There’s no better way to pass downtime on the road than with the company of a great book. And when it’s a book about travel, that’s even more ideal. Pick up one of these page-turners for endless inspiration from anywhere in the world.
If you love travel so much that even your daily commute feels like an adventure: Our Stop by Laura Jane Williams
This smart, thoughtful romantic comedy poses the question: “what if you almost missed the love of your life?” As two would-be romantics in London regularly narrowly miss each other on their morning Tube commute, an entry in Metro’s “Rush Hour Crush” column has a chance of finally bringing them together.
If walks in the woods are your favorite way to de-stress: Wild by Cheryl Strayed
In this memoir, you’ll follow the path of 26-year-old Cheryl Strayed, who rises back up from a personal rock bottom through a solo hike on the Pacific Crest Trail. As Cheryl reckons with the loss of her mother, the end of her marriage, and a drug addiction, the PCT leads her on a journey back to herself.
If Anthony Bourdain is your travel role model: A Cook’s Tour by Anthony Bourdain
A Cook’s Tour is one of Bourdain’s most beloved books, because it captures the essence of his character that so many of us connected with. Follow his adventures as he eats his way around the world, all with hefty doses of insight and humor.
If you love a good rom com: Girls Who Travel by Nicole Trilivas
This light, cheerful book is written so cinematically that you can practically visualize it playing out on the big screen as you read. You’ll follow the adventures of Kika Shores, a starry-eyed young backpacker who takes a nannying job in London, only to find out just how much magic the city has to offer.
If you’re craving a dreamy look into a slower pace: My 25 Years In Provence by Peter Mayle
In his final collection of writing, the man behind the beloved book A Year In Provence reflects on the adventures he’s had since he and his wife moved from England to Provence 25 years earlier. As he guides you through Provence’s lush beauty, history, slow pace, and of course, food, you just might be tempted to book a flight to the South of France yourself.
If you’re all about female adventure tales: Welcome To The Goddamn Ice Cube by Blair Braverman
Today, Blair Braverman is an Iditarod dog musher, but before she took to the world’s most famous dog race, she was a young woman eager to explore the world and test her limits in some of the harshest climates on earth. As Blair heads straight into danger in Alaska and Arctic Norway, you’ll follow her experiences carving out a bold life in the frigid North.
If you enjoy a hefty dose of humor and wit with your travel: Notes From A Small Island by Bill Bryson
After living in the UK for nearly twenty years, beloved writer Bill Bryson takes readers on a deep dive adventure across the British Isles. In his quirky love letter to Britain, Bryson looks into the charming factors that makes the UK tick while marveling at its natural beauty.