Packed with foreign cities, exotic foods and honest storytelling, these travelogues take readers on adventures all around the world, all without ever lifting their eyes from the page.
To get started on your own summer reading list, check out some of our favorite travel books from 2017 below.
1. At Home in the World: Reflections on Belonging While Wandering the Globe
Join author Tsh Oxenreider, her husband and their three young children on a whirlwind 9-month adventure around the globe. Together, the family of five journeyed through China, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Uganda, France and more, experiencing all the world had to offer while learning what it means to call a place a home.
2. All Over the Place: Adventures in Travel, True Love, and Petty Theft
After getting laid off from a job she loved, author Geraldine DeRuiter decided to travel the world, even though she’d hardly seen much beyond her own front door. Full of irreverent wit, candid humor and heartbreaking honesty, All Over the Place chronicles not only DeRuiter’s misadventures around the globe, but also the small triumphs that make her realize just how brave she truly is.
3. The Yellow Envelope: One Gift, Three Rules, and A Life‑Changing Journey
When Kim Dinan and her husband decided to quit their jobs and set off on a global adventure, they were given a yellow envelope containing a check and instructions to give the money away. The only three rules? Don’t overthink it, share your experiences and don’t feel pressured to give it all away.
As they slowly started to share the cash with people they met in Peru, Nepal and beyond, the pair began to understand the power of giving, a process detailed in this moving travel book.
4. The Amazing Story of the Man Who Cycled From India to Europe for Love
This exhilarating travelogue tells the true story of Pradyumna Kumar, a young man born into an impoverished village in eastern India, whose chance meeting with a Swedish woman in New Delhi sends him on a cross-continent bike ride in pursuit of his first real love.
5. Havana: A Subtropical Delirium
Part cultural history, part travel book complete with recipes, songs, poems and ink drawings, Havana: A Subtropical Delirium provides an insider’s view of the illustrious Cuban city. Told through the eyes of Mark Kurlansky, an award-winning author who’s spent more than thirty years in Havana, this travelogue unfolds like a beautifully preserved polaroid photo.
6. Footsteps: From Ferrante’s Naples to Hammett’s San Francisco, Literary Pilgrimages Around the World
Footsteps offers a curated collection of the beloved New York Times’ travel column of the same name, which explores iconic authors’ connections to landmarks and cities around the world. This collection provides insight into Elena Ferrante’s Naples, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s love for the French Riviera and Marguerite Duras’ tempestuous relationship with Ho Chi Minh City. With 26 different author profiles, this travel book is the ideal companion for any tried and true bookworm.