No matter where our travel plans are taking us, we never leave home without a good book or two.
Whether you sneak a few pages in while sitting in the passenger seat or conquer a chapter by the fire with your morning coffee, we found five great travel-centric books to pack for your next road trip.
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Odds are, you’ve already read this one. (Or saw the movie, starring Julia Roberts.) The book is the real gem of the two, though. Gilbert’s 2006 captures a point in her life where she was the modern definition of “successful,” but horribly unfulfilled. And so she turns to travel in order to explore those unfulfilled parts of her self in the hopes of finding true happiness. Read The Book!
On The Road by Jack Kerouac
If you consider yourself both a free spirit and a restless one, On The Road is the perfect road read for you. This literary classic is a fictional retelling of the legendary Beat poet’s actual real-life cross-country trips in search of meaning, authenticity, and truth in America. Read The Book!
A Cook’s Tour: Global Adventures in Extreme Cuisines by Anthony Bourdain
Honestly, any Anthony Bourdain book will do, but the premise of this one is too good to pass up: Bourdain sets out to define his own “perfect meal,” bouncing around the globe and—as is always the case with the late, great legendary chef—finding something deeper and richer along the way. Read The Book!
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayer
Four years after losing her mother, her marriage, and more, Cheryl Strayer decides to hike 1000+ miles of the Pacific Crest Trail through California and Oregon to Washington State, by herself. A stylish recollection of the joy and terror it entailed, this memoir recalls her journey, which “maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.” Read The Book!
You & a Bike & a Road by Eleanor Davis
In 2016, Eleanor Davis went on a cross-country bike tour from her childhood home in Arizona to her current home in Georgia. Along the way, this award-winning cartoonist and illustrator documented her journey, in turn creating this illustrated diary. As John Seven from The Comics Beat describes it, “Davis’ diary is also about the physical side of emotional healing and the factor of endurance―really challenging yourself to do things that border on impossible―in that healing.” Read The Book!
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