“Ideally, travel broadens our perspectives personally, culturally, and politically. Suddenly, the palette with which we paint the story of our lives has more colors.” – Rick Steves, Travel as a Political Act

If you’re looking for a book to fuel your wanderlust here are a few that are both entertaining and full of knowledge. When the pandemic hit and the world shut down I used reading as an escape to transport me to places around the world when we couldn’t travel. Whether you are looking for a book about traveling or looking for a book to read while traveling all of the books below are great options!

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Travel as a Political Act – Rick Steves

Rick Steves is THE American travel guy and is known for his travel guides for around the world, especially Europe. He collects his thoughts from decades of travel experience describing the importance of travel and understanding different cultures outside of America. He thoughtfully compares America to the rest of the world in an engaging and thought provoking way. I HIGHLY recommend this read for anyone preparing to travel outside of the country.

The Geography of Bliss – Eric Weiner

The author Eric Weiner recounts his travels on his search for finding happiness in the world. He balances discussing research and opinion from different cultures on numerous different countries. Researching happiness is an interesting concept and pairing it with travel makes for a unique read.

Wild – Cheryl Strayed

Cheryl takes you on a journey of discovery and growth as she hikes the Pacific Crest Trail. She pulls you into the journey and describes her surroundings and feelings so well that you feel as if you are hiking along with her. This is a perfect read for those on a self-discovery journey or are a nature lover. Being alone in the woods forces you to sit with yourself and your thoughts, it is one of the many reasons I love hiking in nature.

Eat Pray Love – Elizabeth Gilbert

If you’re looking for a deeply personal memoir that carries you through an individual’s quest for self-discovery, healing, and spiritual enlightenment, then Elizabeth Gilbert’s “Eat, Pray, Love” may well be the recommendation you’re after. This book recounts the author’s journey following a difficult divorce, as she travels through Italy, India, and Indonesia, seeking joy and fulfillment.

In Italy, she explores the theme of ‘eat’ by indulging in the country’s rich culinary heritage, finding pleasure and comfort in its delicious cuisine. Gilbert’s descriptions are not merely food writing — they are a celebration of the sensory experience and the simple, pure enjoyment of eating.

I will be adding to this list as I discover more engaging books about travel but right now these are the ones I have read that I highly recommend! What books about travel have you enjoyed? I would love to add them to my list to read!

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