6 Must Read Travel Books

6 Must Read Travel Books

The wonderful thing about books is that they can take you on an adventure without ever leaving your armchair. Whether looking for your next adventure, or just want to get lost in someone else’s adventure, here are 6 must read travel books I suggest to get your wanderlust going.

The Amazon links below are Amazon affiliate links, but all the book suggestions come from my own travel library. 

1. Destinations of a Lifetime: 225 of the World’s Most Amazing Places

A photographic adventure of 225 of the worlds most amazing places brought to you by National Geographic. Take in both natural and man made wonders in this travel book that not only makes a great coffee table book, but to help you plan your next adventure.

Destinations of a Lifetime: [Amazon] [Goodreads]

2. 1,000 Places to See Before You Die

This is one of the world’s bestselling travel books for a reason. A stark reminder that tourist attractions are only the tip of the iceberg of this wonderful and expansive world. Dive in and you will come away with a wanderlust for your next destination.

1,000 Places to See Before You Die: [Amazon] [Goodreads]

3. Sully: My Search for What Really Matters

Sully Sullenberger may be most known for his heroic acts of landing a plane in the Hudson, but there is more to Sully’s story. This intriguiging look into the mind, history, and life of a pilot who  in 90 seconds, along with his crew, became a household name.

Sully: [Amazon] [Goodreads]

4. A Cook’s Tour: In Search of the Perfect Meal

Anthony Bourdain has been called many things, a cook, a travel show host, an author, and even an ass. Despite what you think of him, one thing is certain, traveling with Bourdain is never boring. Dodging minefields in Cambodia, diving into the icy waters outside a Russian bath, or trekking across the glob from Japan to France, and everywhere in between,  join Bourdain as he searches for “the ultimate meal.”

A Cook’s Tour: [Amazon] [Goodreads]

5. Up in the Air

Not everyone gets to travel for pleasure. But for Ryan Bingham a life up in the sky is pleasure, even when he despises his job. Follow Ryan as he tries to quit his job and inch closer to his dream, just as conditions begin to deteriorate.

Up in the Air: [Amazon] [Goodreads]

6. An Idiot Abroad: The Travel Diaries of Karl Pilkington

travel book an idiot abroad

If you have not seen the British travel/comedy show An Idiot Abroad, I highly recommend it. This travel book builds off the show and is Karl’s travel diary of the places he has been. Karl is a bit of a homebody and doesn’t get the point of it all. But luckily he has two friends who are not afraid to make him uncomfortable for a laugh, and send him halfway around the world.

An Idiot Abroad: [Amazon] [Goodreads]