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Traveling is an exciting experience that many people look forward to doing every year. You can learn about new places, cultures, and foods. At times, however, circumstances make these experiences impossible, much like the current COVID-19 pandemic. With a good book, you can still experience these adventures and stories, which are arguably the best parts of traveling. Here are 5 of the best travel books you can read to cure your travel woes.


Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia

by Elizabeth Gilbert

Eat, Pray, Love is about Gilbert’s search for happiness after she finds herself unhappy with her marriage, career, and home. She travels across Italy, India, and Indonesia where she manages to find pleasure, devotion, spirituality, and love.



by Andrew Sean Greer

A winner of the Pulitzer Prize, this fiction novel tackles relationships, aging, and travel with humor. The story is about Arthur Less, a failed novelist who is heartbroken after his boyfriend gets engaged to another man. Less travels across various countries to avoid the wedding, unable to say yes or no to the invitation.


A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail 

by Bill Bryson

After living in Britain for twenty years, Bill Bryson returns to America. To rediscover his old home, he decides to walk 2,100 miles across the Appalachian Trail. Bryson writes a humorous narrative of his travels on the trail that any reader is sure to enjoy.


Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

by Cheryl Strayed

Cheryl made a huge decision following the death of her mother, the scattering of her family, and the falling apart of her marriage. She was going to hike over a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California, and Oregon to Washington State. Not only that, but she was going to do it alone and with no prior experience or training. This book shows just how healing travel can be.


Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage

by Alfred Lansing

Endurance is a riveting tale of polar explorer Ernest Shackleton and his crew trekking across Antarctica in 1914. The men experience many hardships trying to return to civilization. Readers will be fascinated hearing about the harsh conditions these men were subjected to on their travels during a time in which travel gear and technology was not nearly as effective as it is today.