This article showcases our top picks for the Inspiring Books About Travel. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below). We are keen to hear your feedback on all of our content and our comment section is a moderated space to express your thoughts and feelings related (or not) to this article This list is in no particular order.
Neither Here Nor There is a hilarious yet touching take on a tour around Europe that Bryson undertook in 1990, while also recalling a similar trip he took as a college student in the 1970s. The comparison between the two adventures is beautifully done, with Bryson managing to describe the different people and cultures he comes across in a way that will have you in tears both from laughter and from the affection the author clearly has for what and who he finds. This definitely isn’t a Lonely Planet-style book, with tips on what to see in each place Bryson visits. Instead, as he crosses from Hammerfest in Norway to Istanbul, you’ll be taken along with the author as, with his trademark wit, he uncovers a side of each city – and himself – that no tourist guide would come close to covering. But it’s those same descriptions of each place that may just have you booking your next flight out before you know it, in the hope of having the same experiences that Bryson does. No guarantees that you’ll be able to write about them as well as he does, though.
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The Most Beautiful Rooms in the World, a publication by Architectural Digest. This book is a mix of travel and interiors and how a space have the power to transport and elevate the experience. A collection of interiors worldwide, this book perfectly depicts the synergy between designed spaces and their settings.
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The book is by the veteran travel writer Rolf Potts. It explores the independence of the human spirit that can travel around the world on its own. It sheds light on crucial traveling management tips such as financing travel time, determining your destination, adjusting to life on the road, and working and volunteering overseas. Vagabonding is an indispensable guide for a modern traveler. Vagabonding teaches you how to travel (and think), not just for one trip, but for the rest of your life. It can change a person’s life forever with important traveling lessons.
This is a beautiful book about a young woman traveling in her van across the deserts of West America, and it is written in a way that is both inspiring and inviting to reflection. I think it accurately shows how traveling can help you become lost and found, in a way that renews your life’s direction and purpose. It’s a very interesting read!
Rita Golden Gelman led an extraordinary life. In 1986, at the age of 48, she became a nomad. Her example inspires us all to resurrect our dreams and rediscover the joy, eagerness, and tucked-away enthusiasm that so many of us lose as we age.
Bourdain was my culinary hero, and he brought the world to life through his infectious championing of international cuisines and travel, and it was this book that made me want to follow in his footsteps and embark on my own global food adventure to become better versed at what I do. He was, is, and always will be the greatest travel writer ever.
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Travel journaling is a fun, creative way to record the sights, sounds, smells, and flavors of life on the road. In The Art of the Travel Journal, you’ll find techniques, ideas, and inspiration for creating a lasting record of your travels that you’ll treasure for years to come. No experience is necessary, and you can bring your signature style or develop new ones as you discover exciting new artistic opportunities.
The Reason Ferris Bueller said “life moves pretty fast and if you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it”, which is a philosophy summed, and in Kerouac’s classic travelogue. It’s a tale about hitting the highways and byways of America in order to experience life in all of its facets via the open road and is as powerful a testament to the way that travel can broaden and alter your outlook on life in the digital age as it was when it was published more than half a century ago.
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Casiopea Tun embarks on an odyssey across Mexico during the Jazz Age after accidentally freeing the Mayan God of death. This fantasy fiction book serves as a reminder to the reader that Silva Moreno-Garcia, author of books such as Mexican Gothiccan do no wrong.
There is so much travel literature that tells us where we should go next that we lose the whole purpose of traveling. Luckily, Alain de Botton’s book The Art of Travel points us in the right direction and answers ‘how?’ and ‘why?’ when it comes to traveling. Unlike other travel-themed books that add to the daydream of travel, this book takes an honest and philosophical outlook on the reasons that we travel and sheds light on reasons we never wanted to know before, for instance, the location of your dreams can sometimes not live up to its expectations.
I’ve always been passionate about travel. Couples looking to get married use our services from all over the world and I’ve always loved hearing stories about their culture and the places where they lived and grew up. I’d love to do more of it myself, but until then, my advice to anyone feeling the same as me is to read Worldwalk by Steven Newman. It’s about a man who backpacked across 21 countries over four years, and all of his happy, sad, and moving experiences along the way. It’s a book that will either satiate your wanderlust or inspire you to get up and out yourself!
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As much a travelogue as it is a motivational true story. Rick Mater reveals unique details about the history, ecology, and geology of the Grand Canyon, sharing an insider view of areas most don’t or won’t get to see, and it is also part Native American history lesson. Six Hours will make a special & unique gift for anyone who loves to travel – providing a new view into this national treasure.
If you love travelling and enjoy knowing about different cultures of the world, then Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth deserves a place on your bookshelf. The best thing about this book is that she visits three different countries to experience enlightenment and hopes that she will ultimately find the inner balance she has longed for. She spent four months in Italy, eating and enjoying life Eat. She spent three months in India, finding her spirituality Pray. She ended the year in Bali, Indonesia, looking for a balance of the two and fell in love with a Brazilian businessman , Love. The author of this book will take you on a journey of finding yourself again, and readers will surely relate so much with the book as it talks about hidden human emotions and how to encounter them.
In Follow Me to Alaska, husband and wife team Mark and Reneé J. Allard share their true story of leaving the comforts of their cul-de-sac home in El Paso, Texas for a remote cabin off-grid in the wilderness of Alaska. From learning how to heat their home with a woodstove to hauling water by hand from the nearby creek, the Allards had to readjust to a very different way of life. But they soon fell in love with the natural beauty and solitude of their new home. Filled with adventure, humor, and practical advice, Follow Me to Alaska is perfect for anyone who has ever dreamed of living off the grid.
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The Kermit Lynch Wine Brochure is a collection of vintage selections from the past that are sure to inspire your thirst for wine. This brochure features a variety of wines from different regions and wineries, all of which have been carefully selected by the experts at Kermit Lynch. Whether you’re looking for a red, white, or sparkling wine, this brochure has something for everyone. So grab a glass and start exploring the world of wine with the Kermit Lynch Wine Brochure.
One of the best books for the said topic from my collection would be “The Alchemist”. This book is by a Brazilian author Paulo Coelho. It was originally written in Portuguese. The plot revolves around a shepherd boy who *dreams of treasure* and finds it in a ruined church. By a gypsy fortune teller, he is told that he will find it in the nearby areas of the Egyptian pyramids. It is a great book that covers many aspects in my opinion a must-try.
One of the best ways to get inspired about travel is by viewing pictures of spectacular vistas, compelling architecture, and quaint scenes. This book features some of the most popular as well as underrated destinations in the world. The pictures draw the reader in and make them feel like they need to book a trip to see the sights for themselves. In addition to inspiring readers through photographs, this book offers practical advice like the best times of year to travel to different destinations and commentary to provide a sense of what kind of experience to expect culturally and how to prepare for the weather.
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A journey on the silk Road by Kate Harris in 2018 I find this interesting because the author here shows how travelling to new places helps us unleash answers to the unknown. Kate Harris tackles various questions to herself as she recounts her cycling journey along the legendary Silk Road. Her experiences are a serene and mindful contemplation of some of the most remote and unique places along the route. In the end, she shows that a journey isn’t about capturing the perfect selfie but immersing in both the amazing and the uncomfortable.
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This modern classic tells the true story of Chris McCandless, a young man who gave up everything – including his car, his money, and his family – to live a life of complete freedom in the Alaskan wilderness. Into the Wild is an unforgettable tale of hope, courage, and the transcendent power of nature.
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The Dharma Bums is Jack Kerouac’s classic novel about two friends who embark on a journey in search of meaning and purpose in life. Along the way, they hitchhike, camp out under the stars, and meet some interesting characters – including a Beat poet named Neal Cassady.
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On the Road is Jack Kerouac’s most famous novel, and for a good reason. It’s the ultimate road trip story, a tale of freedom and adventure that has inspired generations of travelers. If you’re looking for a book that will make you want to hit the open road, this is it.
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In this moving memoir, Cheryl Strayed chronicles her journey of self-discovery after she sets out to hike the Pacific Crest Trail – alone – following the dissolution of her marriage and the death of her mother. Wild is an inspiring tale of strength and resilience and a reminder that sometimes all we need is ourselves to find our way.