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11 Travel Books Every Aspiring Traveler Should Read

Looking for some travel inspiration? These travel books will make you want to pack your bags and start planning your next trip as soon as possible.

No really, sometimes we get caught up on life and get stuck in a daily routine without even noticing it or planning on it, sometimes we need to be remembered that there is a world full of adventure out there waiting for us!

The list includes some of my favorite travel books, including other people’s travel stories and how-to guides that will teach you how to travel on a budget, how to travel with kids, and how to travel the work while working remotely!

Traveling How-To Guides


Big Travel, Small Budget: How to Travel More, Spend Less, and See the World

By Ryan Shauers

Big Travel, Small Budget helps you look at long-term travel in a whole new way. Based on the lessons learned in nearly three years of travel, this book will show you how to save money traveling and provide you with an inexpensive path to a rich life. Teaching you how to travel better while traveling on a budget


How Not to Travel the World: Adventures of a Disaster-Prone Backpacker

By Lauren Juliff

How Not to Travel The World is about following your dreams, no matter how many curveballs life throws at you. It’s about learning to get out of your comfort zone, finding the humor in messed up situations, and falling in love with life on the road.


How to Travel the World on $50 a Day: Travel Cheaper, Longer, Smarter

 By Matt Kepnes

Matt Kepnes is the man behind the famous travel blog Nomadic Matt, which I talk about quite a bit on my blog. This book will teach you how to travel on a budget and how you can visit any destination in the world. Matt will show you how to stretch your money so you travel cheaper, longer, and smarter.


The Digital Nomad Survival Guide: How to Successfully Travel the World While Working Remotely

By Peter Knudson & Katherine Conaway

This book provides useful and specific knowledge about travel, housing, work, and socializing to help you set up and manage your new lifestyle as a digital nomad. So whether you can’t wait to network while in Chiang Mai on the cheap, live the healthy lifestyle in Bali, or traverse the European landscape, The Digital Nomad Survival Guide is the perfect book to help you make your nomadic dreams a reality. This is one of the most useful travel books out there.


Vagabonding with Kids: The uncensored, awkward, and raucous pursuit of family world travel

By AK Turner

As a father of a young toddler, this book falls right in my category. In Vagabonding with Kids the author proves that long-term travel need not be reserved for the lone male traveler, the author tackles obstacles including working while traveling, affording an extended trip, pulling kids out of school, and what to do with them once you’ve done so. With stories from the author’s experiences in a dozen locations around the globe.


Nomadic Matt’s Guide to Teaching English Overseas 

Are you looking for an adventure? Do you dream of teaching English while overseas? This book will give you a step by step-by-step guide to landing your first English teaching job overseas. 


The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich

By Tim Ferris

In The 4-Hour Work Week, Tim Ferris gives us a comprehensive guide to escaping the rat race, increasing productivity, and experience high-end world travel.  All while teaching readers how to live more and work less. This book is definitely a must read. 


Crushing It!: How Great Entrepreneurs Build Their Business and Influence-and How You Can, Too

By Gary Vaynerchuk

This book has been one of my favorite books I’ve read recently. Is not necessarily a travel  book, but for anyone who is looking to amplify their personal brand. If you are a traveler, this book will teach you how to build a business from your wanderlust, offering both theoretical and tactical advice on how to become the biggest thing on platforms like Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest, and Snapchat.


Travel Stories & Novels


Into the Wild

By Jon Krakauer

Into the Wild takes us into the mind of a young man searching for peace in the heart of the Alaskan wilderness. If you love adventure, this book is definitely a must read, and it has a movie as well! This book will inspire you travel and live a humble life.


Eat, Pray, Love

By ELizabeth Gilbert

I actually first saw the movie Eat, Pray, Love before reading the book, I remember the extreme urge to travel I felt when I saw the movie for the first time and then read the book. Eat, Pray, Love narrates a story about a woman who left everything behind and set out to explore different aspects of her nature.


The Beach

By Alex Garland

The Beach tells a story about a group of young travelers who seek out a mysterious beach in Asia. This book also has a movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio, it is one of my favorite movies of all times!


I hope you can pick up a few of these books and find the motivation and tips you need to travel the world. It’s possible, regardless of your circumstances! There is a world of adventure out there waiting for you, and I want you to go after it!

Have your own favorite books you want to add to the list? Comment below.

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