8 Books to Make You Excited to Travel Again

Though traveling may not be available for some time, we know you still have that wanderlust feeling!  

Curl up with a blanket and one of these books and we guarantee your travel cravings will melt away!


1. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

A book about following your dreams, this is one of the most-read books in recent history. The story follows a young shepherd boy from Spain to Egypt as he follows his heart, goes with the flow, and learns love and the meaning of life. 

Alchemist2. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

"Eat, Pray, Love" is a modern classic when it comes to books about travel, as author Elizabeth Gilbert shares her journeys through Italy, India, and Indonesia. There's no doubt you'll be excited about all the opportunities travel can bring after reading this book.


3. Gorillas in the Mist by Dian Fossey

For nature lovers, "Gorillas in the Mist" is a must-read. The book follows primatologist Dian Fossey during her 13 years in the mountain forests of Rwanda. You'll feel like immersing yourself in the Rwandan forests after reading this book!


4. On the Road by Jack Kerouac

Written in 1957, Jack Kerouac’s Beat Generation classic is a timeless travel novel. The story follows his character, Sal, as he leaves New York City and heads west, riding the rails, making friends, and partying the night away. The main character’s frustration and desire to see the world are themes that can resonate with many of us. 


5. Unlikely Destinations: The Lonely Planet Story by Tony and Maureen Wheeler

Written by the founders of Lonely Planet, this tome chronicles the start and rise of the company whose guidebook is probably in your backpack or on your bookshelf right now. The story follows them from England in the 1970s to the beginning of the 21st century. In between, you hear all their travel tales and learn about their early business struggles.


6. The Lost City of Z by David Grann

This book seeks to find out what happened to another South America explorer: Percy Fawcett, who trekked through the Amazon jungle in search of the fabled lost city of Z. Blending history, biography, and travelogue, Grann intermingles information about Percy’s life and expeditions with the science behind the myth of Z and the possibility that there could have been vastly advanced civilizations in the Amazon.


7. In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson

It’s hard to pick just one book by Bill Bryson. He’s one of the most prolific and recognized names in travel writing. This book chronicles a journey through Australia and takes you from east to west, through tiny little mining towns, forgotten coastal cities, and off-the-beaten-path forests.


8. Love with a Chance of Drowning by Torre DeRoche

In this travel memoir mixed with a true love story, read the adventure of Torre, who reluctantly leaves her corporate lifestyle to live on a sailboat with a man she just met, and their adventure across the South Pacific together. Along with all the challenges and wonder they experience on the trip, the book takes you on a beautiful, romantic and deeply personal journey of self-discovery.


Any one of these books is a clear winner and a surefire cure to your wanderlust. Give them a try and let us know what you think!