The Best Travel Books for Traveling Without Leaving Your Home

There are thousands of travel books, but not all of them have the power to make you really travel, without moving a muscle (except the eye muscles, of course). We love traveling, but when we don’t do it, we try to keep our minds away with some travel books.

Travel books inspire, give ideas for new destinations, help you get to know the world better, reflect on the act of traveling, and make you feel at home. A good travel book is at once an adventure novel, a history book and a personal diary. It is fiction and reality, past and present. It is emotion and reflection. A good travel book is the best manifestation of human curiosity, that drives us to scrutinize the universe and to keep walking to find out what is hidden behind the next bend in the road.

There are many books available to buy or find in the local library. From classics to a contemporary publication, from a book of a great love story to a book of ra slot amusing chronicles and magical tales. Today, however, we will focus on the best travel books that will get you inspired and awaken your wanderlust.

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

It’s a well-presented book, honest, in which the author unravels. There is no absence of an occasional dose of humor, which is always valued.

It’s the autobiographical story of one’s adventure along the Pacific Crest Trail, a path that runs through the West Coast. She is accompanied by an excessive backpack, too small walking boots and emotional baggage, including the murder of her mother, a promiscuity divorce and a close friend suffering from drugs addiction. She continues this tender and emotional journey to cure her and to reestablish her hope.

The Naked Tourist by Lawrence Osborne

Do authentic destinations still exist, far from the tourism industry and far from selfie sticks? The UK writer asks for this before venturing on a trip that takes him through iron jungles like Dubai or Bangkok before he finds Papua New Guinea’s real jungle. Humor and laughter, but also reflection, are expected among its pages.

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

Yes, you might have heard of it, or you have already watched the movie. But if you’re satisfied with just Julia Roberts in the movies (which isn’t great), just know that the book about Liz’s early mid-life crisis is actually pretty amazing and you totally have to read the book. It gives inspiration to those who are thinking of quitting their jobs and going out into the world, which is always a good thing. After all, eating pizza in Italy, praying in ashrams in India and making love in Bali doesn’t sound that bad.

On The Road by Jack Kerouac

This book is totally capturing the spirit of road trips that are influenced by the youth of the 1960s who set off with their backpack without any aim. It’s a book about hiking trips on the road and young people seeking out new experiences and adventures.

Do not miss the continued, confused flow of the story and personal experiences on post-War America’s roads, which are told with many movements and detailed landscape descriptions. Have a good journey through its pages!

Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

In the late 1920s, George Orwell faces the pioneering experience of voluntarily submitting himself to extreme poverty – and later he tells that story in the book Down and Out in Paris and London. He was starving and he was living without any money, working underemployed, and then finally leaving for England, where he lived with beggars, wandering through hostels, pursuing shelter and food.

Jupiter Travels by Ted Simon

A four-year trip around the world on a Triumph motorcycle is the journey made by this English journalist and has been considered one of the best motorcycle travel books in history. Perhaps it is because of the author’s insights and observations, or for being able to maintain the tension and drama in the work. Maybe it’s because of how well written it is.

The Great Railway Bazaar by Paul Theroux

While this is a voyage from London to Japan, Turkey, the Middle East, South-East Asia and back in Siberia, the train is the real protagonist. The train is a gathering place, a location to meet and a junction to enjoy the journey itself. True, this method of travel is an important part of Theroux’s work.

How To Travel Without Seeing by Andrés Neuman

It is a fleeting journey through 19 countries, the presentation of contemporary tourism, a tourism of traveling without seeing, of traveling fast, of airplanes and hotels. But not as a criticism but as a reflection, a search for the meaning of travel and our culture.


Good travel books are those that induce us to reflect and those that discover other realities or allow us to see already known realities with different eyes. And also those that make us dream of impossible places, of extraordinary adventures. These are the essential travel books.

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