One of the thing I never travel without is a good book. I usually like to read books about where I’m going or by authors from my destination. Since I’m not going anywhere this year, the next best thing is to read about traveling! Books full of far off places, life-changing experiences, and funny antics keep my wanderlust going strong.
Here are some of the most entertaining books about traveling that I’ve discovered over the last two years!
The Tent, The Bucket, and Me. Emma Kennedy’s comical stories tell of a family trying to overcome one unimaginable disaster after another in order to have a lovely family vacation. Each step is funnier than the last and leaves you rooting for the whole Kennedy clan. Not only is this a really fun book to consume, it’s also one of many entertaining Emma Kennedy pieces of work!
Humor, insight from a well-seasoned Traveler (not tourist), and a beautiful ancient city – Turn Right At Machu Picchu has it all! It really does feel as if you’re stepping back in time and seeing the stunning destination as a true traveler from the olden days. Mark Adams mixes interesting facts about Peru, history of conflicts, and pop culture to create an engaging book that will keep you turning the pages until the very end.
When it comes to The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner, The Kirkus Reviews says it all; “Part travelogue, part personal-discovery memoir and all sustained delight, this wise, witty ramble reads like Paul Theroux channeling David Sedaris on a particularly good day….. Fresh and beguiling.”
Traveling around the world to find “the happiest places in the world” is a big job. This book isn’t going to provide anyone the key to find happiness, but it’ll get you chuckling for sure. It’s also great to see how one destination is different/similar to others and to dive into different aspects of cultural values and human psychology.
The Art of Travel isn’t laugh out loud hilarious like some of the other books on this list. The Art of Travel is a subtly insightful collection that opens your eyes to even the smaller elements of everyday life and the choices you make. It starts with the anticipation of traveling, and even notes how easy it can be to talk yourself out of a wonderful adventure.
This book is great for those who are unsure of whether or not the want to take that first trip, or even leave their home town- trust me, I know people who won’t even leave the city. It can be just the soft nudge they need to get them out of their comfort zone and exploring a new destination!