The Best Travel Books to Get The Traveler in Your Life This Christmas

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The Best Travel Books to Get The Traveler in Your Life This Christmas

Reading a good travel book, whether a memoir or guidebook, is one of the best ways to connect with your wanderlust when you aren’t on the road or need inspiration for an upcoming trip. So if you won’t be jetting off to experience Christmas elsewhere this holiday season, don’t fret. There are many, many travel books available and these are best travel books recommended by us and several travel bloggers. There is something for any adventurer.

How To Travel The World On $50 A Day

How to Travel the World on $50 a Day is the best-selling book by top traveler blogger Matt Kepnes (Nomadic Matt). In the book, Matt breaks down exactly how he travels the world without breaking the bank. The book begins with all of the essential travel questions followed by general information on budget travel before breaking the world down by region with specific tips, suggestions, and tricks for that destination. An absolute must for any budget traveler.

Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide To The Art Of Long-Term Travel

Vagabonding is a special kind of travel book – not quite a memoir or a factual guide but more of a handbook with personal anecdotes for anyone interested in long-term travel, whether that’s six weeks, six months, or 6 years. Rolf Potts is one of the most entertaining travel writers and does a great job at breaking down the hows, whys, and whats of long-term travel.

Wanderlove  – Kirsten Hubbard

On the complete opposite spectrum of travel books is young adult novel Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard. The novel follows recent high school graduate Bria on a journey through Central America – first on a guided tour full of older, stuffy Americans and then on her own when she discovers destinations off the beaten path. It’s a novel that will inspire all travelers, whether they’re on their young and carefree adventure or reminiscing of their younger travel days.

Love With A Chance Of Drowning

Love with a Chance of Drowning is one of the most original travel memoirs and nontraditional love stories. Lovestruck Torre DeRoche makes the impulsive decision to follow the handsome Argentinean she just met on his sailboat he intends to sail around the world – even though she is terrified of deep water. The memoir follows Torre from just before she sets sail on the adventure of living at sea to her return home. As one might expect, her journey is not without obstacles and does not always go as intended, making it both entertaining and inspiring to read.

Good Girl’s Guide To Getting Lost

The Good Girl’s Guide to Getting Lost is a classic travel memoir for all female travelers. Good girl Rachel Friedman, unsure of what to do with herself after college graduation, sets off on an impromptu trip to Ireland, which leads to awkward encounters in hostel dorms but also an adventure that brings together friends from across the world and spans three continents. It’s a go-to memoir for any female adventurer.

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Now Some Of My Fellow Travel Bloggers Have A Few Great Suggestions For You Too.

Alison from Eternal Arrival recommends:

How Not To Travel The World – Lauren Juliff

This book is about a disaster-prone, anxiety-ridden traveler who quit her job to see the world, even when everyone around her was telling her not to. You can really relate to her struggles so that her triumphs start to feel like yours. It goes to show you that even when everything goes wrong, travel can still be an amazing, transformative experience.

Jo from Frugal First Class Travel suggests:

Europe Through The Back Door – Rick Steves

Rick Steves may not be fashionable, but this is seriously the best European travel skills book ever. If you want to understand European railpasses and how to use trains, this is your book. If you need help planning an itinerary, this is your book. If you want to pack light, Rick’s got that covered too. Even as an experienced traveler and packing ninja I still find new ideas and tips every time I dip into this book.


Natasha from The World Pursuit recommends:

The Beach – Alex Garland

No not the bad Leo movie. The Beach is an easy, but page turning read for anyone that is dying to get away. The book takes readers on a tailwind of emotions from romance to thriller!


Stefan and Sebastien from Nomadic Boys suggests:

Wolf of The Plains – Conn Iggulden

No not the bad Leo movie. The Beach is an easy, but page turning read for anyone that is dying to get away. The book takes readers on a tailwind of emotions from romance to thriller!

Wolf of the Plains is the first of a series of historical fictions about the great Genghis Khan from how he rose to power, united the different tribes and created the infamous mighty empire which stretched from Hungary to China. It’s so well written that you cannot put it down and you get really addicted to it. But above all else, you learn about a part of life you may not know much about and inspire you to want to visit Mongolia. At least it did for us and was a big inspiration behind our Trans Siberian adventure from Europe into Asia.


Lance from Travel Addicts recommends:

The Long Way Round – Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman

The Long Way Round by Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman is the ultimate road trip book. In it, these two actors ride their motorcycles around the world from London to New York (via all of Asia and North America). Along the way, they have fantastic adventures and share keen insights about the world.


Paul & Karen from Global Help Swap suggests:

Shantaram – Gregory David Roberts

Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts is one of the best books we have read in any genere. It’s a novel (based on some real events) about a convicted Australian bank robber and drug addict who escapes from prison and flees to India. Without reavilng too much, the plot invloves the mafia, Mumbai’s slums, Bollywood and a health clinic! It’s a book you will not put down. Seriously, we missed so much beautiful scenery on our train journey around China beacuse of this book! We suggest reading it on the beach so you won’t make the same mistake we did!


Mar from Once in a Lifetime Journey recommends:

Dark Star Safari- Paul Theroux

Paul Theroux’s journey from Cairo to Cape Town by land is an unapologetic, real storybook relating his travels and tribulations across the African continent. He compares the Africa he saw in the 60 as a teacher in Malawi with the current day bitterly realizing that most countries have gone back. It is engaging, addictive and provides a real insight into a genuine life in a much-misunderstood continent


Danie from  Like Riding a Bicycle suggests:

Le Petit Prince

Le Petit Prince, or The Little Prince in English, is a beautiful story about a boy from another planet, visiting various planets inhabited by strange people. It’s a tale of adventure, and of seeing things through the eyes of a child. One sees the beauty in ordinary things through the eyes of the little prince, reminding us that life is not about money or power, it is about beauty and love.


Anna from Adventure in You recommends:

Into the Wild- Jon Krakauer

This nonfiction book tells the story of Christopher McCandless, a young college graduate who was found dead in a camper van in the wilderness of Alaska. The author wrote about McCandless story on how he got to Alaska, the people he met along the way, and his decision to give up to the norms of society. From the people, he met along the way to the epic experiences that makes traveling so unique and extraordinary. It’s a gripping story of adventure and madness showing the reality and struggles of being alone on the road.


Erika from Erika’s Travels suggests:

The Geography of Bliss – Eric Weiner

The Geography of Bliss is part travel memoir, part scientific study and part philosophical inquiry into the essence of happiness. The book’s author, Eric Weiner, is a self-proclaimed grump who travels through ten countries to examine what makes people truly happy. In his research, he examines happiness vis-a-vis money, freedom, geography, culture and national identity. Weiner’s hilarious account is both humorous and thought-provoking and, ultimately, a must-read for anyone hoping to discover what lies behind the true nature of happiness.

The question is now, which of these travel books will be under your tree this Christmas?

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