip for a year. We were reading dozens of travel guides, found some travel blogs and hosted lots of people from different countries via Couchsurfing community so we could learn about their lands and traditions.

And then we discovered the Vagabonding. Without any exaggeration, the book changed our lives. It gave us not only necessary courage to leave our comfortable life in Germany and set off for an adventure, but it also proved that long-term travel is a lifestyle. A fascinating lifestyle!

Rolf Potts will guide you, he will warn you, he’ll give you plenty of practical advice, and he’ll definitely inspire you to hit the road.

Ivana Greslikova & Gianni Bianchini, Nomad is Beautiful

It’s Only the Himalayas: And Other Tales of Miscalculation from an Overconfident Backpacker by S. Bedford

books about travel and self discovery travel memoir

One of the most recent books that inspired wanderlust was “It’s Only the Himalayas: And Other Tales of Miscalculation from an Overconfident Backpacker”. This laugh-out-loud travel memoir by Sue Bedford chronicles her year long adventures and misadventures with her best friend.

In her book, Sue details her close encounters with a lion, epic fails and triumphs trekking to Annapurna Base Camp with her dad, and her steamy romances in Asia. Since I’ve never backpacked across the world, this book gave me a lot of insight on both the challenges and amazing experiences to have on this type of journey.

This book also inspired me to travel with my mom. Since reading this book, we’ve traveled to Bermuda, Italy and Switzerland together. As Sue describes in the “It’s Only the Himalayas” author interview, traveling with your parents builds on your friendship and strengthens your bond.

Danielle,  The Thought Card

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne

science fiction book about travel

A book that completely captured my imagination and wandering spirit and inspired me to explore regions of the earth I never thought I would surf in was 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. The tale of adventure and discovery helped inspire me to go surfing in places like Iceland, Africa and numerous small islands in the Pacific. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea goes into the underwater exploration of almost every region of the globe it describes an underwater world that is almost impossible to comprehend yet drove my imagination wild. From navigating under ice in the Antarctica to fending off natives off the islands of Papua New Guinea and exploring the Corals of the Red Sea it is a tale of travel and adventure that has transcended centuries and stays relevant today.

Dane,  Holiday From Where

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

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Heart of Darkness might sound like an odd choice when naming books that inspire wanderlust, but for me it did just that. It reminded me of the raw, real, tough travel that backpackers make through developing countries, getting right into the middle of the unknown and making their own pathway through. In the book the subjects are travelling by boat through the jungles of Congo, and the further down stream they get the higher the sense of danger. Things just keep getting weirder and weirder and you begin to feel as if they are descending into a madness. The book is dirty and gritty, but so eloquently written that it transports you deep into the heart of Congo and sits you right next to the authors alter ego – Marlow.

Crystal, Castaway With Crystal

Around India in 80 Trains by Monisha Rajesh

around india in 80 trains

Less a travel guide than an odyssey of self-discovery, Around India in 80 Trains is the account of a British woman of Indian origin who returns to travel the country she left as a child.

In a largely unplanned journey she visits the four corners of India’s train network by taking as many different trains as possible, from the crush of Mumbai’s commuter trains to a truly special hospital carriage.

While Monisha doesn’t have the easiest of journeys, the sheer variety of the places she sees and the effervescent people she meets puts India near the top of my travel list.  I’ll definitely be taking the train when I visit.  And if a spiritual awakening is thrown in too, so much the better.

Emily, from Kids and Compass

Holy Cow: An Indian Adventure by Sarah Macdonald

Holy Cow An Indian Adventure

Holy Cow: An Indian Adventure is a hilarious memoir about a journalist’s unanticipated return to India; the country she hated and vowed never to visit again.

The book follows Sarah as she tries to settle into a new life in Delhi and documents all the culture shock and frustrations that go with it. Having already visited India , I found myself laughing out loud because I could completely relate to her story.

Sarah does a great job of bringing all the smells, colours, sounds and chaos of India straight to the hands of the reader, while also thoughtfully and light-heartedly explaining the many faiths and religions that embody the country.

This book makes the eccentricities of India seem so endearing that you’ll want to book your flight and experience them for yourself!

Nicole. Wee Gypsy Girl

The Beach by Alex Garland

the beach one of the best books to read while traveling

The Beach is a story of American and European backpackers who found a paradise in an island in Thailand. The island features an untouched beach and lagoon. It is part of a huge marine park, making it inaccessible to tourists. There they lived in a secret small community, doing idyllic chores everyday – planting, fishing and construction – until this thin slice of civilization crumbles through a series of incidents. The Beach is written in 1996 but remains a classic. It fulfills the wish of every modern backpacker: getting out of the race for an authentic experience and finding a beautiful, unspoilt paradise that’s in no danger of turning into a typical commercialized tourist attraction.

Katherine,  Tara Lets Anywhere

The Promise of Iceland by Kari Gislason

travel book about iceland

Long before I traveled to Iceland, it was a destination which fascinated me for its unknownness and unusualness. I read everything I could, but my favourite was a memoir by half-Australian, half-Icelandic author Kari Gislason , called The Promise of Iceland. Gislason was born in Reykjavik but left at age ten; he returned in his late twenties to track down his father and his regular explorations of many significant parts of Iceland convinced me that it was a place I absolutely had to visit. The book is the perfect mix of intriguing story and sightseeing, and will definitely get you booking an Iceland trip as soon as possible.

Amanda, Not a Ballerina

The Year of the Hare by Arto Paasilinna

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The book that sparked my interest about Finland is The Year of the Hare written by Arto Paasilinna, one of the most famous Finnish novels. It’s the story of a frustrated journalist who hits a hare with his car, then decides to rescue it and moves to the countryside together with the hare. It inspired me because it’s a fun story, and it talks about the love that Finnish people have for their nature. Visit Helsinki in winter  and you’ll see what I mean – Finns like to enjoy nature even when it’s -30 outside!

Margherita Ragg, The Crowded Planet

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

books about traveling to finland

For anyone who has read The Millennium Trilogy, which includes The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, you would be aware it is a crime book that is rather dark, which then opens the question, why would this book inspire wanderlust? Well for me, the book obviously did but for a slightly strange and odd reason. As an Aussie, snow is foreign and rare to us down in the sunburnt country. Reading this book, however, opened my mind to the beauty of snow and what I could experience. Since then I have been attracted to the cold and the cool white fluffy stuff. I have fallen in love with it so much I will be embarking on a trip to Antarctica.

Lauren,  The Traveller’s Guide By #ljojlo

A Year in Provence  by Peter Mayle

A Year in Provence

Amy, A Traveling Broad

Whether you’ve been to France or not, you’ll be drawn into this best-selling memoir by Peter Mayle. In it, he regales readers with tales of his year he lived in a 200 year old stone farmhouse in southeastern France with his wife and dogs. His wit and humor make the book an easy and enjoyable read. His vivid descriptions of people, places and things makes it easy for readers to see things through his eyes. His stories include his first experience with “le mistral” (a violent, cold northwesterly wind); his initial resistance to French customs such as kissing hello; and his interactions with a local construction crew. “A Year in Provence” offers readers a glimpse of life in this beautiful region of France, making you want to buy a ticket when you’re done.

My Life in France by Julia Child

book about living in france

This will not inspire you to take the road and travel but it will definitely make you curious about how the French eat, cook, sleep and cook. It really is true — France is a country that will teach you how to cook. When Julia arrived in France, she didn’t know anything about cooking (nor spoke a single French word) and I kind of resemble to that experience. I did a culinary trip in South America for 3.5 years and when I came back home, my mother was surprised that I already know how to fry an egg properly. Believe me, I never learned to cook back home because my grandmother and mother are pretty good at it. My siblings and I didn’t bother learning at all.

That trip also made me very fluent in Spanish — something I never thought I will be capable of. In Julia’s book, it is highlighted that when you are surrounded by a certain culture for a long time, you will definitely know how to adapt and adjust to its setting. I think this is one of the best reasons to travel and to keep traveling.

Trisha,  PS I’m On My Way

Shopping for Buddhas: An Adventure in Nepal by Jeff Greenwald

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Lance and Laura Longwell, Travel Addicts

Over 25 years ago, I discovered the Jeff Greenwald book, Shopping for Buddhas:  An Adventure in Nepal.  I would soon be moving to Nepal for a study abroad program and was riveted by the story of shopping for the perfect Buddha statue.  Less than a year later, I would find myself in Nepal exploring the back alleys of Kathmandu and Bhaktapur in the early days of the civil war .

The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen

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Peter Matthiessen was a CIA agent and a co-founder of the literary magazine The Paris Review. He was also a student of Zen Buddhism, which he explores in this classic travel book. In 1973 Matthiessen trekked in the remote mountains of Nepal with a field biologist friend, who was there to study the Himalayan blue sheep. During this trek they hoped to see the rare snow leopard. He writes about the harsh physical challenges of the trip, and on life and death, and practicing Buddhism. Even though they travel through such challenging conditions, this book really made me want to go to Nepal .

James Clark, Nomadic Notes

Funny Boy by Shyam Selvadurai

book about traveling to sri lanka

One of our favourite books that inspired wanderlust, specifically for Sri Lanka, was “Funny Boy”, written by Shyam Selvadurai. It is almost an autobiographical story about a young Tamil gay boy growing up in 1980s Sri Lanka during the civil war era, struggling to come to grips with his homosexuality in a very religious and traditional family and society.

It’s a really good insight into what it was like in the country during these awful civil war years. In addition for LGBT travellers, it is particularly insightful to read, mainly because since the 1980s, the country has not changed at all with regards to LGBT rights. It’s still illegal to be gay in Sri Lanka and many of the issues faced by Arjy are still the case today.

Stefan and Sebastien, Nomadic Boys

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

kite runner

The book is set in Afghanistan and talks about an unlikely friendship between a wealthy Pashtun kid, Amir and his servant Hassan and their relationship growing up. The book traverses through the past and present with Amir making a decision to travel back to his homeland from the United States, his current adopted home to save the life of his friend’s son. The story is fascinating, not just for its strong characterization but also for the vivid portrayal of life growing up in this vastly unexplored country. The country has been in the news for all the wrong reasons but this book makes sure every reader is transported back to the beautiful country it was before the conflict tore it apart and made it what it is in now – a picture of warzone ruin. It remains one of our favorite books and incites wanderlust for the simple reason, the beauty we take for granted today, might not be available to see tomorrow.

Rishabh Shah, Gypsy Couple

The Caliph’s House: A Year in Casablanca by Tahir Shah

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This travel book is about culture, traditions and challenges faced by an Afghan person who convinced his wife to escape the stable life in UK and shift with the whole family to unpredictable Morocco. The main hero buys one of the posh old houses “Dar Khalifa” in Casablanca. As the house was missing residents for many years it started slowly falling into pieces. The hero decides to return the glory and the prosperity to the house. To achieve this goal he needs to confront local peculiarities of lifestyle and working culture. Tahir Shah describes different sides of Morocco: its colors, feelings, history and, of course, superstitions.

Natalia, mytriphack

A House in Fez by Suzanna Clarke

books about traveling to morocco

Tamason,  Travelling Book Junkie

Have you ever fell in love with a country so much that you imagine one day moving there?  This is exactly what happened to Suzanna and her husband. During a trip to Morocco they fell in love with the African country enough to purchase a property and rather than just using it as a holiday home, they decided to immerse themselves completely into the Moroccan way of life.

Without being able to speak Arabic, they move to the city of Fez, a city not necessarily known for its touristic pull, purchase a tired riad in need of serious renovation and spend a year transforming it into a beautiful home.

This is a story about courage and conviction,  Suzanna and her husband don’t linger on the consequences of such a move, they simply follow their hearts.

Wanderlust is all about following your heart and making decisions that will enrich your life for the better whilst exploring a different part of the world and for me this is a book that highlights just that.  It also led to us jumping on a plane to explore Fez for ourselves, highlighting that it is a book that inspires wanderlust in others as well.

Dark Star Safari by Paul Theroux

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Mar, Once in a Lifetime Journey

Dark Star Safari by Paul Thereoux is my all-time most favourite travel book. Brilliantly sarcastic and no-bullshit, Theroux recounts the adventures and misadventures of his overland trip from Cairo to Cape Town 30 years after he spent time as a teacher in Malawi. This book was the most beautiful way for me to remember all the places I worked in Africa and it was also slightly sad to realize that, for some of them, those 30 years Theroux talks about were actually detrimental to their development. Dark Star Safari is a poignant and honest view of the continent from the point of view of an outsider. Theroux has no qualms in being to the point and very honest, sometimes bordering insulting, when describing the people and places. There are no taboos in his vocabulary and no holy cows he tells it how it is.

If you are still looking for more travel inspiration, here are  other travel books for the book lover on your list. What are your picks for the best travel books to inspire wanderlust?

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This is a great list of travel books and I have read few of them like kite runner, alchemist etc. Others I am going to grab soon.

LOADS of great books in there 🙂 🙂

This is a great list of travel books, have definitely added a few of these to my list!

Such inspiring reads! I’ve only read a couple but excited to download more to my Kindle. Cue the wanderlust!

Lovely compilation indeed. Given my passion for books and travel, I found this post really enjoyable. Before travel, books were the vehicles that I traveled the world on the wings of imagination. The books are great and each unique in its own way, My pick of the lot are, Shantaram and The Motorcycle Diaries.

Extensive list. I’ve read Eat, Pray, Love. And I’m reading the Alchemist. I’m on my way! Lol

Wow! What a fantastic compilation of books. There are so many gems that I’m adding to my reading list!

That’s a great list to fill up the evenings for the whole year 🙂 I love books about travel especially with a cultural twist))) Thank you for putting this post!

Ah wow, absolute go-to reading list here 🙂 I can see a fair few I need to get hold of 🙂

What a great list! So happy to see my favorite novel of all time on there: The Shadow of the Wind. I have read 12 of these books… which means you ahve given me a LOT of great reading ahead. Thank you.

Wow, epic list of travel books! I’ll have to refer back to this one when I’m looking for my next book. I love books, both fiction and non-fiction, that take you on a journey to new places and stirs that wanderlust to travel somewhere new!

I’d add Alastair Humphries’ “Microadventures” and “203 Travel Challenges. Travel the World. Discover Your Inner Self” – both are inspiring in a way that makes you act and improve yourself while having fun on the road.

Thanks for the suggestions! I’m putting them on my reading list.

At the risk of being spammy (sorry!), try my novel set in Greece: “Girl Gone Greek” – you might like it. Check out the Amazon reviews first (on COM and CO dot UK) and see if you like the sound of it. Enjoy!

Hi Rebecca, I lived in Greece a few years when I was younger so this book sounds really interesting. Adding it to my reading list!

These are definitely the absolute classics for travel!

I recommend An Embarrassment of Mangoes. Sailing and cooking in the Caribbean. Will have to check out some of your recommendations!

That’s a great list, found so many of my favourites in here including Alain de Botton’s Art of Travel that I dared to criticise in an article – he is my favourite contemporary philosopher but on the travel topic I reckon he could do a lot better 😉 Thanks for sharing, will download a couple about nomadic families to cheer myself up from fever and chest infection. Greetings from London!

So Darcee & I are heading to Morocco this year so I was looking for some great books to dive into the world of the area. I have never even heard of A House in Fez or The Caliph’s House: A Year in Casablanca! We are hoping to head to Casablanca so I may start with The Caliph’s House! Thanks for this list. Many of the books are already on my list! Love Jack Kerouac!

wow, it`s huge! Noted. about ”Shantaram”

Very good performance but what a long story! Full of tragedy violence drugs and sadnesses. Makes you realize how people live in the rest of the world! Fighting for everything just to survive! An intimate look at life in India!

Thanks for this list! I’ll be checking out several of these titles. The interesting part about this blog post is the highlights about each book and how each book may be relevant. Great post.

So many of my trips have been inspired by reading novels! Last year, I took a January teaching job in Hawaii, after reading Honolulu and other fiction set on Oahu. I’m most interested in the fortune-teller book, I wonder if that will be my next trip…

Looks like some awesome reads to me. Anything by Paula Coelho absolutely rocks. Ryan

Great post/list and book review. I am placing Beautiful Ruins and a Walk in the Woods on my list.

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The 16 Best Travel Books to Inspire Wanderlust

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Best Travel Books and Novels

Nothing inspires wanderlust like getting engrossed in a novel about traveling to a foreign land and the adventures that ensue. You can lose yourself in stories of love, heartbreak, redemption, and self-discovery whether you’re traveling abroad or back home planning your next adventure.

We have been traveling on and off for over 10 years, and along the way, we have taken a lot of long flights, train trips, and bus rides. We always make sure we have a good travel book tucked into our bag to get us through the journey. And if one of your friends is heading abroad, a good book with a heartfelt inscription from you on the front cover is a great travel gift !

Here is our list of the 16 best travel books that have inspired our trips around the globe! We hope that they inspire you to start planning your own adventure!

Disclaimer: This post may contain affiliate links. If you make a purchase or booking through one of our links we may earn a small commission (don’t worry, it’s at no extra cost to you).

16 Great Travel Books to Inspire Wanderlust

Best Travel Books: A Cooks Tour by Anthony Bourdain

1. A Cook’s Tour: Global Adventures in Extreme Cuisine

By anthony bourdain.

Anthony Bourdain changed the way the world thinks about food. He taught us to embrace all of the strange and unique cuisines across the globe and that some of the best meals are at a tiny plastic table down a random alleyway. Of course, most people are familiar with Bourdain due to his hit travel TV show , No Reservations . What most people don’t realize is that it was actually his take-no-prisoners, tell-all style of writing that launched his TV career.

A Cook’s Tour recounts Bourdain’s dining adventures across Portugal, France, Vietnam, Russia, Morocco, Japan, Cambodia, Mexico, and Spain . He eats a still-beating cobra heart in Hanoi (we’ve done this too!), samples half-formed duck embryos – otherwise known as balut  – in Cambodia (check!), and enjoys a  tagine in Morocco (been there too!).

Bourdain is a great storyteller, and by the end of this book, you’ll be both hungry and eager to plan your next trip.

Best Travel Books: The Beach by Alex Garland

2. The Beach

By alex garland.

If you’ve done a bit of traveling and can’t seem to get “off the beaten path,” then try giving Alex Garland’s The Beach a read.

Richard is a British backpacker who is disillusioned with the well-trodden tourist circuit of Southeast Asia. While staying in a cheap hotel on Khao San Road in Bangkok, he is given a mysterious map to a beautiful beach, unspoiled by tourism, hidden in the Gulf of Thailand. He befriends a French couple, Françoise and Étienne, and together they set off to find the secret beach.

It’s a tale of paradise found (and lost) with plenty of adventure, romance, betrayal, and cannabis. It’s truly one of the best travel books out there and anyone headed to Thailand for the first time should read it!

Best Travel Books: Marching Powder by Rusty Young

3. Marching Powder: A True Story of Friendship, Cocaine, and South America’s Strangest Jail

By rusty young.

Although Marching Powder  was written by Rusty Young, it is really the story of Thomas McFadden, a British drug trafficker who was caught in Bolivia and imprisoned in Bolivia’s San Pedro prison.

San Pedro turns out not to be your typical prison. Inside its walls, you must pay rent for your jail cell and imprisoned drug lords are joined by their wives and children who enter and leave the prison freely. There is also an onsite cocaine manufacturing operation and a small bribe can get you out of (or into) the prison for a day.

Thomas begins running tours of the bizarre prison and they become a staple of the South American backpacker circuit. When Rusty hears about the tours he signs up for a night in the prison. He winds up staying for 3 months in order to document Thomas’ story and life in San Pedro.

We actually tried to visit the San Pedro prison when we were in La Paz, but by that time the Bolivian government had cracked down on the illegal tours.

Best Travel Books: The Cloud Garden by Tom Hart Dyke & Paul Winder

4. The Cloud Garden: A True Story of Adventure, Survival, and Extreme Horticulture

By tom hart dyke and paul winder.

The Cloud Garden  tells the story of a fearless young backpacker, Paul, and an impetuous botanist, Tom. Together they decide to attempt a crossing of the impenetrable stretch of swamp and jungle between Panama and Colombia known as The Darién Gap. This no man’s land is also full of guerrillas (not to be confused with gorillas) and drug smugglers. It’s not exactly the kind of place you want to go on vacation but Paul is hunting for adventure, and Tom is hunting for orchids.

Unfortunately, just a short way from the Colombian border, they are captured by a paramilitary group and held against their will for 9-months. Their tale is chock full of suspense, wit, and even a bit of Stockholm syndrome.

We are often told by friends and family not to go somewhere because it is too dangerous. For the most part, we go anyways and discover friendly people and fun adventures. But this travel novel is an example of what happens when you push your luck just a little too far!

Best Travel Books: Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts

5. Shantaram

By gregory david roberts.

Shantaram is an epic saga of loss, hope, faith, and redemption. The protagonist is a convicted Australian bank robber who escapes prison and flees to Mumbai, India (called ‘Bombay’ at the time) to build a new life. Along the way, he works as a slum doctor, drug dealer, passport forger, weapons smuggler, and Bollywood actor.

While some of the events mirror the author’s life, much of the story is obviously fiction or at least significantly embellished. It’s a beautiful read full of gang fights, romance, and impossibly heroic moments. A bit like the main character in your own Bollywood movie.

While many of our book recommendations are quick reads, Shantaram is almost 1,000 pages. It’s the perfect travel novel if you have an extremely long bus ride or flight ahead of you.

Best Travel Books: A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

6. A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail

By bill bryson.

A Walk in the Woods  recounts Bill Bryson’s attempt to hike the entire 2,100 miles of America’s Appalachian Trail with his overweight, chain-smoking friend, Stephen Katz. Along the way, they meet a host of interesting thru-hikers and develop a begrudging appreciation for the beautiful and fragile wilderness of the United States.

Bryson has a great sense of humor and all of his books will make you chuckle, though this one makes a particularly great gift for hikers. Many people prefer his travel novel about Australia, In a Sunburned Country,  but I have a soft spot in my heart for A Walk in the Woods. Perhaps because I grew up in East Tennessee, just 20 miles from the Appalachian Trail.

Best Travel Books: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig

7. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values

By robert m. pirsig.

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is much more than just a travel book. It tells the story of a man and his son on a cross-country motorcycle trip from Minnesota to California. The book deviates from the main storyline quite often to delve into philosophical pondering (which is the real focus of the book).

It’s an incredibly interesting book if you have an interest in eastern philosophy or if you just want inspiration for a motorcycle trip across the US . Although according to the author, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance “should in no way be associated with that great body of factual information relating to orthodox Zen Buddhist practice. It’s not very factual on motorcycles, either.”

Best Travel Books: Papillon by Henri Charrière

8. Papillon

By henri charrière.

Papillon is the “autobiographical” story of Henri Charrière. He is a French safecracker wrongly convicted of murder and sentenced to a life of hard labor on the penal colony of Devil’s Island (French Guiana). The ensuing tale spans 14 years and involves numerous jailbreak attempts – some successful, some not.

There is a question as to how much of the novel is true with some critics claiming it is about 90% fiction. Regardless, Charrière is a great storyteller and the book became an immediate success upon its release in 1969. It has since been translated into 21 languages and made into a movie three times.

Best Travel Books: Round Ireland with a Fridge by Tony Hawks

9. Round Ireland with a Fridge

By tony hawks.

You’ve probably had a few too many drinks and made a ridiculous bet with your friends before. And you probably woke up the next morning with a hazy memory of the terms of your silly bet and never actually followed through with it. In the book  Round Ireland with a Fridge , Tony bets a friend that he can hitchhike around the circumference of Ireland with a refrigerator in one month.

He realizes the foolishness of this claim when he wakes up hungover the next morning. But rather than take the easy way out, he decides to give it his best shot. So with his trusty mini-fridge in tow, he sticks out his thumb and heads off on an adventure that turns him into a national hero.

It’s a hilarious tale that will have you believing in the kindness of strangers and the luck of the Irish!

Best Travel Books: The Damage Done by Warren Fellows

10. The Damage Done: Twelve Years of Hell in a Bangkok Prison

By warren fellows.

Warren Fellows was a drug smuggler who trafficked heroin from Thailand to Australia and got caught. This book is not meant to proclaim his innocence. In fact, Fellows makes it clear that he was guilty (but mainly unlucky).

Fellows is given a life sentence in Bangkok’s notorious Bang Kwang prison. His account of the living conditions and punishment that he endured for over a decade makes prisons in the USA look like 5-star hotels.

It may be obvious to you at this point that I am very intrigued by foreign prisons. So intrigued, in fact, that I actually visited an inmate in Bangkwang prison during a trip to Bangkok in my youth. It turned out to be far less interesting than I was expecting and a bit strange as the inmate wanted me to deliver cryptic messages to people around Bangkok. Better to just stick to reading about them…

Best Travel Books: Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

11. Heart of Darkness

By joseph conrad.

Heart of Darkness  was written over a century ago but still remains a fascinating read. It’s the tale of Charles Marlow, a riverboat captain and ivory transporter obsessed with the “blank places on the earth”. Otherwise known as those areas that are unmapped and uncivilized.

He journeys up the Congo River in Africa in search of the mysterious ivory trader, Krutz. Marlow’s trip into the heart of the African continent is full of vivid imagery and shines an uncomfortable light on the practice of imperialism in the 19th century.

While the story takes place in Africa, this book was the inspiration for the cult classic movie Apocalypse Now set in Vietnam (it’s also the namesake for one of the best new breweries in Saigon ). Whether you’re headed to Africa or Southeast Asia, this is a classic quick read.

Best Travel Books: Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck

12. Travels with Charley: In Search of America

By john steinbeck.

In Travels with Charley , John Steinbeck recounts his 1960s road trip around the United States with his French Poodle, Charley. Steinbeck was nearing the end of his life and wanted to see America one last time. So he bought a GMC pickup truck, outfitted it with a camper named Rocinante (after Don Quixote’s horse), and set off on his epic journey to rediscover the country he spent his life writing about.

It’s best to not take the story as an actual autobiography. His older son later remarked that “Steinbeck was at heart a novelist” who would never let the truth get in the way of a good story. And it is a great story. In fact, it’s one of the best travel books for anyone planning an American road trip .

Best Travel Books: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

13. The Alchemist

By paulo coelho.

Recommending The Alchemist  may be a bit cliché. However, it’s one of the best travel books in the world for good reason. The Alchemist is the quintessential traveler’s tale of learning to listen to your heart and following your dreams.

Santiago is a young Andalusian shepherd who decides to give up his flock of sheep and journey to Africa in pursuit of his personal “treasure” which he believes is at the Pyramids. Along the way, he loses everything he owns (a few times), meets a king, falls in love, and much more.

The Alchemist is a quick, easy read and is a great place to start if you’re looking for a little travel inspiration.

Gift Idea - Lonely Planet: The Travel Book

14. The Travel Book: A Journey Through Every Country in the World

By lonely planet.

Lonely Planet’s The Travel Book is not actually a travel novel. It’s a brief overview of every country in the world. Each entry includes beautiful photos, fun facts, and a few key phrases in the local language. Lonely Planet describes it as “850 images. 230 countries. One complete picture.”

At approximately 450 pages, the Travel Book is huge and heavy. So you certainly wouldn’t want to bring it along on your trip. But it’s the perfect coffee table book to help you find inspiration to plan your next exotic vacation.

Gift Idea: Atlas Obscura

15. Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders

By joshua foer, dylan thuras, and ella morton.

If you prefer visiting obscure destinations overstaying in 5-star hotels,  Atlas Obscura  is the perfect travel book for you! “Inspiring equal parts wonder and wanderlust”, this oddball travel book details 700 of the most bizarre sites around the world.

It’s another book that is better suited for the coffee table at home than your suitcase. But, flipping through the Atlas Obscura will definitely make even the most content homebody curious about visiting some of these off-the-beaten-path adventures.

Best Travel Books: Microadventures by Alastair Humphreys

16. Microadventures: Local Discoveries for Great Escapes

By alastair humphreys.

Alastair offers a fresh take on the concepts of travel and adventure in his book Microadventures . He believes that you can take the spirit of a great big adventure and squeeze it into a short time period with a small budget.

He challenges everyone to get out of their comfort zone. Even if it’s just spending the weekend camped on a nearby hillside or taking a swim in a lake close by. You don’t have to book a plane ticket to experience adventure, sometimes it’s waiting for you right in your own backyard!

What’s your favorite travel book? Tell us in the comments so we can add it to our list!


Nick Wheatley

Nick took his first solo trip abroad to Ireland and Scotland when he was just 19. Since then he has visited over 70 countries around the world (plus 45 states in the USA). He coupled his passion for travel photography with Val’s passion for writing and thus Wandering Wheatleys was born. He now lives in Asheville with his two rambunctious kids, Humphrey and Wilhelminha. Besides photography, Nick loves eating the weirdest food he can find in a country (sheep’s brain currently sits in first place) and making Val get up an hour before sunrise to make sure he gets “the good light”.

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12 thoughts on “the 16 best travel books to inspire wanderlust”.

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These are amazing books on the list that I noted everything except for the Alchemist as I’ve been reading that a lot of times already, it’s my favorite travel book that’s why. Although I am passionate about travel books, I’ve never heard the rest of the list so this is a good information for me. I will definitely start with “A Cook’s Tour” by Anthony Bourdain, that got me interested more.

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Being passionate about books from childhood, books have always been the wings that fueled my travel imagination. Many of the places that I visit today are places that I have already visited through the books that I have read. This is an awesome list of books. I have read quite a few of them. my all time favourites are Papillon and The Alchemist.

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30 Best Travel Books to Inspire The Wanderer in You

Written By: The Planet D


Updated On: January 7, 2024

The best way I know how to spark my wanderlust is to get inspiration from great travel books. My favorite travel books cover everything from a life changing experience to overcoming adversity. They make me laugh out loud and inspire me to explore the world. These books don’t focus on one theme they focus on many. So get your Kindle ready and start downloading today!

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Best Travel Books to Explore the World

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In this article, we wanted to share some of the best travel books that made me laugh, made me cry, and inspired me to get out and travel around the world.

Disclosure: If you click the links below and make a purchase from Amazon, we do receive a referral commission at no extra cost to you.

1. Masked Rider by Neil Peart

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Many people know him as a massively talented drummer from  Rush . But what they do not realize is that Neil Peart was not only one of the greatest drummers in the history of music , he was also an avid cyclist. Sadly, Peart died of cancer, but through his music and travelogue and travel books his genius lives on. (yes he has more than )

Masked Rider is an honest and undisguised account of his time cycling in West Africa. It’s a must read for anyone who wants to go on a great adventure. Neil Peart lets us see the man behind the rock star and he makes us realize that superstars are people too. Purchase Masked Rider – Neil Peart on Amazon

2. Finding Gobi by Dion Leonard

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If you love dogs, this is one of the best adventure travel books you’ll read to make you smile. Ultramarathon runner Dion Leonard traveled to China with one thing on his mind; to finish on the podium of a 155-mile race through the Gobi desert.

Follow the story of Leonard, whose heart is warmed by the persistence of a stray dog that kept pace through heat and exhaustion for 70 miles. See how Leonard is transformed from a focused veteran to a man that gives up what little food he has in his pack to share with the stray dog that he named, Gobi. Buy Finding Gobi – Dion Leonard on to see what happens next

3. American Shaolin by Matthew Polly

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A regular American guy, Matthew Polly recounts his time living, studying, and performing with the Shaolin monks in China. This is one bizarre and hilarious travel memoir about fulfilling your dreams. Follow along as Matthew drops out of Princeton to pursue his ambitions of transforming his scrawny physique into that of a kung fu master.

He tells tales of breaking into the secret world of Shaolin Kung Fu which has strange disciplines like “The Iron Crotch” and other various indestructible body parts. I seriously think this is also one of the funnest travel books to read out there. Check out American Shaolin – Matthew Polly today.

4. Crazy Rich Asians – Kevin Kwan

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The movie took the world by storm and it is one of the few travel books that translates to screen beautifully. Peek behind the looking glass of the secretive billionaire families that have more money than Vladimir Putin.

Follow along as Rachel joins her boyfriend in Singapore on a summer holiday only to find out that her humble boyfriend is Asia’s most eligible bachelor and everyone (including his mother) is out to tear them apart.

This is one of the best travel books based in Asia depicting the unique culture of Singaore. Read Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan now.

5. White Tiger – Aravind Adiga

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White Tiger tells of a dirty and unforgiving India, an India that doesn’t allow people to claw their way out of their Caste. It is now a movie on Netflix. I haven’t watched it yet but if it’s good you can be sure I’ll add it to my favorite travel movies.

This was one of those travel books that neither of us could put down and a book that we feel is a must read for everyone  traveling to India.   Those who have spent their time in an Ashram or driving around the country in an organized tour isolated from the truth won’t like it. But, like one review said, “This is the book that India Tourism doesn’t want you to read.” Get White Tiger by Aravind Adiga on Amazon.

6. The Beach by Alex Garland

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Let me set one thing straight, I hated the movie The Beach, but I loved the book by Alex Garland. The Beach captures what travel was like in Thailand way back in the 1990s. (trust me, we were there). This is one of the first travel books we read that really brought us back. toa place we had been to.

The rooms in Thai guesthouses were disgusting, and the streets were filled with backpackers seeking adventure while escaping the world drinking cheap beer. There were still undiscovered coves and beaches that nobody had heard of, and there were probably several drug kingpins running the land.

Visiting Thailand for the first time is still a great adventure and this is a must read anyone going to the land of Smiles for the very first time! The Beach by Alex Garland is available on Amazon.

7. In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson

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Bill Bryson is the king of writing travel books that make you laugh our loud. Anything by Bill Bryson is a winner, but my personal favorite memoir by Bryson is “In a Sunburned Country”. This was the first book I read by Bryson and it inspired me to read them all! I laughed out loud.

Written at a time when the world was still getting to know Australia, it shows the quirkiness of the island country and makes you want to book a ticket to see it for yourself. If you pick up any book by Bill Bryson, you won’t be sorry but, In a Sunburned Country is our favorite.

Go Around the World with Bill Bryson:

  • A Walk in the Woods – Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail spanning the Eastern Coast.
  • A Stranger to Myself – Notes on Returning to America After 20 Years Away
  • The Best American Travel Writing
  • The Road to Little Dribbling – An American in Britain

8. Dave Barry Does Japan

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He may be old school when it comes to mentioning travel books and authors, but Dave Barry is hilarious. It was Dave Barry who sparked my love for travel writing and how powerful, funny, and inspiring it could be.

I never thought I’d become a travel writer, but I loved reading about his escapades around the world. He explains Japanese traditions through humor and experiences at karaoke bars, geisha encounters, kabuki theatre, and confusing comedy clubs. Japan is still very confusing even today so it is worth a read. Check out Dave Barry Does Japan and have a great laugh today.

9. Love Africa by Jeffrey Gettleman

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Love Africa tells the story of Jeffry Gettleman the East Africa bureau chief for the New York Times. It begins with his first trip to Africa when he volunteered and fell in love with the continent.

But he kept being called back to the United States to his other love, his girlfriend Courtenay who is a criminal defense lawyer. Follow along as he navigates his career as a journalist, to his love for Africa and his true love relationship with Courtenay. We know how Africa can tug at your heart.

Can you have it all? Read and follow along on this travel memoir through Africa, because we’re not giving it away. Buy Love Africa by Jeffrey Gettleman on Amazon.

10. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

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It’s an oldie but a goodie. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho is the story of a shepherd boy named Santiago who sells his flock and purchases a ticket to Tangier, where he is robbed and must work at a shop to find his way home.

At the heart of the book lies Santiago who embarks on a quest to find his true purpose in life. As he encounters a series of characters and navigates the challenges of the journey, Santiago learns valuable lessons about faith and perseverance.

“The Alchemist” is a book that invites readers to reflect on their own lives and aspirations. Coelho’s emphasis on listening to one’s heart, embracing the unknown, and overcoming fear resonate deeply, inspiring readers to question their own paths and pursue their personal legends with courage and determination.

He ends up taking a great adventure across the Sahara and after all his adventures, discovers his fortune right back where he started. I read this book before we started traveling full time and it put me in the mood to wander. And to appreciate life.

I think The Alchemist was the catalyst for my dream of becoming a travel writer and taking the leap to explore the world. This book taught me that you don’t need to go far to discover the beauty in life. Buy the Alchemist on Amazon

11. A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah

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This no-holds-barred autobiography of a child soldier, Ishmael Beah, is gripping.  A Long Way Gone tells how an innocent child can be forced into savage warfare in Sierra Leone. It may not belong in your typical travel books listing, but it is something that people should read and know about.

Having lost everything including his family, his home, and his soul, Ishmael tells of his journey to evade the military. For three years he hid in the jungle and half-starved to death. It recounts the fear and despair he felt each day until he was finally captured by the government army.

Hopped up on drugs, he was forced to commit unthinkable acts. This is a story of going to hell and back, living a life of revenge and violence. He was rescued by UNICEF but it was a long and painful rehabilitation. Read A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah

12. The Bang Bang Club – Greg Marinovich & Jaoa Silva

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Set in Apartheid-Era South Africa, the  Bang Bang Club  is a true account telling the tale of the four photojournalists that dared to enter the townships and document history as it was happening.

It was written by two surviving journalists Greg Marinovich & Jaoa Silva Heartbreaking and shocking, the Bang Bang Club doesn’t hold back when telling of the brutality of that time.

The photographers had to come to terms with their own demons and what they witnessed day in and day out as war correspondence reporters. Their photos made history and set new standards, earning a Pulitzer Prize for two of the photographers. Get Your Copy of The Bang Bang Club – Greg Marinovich & Jaoa Silva

13. The Girl in the Picture – Vietnam

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During the Vietnam War, photographer Nick Ut captured the shocking photo of children running from a napalm blast. Kim Phuc was the center of that photograph, with her naked body covered in severe burns. It became known as “the photo of the century” winning the Pulitzer Prize

In her own words, Kim tells her story of what happened to “The Girl in the Picture” Read the fascinating tale as she journeys from Vietnam eventually landing in Canada where she faced many hardships along the way. This book not only showed me what it was like for Phuc, but taught me about communism in Vietnam and what it took to break away. The Girl in the Picture – Vietnam

14. Touching the Void – Joe Simpson

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Joe Simpson recalls his harrowing climb of Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes back in 1985 with Simon Yates. Disaster struck after their summit when Joe fell into a crevasse and broke his leg (very badly).

We love adventure travel, but this is an entirely new level. The book stands the test of time as Joe recalls the three days he spent trying to get down the mountain after a near fatal fall and what he had to endure along the say. It was also  made into a movie  in 2003. Touching the Void – Joe Simpson

15. Into Thin Air – Jon Krakauer

best travel books into thin air by john krakauer

Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer is a gripping and harrowing firsthand account of the tragic 1996 Mount Everest disaster. As an acclaimed travel writer and mountaineer, Krakauer brings his expertise and storytelling prowess to this unforgettable true story that resonates with readers long after the final page.

Krakauer’s ability to convey the physical and emotional challenges faced by climbers on the world’s highest peak is unparalleled. I couldn’t put this book down. Krakauer captures the essence of the mountaineering experience, immersing readers in the awe-inspiring beauty and perilous nature of Everest that inspired us to visit Everest Base Camp.

Krakauer candidly reflects on his own role and decisions during the ill-fated expedition, providing a raw and introspective narrative that adds depth and authenticity to the book. His vulnerability and willingness to share the emotional toll of the tragedy make the story even more compelling.

We’ve been to  Mount Everest Base Camp  and it was exciting to read about a place that we’ve been to and retrace steps through Namche Bazaar, the Tengboche Monks, and the Sherpa monuments to those who have fallen. Into Thin Air – Jon Krakauer

Into the Wild by John Krakauer

best travel books into the wild by John Krakaeur

We go directly to another John Krakauer. As a travel writer, Krakauer goes beyond mere adventure storytelling and has a knack for delving into the complexities of human nature and Into the Wild certainly does that.

Into the Wild” by Jon Krakauer is a captivating and introspective exploration of the true story of Christopher McCandless, a young man who abandoned civilization to embark on a solitary adventure in the Alaskan wilderness. It begins with a typical road trip across the country and then takes a turn.

Through interviews, personal anecdotes, and McCandless’s own writings, Krakauer pieces together the motivations, struggles, and ideals that led him to seek solace and freedom in the untamed wilderness.examining his desire for self-discovery, his rejection of societal norms, and his yearning for a simpler existence. Krakauer offers insights into the allure of the wild and the inner turmoil of a young man searching for meaning and transcendence.

The book delves into the complexities of McCandless’s character, and Krakauer’s skillful storytelling and introspective analysis allow readers to appreciate the complexities of his subject, even if they do not completely align with McCandless’s actions. Read it now.

16. Dark Star Safari – Paul Theroux

best travel books Dark Star Safari by Paul Theroux

Paul Theroux is one of the Greatest modern travel writers of our time. And he has written many classics such as Mosquito Coast and the Great Railway Bazaar, but our favorite travel book by Paul Theroux is Dark Star Safari.

Dave and I started our travel adventures cycling from Cairo to Cape Town and Dark Star Safari takes Theroux overland as he revisits the continent but he was on a road trip (not bicycle). This book took us back to Africa and brought back all the feelings we had – the good, bad, the ugly, and the depressing parts that we forget.

Through his vivid account, sharp wit, and introspective reflections he brings to life the people, places, and complexities he encounters along the way from Cairo to Cap Town. From bustling cities to remote villages, readers are transported to the heart of Africa, experiencing the triumphs, hardships, beauty and every day life that define the continent.

What we like about Dark Star Safar, is how he shows the less glamorous aspects of travel. He confronts the realities of poverty, political instability, and cultural clashes, providing a nuanced and balanced perspective of Africa. Through his encounters with locals, aid workers, and fellow travelers, he unveils the complexities and contradictions that exist within each country and challenges common stereotypes. See our Cairo to Cape Town adventures at It All Began in Egypt: Cycling a Continent

Get Dark Star Safari – Paul Theroux on Amazon

17. Wild – From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

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Adventure travel can be transformational. When taking on a challenge, it is an emotional roller coaster. I’ve definitely been there with negative and productive thoughts and regrets. But as at the end of any grand adventure, the struggle can be healing and you can come out triumphant.

One of the most successful travel books (it always is when turned into a movie right?) focuses on the journey of the author along the Pacific Crest Trail while she navigates the physical and emotional challenges of hiking over a thousand miles in search of healing and self-discovery.

At the heart of the book lies Strayed’s emotional and psychological journey. As she grapples with grief, loss, and personal demons, she confronts her own vulnerabilities and gradually finds strength and resilience. Her candid exploration and raw honesty of her past mistakes, relationships, and the complexities of human nature is both relatable and inspiring.

Follow along as Cheryl Strayed faces her demons and struggles her way along the way. You can purchase Wild – Lost and Found on The Pacific Crest Trail. On Amazon here.

18. A Woman Alone: Travel Tales from Around the Globe

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A Woman Alone: Travel Tales from Around the Globe is an anthology that celebrates the spirit of solo female travel. Edited by Faith Conlon, Ingrid Emerick, and Christina Henry de Tessan, this collection of personal narratives showcases the empowering and transformative experiences of women who have ventured out into the world on their own.

Solo female travelers will love this travel book. The book features a diverse range of stories from women of various backgrounds and destinations, offering a mosaic of perspectives and travel experiences. From exploring bustling cities to traversing remote landscapes, readers are treated to a rich tapestry of cultures, encounters, and adventures.

The anthology captures the essence of travel, going beyond mere descriptions of destinations to delve into the transformative power of exploration. A Woman Alone: Travel Tales from Around the Globe is an empowering and inspirational read for both seasoned travelers and those dreaming of embarking on their first solo adventure.

Get it on Amazon

19. 1,000 Places to See Before You Die by Patricia Schultz

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1,000 Places to See Before You Die  is the original brainchild of the talented and wonderful Patricia Schultz. If you have a serious case of wanderlust to travel around the world, buy this travel book by Patricia Schultz. This travel book makes for a great gift!

Many travelers are always looking for inspiration and there is an endless supply here. I’ve taken my Sharpie Marker and gone through all the destinations around the globe that she recommends. 1,000 Places to See Before You Die is the world’s best selling travel book. I wish I had thought of this idea. If you are a collector of travel books, you need to have this in your library.

20. Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

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I read Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert while traveling through India, so it certainly reminds me of my travels there. It is the real life story of Elizabeth Gilbert finding herself after divorce.

I didn’t identify with India (pray) part of the book since I was there at the time, but I could definitely get on board with eating through Italy and finding love in Bali. Many travelers love following in the footsteps of Eat Pray Love and why not? Who doesn’t want to run away from it all, find themselves, fall in love and write a book about it?

21. Grand Adventures by Alastair Humphreys

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Grand Adventures is written by National Geographic Adventurer of the Year Alastair Humphreys. We first heard of Alastair while he was cycling around the world and were inspired so much by him, we followed his bike peddles to cycling Africa. This book round up the world’s most grand adventures to inspire you to try your own. (We make an appearance or two from one of our adventures around the globe as well.)

22. Concierge Confidential by Michael Fazio

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Concierge Confidential by Michael Fazio gives the inside scoop from behind the scenes of the rich and famous. He was New York’s top concierge and he shares stories and secrets from the madness of catering to the elite. From the ridiculous demands to having to get people in to anywhere possible, it’s an at times hilarious read.

I wouldn’t want his job for the world, but it is fun to take a peek inside the secret life of a concierge. One of the more unconventional travel books since it’s from the perspective of the Concierge getting travelers their every whim, it still transports you to another place.

23. Ontario Escapes by Jim Buyers

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Ontario Escapes is written by Veteran journalist and top travel writer in Canada, Jim Byers. He shares his personal experiences and tips for traveling around Ontario Canada.

As a native Ontario resident, I found so many hidden gems in this book offering great Ontario travel tips and ideas. I love Jim’s writing style as he shares practical information with inspiring personal stories and recommendations.

24. Ultimate Journeys for Two by Mike and Anne Howard

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Ultimate Journeys for Two was written by our friends Mike and Anne Howards Mike who are currently on the world’s longest honeymoon. And you can find us there too talking about Greenland travel!

This travel book is more of an account of a bunch of couples giving advice and snippits about a place. Its more of a travel reference giving people travel ideas to inspire couples to go out and see the world and have a great adventure. There are ideas for couples to travel on every continent!

25. How to Travel the World on $50 a Day – Matt Kepnes

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How to Travel the World on $50 a Day by Matt Kepnes shares money-saving tips on transportation, food, beverages, accommodation, and airline tickets, it’s the how-to guide for twenty-something budget travelers. Nomadic Matt has parlayed his highly successful travel blog into a best selling travel book on the New York Times’ best sellers list.

While I’m not sure if you really can travel for $50 a day in today’s world, it is still a good reference for budget travel and budget tips and advice.

26. Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2023

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If you are looking for good travel guide books while traveling we recommend Lonely Planet. It is still our go-to travel book to help plan our adventures.

Lonely Planet was once often referenced as “The Bible of Travel.” Dave and I never booked a trip without buying a lonely planet country guide. While travel blogs have taken away a lot of travel guide book revenue, the Lonely Planet is still highly regarded. And you can never Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel series. Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2023 follows the formula of the previous Best in Travel series.

Published annually, Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel showcases the top destinations, experiences, and trends around the world, curated by travel experts. What are the top destinations for 2023? You’ll have to purchase it to find out.

Here’s a cool fact, we named The Planet D after The Lonely Planet in 2007. We were so inspired by the Lonely Planet travel books that when trying to think of a name for our travel blog, we simply took off the lonely, and added a “D” Plus, the Lonely Planet is what inspired me to get into travel writing. It was my dream to write for them one day.

Get the Lonely Planet Best of 2023 on Amazon Here

27. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

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Mark Twain’s “Innocents Abroad” takes readers on a delightful through Europe and the Holy Land aboard his voyage in a retired Civil War ship (the USS Quaker City). Why do we love it? Well, this travelogue, first published in 1869, offers a unique perspective on the experiences of American tourists during the mid-19th century.

Twain’s witty and satirical writing style shines throughout the book, making it an enjoyable and entertaining read. While the book is primarily a humorous account of his journey, it also delves into deeper themes and critiques of society. Twain reflects on the idiosyncrasies of human nature, the follies of tourism, and the stark contrasts between cultures.

It is worth noting that Innocents Abroad can be a dense read at times, particularly for readers who are not familiar with the historical context or the locations mentioned. Twain occasionally includes lengthy digressions and references to classical literature, which might require additional effort from the reader to fully appreciate. Get it on Amazon

28. Right Turn at Machu Picchu by Mark Adams

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Right Turn at Machu Picchu is a travel memoir by Mark Adams that weaves together history, archaeology, and personal discovery as Adams retraces the footsteps of Hiram Bingham III, the explorer who rediscovered the ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.

Blending his own travel experiences and encounters with informative and fascinating insights into the history and culture of the Incas creates an infectious story where readers will find themselves eagerly turning the pages to uncover the secrets of Machu Picchu.

One of the book’s strengths lies in Adams’ ability to convey the awe-inspiring beauty and mystique of the Peruvian landscape. With a modern travel writing tone, Adams transports readers through the rugged terrain, lush jungles, and awe-inspiring ruins that make up the region surrounding Machu Picchu.

It even provides a wealth of historical and archaeological information, offering a deeper understanding of the site’s significance. See reviews and purchase it on Amazon

29. This Contested Land: The Storied Past and Uncertain Future of America’s National Monuments by McKenzie Long

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A new addition to our best travel books article is This Contested Land: by Mckenzie Long delves into the history and complex issues surrounding America’s national monuments. (Shall we talk about Mount Rushmore anyone?)

Long sheds light on America’s national monuments including their creation, significance, and the ongoing debates surrounding their management. Through modern travel writing, Long explores the intertwined narratives of nature conservation, cultural preservation, and the conflicting interests that have shaped these sites.

This Contested Land does not shy away from exploring the controversies and conflicts surrounding national monuments. Long examines the various stakeholders involved, including local communities, indigenous groups, environmentalists, and commercial interests. By presenting multiple perspectives, the book encourages readers to contemplate the intricate balance between preservation, public access, and economic development.

This Contested Land serves as a valuable resource for anyone interested in America’s national monuments and the broader debates surrounding land conservation and cultural heritage. Check it out

30. In The Kingdom of Men by Kim Barnes

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Kim Barnes takes readers on a mesmerizing journey into the heart of Arabia with her novel, “In The Kingdom of Men.” Set in 1960s Saudi Arabia, Barnes’ paints vivid prose of the desert landscape, transporting readers to a world of contrasts and contradictions in the Middle East. From the vast expanses of sand dunes to the opulent palaces and bustling markets, the setting becomes as much a character as the individuals who navigate its complexities.

The protagonist, Gin McPhee, a young American woman thrown into the unfamiliar Saudi Arabian culture, brings a fresh perspective to the narrative. As she grapples with the oppressive societal norms and her own desires for independence, readers are drawn into her struggle and resilience.

Barnes skillfully explores the clash between tradition and modernity, particularly through the lens of gender dynamics and the stark divide between the Western expatriates and the local Saudi community of the Middle East. She delves into the intricate web of power, politics, and cultural tensions, illuminating the challenges faced by those who seek to bridge these divides. Get it on Amazon

So have these travel books inspired you to go around the globe? What is the best travel adventure you’ve ever read? If you have other travel books to share, leave them in the comments below, we are always looking for good reads.

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65 thoughts on “30 Best Travel Books to Inspire The Wanderer in You”

Doing great job man… Keep it up.

Wonderful list. This is what I was searching for. Thanks for doing the hard research for me.

Awesome list. Thanks for sharing. It’s really very useful.

Thanks for sharing!

These are very interesting books about travel, I had the opportunity to read some of them. very nice

I can’t wait to read more of these books! Reading has always been one way that I keep my wanderlust alive and well.

I was just searching for some good books which can take me into the world of wanderlust. As expected, you are on the internet with your awesome experience. I would love to read all of them. The Alchemist I have done and I am approaching other ones from now onwards. Thanks for sharing this post.

Very useful thing for those who like traveling. Thanks for sharing this with us,

Love those books… thanks for sharing Regards! Thank You!

Michael Palin’s Pole to Pole and Levison Woods Walking the Himalayas!

The only book in this list that I have read (partly) is Eat Pray Love but I also didn’t love it! I was actually in Bali when I started it and it just didn’t grab me, but I’ll definitely be trying out some others on this list! A good book on holiday can do wonders!

I hope to get my hands on Eat, Pray, Love soon. It must be a great read coz it’s on every travel books list.

Wonderful collection. I was in deep search. Thanks a lot to write about these books.

Thanks, Actually I am searching these collection from so many times. Great !!

Thanks for sharing. I was actually not aware about Michael Crichton’s book. Great list of books, I better start reading.

Lot’s of new books for me to add to my list! Thank you! I loved In A Sunburned Country, I consider it one of my favourite travel books and it definitely encouraged me to travel to Australia where I am now!

Thanks, guys some great books there. Think I need to get my hands on Dave does Japan. I am hoping to visit next year.

My all time favourite travel book that I never seen included on any lists is called WorldWalk by Steven Newman. In his early 20s, over a period of 4 years, Steven walked around the world relying on the kindness of strangers. This was the mid-1980s well before the time of internet and mobile phones being common place. His book is inspirational and entertaining and eye-opening all at once. I can’t recommend it enough.

it is very helpful for me like a traveler

An amazing list of books. I watched the film Eat Pray Love (starring Julia Roberts, maybe) but never took the time to read the book. THis list inspired me.

I think one books may be worth adding is Vagabonding.

I just want to say “wow” you have an amazing collection of books.

I was looking for a list like this! I just finished reading a series of books for foodies and Eat Pray Love was one of them. Thanks for sharing yours! Concierge Confidential seems like an interesting read.

thanks for sharing

i have planning to travel 2or3 places.i read this is very helpful it provide great ideas.amazing article thanks for sharing.

Great recommendations! Some of it are already on my list. I just pick some great additions on my list. Thanks!

I think i watched the movie American Shaolin like 20 years ago. I didn’t know it was from a book. Gonna check it for sure. Thanks for great post.

I really love “Into Thin Air” by Jon Krakauer as well as his other book “Into the Wild”, The book and Sean Penn movie are amazing. I also love anything by Bill Bryson with my favorite being “A Walk in the Woods”

For something hot off the press, check out Oblivious; the story of a ride through Africa on a Royal Enfield. Lost teeth, hitchhiking on iron ore trains in the Sahara, romance… Check it out:

Thank you for this! I’ve been into Kerouac lately because I love (and love to hate) his frantic writing style but I needed some other material =)

Hey Awesome List of books, I read eat pray love that is totally awesome and every traveler must read. Now I am going to add The Alchemist and American Shaolin in my bucket list.

Nice post! thanks for sharing.

I was searching for best travel books ad I found this. I have only Paulo Coelho from this list and i am definitely going to get myself a few. Thanks for the wonderful list. Really useful.

This is a great list – most of these I’ve not read so my reading list has just grown! A Long Way Gone is one book, though, that has been on my shelf for years – I’m a bit afraid to read it….

(I don’t admit this too loudly, but I couldn’t stand Eat Pray Love …)

Which is your favorite?? Obviously not Eat Pray Love! lol

The alchemist from the Paulo Coelho is very good book….i´m brazilian and like Paulo Coelho

Whenever I enter a bookstore, I always look for books pertaining travel, whether they are memoirs or a compilation of essays. I also made a post about these books that I have in my shelf. I can spot three of them here in your list. I’m interested in the other books you have cited here and I hope to get my own copies.

I am so happy to read this blog about 21 travel book. it is so much interesting and helpful for every person of the world who travel form one place to another. Canada is consider most visited place in the world. So Hamilton Airport Limo service is well known for Ground transportation medium to or from airport.

This is a great list… there’s also a lot of great poetry (Heights of Machu Picchu- Neruda) and Siddhartha by Herman Hesse really had me thinking Southeast Asia big time! Great post, guys!

I love to read travel books. This is a very resourceful list. I have read some of the books from this list. Very inspiring post. Loved it:)

This post has defiantly inspired me to get reading! please take the time to check out my travel blog:

All of these traveling books look amazing, especially if you’re on a long journey or waiting for your ride and need to kill time! Thank you for sharing these.

Awesome list, thanks for sharing with us

Many read and many added to the list. I’m neither a fan of books that paint a pretty picture of a country nor of the ones that put down a country altogether. But I still read them because there is no such thing as bad book 😉 We all learn a thing or two from a book anyway 🙂

I’m ashamed to admit that, of these, I’ve only read The Alchemist – although White Tiger is sitting waiting patiently on my bookshelf.

I do like to read books about / set in places I’m going to travel to, though. One of the best examples was before I went to Kansas last summer, I read all of the Little House on the Prairie books, and it actually really opened up the history of the area for me, and helped me to understand the formation of the state, and why it looks & is the way it is.

I’m currently reading Alain de Botton’s The Art of Travel, and it’s really making me think about how I write about my own travels, and how I tie together my travel blogging with my other writing (poetry & fiction).

All of Bill Bryson’s travel books make me want to just get off the couch and just go (and record my travels with dry wit and sarcasm), but aside from Bryson’s Road to Little Dribbling, I think my other favorite travel read of the last year was Mo Willems’ You Can Never Find a Rickshaw When it Monsoons: The World on One Cartoon a Day. Not only does one cartoon a day actually create a bizarrely interesting read, but it makes you start noticing the little moments that make your day. I also enjoyed Storybook Travels by Colleen Dunn Bates and Susan La Tempa. It’s a great book for parents traveling with children!

Awesome list, I will definitely be picking up a few of those, and read some of them again. Thank you Dave and Deb 🙂

Ha! I loved The Beach, the movie! Haven’t read the book but maybe I’ll put it on my list. 🙂 I did stopped reading Eat, Pray, Love in the India chapter but I went back to read it a second time and I’m glad I did. Her book, Big Magic, is really great for aspiring creatives so I would recommend that. 🙂

Interesting. I should maybe read Eat Pray Love again. The India chapter might be better for me since I’m no longer in India. Being removed from the location might put her writing into a different perspective

Great recommendations! I can’t wait to check a few of these titles out!

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I’m saving this post in Bloglovin’ for as a future shopping reference, haha. I’ve gone through all my books and need more reading material. Thanks so much for sharing! I own and have already read Nomadic Matt’s book. It was super helpful!

Oh lordy my stack of books that I want to read is already sizable but I can see I’m going to add a few more to it….you have some great recommendations here. 🙂 .-= Trisha´s last blog .. PR-Blogger Relations Manifesto =-.

I agree – I loved White Tiger and couldn’t put it down. I read about five or six of the “must reads” that were popular for India travelers at the time and White Tiger and Shantaram were tops!

I have to read Shantaram. I can’t believe I hadn’t heard of it before writing this post. That is what I love about posts like this, you can learn so much from other people.

White Tiger by Aravind Adiga is really cool and also Travels by Michael Crichton…great list D&D! .-= agentcikay´s last blog ..Hokkien Mee and its Cult status =-.

Thanks. I am glad that someone else has read travels. When we tell people that Michael Chricton had a travel book they think we are mistaken. But it is very good.

Hahaha, I am laughing because the two books I can’t stand about India are The White Tiger and Shantaram — and both are mentioned here, in your post and in the comments. I have read a lot of books about India and I think there are far better books, more balanced, more insightful, more honest. I find these two blow a lot of hot air.

I think there is a kind of reactionary response to the “shining” India of economists or the “magical” India of travel writers and spiritual seekers. In fact, India — like life — is all of these things. Magical, poor, spiritual, dirty, friendly, nerve-wracking. A lot depends on your perspective, attitude and perception.

I have said before that India is like the cave that Yoda sends Luke into. When Luke asks, “What will I find there?” Yoda answers, “Only what you bring in with you.”

Mariellen .-= Mariellen Ward´s last blog ..Photo of the Week- Naga Sadhu =-.

Well, we will agree to disagree on this subject. We enjoyed many parts of India and made friends with many wonderful people, but a book that talks about the negatives of any country is important. That is how change is made. The poor need a voice and White Tiger gives them one in a very entertaining way to let people know their side of the story. I would love to know the books that are more balanced and insightful, it would be great if you could list a couple of recommendations and I will check them out. And your Star Wars quote (while very profound) has nothing to do with the book and the point we are making. White Tiger is about the people that are living in India, not about what a tourist is supposed to get out of their spiritual journey to India. Thanks for your comment Mariellen, I know that you love India and this recommendation isn’t meant to offend people that do, it is just a book that we felt hit the nail on the head of a lot of what we saw and read in the papers while we were there.

I’m glad you replied to this Dave, the post made me feel stupid and ignorant when I first read it, but then I thought about it more and my point still stands – I read the book and it made me want to go to India. I will stand with the agreement to disagree – Shantaram is a work of fiction, which is a story with hints of lives and attitudes in India, but through extreme views. It’s like saying you’d never go to Virginia because of Patricia Cornwell’s books. If I wanted earnest travel writing with a true anthropological view, I’d have gone to the travel writing or the history section. Perhaps it’s even more impressive that a work of fiction can open your mind to a country. I get a better view of what it’s really like from Indian friends, but I’m also a literature fan and have many influences in my travel life.

I’m currently struggling through Open Veins of Latin America, which is a socio-historic view of the region, before travelling out to Costa Rica later this year. It’s very worthy and I would really like to understand more of the politics, history and culture before I go but I’m highly unlikely to finish it as history presented in fact is rarely inspirational and certainly more difficult to absorb. My partner bought me Costa Rica: A Traveller’s Literary Companion, which is a series of local, translated short stories and folklore. I’ve whizzed through it because it was enjoyable and accessible – far more inspiring than the worthier tome that will give me a ‘better’ view.

Sorry to rant – apparently I feel quite strongly about this!

Thanks for the comment and don’t be sorry at all. That is what we love about blogging, it encourages discussion. I think that your point is bang on. Books of extremes can make me want to go the a country even more. The Bang Bang Club is very unforgiving and yet, I think that it inspires people to go to South Africa. I read it while I was there and loved it even though it didn’t portray the country is a perfect light. I guess, a lot of the books we mentioned don’t paint a pretty picture of any country, but they all have inspired us to explore them more. And you are right, this is a book of fiction and it is impressive that a book can open your mind to a country and evoke such strong feelings on either side of the coin. That makes for great writing I think, when people feel passionate about it either way…absolutely loving it, or genuinely hating it.

Shantaram is also a very inspiring picture of India. Bittersweet, laugh out loud, exciting book. I’d never wanted to visit before reading this, now it’s definitely on my list.

Laura, I will definitely have to check out Shantaram thanks for the recommendation.

Oops, I replied to Trisha on the wrong post, that is supposed to be on Celebrities that inspire travel post. Taking it off now, but didn’t want you to think that I was a crazy person and going off on a tangent regarding celebrities:) Sorry Laura.

I must say it did confuse me!

Haha, sorry about that. If you didn’t reply back, I would have never known and we would have had an odd message on our books post about celebrities. 🙂

The 20 Best Books About Traveling [Sustain Your Wanderlust]

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You can travel near and far through the pages of a book , so it just makes sense that, if your wanderlust runs deep and you dream of upcoming journeys, you’ll find something to sate your appetite (or possibly just make it worse…) within the pages of books that are all about travel.

Whether you’re in the midst of planning your next trip or just looking for a spark of inspiration, check out these 20 books to read about travel and travelers. You won’t be sorry.

Picking a Book to Read About Traveling

But first, what are you looking for when reading a book on travel? Are you trying to find something that will inform your next trip and inspire you as to what to see and do? Or do you want to learn more about interesting destinations around the globe? Or, do you want to follow in the footsteps of others’ journeys and see where it leads you?

When picking a book to read about traveling, think about what you’re looking to get out of the reading experience, but also the types of books you already enjoy reading, as well as where you plan to travel in the future. That’s the best way to get the most out of picking a new travel book to read in your downtime.

Now, here are 20 favorites that fit a variety of reading, style and destination preferences.

On the Road by Jack Kerouac

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This classic novel may be one you briefly read in a literature class in high school or college. If so, why not give it another read now that you’re older? If not, it’s one you need to add to your bookshelf.

The novel follows two friends along their cross-country road trips and, while its messages and themes have been highly debated as either good or bad for decades, one thing is for sure —  it’s a reading experience about traveling across North America that you certainly won’t forget.

If you’re a fan of the classics, you’ll want to add this book to your list.

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

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The Kite Runner came out while most of us were alive, but that hardly means it’s not already a classic. The novel has been called one of the best to read for travelers and you’ll find it on many a list of professional travel bloggers’ favorite books.

The novel takes readers through a crucial period in Afghanistan’s history, following two boys growing up in Kabul and their later adult lives.

If you enjoy modern literary fiction and have ever been interested in Middle Eastern culture, you’ll enjoy The Kite Runner .

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

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The Alchemist certainly has a cult following. Just about anyone who’s read it will tell you they love it. The book follows the shepherd boy Santiago along his wanderings through Spain and into Egypt, all while he meets interesting side characters who add their own influence to his journey.

For any aspiring traveler who’s needed a little push to follow the call of their wanderlust, this book is one to read as soon as possible.

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Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

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Okay, so Into the Wild is a little bit dark, but that just means it’s absolutely riveting and is going to keep you glued to the pages for hours at a time. The nonfiction bestseller is ranked No. 1 on Amazon in the Alaska Travel Guides section, but it’s not so much a travel guide as it is the story of one traveler who went about his Alaskan adventure in a very unusual way.

The book follows Christopher Johnson McCandless, who, in 1992, hitchhiked to Alaska after abandoning his car and burning all of his cash in the Mojave Desert. He would vanish and then his decomposing body would be found much later by a moose hunter.

This book is a must-read for anyone who enjoys adventure travel or just true crime.

The Cloud Garden by Tom Hart Dyke

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Another thrilling true story, The Cloud Garden by Tom Hart Dyke and Paul Winder follows the two travelers — the former a botanist and the latter a freelancer and frequent adventure traveler — through their journeys across Central America.

They meet up in Mexico , become fast friends and decide to travel together to the infamous Darien Gap, a cloud forest between North and South America that breaks the Pan-American Highway and is known for being notoriously dangerous. The two are doing well — until they’re ambushed by FARC guerrillas and then spend the next nine months as hostages.

Again, The Cloud Garden is a great book for any adventure traveler or true crime fan.

The Beach by Alex Garland

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If you’ve seen the movie The Beach starring Leonardo DiCaprio, then you know the basic premise of The Beach by Alex Garland. The novel focuses on young travelers across Southeast Asia, looking for a hidden oasis called “the Beach.” Unfortunately, their paradise isn’t everything they’ve dreamed of.

This travel book is a good pick for those who enjoy a page-turning, best selling popular fiction novel, or those interested in traveling to or backpacking around Southeast Asia.

Vagabonding by Rolf Potts

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If you’re looking for travel books that actually give travel advice, versus just telling you a great story, then you’ll want to pick up Vagabonding by Rolf Potts. This book is for anyone who’s ever wanted to leave it all behind and, well, be a vagabond.

Potts is a long-time, long-term traveler and he shows readers how to successfully leave behind their normal lives for a long period of time to travel around the world — whether that long period of time is six weeks or two years.

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

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There’s a reason Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy has become a cult favorite — it’s just that good. If you’ve yet to pick up this book, the first in a series, you’ll want to do so no matter what your current or future travel plans. Even non-travelers like this good-natured story about a man whose life takes an unexpected turn when Earth is demolished to make way for a hyperspace bypass.

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Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

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Looking for a quick, easy read that you can enjoy in maybe two flights, or over a long weekend at the beach? Eat, Pray, Love is your answer.

This book became a hit when it came out and then became a movie starring Julia Roberts. While some readers have very strong opinions about the short true story — some hate it, some find inspiration to change their entire lives around its messages — if you don’t take it too seriously, you’ll simply find an enjoyable tale that immerses you in the travel cultures of Italy, India and Indonesia.

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

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Another hit book-turned-movie, Life of Pi, is quite different from Eat, Pray, Love . The fictional story circles around a zookeeper’s son on his way to start a new life in North America, whose ship sinks during the journey from India. Through more than 200 days lost at sea, the boy coexists with an escaped zoo tiger, until reaching land in Mexico. The story is woven with cultural and religious elements, with touches of Hinduism, Christianity and Islam, and leaves readers questioning their own reality, as well as spirituality.

If you love stories of life-changing journeys (whether you’d want to replicate them in your own travels or not), you’ll want to read Life of Pi .

Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

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Another classic you may have read in a high school or college literature course, Innocents Abroad , or, The New Pilgrim’s Progress by Mark Twain tells Twain’s story about traveling through Europe and the Middle East in the 1800s.

The book is humorous, fun, naive and filled with exactly the type of travel writing that was popular in the time period. See some of the most famous destinations in the world — Paris, Milan, Venice, Jerusalem — through Twain’s eyes, just be sure to take it all with a grain of salt.

Anyone who enjoys the writing styles of some of the world’s most prolific 19th-century authors, as well as travelogues, will enjoy this book.

The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner

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If you aim to learn a thing or two from the travel books you choose, you’ll find you learn much more than you might expect from The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner. This humorous, educational and reflective book follows Eric Weiner, journalist, as he seeks out not only the happiest spots in the world, but the reasons behind their happiness. His quest takes him to Switzerland, Qatar, Bhutan and North Carolina, among other places. As you follow along, you’ll find yourself learning not only some useful travel information, but plenty about world cultures and the psychology of happiness as well.

A Cook’s Tour by Anthony Bourdain

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Love food almost as much as you love to travel? Then pick up this book by the late, great Anthony Bourdain. Bourdain infuses the pages of this short, easily digestible book with all of the wit, humor and sarcasm he was known for having in real life. Watch as he travels all across the world, sampling delicious and sometimes odd delicacies, attempting to find the perfect meal.

Untangling My Chopsticks by Victoria Abbott Ricardi

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Another food-focused travel book, Untangling My Chopsticks by Victoria Abbott Riccardi is a memoir following the author from her comfortable life in New York City to a brand new life in Kyoto, where she plans to study kaiseki, a form of cooking that accompanies Japanese formal tea ceremonies. Throughout a year of living in the city, she not only learns the very specific art form, but she also picks up fluent Japanese and learns a lot about herself in the process.

This book is a perfect pick for readers looking for a food-centric travel story with an inspiring message.

Cruising Altitude by Heather Poole

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A light, easy and humor-filled read, Cruising Altitude is a must-read for any avgeek or just those who have wondered about the seemingly glamorous lives of flight attendants. The career flight attendant author gives a real look at what this actually-not-so-glamorous life is about and what goes on, on an aircraft, that passengers never see from their seats.

A Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell

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Another author-moves-to-another-country story, The Year of Living Danishly, follows Helen Russell as she makes an unexpected move to Denmark. While there, she explores what makes Danes so happy and whether or not it’s something we can all learn from. If you have an interest in Denmark and Danish travel specifically, or if you’re just curious about the cultures of Scandinavia, you’ll want to pick up this book, which quickly became a bestseller and a favorite in the travel blogging community.

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

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This national bestseller you probably already know, thanks to the movie starring Reese Witherspoon. Wild is a must-read for anyone looking to find themselves through travel, or those who love adventure travel or just those who have an interest in hiking the Pacific Coast Trail.

The author hikes from the Mojave Desert to Washington State, alone as a young, minus-30 woman, in the face of remarkable physical and emotional odds.

Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts

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If you like epic novels with excellent storytelling, that just so happen to be set in an exotic locale that you’d like to visit some day, pick up Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts. This book with a big personality is set in Bombay and gives readers a glimpse into the city’s underworld, where the Bombay mafia rules and characters down on their luck get wrapped up in drama they weren’t looking for.

The Lost City of Z by David Gram

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For an exotic setting on the other side of the world, pick up The Lost City of Z . The historical true story revolves around British explorer Percy Fawcett and his quest for a hidden city supposedly located in the Amazon. When Fawcett disappeared, many more followed him, attempting to determine his whereabouts and fate via a trail of clues.

Indonesia, Etc. by Elizabeth Pisani

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If Indonesia is on your travel bucket list, reading Indonesia, Etc ., will certainly give you a thorough education on the country. The author traveled 26,000 miles around the Indonesia archipelago to discover its secrets, which are more than plentiful.

Conclusion: More Books to Read About Traveling

Of course, there are many more books to read about traveling.

To find new books to read about traveling after you’ve worked your way through this list, be sure to follow your favorite travel bloggers (as travel bloggers often promote travel-related books that they’ve enjoyed) and follow all the authors mentioned above on sites like GoodReads to find more of their similar works.

‍ You might also be interested in: 15 Ways To Start Reading More Books Right Now

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Holly Riddle is a travel, food and lifestyle writer, and a full-time freelance content creator after several years on editorial staffs for a multitude of publications ranging in topic and audience demographic. She currently acts as the editor at large for Global Traveler magazine and is a regular contributor at Trazee Travel, WhereverFamily, TravelMag, CruiseHive and more. Ghostwritten work for travel clients has appeared on Forbes, Bloomberg, Inc. and other top publications. She also manages blogs for tour providers, hotels and tourism boards.

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There’s nothing like a good travel book to keep you occupied while waiting for your next big trip ! Not only that, but a good travel book can also inspire your future travel destinations – or they can help you to understand a destination you’ve traveled in greater detail.

We’ve put together a list of some of the best books about women traveling the globe to help fill your reading list. For more details on the individual books, scroll past the first section of this post.

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The Best Books About Women Traveling

A Year in the World: Journeys of a Passionate Traveller

A Year in the World: Journeys of a Passionate Traveller

by Frances Mayes

Cleopatra's Needle

Cleopatra's Needle: Two Wheels by the Water to Cairo

by Anne Mustoe

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Eat Pray Love

by Elizabeth Gilbert

Grandma Gatewood's Walk

Grandma Gatewood's Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail

by Ben Montgomery

How NOT to Travel the World

How NOT to Travel the World

by Lauren Juliff

Lois on the Loose by Lois Pryce

Lois on the Loose

by Lois Pryce

Love with a Chance of Drowning

Love with a Chance of Drowning

by Torre DeRoche

Maiden Voyage by Tania Aebi.

Maiden Voyage

by Tania Aebi

No Baggage book by Clara Benson

No Baggage: A Tale of Love and Wandering

by Clara Benson

Radio Shangri-La book

Radio Shangri-La: My Accidental Journey to the Happiest Kingdom on Earth

by Lisa Napoli

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Tales of a Female Nomad: Living at Large in the World

by Rita Golden Gelman

The Best Women's Travel Writing - series

The Best Women's Travel Writing

by Lavinia Spalding

The Good Girl's Guide to Getting Lost

The Good Girl's Guide to Getting Lost

by Rachel Friedman

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The Lost Girls: Three Friends, Four Continents, One Unexpected Detour Around the World

by Jennifer Baggett, Holly C. Corbett, Amanda Pressner

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Traveling with Pomegranates

by Sue Monk Kidd and Ann Kidd Taylor

Wanderlust: A Love Affair With Five Continents

Wanderlust: A Love Affair with Five Continents

by Elisabeth Eaves

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Without Reservations: The Travels of an Independent Woman

by Alice Steinbach

what i was doing while you were breeding

What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding: A Memoir

by Kristin Newman

where the pavement ends

Where the Pavement Ends: One Woman's Bicycle Trip Through Mongolia, China & Vietnam

by Erika Warmbrunn

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

by Cheryl Strayed

Books About Women Packing Light

No baggage: a tale of love and wandering by clara benson.

No Baggage: A Tale of Love and Wandering book

Ok, this one is right up our alley at Her Packing List. While I haven’t read the book yet, I did read her essay about her incredible trip years ago, which then further inspired me to take that trip where I packed nothing but a 12L handbag !

But Clara has taken the story further. While the tale of going on a 3-week travel date with an OKCupid match (and packing nothing but a tiny purse for the adventure) sings throughout the book – there’s a deeper story involved discussing the struggle to leave both physical and emotional baggage behind.

  • Grab a copy of No Baggage: A Tale of Love and Wandering on Amazon .

Books for Solo Female Travelers

Eat pray love by elizabeth gilbert.

You’ve seen the movie, and you may have already read the book… but just in case, this one gets a mention because it’s a story many women travelers can relate to. Raise your hand if you decided to travel after a big, messy break-up!

Eat Pray Love has been reviewed on HPL in the past . Guest author, Nancy, related deeply to the story:

Single again and sitting on a plane to  Toronto , I was scanning the movie selection on my flight. The top pick:  Eat Pray Love . I watched. I cried. I got it. I picked up the book and read it cover to cover when I returned home.

So, go on now… even if you’ve seen the movie, the book deserves a read.

  • Read our review of Eat Pray Love on HPL.
  • Grab a copy of Eat Pray Love on Amazon .

Radio Shangri-La: My Accidental Journey to the Happiest Kingdom on Earth by Lisa Napoli

When Caroline reviewed this book here on HPL years ago, she considered it the antithesis to Eat Pray Love . This solo female travel book doesn’t seek out love, or talk about the one , but instead searches for purpose – that which the author understood after (unexpectedly) working on a new radio station in a tiny, happy kingdom known as Bhutan .

  • Read our review of Radio Shangri-La on HPL.
  • Grab a copy of Radio Shangri-La on Amazon .

Tales of a Female Nomad by Rita Golden Gelman

Tales of a Female Nomad was recommended highly in our HPLWorld community , so of course we’re going to share it here!

Rita left her normal life in the ’80s for a 2-month trip to Mexico . Only that spawned a life of being a perpetual nomad with 15 years of her experiences filling the pages of this book.

Gelman immerses herself in the world: living in a Zapotec village in Mexico, adventuring through the Galapagos Islands, exploring Borneo, living in Bali for 8 years, and so on. She has a passion for people, and a knack for overcoming any challenges put in her way.

  • Grab a copy of Tales of a Female Nomad on Amazon .

The Best Women’s Travel Writing , edited by Lavinia Spalding

The Best Women’s Travel Writing is an ongoing series offering a collection of inspiring and uplifting stories from women travelers exploring the far reaches of the globe. We like this series because each book has a number of different perspectives, destinations, and themes meaning you’re bound to never get bored or struggle to keep your focus on one long memoir.

  • Grab a copy of The Best Women’s Travel Writing series on Amazon .

Wanderlust: A Love Affair with Five Continents by Elisabeth Eaves

Cassie told us that her favorite travel memoir to date is Elisabeth Eaves’ Wanderlust: A Love Affair with Five Continents . Not only does this story (covering 15 years) of the constant need to move and wander resonate greatly with us travel lovers, but Cassie also enjoyed the armchair travel experience it provides.

Sometimes when I feel bored and stuck in my 8-5, I can re-read this book and feel momentarily like I am on a five-continent journey all over the world, and I think that is what a great book can do. It transports you to another time and place, and if that is what you are looking for, I highly recommend  Wanderlust: A Love Affair With Five Continents . You won’t be able to set it down.
  • Read our review of Wanderlust: A Love Affair with Five Continents on HPL.
  • Grab a copy of Wanderlust: A Love Affair with Five Continents on Amazon .

What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding: A Memoir by Kristin Newman

If the title alone wasn’t enough to draw you in, What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding tells the relatable tale of a woman who decided to explore the world instead of suffer through the monotony of another day in her normal life.

Kristin recounts humorous travel stories and the experience of slowing down. She also masters the “vacationship” through short-term relationships with many attractive locals along the way.

  • Grab a copy of What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding: A Memoir on Amazon .

Without Reservations: The Travels of an Independent Woman by Alice Steinbach

Without Reservations lets us into the world of Alice, a woman who takes a sabbatical in order to discover what it’s like to be her own self – a person who’s not defined by her work or role according to others. Of course Alice travels to achieve this goal – and we love her for that! – taking us along on the ride throughout many European cities.

  • Grab a copy of Without Reservations: The Travels of an Independent Woman on Amazon .

Travel Books for Women Who Like History

A year in the world by frances mayes.

From the author of Under the Tuscan Sun , Frances Mayes expands her travel writing reach beyond that of her beloved Tuscany and into twelve new destinations across Europe and northern Africa.

A Year in the World takes the reader with Mayes to England, Spain , Portugal, Greece, Morocco and Turkey to name a few. And she does so with her entertaining and informative narrative style that fully immerses us into the local art, architecture, history, landscape and overall culture of each area on her itinerary.

  • Grab a copy of A Year in the World on Amazon .

Cleopatra’s Needle: Two Wheels by the Water to Cairo by Anne Mustoe

Cleopatra’s Needle is a book we could have placed in the big adventure category, but it’s Anne’s historical knowledge along her journey that makes this especially interesting for history buffs.

Anne cycled the path from London all the way to the original site of Cleopatra’s Needle at Heliopolis in Egypt. But she decided to do so while sticking close to waterways – the Seine, Venetian Lagoon, etc. – all the way to the Nile.

She takes in the landscapes and the history of Europe and on to the Middle East destinations of Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, and Egypt , making this one big adventure we can all appreciate.

  • Grab a copy of Cleopatra’s Needle on Amazon .

Traveling with Pomegranates by Sue Monk Kidd and Ann Kidd Taylor

Traveling with Pomegranates was written by a mother-daughter team who travel, over the years, to some of the sacred places of Greece , Turkey and France.

Written from two different perspectives, this book as a little something for every woman. More than a travel memoir, it’s the story of self-discovery and the connection of mother and daughter.

  • Read our review of Travel with Pomegranates on HPL.
  • Grab a copy of Traveling with Pomegranates on Amazon .

Travel Books About Women Who Are Scared to Travel (but do it anyway)

How not to travel the world by lauren juliff.

How NOT to Travel the World  is the story of how one scared woman’s desire to travel overpowered her fears and anxieties. Despite her crippling anxiety and panic attacks – and the occasional, almost certain, disaster or two – Lauren shows us that anyone can get out there and travel the world.

  • Read our review of How NOT to Travel the World on HPL.
  • Grab a copy of How NOT to Travel the World on Amazon .

Love with a Chance of Drowning by Torre DeRoche

Although deathly afraid of water, Torre DeRoche says yes to sailing around the world with a handsome Argentinian man she met in America. After battling sea sickness and constant bouts of fealfulness, Torre finally becomes an “old salt” – learning to enjoy life on the boat but also still dreaming of life on land.

  • Read our review of Love with a Chance of Drowning on HPL.
  • Grab a copy of Love with a Chance of Drowning on Amazon .

Travel Books About Women Traveling with Friends

The good girl’s guide to getting lost by rachel friedman.

After graduating college, Rachel buys a one-way ticket to Ireland , ends up making friends with a fun Australian girl, and then finds herself on a year-long adventure to 3 continents – totally living for the moment.

Sheryl reviewed this book previously here on HPL , and stated that it inspired her to feel confident with following her own path and setting off on an adventure of her own.

  • Read our review of The Good Girl’s Guide to Getting Lost here on HPL.
  • Grab a copy of The Good Girl’s Guide to Getting Lost on Amazon .

The Lost Girls: Three Friends, Four Continents, One Unexpected Detour Around the World by Jennifer Baggett, Holly C. Corbett, Amanda Pressner

The Lost Girls follows the story of three friends who left their prominent New York City lifestyles and jobs to spend a year traveling the world across four continents: the ultimate girls’ trip! This book chronicles their journey both into and out of the travel world, all while juggling relationships and jobs in the process.

It’s been a highly recommended travel book since it’s release back in 2010. The interesting part of this story is that each author has their own personal goals/bucket list tasks to tie into the larger picture trip – and they always make it back to each other in the end.

  • Read our review of The Lost Girls here on HPL.
  • Grab a copy of The Lost Girls on Amazon .

Travel Books By Women Taking on a Big Adventure

Grandma gatewood’s walk: the inspiring story of the woman who saved the appalachian trail by ben montgomery.

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From Amazon: “Emma Gatewood was the first woman to hike the entire Appalachian Trail alone , as well as the first person—man or woman—to walk it twice and three times and she did it all after the age of 65.” Wow, what a story!

“Grandma Gatewood” as she became known in the ’50s and ’60s brought a lot of much-needed attention to the Appalachian Trail – helping to inspire other hikers and travelers, and just to incite maintenance of the track itself. This book, although compiled many years after her death, helps to share the story of this strong woman, determination, and willpower.

  • Grab a copy of Grandma Gatewood’s Walk on Amazon .

Lois on the Loose by Lois Pryce

One Woman, One Motorbike, 20,000 miles across the Americas.

Lois on the Loose is the story of one woman’s journey on a motorbike from Alaska down to the tip of Argentina . Like many of our other favorite travel stories, Lois decided to quit her job (at the BBC in London) to set off on this adventure of a lifetime – sharing her exciting and unconventional journey with us in this book.

  • Grab a copy of Lois on the Loose on Amazon .

Maiden Voyage by Tania Aebi

Tania Aebi was an 18-year-old girl who didn’t want to go to college, so she did the next best thing: circumnavigated the world solo on a sailboat . She wasn’t exactly super-qualified either – she took the learn-as-you-go approach – which makes the story that much more incredible and inspiring for wanna-be adventurers.

The trip took nearly 3 years to complete, she was accompanied by her cat, and somewhere in the middle, she ended up meeting the love of her life. Now how’s that for a story?

  • Read our review of Maiden Voyage on HPL.
  • Grab a copy of Maiden Voyage on Amazon .

Where the Pavement Ends: One Woman’s Bicycle Trip Through Mongolia, China & Vietnam by Erika Warmbrunn

Erika dreamed of traveling Mongolia , but not just on any Mongolia trip – the kind that gets you out into the areas unexplored by conventional tours. So, she and her trusty bicycle spent 8 months slow-traveling across Mongolia, China and on to Vietnam – letting the spontaneity of the journey lead the way.

  • Grab a copy of Where the Pavement Ends on Amazon .

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

After she felt like she had nothing more to lose, Cheryl Strayed made the decision to attempt solo hiking more than 1000 miles of the Pacific Coast Trail – all without any real experience. With an oversized backpack and ill-fitting boots, the trip was full of trials and tribulations but ultimately some healing.

Also… you may have seen the movie adaptation with Reese Witherspoon.

  • Grab a copy of Wild on Amazon .

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By: Author Mitch Glass

Posted on Last updated: November 25, 2023

It took me a while…but I recently realized that books aren’t just for nerds…

Books are freaking awesome! They’re literally like a sneak peek into someone else’s mind. You get to learn a lifetime-worth of wisdom and insights…all condensed down into a few hours of reading. How cool is that?

It’s also one of the most popular activities to pass downtime while traveling . Reading about the place you’re traveling to takes your trip to another level.

Whether you’re looking for yourself or need travel gift ideas for someone else, the following is a list of the best books for travel lovers. Some are physical books, most have eBook options, but they ALL are sure to inspire. 

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#1.) The Bucket List: 1000 Adventures Big & Small

#2.) national geographic atlas of the world, #3.) lonely planet’s best in travel (2022 edition), #4.) 50 places to bike before you die by chris santella, #5.) how to travel the world on $50 a day by matt kepnes, #6.) vagabonding by rolf potts, #7.) the alchemist by paulo coelho, #8.) into the wild by jon krakauer, #9.) the beach by alex garland, #10.) the 4-hour workweek by tim ferriss, #11.) overview: a new perspective of earth, #12.) lonely planet’s secret marvels of the world, #13.) lonely planet’s you only live once, #14.) lonely planet’s atlas of adventure, #15.) lonely planet ultimate travel adult coloring book, best books for travelers recap.

The Bucket List: 1000 Adventures Big & Small (Bucket Lists)

In life, it’s easy to fall into ruts and get so lost in our To Do list that we forget about our dreams. That’s what The Bucket List book aims to prevent.

Perfect for the coffee table, this book of 1000 adventure ideas will keep your traveler’s wanderlust tank full whenever they’re at home.

National Geographic Atlas of the World, Tenth Edition

Here’s another one for the coffee table. (You definitely don’t want to carry this bad boy around in your luggage).

This big and beautiful book covers everything you’d ever want to know about the world—maps, flags, facts, population, climate, health…you name it, you can probably find it in this book. 

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2022

The world is constantly changing. Destinations are constantly changing. Travel is constantly changing. 

In Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2022 Edition, your traveler will learn all the best places to travel RIGHT NOW. It includes all the newest attractions, the “best-value” destinations of 2022, and the latest info on what to see and where to stay.

Fifty Places to Bike Before You Die: Biking Experts Share the World's Greatest Destinations

Here’s another bucket list book—this time, for cyclists who love to travel. 

This book is filled with info and beautiful photos of the top cycling routes both within the US, and worldwide. 

Wouldn’t it be cool if they got inspired by your gift, and went on one bucket list bike ride every year for the next 50 years?

How to Travel the World on $50 a Day: Third Edition: Travel Cheaper, Longer, Smarter

This is the book that inspired me to leave it all behind to travel the world back in 2015. It literally changed the trajectory of my entire life. 

I’d highly recommend it for any aspiring traveler who wants to live an extraordinary life (without breaking the bank).

Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel

Vagabonding is another popular book that teaches exactly how to take a break from “normal” life and take an extended trip around the world. 

It goes over everything needed for a successful long-term trip—from saving money, choosing a destination, and adapting a traveler mindset…to working overseas, overcoming common travel obstacles, and coming back home.

The Alchemist

This peculiar little book is jam-packed with wisdom nuggets about travel and life. I just finished it a few months ago, and it’s unlike anything else I’ve ever read.

It’s all about learning to follow our dreams and is one of the most popular books to read while traveling (seriously, if you stay in a hostel with a bookshelf, this will probably be on it).

Into the Wild

Into the Wild is a true story of a man who wanted ultimate adventure and freedom. He abandoned his possessions and disappeared into the Alaskan wilderness by himself to start a new life.

This book is both inspiring and heartbreaking—perfect for travelers off on their own adventures. (This is also one of the best movies for travel lovers as well!)

The Beach

Is your traveler headed to Thailand? If so, this crazy book will make a great travel present. 

The Beach is about a backpacker in search of a mysterious hidden island paradise in Thailand. Once he finds it, things take a weird and totally unexpected turn…but I won’t spoil it for you!  If you’re shopping for someone who loves the water, check out these other awesome beach gifts as well.

The 4-Hour Workweek, Expanded and Updated: Expanded and Updated, With Over 100 New Pages of Cutting-Edge Content.

This classic book is probably responsible for 90% of the digital nomads out there today. 

It opens the reader’s mind to a whole new way of thinking about work—that you can build your work around your life of travel (versus the other way around).

While some of the specific tactics are a bit outdated, the underlying message is as inspirational and life-changing as ever.

Overview: A New Perspective of Earth

Your traveler may have witnessed breathtaking sites all over the world…but they’ve never seen them from this point of view.

This unique book is full of beautiful satellite images of our planet—images that tell a story of how we as humans have changed the face of the Earth.

Another great option for the coffee table.

Lonely Planet Secret Marvels of the World 1: 360 extraordinary places you never knew existed and where to find them

We’ve all heard of places like Machu Picchu, The Great Wall of China, and the Taj Mahal…but there are tons of weird and fascinating places around the world that nobody talks about.

Nobody except for Lonely Planet’s Secret Marvels of the World book. 

This unique book is filled with 360 intriguing places that your traveler doesn’t even know exist!

Lonely Planet You Only Live Once 1: A Lifetime of Experiences for the Explorer in all of us

You Only Live Once is more than just a bucket list of must-see destinations. It’s a manual for living an extraordinary life. 

This book will inspire your traveler to step outside their comfort zone, grow, and live every second to the fullest.

Lonely Planet's Atlas of Adventure 1

If you’re looking for a travel gift for a hardcore adventurer, Lonely Planet’s Atlas of Adventure will not disappoint.

This book is filled with adventurous activities (and tips for doing them) in over 150 different countries. 

From surfing to dune boarding to kloofing (hiking and swimming through a ravine #WordOfTheDay), this book will keep your adventurer busy for years to come.

Lonely Planet Ultimate Travel Coloring Book

Coloring isn’t just for kids! In fact, adult coloring is actually weirdly therapeutic. And if that adult likes to travel, this Lonely Planet coloring books is a quirky travel gift that’ll be put to good use.

This coloring book is filled with 100 different detailed drawings of some of the greatest places on earth—a perfect activity for travelers to kill time on rest days. 

All of us travel-lovers fall into ruts every now and then, letting our inspiration tank dry up.

All the books on this list are designed to re-spark that wanderlust.

Whether it’s for yourself or a gift for a fellow traveler, it’s impossible to read these and NOT get the travel itch.

Read at your own risk!

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Travel Books And Other Good Reads For Wanderers

I f you’re looking for reviews of the latest and best new travel books, I don’t have you covered. But if you’re looking for inspiration for your next trip, actionable travel advice or a better understanding of the world you’re exploring, this list is for you.

This running list of books has given me valuable insight into places and cultures, inspired me to travel or made me think more deeply about the way we move around the world. I’m lucky to count lots of excellent writers among my friends, and you’ll find some of their books—and mine—here.

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Beginner’s Guide To Japan by Pico Iyer

I read this while cruising through Asia and ahead of a 12-hour layover in Tokyo, my first visit to Japan. If you’re looking for a practical guide with train tips and sightseeing recommendations, this isn’t it. But if you’re looking to better understand Japanese culture and Japanese people, A Beginner’s Guide to Japan is a must-read.

By sharing his perspective as a sort of local, Pico Iyer helped me better understand the sleeping businessmen I encountered on the train from Haneda International Airport, the giggling schoolgirls I came across in Shibuya and the unwritten rules I observed being followed all around me. Reading this before stepping off the plane in Tokyo helped me get more out of a short trip and has me inspired to head back to Japan already.

This isn’t a travel guide by any means. It’s more of a cultural guide, and it’s a must-read for anyone traveling to Japan.

Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

If you’re into architecture, true crime or like to dive deep into the cities you visit, this book is for you. The Devil In The White City tells the stories of Daniel Burnham, the architect behind the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago, and H. H. Holmes, widely believed to be the first serial killer in the U.S.

This book is historical nonfiction that reads like a murder mystery novel. As a Law & Order addict, I was all in. Reading feels like walking through the streets of Old Town, a neighborhood filled with opulent mansions built in the late 1800s around the time of the World’s Fair. This book will transport you to Humboldt Park’s idyllic boat house, the Ferris wheel at Navy Pier and a shadier time in Chicago history.

Chicago Scavenger Hunt by Jessica Mlinaric

For a more up-to-date guide to Chicago, check out this interactive guidebook to the best of Chicago’s hidden treasures. With Chicago Scavenger Hunt , Chicago-based author Jessica Mlinaric takes visitors on an interactive adventure across the city. This journey will take you to 17 neighborhoods in search of 300 pieces of local treasure.

Use the clues in this book to find little-known museums, vibrant examples of public art and historical markers worth the stop. Have a drink at Chicago’s smallest bar. Walk the Yellow Brick Road. Visit the nation’s first Black art museum or stay in the city’s most unique accommodations—a Bed & Breakfast run by monks.

Lonely Planet Iceland

If you’ve asked me for Iceland travel tips over the years, I’ve now got an entire guidebook for you. I wrote several introductory chapters and chapters on Reykjavik and southwest Iceland for Lonely Planet Iceland . A couple of Icelandic colleagues and an American colleague covered the northern and eastern parts of the island and taught me so much more about the country.

For my sections, I dove deep into Icelandic history and nature. I visited the LAVA Center, which has turned out to be an especially insightful experience considering how many volcanic eruptions have happened in southwestern Iceland since. What I’m most proud of, however, is getting an entire section of reasons travelers shouldn’t mimic Justin Bieber by editors and having the perspective to mention Bollywood films shot here as well as Hollywood blockbusters.

We also include lots of money-saving tips and demystify everything from Iceland’s unusually broad array of milk choices to its cultural fascination with elves.

Lonely Planet New York City

New York is a beast of a city to have to find your way around even as a seasoned traveler. This Lonely Planet New York City guide from a team of expert writers and current/former residents is designed to help.

I wrote the Toolkit and History of New York City in 15 places for this guide, and am so glad I got to put all the research I’ve done on Stone Street, the city’s museums and countless points in between over the years. I’m also thrilled to have my work alongside others whose work I admire and to see mentions of several of my favorite places across the boroughs.

A few key tips for your trip to New York City:

  • Don’t accept rides from airport hustlers.
  • Don’t plan to experience everything in one trip. It took me about eight years of living in New York to experience most of the things I wanted to do in the city, and I still have a few upstate day trips to make.
  • Expect to spend more on accommodations than in other cities, but remember many of the best things to do in New York City are free.
  • Never pay full price for Broadway tickets.

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How bringing my friend on an Intrepid trip brought us closer together 

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Good friends who make good travel buddies are keepers. Here’s the truth about what to expect when you take a group trip with your bestie.

I’ll admit it. I’m the annoying travel friend. That person who is always talking about my last trip, my next trip and trying to get everyone I know to come along on an adventure. Ever since my first Intrepid trip, I’m also the one talking up the benefits of small group trips. I don’t actually need anyone to come with me –that’s the beauty of joining an Intrepid trip. I just want the people I care about to have good times in their lives, and some of the best times I’ve had have been on these tours. 

Finally, after years of my proselytising, the timing was right. A girlfriend, Carolyn, and I were going to Jordan together.

We had both been dreaming of visiting Petra since seeing it in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade , had “floating in the Dead Sea” on our travel bucket lists and could take the same vacation days. She was also one of my favourite people to travel with but had moved across the country, so we’d not seen each other as much lately as I would like. Explore Jordan was the perfect trip with the perfect pal. 

As exciting as that was (and I can tell you that it was very exciting), a few things made me nervous. 

Would Carolyn enjoy the small group tour experience as much as I? I did feel responsible for hyping it up. Would I get to meet as many interesting people?

This would be my fourth trip with Intrepid, and I had become quite comfortable with throwing myself into the company of strangers from around the world. Having dinner conversations with doctors and photographers and retired archeologists and people who seen Antarctica doesn’t happen in my everyday life. I wanted to make sure I still had that experience even while travelling with a friend. I also worried a bit about time to myself, which is important for me while travelling. 

I didn’t need to worry at all. Here’s what I learned from joining an Intrepid tour with my friend and how it brought us closer to together.  

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Our fun started on the first day. The group wouldn’t meet until dinner, so we had a free afternoon in Amman. In the past when I arrived early I would take a nap, jump in the hotel pool or maybe walk around the block to find snacks, but it was cool to have a buddy to safely explore the city with.

I wanted to do a DIY walking tour of street art while Carolyn wanted to meet up for high tea with a colleague who relocated to Amman. So we did both. I got to see two very different parts of this country before the trip even started, and practise one of my essential tips for travelling with friends: say yes to other people’s suggestions. 

The welcome meeting is always so interesting. You don’t know who will be in your group in advance, but you can be sure it’s a fascinating mix of like-minded travellers. I have been one of several solo travellers in a group, and I have also been the only person not travelling with a partner or family member. It always worked out and I’ve never felt like a third wheel. But it’s human nature for duos to cleave off at times, and I’ve noticed people who arrive together tend to sit together, so my friend and I split up on opposite sides of the table, where we’d be less likely to just talk amongst ourselves.

I can’t imagine a single other person who would surprise me when I was wilting by pulling out a pan flute in the middle of the ancient ruins of Jerash and serenading me, accompanied by local musicians.

It was a great way to meet our tripmates right away. We would use this seating tactic often over the next eight days, at restaurants or on the drives in our private van. Which brings me to another fave travelling tip that worked out perfectly on a small group trip: don’t be afraid to split up. 

I’ve found that no matter how much you love your travel companion, everyone has their “moments” when you get tired, or hangry, and might need a break from one another. And even when you’re getting along great 24/7, there are times when you have different sleeping schedules, stamina or interests.

On a group tour there’s always someone else to hang out with, and I took advantage of that on the very first night. After the group dinner Carolyn headed back to our room while I joined a few of my new tripmates for drinks. If we were travelling alone, I would have gone back to my room too. Instead, I had the chance to check out the nightlife on Amman’s famed Rainbow Street, where we found a cool bar decked out in neon lights to enjoy non-alcoholic cocktails and tea and the first of many great conversations. 

No, I’m not going to write only about the ways in which my friend and I split up on our trip. Because the true joy of this tour was the moments we shared together. 

One of the highlights of our Explore Jordan itinerary was two nights’ camping in Wadi Rum. The landscape in this desert is out of this world, and one of the things I was most looking forward to on the trip was sleeping under the stars here. Except on the first night, it rained. Such is nature. And our Bedouin-style tents were very cosy. But on the second night, Carolyn was determined. No matter how cloudy or cold, as long as it wasn’t raining we would take advantage of the open-air sleeping area just outside our tents.

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It was cloudy again, I was tired and I know that if she wasn’t there to literally drag my sleeping bag out for me, I would have wimped out. Instead, I had one of the best nights in my life, waking up to clear dark skies and a universe of stars above. We were the only ones from our group out there. We ooohed and aaahed and giggled like kids and I feel so lucky to have shared that moment with someone who will be in my life when I’m old so I can say “remember that time?” and relive it all over again. 

There are so many reasons why being on a group tour with a friend was a great way to travel. We could share different dishes to try more local food. Spread sunscreen or Dead Sea mud on each other’s backs. And we could cheer each other up with stupid jokes when the heat was zapping our energy. Okay, that was mostly her.

I can’t imagine a single other person who would surprise me when I was wilting by pulling out a pan flute in the middle of the ancient ruins of Jerash and serenading me, accompanied by local musicians. It makes me laugh out loud just to think of it now and I imagine it will forever. 

Could we do these things if we were just the two of us? Maybe. But the benefits of an organised tour meant that we didn’t need to waste any time figuring out bus schedules or lining up for tickets or other things that can make you cranky on the road. Instead, we could use that time to truly be together, have deep conversations, enjoy the adventure and make more memories that will last a lifetime.  

I originally signed up for a small group tour when none of my friends had the same wish list, schedule or budget for travel. What I learned this time was that even when friends can join you on a trip, it’s still a great way to see the world. And I’m not sorry that I will now be hassling the rest of my friends to come on the next one. 

Find an adventure to take with your bestie and make memories that last a lifetime.

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Liisa Ladouceur is a writer from Toronto, Canada who blogs her travels at, where she aims to inspire others to take the trips of their dreams. Her favourite places are wherever the wild things are, and her essential packing list includes curiosity, patience and SPF.

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We're 82-year-old Best Friends Who Traveled Around the World in 80 Days — Here's What It Was Like

Sandy Hazelip and Ellie Hamby first met in their 60s and decided to traverse the world in 80 days in their 80s.

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For Travel + Leisure’s column Traveling As, we’re talking to travelers about what it’s like to explore the world through their unique perspectives. We chatted with Sandy Hazelip and Ellie Hamby , two 82-year-old single great grandmothers, who travel around the globe together with an infectious, positive spirit. Their adventures will be documented in a Penguin Random House book called "Happy Place," out next year.

Sandy Hazelip: I grew up in Fort Worth, Texas, in a very modest family and got married when I was almost 20 years old to a wonderful person. Our son developed diabetes when he was a baby, so I became interested in learning about medicine. When I was 34 years old, I told my husband I wanted to go to college to become a doctor. From day one, he was my cheerleader. I started medical school when I was 39 and opened my practice in 1985. 

Then, my husband died in 1999. But before he became ill, he mentioned we should take our grandchildren on mission trips. Six months after he passed, a young physician told me he was going to be at a medical missions workshop the following weekend in Dallas. I went and met Ellie Hamby and her husband, who were the directors of the Zambia Medical Mission . I started going on the mission and Ellie and I became good friends.

Ellie Hamby: I grew up as a farm girl in Oklahoma and lived in a very small town until I finished high school. I got married and then went off to college. My husband was a professor at Abilene Christian University. We wound up going to Zambia and lived there for six years in the 1980s. When we came back to the university, we were approached about directing a medical mission. 

Neither one of us were medical [professionals], but I’ve been known to organize everything all of my life. We started organizing a medical mission to Zambia in the 1990s. It's one of the world's largest medical missions, and I'm still directing it. We see 2,000 to 3,000 patients a day over six days a week at the clinic. Sandy's been one of the medical doctors, going every other year for the last 20-something years.

About five years after Sandy's husband passed away, my husband passed away in a tennis accident. Sandy called me about a month after. I was still adjusting to his sudden death. She said, 'I'm moving my medical practice to Abilene and I don’t want to leave my home in Eastland, so I need a bed a couple of nights a week. If you would give me a bed, I'll take you out to eat.'

That was 19 years ago. Except when we're on trips, she's generally at my house one or two nights a week. We stayed up late, drank coffee, and started realizing we like to do things alike. Our friendship developed out of two terrible tragedies, but it was a beautiful thing because tragedy hits all of us. That doesn't mean your life is over. We both had phenomenal husbands. We loved them dearly. But we did develop this great friendship. 

Our outlook on life is similar: We're very happy people, we believe in the goodness of humanity, and we're not scared to try new things. 

I had already done quite a bit of traveling, having been to about 115 countries.

About three years after Sandy started staying at my house, we took our first trip together in 2008. We went on the Trans-Siberian Railway — not the tourist train. We went on the second-class people's train all the way. 

Hazelip: Our third trip together was in 2011 — we were in Syria when the war broke out.

Hamby: We were sleeping in a Bedouin tent in Palmyra in the Syrian desert. We had already been all through Syria on public buses — two 72-year-old women with backpacks.

The problem was that there were no tourists in Palmyra and we were headed to Jordan, but we hadn’t paid the hotel and there were no ATMs in the city, nor did they take credit cards. Mohammad at the hotel organized everything for us — his mother cooked us a wonderful meal that night and he arranged for us to go with a driver to Damascus about five hours away.

We got there and the whole plaza was lined with the military holding AK-47s. Our driver went up to them and must have said these two old women need to get cash out of an ATM. They put down their guns. We prayed there would be money — and there was. Then, Mohammad told us to get in a white unmarked car on the side of the road to take us to Jordan — and it did. So, we already had some wild experiences.

Hazelip : We are old enough to remember the movie and book, "Around the World in 80 Days," so two or three years prior to turning 80, I said to Ellie, 'Why don’t we go around the world in 80 days when we’re 80?'

Hamby: My first reaction was, 'What?!' About 30 seconds later, 'Why not?' We told our family and friends. I think most of them felt like it would never happen. It’s a pretty daunting thing, and we didn't realize just how daunting it was until we completed it and got all this recognition.

We used the Oneworld Alliance Round the World fare , which is great. You have to go to six continents and it gives you 16 flight segments. You circumnavigate the world in one direction. That made it handy and saved us money. 

Hazelip: You can make your own itinerary — just follow their rules. When we got to a country and wanted to see more things, we would use our airline miles and fly to those other places. Occasionally, we had to buy a ticket. Our average hotel room for the whole 80 days was $29 a person per night — and that usually included breakfast.

Hamby: Our best bargain was $13.50 at the Royal Pyramids Inn in Cairo. We had to enter through an alley, but when we got to the rooftop, there were the pyramids. And then the lights show at night — we watched it for free.

Hazelip: When other women say they would love to take a trip with us, the first thing I do is look at their hands. If they have well-manicured fingernails, they probably don't want to travel with us.

Hamby: We don't have a travel agent. We book every hotel ourselves; we book our flights, and when we have a problem, we have to solve it because there's no one we can call. And we don't have any men carrying our luggage.

Hazelip: We had originally planned to go on our Around the World trip when we were 80, but COVID shut it down, so we went when we were 81, and our theme was…

Hazelip and Hamby: Around the world in 80 days at 81 and still on the run.

Hamby: We started in Antarctica . It's one of the most awe-inspiring places to set foot on in the world. To stand there and do a 360 around you — what you see is just beyond belief. The immenseness of the Antarctic, the ice mountains, the icebergs, the water, penguins everywhere — it's unbelievable.

Hazelip: Then, we were in the Arctic Circle. We had a driver in Rovaniemi in Finnish Lapland. One day he said, 'Would you like to do a husky sleigh ride today?' I thought it was going to be some tiny ride like at the Texas fair, so we said sure.

Hamby: He had a whole pack of huskies. We went for four miles through the forest, turning sharp corners and holding on for dear life. And it was minus four degrees.

Hazelip: We got back and said, 'Wow, that was fun!' Another day, he asked if we wanted to see the reindeer farm. Turns out, it was his family's farm where he grew up, and we got to feed the reindeer. 

Hamby: Sandy and I don't often plan. Things just kind of happen. We really rely on locals to organize things for us. In Bali, for example, we got a driver for $50 for eight hours. When we saw something we wanted to do, we could do it. We saw this sign that said, 'Happy Swing,' so he turned back. They were the most fun swings over rice paddies.

Hazelip: At the end, we said we did not go on a vacation — people get tired when they go on vacation. We went on an adventure and every adventure just ramped us up for the next one. 

Ellie found a saying that I absolutely love: 'The world is a book and he who does not travel only reads one page.'

One of the world wonders we had planned to see on the trip was Machu Picchu , but the political unrest shut it down. Ellie and I are eternal optimists. We were sure by the time we got there, it would be over. Three days before our flight was scheduled to Peru, we had to make the decision to cancel that. 

So, this year, we are now in South America with Machu Picchu being the last place we stop. We are having a wonderful time and our new theme is...

Hazelip and Hamby: We are 82 and we're not through.

Hamby: We're up in La Paz, Bolivia, at more than 12,000 feet. We climbed in the Valley of the Moon the other day and a whole group of Bolivians applauded when we got all the way to the top.

On this trip, we fished for piranhas in the Amazon. I caught three, but Sandy caught the biggest one. We ate it that night in piranha stew, which was pretty good. We also went alligator hunting — and caught two. I went swimming with pink dolphins in the Amazon. We're not afraid to venture out.

Hazelip: We're not afraid to have fun.

Hamby: Also, for your information, between Sandy and I, we have four artificial knees. Those things happen to all of us as we get older, and you’ve got to work hard, do physical therapy, and stay positive.

Hazelip: Ellie's family is accustomed to her wild travels. My family is trying to get used to it. I promise I will send them text messages every day. I let them know we're safe.

Hamby : In our planning, there are some things our kids don't need to know. They didn't need to know we were going piranha fishing, for example. Why would we tell them and have them freak out? They can find out later when they see pictures of the piranha we caught.

We'll keep traveling as long as we can — and we can come up with sayings. We don’t have one for 83 and 84, but for 85, it will be “We’re 85 and still alive.” We hope to be able to travel as long as our health holds out. So far, we're fine, but we know we're getting older and there's going to be a time we can't. We don't let age determine what we want to do. We're fearless travelers, we don't like nightlife, and we're not looking for men. We're just two single women having an adventure.

Hazelip: We have one wonderful adventure after another every single day.

Hamby : The language of South America has been a bit trickier than most, but Sandy and I say there's one universal language, and that's a smile. We use that over and over and over again.

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Barney and his friends (and occasionally, the other dinos) use their imaginations to go anywhere in the world they want and the Travel Book takes them to said place.

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  • Going to The Rainforest ( Barney's Jungle Friends / Home Sweet Earth: The Rainforest )
  • This segment was used in every single Season 13 episode of Barney & Friends .
  • The travel book is shown at the end of each Season 13 episode of Barney & Friends where Barney explains each episode's journey and explaining more about the country's culture. Before the website and credits in this version.
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Bachelor party betrayal.

An Australian woman says she was left devastated after learning that her best friend of more than two decades had slept with her husband at his bachelor party.

The jilted wife, known only as Sophie, shared the saga in a letter sent to the hosts of the podcast  “Everybody Has A Secret.”

“Last week my best friend Maddie admitted to me that she had sex with my husband at his bucks [bachelor] party,” Sophie wrote.

“As you can imagine, I’m devastated. My husband Tom and I have been married for 18 months and I had absolutely no idea that there were any issues in our relationship, let alone that he was capable of this level of deception.”

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The jilted wife, known only as Sophie, shared the saga in a letter sent in to the hosts of the podcast "Everybody Has A Secret."

Sophie explained that she and Maddie had been friends for more than 20 years, and the women each knew how many men the other had slept with.

Maddie had always maintained that she slept with 18 different men.

But on a recent night out with several other gal pals, Maddie slipped up, saying she had had sex with 19 over the course of her lifetime.

“As soon as she said that, I corrected her,” Sophie stated. “She drunkenly said, ‘No, mine is 19’. She clearly realized in that moment she had made a mistake, because she tried to pathetically backtrack, but she was too inebriated to do it convincingly.

“In this moment I thought she’d probably just exposed herself for cheating on her partner Jack and was embarrassed,” Sophie continued.

A short time later, Sophie decided to speak privately with her best friend, asking Maddie whether she had been unfaithful to Jack.

However, Sophie got the shock of her life with Maddie tearfully confessed that the 19th man was her friend’s hubby, Tom.

Stunned, Sophie reportedly slapped her best friend across the face and fled the girls’ night.

Sophie says she still has no clue how Maddie ended up at her husband’s bachelor party.

Sophie explained that she and Maddie had been friends for over 20 years, and the women each knew how many men the other had slept with.

A remorseful Maddie has repeatedly tried calling Sophie, but the betrayed bestie is refusing to answer the phone.

At the conclusion of the letter, Sophie revealed that her husband Tom is currently away on an overseas business trip and, while she plans to divorce him, she has not told him that she knows about his betrayal.

The jilted wife asked for advice on how to break the news to her husband. She also questioned whether she should tell Maddie’s partner, Jack, about Maddie’s manipulative move.

Video of the segment from the “Everybody Has a Secret” podcast has gone viral on TikTok, with viewers weighing in on what Sophie should do.

Sophie revealed that her husband Tom is currently away on an overseas business trip and, while she plans to divorce him, has not told him that she knows about his betrayal.

“Have a surprise welcome-home party and tell him in front of all his close friends and family,” one creative commentator wrote, saying she should maximize her revenge.

“I would tell Maddie’s partner IMMEDIATELY! He deserves to know the truth,” another declared.

“Get ‘I do. I did. I’m done’ printed on a cake in the shape of a broken heart — a photo of his face in one half and your best friend’s face in the other,” a third asserted.

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We've sorted through the thrillers, fantasy novels, true crime books and more to find the best summer reads.

Soaking up the sun while reading a book you can't put down is something to look forward to this summer. Outside of deciding which insulated tumbler to take with you for hydration in the heat and finding a comfy spot on the beach, the most challenging part about settling in for a riveting read is choosing the novel itself.

E-readers and overnight online deliveries have put a library of unlimited books at our fingertips. From non-fiction to science fiction genres and  celebrity memoirs to book-to-screen adaptations , there are all kinds of incredible pages to peruse this spring. One of Amazon's most anticipated releases and biggest bestsellers this May is Erik Larson's latest book about the election of Abraham Lincoln and his presidency as the Civil War started.

The Demon of Unrest: A Saga of Hubris, Heartbreak, and Heroism at the Dawn of the Civil War

The Demon of Unrest: A Saga of Hubris, Heartbreak, and Heroism at the Dawn of the Civil War

President Lincoln was only in office for five months before the Civil War began. See what unfolded in those days in Erik Larson's latest non-fiction historical thriller.

Your summer library doesn't end there, because we've rounded up plenty of other newly released book picks, from steamy romance novels to chart-topping non-fiction books to edge-of-your-seat thrillers to magical worlds filled with sorcery and everything in between. Whether you read to enter a new world or to learn more about the world you live in, we've found a book on Amazon you'll want on your summer reading list.

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Long Island (Eilis Lacey Series)

An Oprah's Book Club pick, Long Island tells the story of Eilis Lacey, a women whose life is changed when her husband's baby from a secret affair winds up on her doorstep.

The Ministry of Time: A Novel by Kaliane Bradley

The Ministry of Time: A Novel by Kaliane Bradley

The Ministry of Time is spy thriller with a mix of time travel and romance. When a civil servant begins working a new time travel project, she must decide if falling in love is worth the consequences of changing history.

The Familiar: A Novel by Leigh Bardugo

The Familiar: A Novel by Leigh Bardugo

This immersive romance novel taking place during the Spanish Inquisition tells the story of Luzia, a magic user enlisted to help the king.

The Women: A Novel by Kristin Hannah

The Women: A Novel by Kristin Hannah

Kristin Hannah, author of The Nightingale , has a new book that's made its way onto four of the top bestseller lists. The Women tells the story of Frances, a field nurse who enters the Vietnam War to return home only to find rising political tensions. 

First Lie Wins by Ashley Elston

First Lie Wins by Ashley Elston

A Reese's Book Club Pick, First Lie Wins  is a thriller that centers around Evie Porter, who is actually someone else and was given her identity by the mysterious Mr. Smith. Evie wants a new life, but one slip-up will change her future forever.

Rebel Rising: A Memoir by Rebel Wilson

Rebel Rising: A Memoir by Rebel Wilson

Taking readers through the ups and downs of her career, Wilson's memoir ultimately teaches self-love with laughter along the way.

The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store by James McBride

The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store by James McBride

While digging a foundation for a new development in the 1970s, the residents of Pottstown are shocked to find a skeleton. James McBride's novel  The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store intertwines the lives of the townspeople and their community during these times.

Our Fight: A Memoir by Ronda Rousey

Our Fight: A Memoir by Ronda Rousey

As the UFC's first female champion, Ronda Rousey has made a name for herself in the world of mixed martial arts. Sharing her journey from the pursuit of perfection to the pursuit of happiness, this relatable story is about facing your fears.  

Bad Therapy: Why the Kids Aren't Growing Up by Abigail Shrier

Bad Therapy: Why the Kids Aren't Growing Up by Abigail Shrier

Currently No. 1 on Amazon's Most Sold Non-Fiction Books for the week, Bad Therapy: Why the Kids Aren't Growing Up by Abigail Shrier explores the rising mental health crisis happening specifically in the Gen Z population. Interviewing experts in the field, Shrier explores some of the serious side effects of popular therapeutic approaches.

The House of Hidden Meanings: A Memoir by RuPaul

The House of Hidden Meanings: A Memoir by RuPaul

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The Hunter: A Novel by Tana French

The Hunter: A Novel by Tana French

This much-anticipated book by Tana French tells the story of Cal Hooper, who develops a quiet life in Ireland with Lena and her unruly son Trey after retiring early from the Chicago P.D. When Trey's absent father shows up, the couple will do whatever they must to protect the boy.

Mostly What God Does: Reflections on Seeking and Finding His Love Everywhere

Mostly What God Does: Reflections on Seeking and Finding His Love Everywhere

Today  show host Savannah Guthrie explores how her belief in God can help her grapple with the challenging times happening in our world in her new book  Mostly What God Does: Reflections on Seeking and Finding His Love Everywhere .

The Teacher: A Psychological Thriller by Freida McFadden

The Teacher: A Psychological Thriller by Freida McFadden

In this story, a scandal rocks Caseham High School when the news of an inappropriate student-teacher relationship comes to light. However, nothing is what it seems in Freida McFadden's newest thriller.

Expiration Dates: A Novel

Expiration Dates: A Novel

New York Times best-selling author Rebecca Serle released a heart-wrenching story about finding love that made Amazon's best books of March. 

A Love Song for Ricki Wilde by Tia Williams

A Love Song for Ricki Wilde by Tia Williams

New York Times best-selling author Tia Williams' latest book is a No. 1 pick on Amazon. In  A Love Song for Ricki Wilde, misfit Ricki Wilde moves to Harlem to open a flower shop where a mysterious stranger sets her world ablaze. 

Madness: Race and Insanity in a Jim Crow Asylum by Antonia Hylton

Madness: Race and Insanity in a Jim Crow Asylum by Antonia Hylton

Award-winning journalist Antonia Hylton explains the 93-year-old history of Crownsville Hospital — a segregated asylum in Maryland — in her book  Madness: Race and Insanity in a Jim Crow Asylum , which was one of Amazon Editor's Best Book Picks. The hospital discussed in the book was shuttered in 2004 but the building still stands today.

The Fury by Alex Michaelides

The Fury by Alex Michaelides

Lana is a former movie star who invites her closest friends on a vacation to her private Greek island. But things suddenly take a turn when one of them is murdered in Alex Michaelides' new thriller The Fury .

Horse: A Novel by Geraldine Brooks

Horse: A Novel by Geraldine Brooks

Horse , which was released in mid-January, is already an award-winning novel that focuses on race, art and history.

Wandering Stars by Tommy Orange

Wandering Stars by Tommy Orange

Telling stories from those at the Sand Creek Massacre of 1864 and the Carlisle Indian Industrial School, Wandering Stars spans three generations of a family detailing their struggles and hopes for the future.

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Bridgerton Season 3 vs. the books: Differences in Colin and Penelope's love story

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Spoiler alert: This story includes details of the first four episodes of Netflix's "Bridgerton" Season 3 (now streaming).

Bridgerton is back on Netflix , bringing with it the tension, twists and steamy stories fans of both the show and Julia Quinn book series love.

Season 3 is based on “ Romancing Mr. Bridgerton ,” the fourth novel of Quinn’s series, and focuses on Colin Bridgerton (Luke Newton) and Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan). Showrunners skipped Benedict’s love story, the third book, and allowed him to continue in his rakish ways – for now.

The show stays faithful to many of the novel’s Regency-era plot points. As in the book, Penelope helping Colin after he cuts his hand is a pivotal moment in his changing perception of a longtime friend. Her request for him to be her first kiss - “I do not wish to die without ever having been kissed” – rings true and that carriage scene is spot-on sexy .  

But there are significant differences as well. Fan favorite character Queen Charlotte doesn’t exist in the books, neither do the Mondrichs. Lady Tilley Arnold is not Benedict’s lover, nor is there a Lord Marcus Anderson with eyes for Violet, the Bridgerton matriarch. Cressida certainly has no redeeming moments in the books.  

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Here’s a look at the biggest difference between the Bridgerton books and the first four episodes of Season 3:

Colin doesn’t help Penelope look for a husband

In the book and show, it takes Colin time to realize his feelings for Penelope have changed. Even after he proposes in the books, he grapples with knowing if he’s in love with Penelope and seeks out Daphne for advice.

But what he never does is try to help Penelope stoke affection in another man. And while Penelope wants to get married and build a life away from her family home, she’s resigned to a life of spinsterhood due to her age and awkwardness around strangers.

There is no Lord Debling

Bridgerton the show loves a love triangle. In Season 1, Prince Friedrich was the right angle between Daphne Bridgerton and Simon Basset. Season 2 saw Anthony Bridgerton marry Kate Sharma after a brief courtship of her sister, Edwina.

This time around, the “other guy” is Lord Debling (Sam Phillips), an eligible new suitor looking for a wife. Only there’s nary another suitor in the book, let alone a full-blown love triangle.

Eloise and Cressida aren’t friends

Cressida Cowper is the worst, and Eloise would never befriend her in the books.

TV Cressida (Jessica Madsen) is a more complex and sympathetic character than book Cressida, who’s basically evil. In the show, Cressida suffers under the weight of her strict father and cherishes Eloise (Claudia Jessie) as a true friend. In the books, she only gets more horrible as the entitled wife of Lord Twombley.

Francesca’s suitors  

Francesca (Hannah Dodd) is the secondary love story in Season 3. The Queen selects Marquis Samadani (David Mumeni) as her suitor, but she’s drawn to the reserved and dignified John Stirling, Earl of Kilmartin (Victor Alli).

Francesca is already widowed in “Romancing Mr. Bridgerton,” with her husband having died two years into their marriage. Readers don’t get her full story until the sixth book, “ When He Was Wicked, ” when she finds a second true love.

The unmasking of Lady Whistledown

Viewers find out the identity of Lady Whistledown at the end of Season 1. Readers don’t yet know Penelope is the mastermind writer until the fourth book. Then, it’s Colin who finds out first and Eloise, while surprised, offers her friend congratulations.

The books have a wonderful challenge to unearth Lady Whistledown’s real name and we’ll be waiting to see how that plays out and if Colin makes the Lady Whistledown discovery in the second part of the series, airing June 13.

26 Memorial Day Weekend Travel Deals, From Half-Price Cruises to Discounted Island Villas

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It's that time of year again—spring is finally turning into summer and travelers are excitedly planning their next great vacation. As we celebrate Memorial Day weekend, the last hurrah before the official beginning of the summer season, we can't forget about the many great travel deals that are popping up this week. From PLAY's Memorial Day flash sale to Cruise Croatia 's 20 percent off savings for active and retired military, there is no shortage of great deals.

This season, rental car companies are doling out major savings, airlines are beefing up their getaway deals, and countless hotels and resorts are slashing room rates to compete for your attention. Think 25 percent off an upgraded Avis or Budget rental car and flights starting at just $14. Plus, Holland America Line has extended its anniversary sale of nearly half-price cruise fares to the end of May, Rocky Mountaineer is offering couples $1,000 off its scenic train expeditions, and some of Bermuda's best island properties and resorts are going for 30 percent off . Jump on these deals while they’re hot.

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College students save big on Lufthansa flights and baggage fees

Verify your student status with Lufthansa and immediately reap the rewards, unlocking a host of discounted economy flights between the United States and Europe, India, Africa, or the Middle East. Students also earn one free piece of checked baggage and the option to get a refund without fees. The program only applies to students in college who are over the age of 16.

Cut costs big time with Frontier Airlines’ shockingly cheap one-way flight sales

Spring sales are in full swing at Frontier Airlines , where travelers can currently snag one-way flights as cheap as $14 between select locations on select dates. This option works best if you’re flexible with dates and destinations—you won’t have a lot of wiggle room with these deals. If you’re feeling restless, on a budget, or are eager to get out of town, consider Frontier for an affordable start to your getaway.

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Get fares as low as $99 during PLAY's flash sale

Icelandic airline Play serves up regular specials to entice Americans to explore the other side of the Atlantic. Right now is an extra-great time to book that spur-of-the-moment trip you’ve been dying to take thanks to the Memorial Day sale. From now until May 27, fares at PLAY are as low as $99 from the US to Iceland, and start at just $129 to Copenhagen, Berlin, Dublin, Amsterdam, London, Paris, Dusseldorf, and Hamburg. The deal is valid for flights taken between August 2024 and December 2024. You can also take advantage of the Weekend Break flight specials which include a number of dual-continent itineraries at unbeatable prices—some clocking below $150 each way—departing from cities like New York , Baltimore, Toronto, Washington, DC, and Boston, and ending at all the major hotspots from London to Amsterdam .

Save up to 30 percent on vacation packages with Spirit Airlines

The budget airline is making it a cinch to save big not just on airfare, but hotels and more with its vacation packages , which are currently up to 30 percent off when travelers book a combination of flights, hotels, or rental cars together. Several of the top deals offer trips to Las Vegas and Cancun from cities like Chicago , Houston , and Atlanta , starting at surprisingly low prices that include flights and a hotel.

Save up to 40 percent on hotel stays with Etihad Airways’ Stopover Package

Stopover packages are a great way to add another destination to your journey without spending too much extra cash. Travelers who want to experience Abu Dhabi can take advantage of Etihad Airways’ discounted Stopover Packages , which currently include up to two free nights in select three- or four-star hotels, or 40 percent off two- or four-night hotel stays at premium properties. The offer also comes with discounts on restaurants and other experiences, as well as amenities like 24-hour check-in and complimentary Wi-Fi. Travelers must make bookings at least three days in advance before arriving in Abu Dhabi.

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Ride out Amtrak’s range of ongoing sales

Amtrak is always offering some good longer-lasting deals. Students aged 17–24 can enjoy up to 15 percent in savings on train rides booked at least a day in advance, trimming costs on a variety of routes that range from coast to coast with no change fees. Plus, on most journeys, seniors save 10 percent on ticket costs—that means travelers 65 and over for qualifying domestic trips and ages 60 and up on cross-border expeditions. And, Amtrak has sweetened the savings on its children’s discount , so little ones between two and 12 years old may travel for 50 percent off with an accompanying adult.

Save 10 percent on Grand Canyon Railway getaway packages

The Grand Canyon Railway & Hotel, home to one of the most scenic train routes in the US , will cover all the bases with its two- and three-night getaway packages that include lodging, meals, and—of course—a train ride through the Southwest’s most-visited national park. The bundles are currently 10 percent off the usual price for an undetermined amount of time, meaning if there was ever a moment to jump on the full canyon experience, it’s now.

Plan a large group outing and earn the seventh spot free

Looking to take your next family reunion to a new level? Get the ol’ college friends back together? Go on a quadruple date? Whatever the occasion, EF Go Ahead Tours’ Group Travel Program caters to large groups, allowing you to handcraft your next experience and save some money along the way. For every six people who sign up, you’ll get a seventh tour spot for free. You can view this as buy six tickets, get one free; or buy 12, get two free; or buy 18, get three free—you get the point. There’s no cap to the number of free spots you can earn. Why not go all out?

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Get up to 20 percent off at Ace Hotels when you pay early

Ace Hotel’s Greetings From the Future deal rewards guests who book—and pay—at least two weeks in advance by trimming up to 20 percent off the reservation price. The discount, cleverly branded as “paying it forward for future you,” applies at multiple Ace locations and can be secured by booking through the deal webpage.

Book a suite with Loews Hotels and get extra on-site perks

Loews Hotels is sweetening its suite experience by giving travelers up to $125 daily for food and drink—the credit amount varies by location—plus free Premium Plus Wi-Fi. Currently, the hotels offering the largest dining credits are Loews Miami Beach and Loews Regency New York , but other properties still put up a good fight. Check out the offer page to find out what you can expect at your dream Loews destination.

Bundle flights with an Atlantis Bahamas resort stay and save up to $300

Guests can save up to 40 percent when booking flights and rooms at the same time through Atlantis Paradise Islands’ website, plus up to $300 in resort credit based on the length of the stay. All five of Atlantis’ Bahamas resorts are honoring the special, and the only conditions are that guests stay a minimum of two nights at the resort and pay the flight and hotel costs in full at the time of booking. You can also take advantage of the summer sale and see savings of up to 25 percent off and up to $400 in resort credits when you book now through June 19. Sales are valid on stays of four nights or more at The Coral, The Royal, The Reef, and The Cove.

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Take up to 40 percent off at The Davenport Hotel Collection

If you’re heading up to the Pacific Northwest this summer, consider taking a trip to Spokane, Washington, where you can stay in one of the five Davenport Hotel Collection properties for up to 40 percent off. The city has over 76 lakes nearby, making it the perfect summer destination to enjoy a variety of lakeside water activities.

Get a sweet, suite deal at Mondrian Los Angeles

Level up your LA vacay with discounted suites at Mondrian Los Angeles—they’re currently 20 percent off and also come with a $25 daily in-room dining credit and guaranteed late check out of 1 p.m. (early check-in is based upon availability; the deal also is subject to availability, and blackout dates may apply). The suites offer travelers a spiffy home base right in the heart of West Hollywood, and the property’s dreamy rooftop pool is a perfect way to wind down after a day of sightseeing and celeb spotting.

Hop on a free catamaran cruise in Jamaica with Beaches Resort

If you’re looking for a dreamy island getaway, look no further. Those who book a Jamaican trip with Beaches to either Beaches Negril or Beaches Ocho Rios can expect a free catamaran cruise on bookings of five nights or more. Stay seven nights or more to also get $250 in resort credit. Use the code JJAM2024 to secure the deal.

Save 15 percent or more on spontaneous bookings with loves a getaway deal , which comes in handy if you’re still not sure where you’re staying for that last-second trip you’re trying to pull together. The site promises at least—not “up to”—15 percent off qualifying hotels of all price ranges, which are sorted by destination on the site to help guide you to a decision.

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Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Puerto Rico Golf & Beach Resort

Unlock up to two free nights at thousands of Wyndham properties worldwide

From now until August 31, Wyndham rewards members have the chance to earn up to 15,000 bonus points (worth two free nights). Stay two consecutive nights at a Wyndham property to earn 7,500 bonus points, three consecutive nights to earn 12,500 bonus points, and four or more consecutive nights to earn 15,000 bonus points. Rewards members can also expect savings of up to 20 percent off or more when they book a stay for three or more consecutive nights between May 22 and July 15, 2024. Stays must be redeemed by September 30. You can join Wyndham’s rewards program for free here .

Save 20 percent at Omni Hotels on three-night stays

Omni’s Spring Savings offer is crystal clear: At the chain’s participating hotels and resorts, guests can now save 20 percent on bookings of three nights or longer. Book directly through the offer page and the deal is done, no additional effort required.

Take up to 15 percent off properties at Extra Holidays

Whether you’re looking for a sunny summer destination like Daytona Beach or the US Virgin Islands , or want to experience city life in Atlanta or Las Vegas , Extra Holidays has tons of great hotels to choose from. Guests will see savings of up to 15 percent off at properties from Club Wyndham, WorldMark by Wyndham, Margaritaville Vacation Club, and more, as long as they book between now and July 8. There is also a flash Memorial Day sale running through May 30 where guests can book a three-night stay and get the fourth night free.

Take up to 30 percent off hotels and resorts in Bermuda

Take a much-deserved trip to Bermuda this summer and get up to 30 percent off select properties like the Coco Reef Resort and Rosewood Bermuda through the HellOOO Summer Sale . Remember to book by June 15 to secure your savings and enjoy Bermuda’s pink sand beaches.

Hurtigruten Expeditions cruises

Hurtigruten Expeditions cruises

Take 45 percent off Holland America Line cruise fares

Holland America Line is extending its Anniversary Sale through May 31 in honor of Memorial Day. The highlight of the deal is snagging up to 45 percent off fares for cruises between May 2024 and April 2025, but you can also get up to $300 in onboard credit, a 50 percent reduced deposit, and—on select cruises—you can bring third and fourth guests for free.

See up to 15 percent in savings and up to $2,200 in ship credit on select Seabourn voyages

Take to the waters with Seaborn to “sea” some really great savings on select 2024 and 2025 trips. Guests can save up to 15 percent on select voyages when they book between now and June 25, 2024, like an 18-day trip through Chile and Antarctica , or a cruise through the Panama Canal . Guests can also take advantage of the “More Moments on Us” promotion which offers up to $2,200 in ship credit per suite that can be applied to a variety of activities include shore excursions, spa services, and Wi-Fi packages. (The promotions must be used separately.)

Enjoy all-inclusive amenities on a yacht-style Windstar cruise for $89 per day

Windstar Cruises’ all-inclusive fares allow guests to upgrade to a luxury ocean experience for only $89 more per day per guest, if booked by June 30 and more than five days before departure. This means you’ll get Wi-Fi access plus unlimited alcoholic beverages with gratuities included. Windstar’s yacht-style cruises tour a variety of areas , from the Mediterranean and northern Europe to Tahiti and Central America.

Sail the seas with nearly half off Hurtigruten Expeditions cruises

It’s still wave season and you can expect deals on all of your favorite cruises to destinations around the world. For those that book their next Hurtigruten Expeditions trip between now and June 30, savings of up to 45 percent are in your future. You can expect to see these huge discounts on 2024 and 2025 expeditions to Antarctica , Alaska , Greenland , the Galapagos Islands , and plenty more.

If you miss the cutoff for the 45 percent offer, there’s hope for you yet. With some extra planning, travelers can still slash 40 percent off 2025-2026 cruises , and for a limited time, solo travelers can join select cruise itineraries without paying the single supplement fee .

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A Cruise Croatia ship sailing the gorgeous Dalmatian Coast

Cruise Croatia is offering 20 percent off for active and retired military in honor of Memorial Day

If you’ve seen the photos of Dubrovnik and Split, you know that a visit to the Dalmatian Coast deserves to be on everyone’s bucket list. With Cruise Croatia ’s current deal, active and retired military members can get 20 percent off on select departures this summer when they book between May 24–28. Those who aren’t military can still save when booking early for cruises departing in May 2025—expect to receive $80 of bar credit per cabin as well as a complimentary traditional village dinner on the Island of Korcula. You can also see savings of up to 40 percent off on last minute voyages .

See Greece in a new light with big savings on trips from Celestyal Cruises

For wave season this year, Celestyal Cruises is taking you on the trip of a lifetime to Greece. A seven-night Greece and Greek Island cruise is going for as low as $679 per person right now, and you’ll find other Greek cruise fares for as low as $279 per person. Your wallet will certainly thank you for taking advantage of Celestyal’s promotions.

Solo travelers get a room to themselves for cheap with Uniworld Boutique River Cruises

Traveling alone is a freeing experience, but can come at a steep price if you wind up paying double to secure a room to yourself. Fortunately, solo travelers can now book two-person rooms on select Uniworld river cruises for the price of just one guest, aiming to break down the financial barriers that often deter independent explorers from planning their dream getaway. Current itineraries eligible for the discounted rate last anywhere from 8 to 16 days and span all over Europe— Paris , Amsterdam , Venice , Lisbon —they’re all yours to see.

Holland America Line cruise

Holland America Line cruise

Take your family on a Disney cruise with a 25-percent-off special

Family-friendly Disney Cruise Line is offering between 20 and 25 percent savings on select cruises from ports like Civitavecchia, Italy; Barcelona, Spain ; Galveston, Texas; and Port Canaveral, Florida. The cruises on offer include routes all across the globe, on a variety of ships.

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Earn one free day when you rent an electric vehicle through hertz.

Hertz is rewarding customers for conserving energy this spring, offering one free day for any electric vehicle bookings lasting three or more days. EV reservations that begin on or before June 1 are eligible for the promotion, which requires the code 211326 at checkout. Book at least 24 hours in advance to qualify.

Get 20 percent off all-inclusive resorts at Priceline when you bundle hotels and flights

Summer is in full swing for Priceline. See savings of 20 percent off or more for guests who bundle hotels and flights when booking top all-inclusive resorts. You can also save 20 percent off or more on trending city hotels, 40 percent off of Florida hotels with express deals, and up to 40 percent off theme park destinations when you bundle hotels and flights. From now through May 27, guests will also enjoy up to 10 percent off in extra savings when they use the code SUMMER10.

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Head to London with onefinestay and get a $635 voucher for your next trip

Book a two-bedroom home with vacation rental platform, onefinestay, by May 31 to get a $635 voucher that can be applied to your next stay with the company. The offer is only available to travelers who book two-bedrooms in London, and must be redeemed by the end of 2024.

Get up to 25 percent off a car rental—and a free upgrade—when you pay ahead

Avis and Budget’s spring sales mean drivers can get rewarded for paying up front when they book a car rental. The deal applies at the sister brands’ participating locations between now and the end of the year; travelers will get 25 percent off the time and mileage charges on their bill, and a free upgrade. To redeem, mention the coupon codes on the deals page and watch the perks pour in.

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