The Best Travel Books For Adventures Near and Far

(Last Updated On: November 30, 2020)

The way we see it, a great travel book does not have to be specifically about travel. The best travel books are the page-turners that accompany us on long train rides, the inspiring stories that take us on internal journeys, or the action-packed adventures that whisk us away to another place, even if we are reading them from our couch at home.

With help from members of The Budget-Minded Traveler Community, we’ve compiled a list of over 40 of what we believe to be the best travel books out there. These are great starting points to help find inspiration to plan a trip, “get away” for a staycation, or pass the time on the train between destinations.

Pack one of these books in your carry-on, Kindle, or Audible account and get psyched for the adventure that awaits.

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The Best Travel Books According to the BMT Community

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“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

Dr Seusse

“Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.”

Mason Cooley

“That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.”

Jhumpa Lahiri

“A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.”

William Styron

“I read. I travel. I become.”

Derek Walcott

“Travel far, pay no fare. A book can take you anywhere.”

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

“A book is a magical thing that lets you travel to far-away places without ever leaving your chair.”

Katrina Mayer

If we missed a book that you love, please share it in the comments below. Join the BMT Facebook Community and contribute to the next community post!

By Brittany Quaglieri with help from the Budget-Minded Traveler Community