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Must-Read Travel Books That Will Transport You to a New Destination

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There are many ways to travel the world, to explore unseen places, and engage foreign cultures. If you can't get away right now, perhaps the next best thing is to discover a world within the nearest novel. While countless incredible travel books have been written, we've collected a few of our top picks below:


Travels With Charley In Search of America by John Steinbeck

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“I have always lived violently, drunk hugely, eaten too much or not at all, slept around the clock or missed two nights of sleeping, worked too hard and too long in glory, or slobbed for a time in utter laziness. I've lifted, pulled, chopped, climbed, made love with joy and taken my hangovers as a consequence, not as a punishment.” ― John Steinbeck


Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer

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“I read somewhere... how important it is in life not necessarily to be strong, but to feel strong... to measure yourself at least once.” ― Jon Krakauer


Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

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“Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings. And once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it. You must make a mighty effort to keep swimming upward into that happiness forever, to stay afloat on top of it.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert

La Passione: How Italy Seduced the World by Dianne Hales

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"La passione is a flammable material—volatile and dangerous. When it possesses you, it causes infinitesimal, voracious particles to pulsate in the blood. You risk burning like a torch, flaming bright, and then disintegrating into embers. When you are inside la passione, nothing else can enter your mind. When it flees, you search desperately for more." ― Dianne Hales


Do Travel Writers Go to Hell? by Thomas Kohnstamm

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“It is my hope that this book will help to demystify the origins of travel writing and show that when thousands of travelers follow a guidebook word-for-word, recommendation-for-recommendation, it not only harms contemporary international travel but can also do serious harm to places in developing countries.” ― Thomas Kohnstamm


Vagabonding by Rolf Potts

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“The value of your travels does not hinge on how many stamps you have in your passport when you get home -- and the slow nuanced experience of a single country is always better than the hurried, superficial experience of forty countries.”― Rolf Potts


The Longest Way Home by Andrew McCarthy

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“As is often the case when I travel, my vulnerability -- like not knowing what the hell I'm going to do upon arrival -- makes me more open to outside interactions than I might be when I'm at home and think I know best what needs to be done. On the road, serendipity is given space to enter my life.” ― Andrew McCarthy


On The Road by Jack Kerouac

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“I woke up as the sun was reddening; and that was the one distinct time in my life, the strangest moment of all, when I didn't know who I was - I was far away from home, haunted and tired with travel, in a cheap hotel room I'd never seen, hearing the hiss of steam outside, and the creak of the old wood of the hotel, and footsteps upstairs, and all the sad sounds, and I looked at the cracked high ceiling and really didn't know who I was for about fifteen strange seconds. I wasn't scared; I was just somebody else, some stranger, and my whole life was a haunted life, the life of a ghost.” ― Jack Kerouac

Must-Read Travel Books That Will Transport You to a New Destination