Best Reads For Travel Lovers

Eric Aguirre
January 16, 2024

The Top Books

Want to get ahead this year?  

We recently asked our travel community for the most influential nonfiction books they’ve read this year and the results came pouring in.

As a special thank you to our awesome Community, we were able to get to offer a free audiobook.  So pick one that is calling to you and enjoy it while you're on the go for FREE!

(Click here to get your Free Book on!)

Peace meals by Anna Badkhen

"About a bad ass woman journalist traveling throughout hot spots in the world and covering the news stories. She's all over from Afghanistan to Palestine and with every chapter is a recipe for something she ate while she was there. (I know amazing)"

The sling and the stone by Colonel Thomas X. Hammes USMC

"Talks about the evolution of warfare from pitched battles, trench warfare, total war, and to finally 4th generational warfare (or guerilla insurgency warfare) it also talks about how to combat it and how we're still adapting to it."

Fresh Off the Boat: A Memoir by Eddie Huang

"Is a good view into the life of an asian American who grows up a rotten banana or as an asian that doesn't fit his or her stereotype."

When broken glass floats by Chanrithy Him

"It'll help you delve into the Cambodian genocide without sanitizing it. It's gritty, it's raw, and it horribly sad. My parents went through it so it made me understand them and our history."

A fighter's heart by Sam Sheridan

"Is a great book that delves into the world of mma but also has alot of traveling in it. It's adventure and machismo all wrapped up in a book that will help you understand the world of fighting."

Dancing in the glory of monsters by Jason Stearns

"Explains why the congo is so fucked up without leaving out any details. It doesn't dwell of the death and genocides like other books do it instead analyzes and explains the conflicts and problems that cause the congo to be "a hot mess.""

Recommended by alumni: Dev Kambodyana

Dear Leader: My Escape from North Korea by Jang Jin Sung is captivating.

"Different from other North Korean defector stories in that 1) the author was part of Kim Jong Il's inner circle, so he both lived a privileged life and has internal knowledge of the North Korean regime, and 2) his profession in North Korea was that of a writer, and therefore he doesn't need a ghostwriter to tell his story for him."

Recommended by alumni: Kelly Kim

Unbreakable: a Navy Seal's way of life by Thom Shea was incredible.

"Thom Shea wrote it as a guidebook for his children on how to live their lives in case he did not return home from one of his many tours of duty. Powerful stories and countless number of pointers and thought processes on how to live a more successful and fulfilled life."

Recommended by alumni: Stephen Skolnik

Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success by Adam Grant

"A groundbreaking look at why our interactions with others hold the key to success"

Recommended by alumni: Katherine Black

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

"Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business"

Recommended by alumni: Josh Warren

Rework by Jason Fried

"A different kind of business book that explores a new reality"

Recommended by alumni: Maria Joyner

The Quarter Life Breakthrough by Smiley Poswolsky

"An inspiring career guide for twenty-somethings to get unstuck"

Recommended by alumni: Jennifer DeSimone

Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande

"Shows us what the simple idea of the checklist reveals about the complexity of our lives and how we can deal with it"

Recommended by alumni: Natalie Evans

The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss

"Completely changed my life by opening up a whole new world of lifestyle possibilities. As a direct result of reading this book, I quit my full time job in finance to pursue my dream or traveling the world and working as a digital nomad."

Recommended by alumni: Eric Christian

The Millionaire Fastlane by MJ Demarco

"Is the financial plan of mediocrity -- a dream-stealing, soul-sucking dogma known as "The Slowlane" your plan for creating wealth? This is the fast-lane alternative"

Recommended by alumni: Jason Bay

The Tools by Phil Stutz

"Cool non typical meditation practices to help you kick more @$$"

Recommended by alumni: Claire Lucas

The Bulletproof Diet by Dave Asprey

"Lose up to a pound a day, reclaim energy and focus, upgrade your life."

Recommended by alumni: Manny Tulumaris

Rising Strong by Brene Brown

"If you are brave enough, often enough, you will fall. This is a book about what it takes to get back up"

Recommended by alumni: Taryn Michele

Essentialism by Greg Mckeown

"The disciplined pursuit of less"

Recommended by alumni: Pete Sveen

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

"In the wake of her mother's death, with her family scattered, and in the ashes of a failed marriage, Cheryl Strayed made the impulsive decision to hike the Pacific Crest Trail."

Recommended by alumni: Caroline Robb

Happier Than a Billionaire by Nadine Hayes Pisani

"It's a memoir of a married couple who quit their jobs, sell everything and buy a one way ticket to Costa Rica in search of a happier, more fulfilling life. Great read, witty, funny, inspiring at times and only $2.99 on Amazon."

Recommended by alumni: Katie Nevels

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

"Probably the greatest story I've ever read"

Recommended by alumni: Megan McKenzie

Daring Greatly by Brene Brown

"A transformative new vision for the way we lead, love, work, parent, and educate that teaches us the power of vulnerability"

Recommended by alumni: Aditi Narayan

The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer

"How I learned to stop worrying and let people help"

Recommended by alumni: Meg Hathaway

Its What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War by Lynsey Addario

"The story of how the relentless pursuit of truth, in virtually every major theater of war in the twenty-first century, has shaped her life."

Recommended by alumni: Danielle Oxford

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

"All about creative living beyond fear is a must read!"

Recommended by alumni: Samantha Vigliotti

You Just Don't Understand, Women and Men in Conversation by Deborah Tannen

"The book that brought gender differences in ways of speaking to the forefront of public awareness"

Recommended by alumni: Anne Desrosiers

Cold Tangerines by Shauna Niequist

"A collection of stories that celebrate the extraordinary moments hidden in your everyday life"

Recommended by alumni: Cassie Guba

Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl

"Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose"

Recommended by alumni: Cara Murphy

Choose Yourself! by James Altucher

"With dozens of case studies, interviews and examples–including the author, investor and entrepreneur James Altucher’s own heartbreaking and inspiring story–Choose Yourself illuminates your personal path to building a bright, new world out of the wreckage of the old."

Recommended by alumni: Matt Wilson

Money: Master the Game by Tony Robbins

"Based on extensive research and one-on-one interviews with more than 50 of the most legendary financial experts in the world—from Carl Icahn and Warren Buffett, to Ray Dalio and Steve Forbes—Tony Robbins has created a simple 7-step blueprint that anyone can use for financial freedom."

Recommended by alumni: Kevin Diamond

Smart Trust by Stephen M.R. Covey

"Stephen M.R. Covey again illuminates the hidden power of trust to change lives and impact organizations in Smart Trust."

Recommended by alumni: Andrew Mercier

Timothy Keller's Every Good Endeavor

"With deep conviction and often surprising advice, Keller shows readers that biblical wisdom is immensely relevant to our questions about work today."

Recommended by alumni: Bailey Neal

Falling Into Grace by Adyashanti

"Adyashanti asks us to let go of our struggles with life and open to the full promise of mindfulness and spiritual awakening: the end of delusion and the discovery of our essential being."

Recommended by alumni: Carla Blumenthal

Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

"A hilarious, thoughtful, and in-depth exploration of the pleasures and perils of modern romance from one of this generation’s sharpest comedic voices"

Recommended by alumni: Rajiv Nathan

Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

"Infidel shows the coming of age of this distinguished political superstar and champion of free speech as well as the development of her beliefs, iron will, and extraordinary determination to fight injustice."

Recommended by alumni: Kelly Kretschmar

Gang Leader For A Day by Sudhir Venkatesh

"From a privileged position of unprecedented access, Venkatesh observed JT and the rest of his gang as they operated their crack-selling business, made peace with their neighbors, evaded the law, and rose up or fell within the ranks of the gang’s complex hierarchical structure."

Recommended by alumni: Rajiv Nathan

50th Law by Robert Greene & 50 Cent

"In The 50th Law, hip hop and pop culture icon 50 Cent (aka Curtis Jackson) joins forces with Robert Greene, bestselling author of The 48 Laws of Power, to write a “bible” for success in life and work based on a single principle: fear nothing."

Recommended by alumni: Natalie Evans

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

"Atlas Shrugged is the astounding story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world--and did."

Recommended by alumni: Chris Hughes

How Starbucks saved my life by Michael Gates Gill

" The riches-to-rags true story of an advertising executive who had it all, then lost it all—and was finally redeemed by his new job, and his twenty-eight-year-old boss, at Starbucks."

Recommended by alumni: Natasha Menon

Thrive by Ariana Huffington

"An impassioned and compelling case for the need to redefine what it means to be successful in today's world."

Recommended by alumni: Brooke Thrasher

The Compound Effect and Entrepreneur Roller Coaster by Darren Hardy

"The Compound Effect is based on the principle that decisions shape your destiny"

Recommended by alumni: Jacalyn Marie

The Lexus and the Olive Tree by Thomas Friedman

"In this vivid portrait of the new business world, Thomas L. Friedman shows how technology, capital, and information are transforming the global marketplace, leveling old geographic and geopolitical boundaries."

Recommended by alumni: Mitz Horrigan

Don't forget to claim your free audiobook!

P.S. Have you checked out our Explore Mayan Ruins trips coming up this year? 

Or downloaded our Escape Manual?

Eric Aguirre
I'm Eric, I aim to inspire and lead fellow and future thought-provoking leaders around the world. I love geeking out on Personal Development and strive to make myself and the world around me a better place. You can find my published books and articles at


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