7 Best Travel Books

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Dr. Seuss, who has shared many words of wisdom with the world, said, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

Books are a wonderful instrument for knowledge, perspective, and inspiration. Words penned on a page by someone with a unique experience and perspective can spark a passion in your heart and a thirst for more knowledge. Reading is often an effective channel to inspire travel. And as the new year begins and your travel goals and resolutions start to form, reading travel books can be a great way to give you that extra push in the right direction. Here are 7 of the best travel books that should make it on your reading list.

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1 The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.

This book follows the story of a shepherd boy who courageously follows his heart to travel the world to find treasure. Somewhere along the way of his search, he discovers himself and learns valuable life lessons. It is an inspirational story that will encourage you to chase your own dreams and discover what the world has to offer.

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2 The Beach by Alex Garland.

Following the story of backpackers on their search for paradise in an isolated beach, this book provokes thought and provides a unique perspective on traveling and the world.


3 World Walk by Steven Newman.

This book follows newspaper writer Steven Newman’s journey around the world on foot. His narrative of his adventures are entertaining, insightful, and inspiring.


4 Vagabonding by Rolf Potts.

Rolf Potts, an experienced vagabonder, shares his experiences and insights of spending 10 years on the road. Filled with valuable and practical information, this book will inspire your wanderlust.


5 The Good Girl’s Guide to Getting Lost by Rachel Friedman.

This entertaining account of Rachel Friedman’s journey of stepping out of her comfort zone and learning how to make the most of every moment reveals the value of travel. Her book will challenge you to step out on a limb and embrace adventure.


6 The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner.

This book follows the journey of writer and NPR correspondent Eric Weiner as he travels to find the happiest places on earth. His search provides him with unique cultural interactions and experiences that provide insight and perspective.


7 Travel as Transformation by Gregory V. Diehl.

Gregory V. Diehl’s adventures in various settings around the world effectively reveal how travel can influence and affect your perception of yourself. His experiences show the transformational value of travel.

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Although reading can never take the place of experience, these books can help inspire and motivate you to seek out adventures of your own and discover the knowledge and beauty this world has to offer. ~ Kalina Davis

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