Traveling is one of life’s greatest pleasures, but with the ongoing pandemic, many of us find ourselves stuck at home, daydreaming about future trips. Fortunately, there are plenty of travel books that can transport us to far-off destinations and cure our wanderlust, even if just temporarily. Here are some of the best travel books to help you explore the world from the comfort of your own home.
Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
If you’re looking for a book that will inspire you to take a journey of self-discovery, Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert is a great place to start. The book chronicles Gilbert’s travels to Italy, India, and Indonesia as she seeks to find balance and meaning in her life. Along the way, she explores different cultures, makes new friends, and indulges in delicious food. This book is a must-read for anyone looking to find themselves through travel.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
The Alchemist is a timeless classic that tells the story of a shepherd boy named Santiago who embarks on a journey to find a treasure he dreamed of. As he travels from Spain to Egypt, he meets people who teach him important lessons about life, love, and the pursuit of happiness. The book is a beautiful meditation on the power of following your dreams and taking risks.
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
If you’re looking for a book that will inspire you to get out into nature, Wild by Cheryl Strayed is a great choice. The book tells the story of Strayed’s solo hike along the Pacific Crest Trail, which stretches from Mexico to Canada. Along the way, she confronts the challenges of the trail and the demons that led her there. This book is a great reminder of the healing power of nature. But also the importance of getting out of our comfort zones.
The Beach by Alex Garland
The Beach is a thrilling adventure story that takes place on a secret island paradise in Thailand. The book follows the journey of Richard, a young backpacker who stumbles upon a map that leads him to the island. There, he discovers a hidden community of travelers who have created their own utopia. But as Richard becomes more involved in the island’s secrets, he realizes that paradise may come with a price. This book is a great escape from reality and a reminder of the dangers of seeking perfection.
A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
A Walk in the Woods is a hilarious and insightful memoir about Bill Bryson’s attempt to hike the Appalachian Trail. Along the way, he encounters colorful characters, wildlife, and the challenges of the trail. The book is a great reminder that sometimes the journey is more important than the destination. Also, that humor can make even the toughest challenges more bearable.
The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton
The Art of Travel is a philosophical exploration of the joys and challenges of travel. The book covers everything from the anticipation of a trip to the disappointments and discoveries of being in a new place. Alain de Botton’s writing is thoughtful and introspective. This makes this book a great choice for anyone looking to reflect on the meaning of travel.