The Top Travel Books to Inspire Adventure
We asked our Community and Staff for some of their favorite travel books. We've comprised a list of 10 books that may help spark adventure in your life. Our list has a variety of suggestions from historical fiction, to memoirs, to nonfiction!
1. 36 Hours
Author: New York Times
Summary: “36 Hours” is a series by the New York Times that breaks down cities accross the world and tells you how to spend 36 hours in each. The book provides recommendations on restaurants, sites, and things to do and has books for the USA & Canada, Europe, Asia, and Oceania. This is your guide for a jam-packed adventure that delivers a full sense of a single place's opportunities and personalities over a well-plotted two-night stay.
2. What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding
Author: Kristin Newman
Summary: Not ready to settle down and in need of an escape from her fast-paced job as a sitcom writer, Kristin Newman focused on mastering the art of “vacationing”. Along the way, she fell madly in love with the planet and men who could provide the emotional connection she wanted without costing her the freedom she desperately needed.
3. Next Year in Havana
Author: Chanel Cleetin
Summary: After the death of her beloved grandmother, a Cuban-American woman travels to Havana, where she discovers the roots of her identity—and unearths a family secret hidden since the revolution. The book follows two important timelines that are set in the upper class society of 1959 and 2017 Cuba.
4. Best in Travel
Author: Lonely Planet
Summary: An annual bestseller and a year's worth of inspiration from lists that rank the top countries, cities, regions, sites, and more. Its pictures have you longing to travel and the easy breezy reading gives you digestible information on top travel destinations.
5. Love & Gelato
Author: Jenna Evans Welch
Summary: Lina has just lost her mother who's undying wish was that her daughter go to Italy and meet a father she never knew about. Lina discovers her mother’s diary and follows her adventures through Italy. This book is a fun summer read about drama, romance and adventure. It entices you to go to Italy, taste the cuisine, and experience the culture.
Author: Cheryl Strayed
Summary: At 22, she thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike the Pacific Crest Trail alone in an effort to find herself.
7. Mountains Beyond Mountains
Author: Tracy Kidder
Summary: In medical school, Paul found his life’s calling: to cure infectious diseases and to bring the lifesaving tools of modern medicine to those who need them most. Paul’s journey takes us from Harvard to Haiti, Peru, Cuba, and Russia as he changes minds and practices through his dedication to the philosophy that “the only real nation is humanity.”
8. Lost City of the Incas
Author: Hiram Bingham III
Summary: Early in the 20th century, Bingham ventured into the wild and then unknown country of the Eastern Peruvian Andes and came upon the Inca city that made him famous: Machu Picchu. In the span of one short season he went on to discover two more lost cities.
9. The Alchemist
Author: Paulo Coelho
Summary: Santiago yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest leads him to riches far different—and far more satisfying—than he ever imagined. Santiago's journey teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, of recognizing opportunity, and learning to read the omens strewn along life's path, and, most importantly, to follow our dreams.
10. Into the Wild
Author: Jon Krakauer
Summary: In 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself.
- Born to Run by Christopher McDougal
- AWOL on the Appalachian Trail by David Miller
- Vegabonding An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel by Rolf Potts
- Life's Too Short to Go So F*cking Slow: Lessons from an Epic Friendship That Went the Distance by Lacke Susan
- No Summit out of Sight: The True Story of the Youngest Person to Climb the Seven Summits by Jordan Romero
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