During this time of social distancing and the inability to adventure across the world, travel books have been my go-to for satisfying my wanderlust.
You don’t need a plane ticket or a packed suitcase to escape on an adventure or travel to your favorite destinations. With a few great travel books and a bit of an imagination, you can be on a wild and adventurous journey in a matter of moments!
So, if you’re stuck at home and longing for a little adventure, these six travel books are sure to transport you and satisfy your wanderlust. Grab a glass of wine and settle in! Happy traveling, chica!
1. The Alchemist
Read this if you’re ready to discover yourself while traveling through the deserts of Egypt.
With over 65 million copies sold and translated into 80 different languages (a Guinness World Record by the way), I knew The Alchemist was clearly a must-have on my wanderlust reading list!
A classic traveler’s tale, Paulo Coelho tells a story of a young, poor shepherd who follows a vision through the deserts of Egypt in search of treasure and good fortune.
Get ready to go on a journey of chasing dreams, discovering your purpose, and finding your true self (otherwise called your “Personal Legend”). By the end of The Alchemist, you’ll feel like you’ve traveled and conquered the deserts of Egypt yourself all while being inspired to follow your dreams!
2. Next Year in Havana
Read this if you love a good Cuban romance mystery.
Chanel Cleeton tells the story of a Cuban-American freelance writer who travels to Havana after the death of her grandmother. There, she discovers the roots of her identity, uncovers a revolutionary affair, and falls for a whirlwind romance of her own.
Without a doubt, Next Year in Havana will transport you to the beautiful, tropical Cuba as you heavily invest in the secrets that start to unfold and the love that begins to flourish.
You’ll definitely want to add this enticing and courageous love story to your travel book must-read list!
3. The Upside of Falling Down
Read this if you’re a hopeful romantic who dreams of living a life in Ireland.
Rebekah Crane tells the story of an Ohio woman who wakes up in an Irish hospital as a lone survivor of a plane crash with no idea of who she is… Yes, it’s as intense and thrilling as it sounds!
With the ruthless Irish press bearing down on her and an unrecognizable father about to take her home, she takes on a new identity in an attempt to escape her forgotten life and start a new one. And to help her along the way, she enlists a handsome Irish stranger 😉
The Upside of Falling Down is a romantic yet hilarious mystery that you’ll never want to put down!
4. Graduates in Wonderland
Read this if you’re ready to experience post-grad life while traveling across the world.
A totally relatable and hilarious memoir, Graduates in Wonderland follows the lives of two best friends who moved to opposite ends of the world following graduation.
Through brutally honest emails, they attempt to keep in touch as they both navigate adulthood while reinventing themselves and traveling to different countries. From love and heartbreak to language barriers and terrible bosses, I absolutely loved this sarcastic and totally realistic memoir.
Get ready to be inspired to step outside of your boundaries, follow your heart, and shape your life exactly how you want it to be!
5. The Henna Artist
Read this if you’re yearning for self-discovery and longing to travel to India.
Alki Joshi tells a beautiful story of a young girl who escapes from an arranged and abusive marriage to the vibrant city of Jaipur in search of freedom and an independent life.
Determined to make something of herself, she turns her talent for henna designs and herbal remedies into a successful business! However, it introduces the challenge of maintaining her reputation and concealing her secrets.
Read this book slowly and savor Every. Single. Page. The Henna Artist is so full of life, light, and incredibly moving. It’s definitely a must-read travel book if you’re yearning for self-discovery!
6. My Oxford Year
Read this if you love a good Rom-Com and dream of England’s cobblestone streets.
Set in the midst of the dreamy and breathtaking Oxford University in England, My Oxford Year tells the story of a young American woman eager to follow her dreams and make a difference in the world.
But as her Oxford year comes to an end, she’s struck with having to decide whether she’ll turn away from the man she’s falling in love with (who also has a life-changing secret) to follow her political dreams or if she’ll follow her heart and help him through his trial.
My Oxford Year is a novel full of love, courage, and the power of choice. Get ready to laugh, cry, and fall madly in love with this travel book!
Fill up your shopping cart and get ready to be transported across the world, fall in love, and discover your true self all from your cozy chair with a glass of wine in hand!
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