Who doesn’t love to travel? Whether you vacation frequently or are content with visiting other locales from the comfort of your home, the books on this list are the perfect travel companions.
The U.S. Travel Association estimates more than one billion people travel internationally each year, and though the United States is the world’s biggest receiver of travel dollars, Americans spend their share around the globe. Many of us dream of spending all of our days in unique destinations, learning about the people we share our planet with. But for some, this reality can only be achieved in the rich world of books.
From how-to volumes on leaving it all behind for a life on the road, to history lessons on one of the greatest travel publishers of all time, these travel books will take you on adventures.
Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia
Elizabeth Gilbert’s volume on finding unforgettable food, romance, and spirituality was released in 2007 and has grown to immeasurable popularity. Eat Pray Love chronicles her journey from an unhappy marriage to self-fulfillment, while traveling across the globe. You’ll almost be able to taste the dishes she indulges in while in Italy and feel the transcendence from India. Whether taking a trip yourself or searching for a getaway during your nightly reads, this book will transport you.
The Worrier’s Guide to the End of the World: Love, Loss, and Other Catastrophes — through Italy, India, and Beyond
The Worrier’s Guide to the End of the World by Torre DeRoche follows the author and her friend Masha as they travel the globe in search of adventure. DeRoche was grieving the loss of her father when her friend invited her to share in her dream of “walking the world.” The two meet their fears, anxiety, and indelible friendship head-on.
The Turk Who Loved Apples: And Other Tales of Losing My Way Around the World
New York Times columnist Matt Gross was known for his writing on frugal travels — how to travel the globe without a world traveler’s budget. And when he was assigned to do something less structured, The Turk Who Loved Apples was the result. The book chronicles Gross’ travels as he loses his way in country after country — an unstructured adventure, without an itinerary.
Unlikely Destinations: The Lonely Planet Story
If you’re a frequent traveler, or just interested in travel stories, you’re probably familiar with Lonely Planet, which offer guides and travelogues for nearly every destination in the world. In Unlikely Destinations, authors Tony Wheeler and Maureen Wheeler, the founders of the publication company, tell the story of how they built one of the largest travel publishing companies in the world.
Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel
Have you ever dreamt of walking away from it all — traveling the world with little more than a backpack? Well, Rolf Potts has made this dream a reality, and shares how you can spend the majority of your days exploring the globe. In his book Vagabonding, learn to choose the right destinations, adhere to travel laws, find work while abroad, and fund your lifestyle.
Travels (Vintage Departures)
You’re probably used to associating Michael Crichton with “Jurassic Park,” but this famed author is a world traveler and shares his experiences in this 2014 memoir, Travels (Vintage Departures). In the book, Crichton satisfies his craving for unique experiences with travels to Kilimanjaro, the Mayan pyramids, and the waters of Tahiti. As the author typically writes about adventure, his proclivity for adventurous travel is no surprise.
The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World
Eric Weiner is a self-described grump, and in The Geography of Bliss, he sets out to find happiness around the globe. He explores areas known for their happiness quotient and tries to uncover just what their people's secrets are. It’s a humorous travelogue, but it’s also packed with interesting scientific research on happiness. This book might be for you if you enjoy the psychology of other cultures set against the backdrop of world travel.
A Field Guide to Getting Lost
A Field Guide to Getting Lost is a compilation of essays from Rebecca Solnit, a cultural historian. And all those stories share one theme: getting lost. From her experiences as a teenage punk rocker to her family’s arrival in the Americas, the author tries to weave the idea of being directionless into her life experiences.