Best Travel Books to Give This Christmas

The Best Travel Books to Give This Christmas


I don’t know about you, but I like to read everything about travel! Blogs, magazines, books: everything. I like to be informed so when Zach and I take off on our ’round the world trip I’ll be totally prepared. I know all the best travel books so I’ll have read so much that I’ll know EXACTLY where we should go and when and EXACTLY what to do everywhere we go! There are so many great travel books out there for information and inspiration for planning a big ’round the world trip. And with Christmas just around the corner, they’d make great gifts for that traveler in your life too! They’re also great additions to your own Christmas list!

Here are some of the best travel books you can give this Christmas!



Best Travel Books for Solo Female Travelers - Featuring Eat, Pray Love; How Not To Travel The World; A Year Without Makeup; What I was Doing While You Were Breeding; and Wild.

Best Travel Books for Solo Female Travelers

Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia
Eat, Pray, Love is every female traveler’s BIBLE! What girl doesn’t dream of spending months in Italy eating all the pizza or falling in love with a hot foreigner? This should be on every female traveler’s bookshelf so if you know a girl who doesn’t own it, buy it NOW!

How Not to Travel the World: Adventures of a Disaster-Prone Backpacker
I’m pretty sure I will be just like Lauren (the blogger behind Never Ending Footsteps) when I start to travel. She’s scared of everything and I’m too scared to even travel by myself! Reading her disaster-prone stories makes me feel a little better about my own capabilities.

A Year Without Make-Up: Tales of a 20-Something Traveler
I can’t imagine spending a whole year without makeup. I can’t even imagine spending a whole DAY without makeup! LOL! Blogger Stephanie of Twenty-Something Travel is totally a blogging icon and any female traveler should have her book (newly printed in paperback) on her Christmas list.

What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding: A Memoir
I can’t wait to read this book! And I bet any female traveler you know wants to read it too. I’m not sure how I’d feel about having sex with random strangers I met in a foreign country (stranger danger LOL) — but reading about the author’s adventures? SURE!

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
While this is another memoir about things I would never ever ever do myself, it’s cool to see some of the crazy travel ideas others come up with! I can’t see myself ever hiking the Pacific Crest Trail — or hiking anywhere at all — even with a man! But Cheryl Strayed’s book is definitely inspiring none the less!



Best Travel Books for Trip Planning - Featuring 101 Places to Get F*cked Up Before You Die, Lonely Planet's The Best Places to Be Today, The Rough Guide to First-Time Around the World, The Big Trip, and Ultimate Travel.

Best Travel Books for Trip Planning

101 Places to Get F*cked Up Before You Die: The Ultimate Travel Guide to Partying Around the World
What does every backpacker really want to do when they travel around the world: drink and party. 101 Places to Get F*cked Up Before You Die tells you all the best places to party around the world. It’s the ultimate guide for where to head on a ’round the world trip — or ANY trip!

The Best Place to be Today: 365 Things to do & the Perfect Day to do Them
If you’re an uber planner like I am this is a great resource! It tell you the best place to be every single day of the year! I know I can’t do everything (I can’t imagine the flight costs!) but this will help me MAXIMIZE our itinerary! I don’t want to miss a thing when I travel, so if you know someone who wants to see it all, and plan it all, GET THEM THIS BOOK!

The Rough Guide to First-Time Around The World
I’ve never traveled outside of America before, so planning a ’round the world trip is HARD! This first-timers guide from Rough Guides is a great resource for anyone who needs help figuring out how to plan a trip.

The Big Trip: Your Ultimate Guide to Gap Years and Overseas Adventures
Again, I have no idea how to plan a ’round the world trip. So I need all the books I can get my hands on to tell me how to travel. And you probably know someone who needs them too. The Big Trip is Lonely Planet’s answer to all my pre-trip planning questions!

Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travel: Our List of the 500 Best Places to See… Ranked
Not sure where to travel? Start with Ultimate Travel. It lists 500 of the best places in the world to visit. So at the end you’ll have 500 places to add to your ’round the world trip itinerary. If only there were 500 days in a year to see them all!



Best Travel Books for Travel Inspiration featuring Lonely Planet's The World, Vagabonding, The Best American Travel Writing, The Travel Book, and Lonely Planet's Best of Travel 2016.

Best Travel Books for Travel Inspiration

Lonely Planet The World: A Traveller’s Guide to the Planet
That’s right: Lonely Planet has a guide book to the ENTIRE WORLD! If you can’t plan a trip with this book, you can’t plan a trip at all. Every traveler would be INSPIRED by THE WORLD!

Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel
Rolf Potts thinks anyone can travel the world. And who am I to argue? His book is an inspiration to anyone who wants to leave their normal, boring, life and TRAVEL instead!

The Best American Travel Writing 2015
For more literary minded travelers on your list, the yearly edition of The Best American Travel Writing is full of essays from travelers who are having amazing experiences out in the world. It’s a great gift for anyone who likes to travel and likes to read too.

The Travel Book: A Journey Through Every Country in the World
Featuring beautiful travel photography from places around the world The Travel Book would inspire ANYONE to want to get away!

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2016
As the ultimate authority on travel, Lonely Planet tells you where you should be going next. Their annual Best in Travel book is a must-read for a traveler not sure where to go next!



Best Travel Books for Budget Backpackers featuring Nomadic Matt's How To Travel The World on $50 a Day, Lonely Planet's Southeast Asia on a Shoestring, Lonely Planet's Central America on a Shoestring, Lonely Planet's South America on a Shoestring, and Lonely Planet's Europe on a Shoestring.

Best Travel Books for Budget Backpackers

How to Travel the World on $50 a Day: Travel Cheaper, Longer, Smarter
Matt is like the authority on budget travel. He’s probably traveled longer than anyone you’d ever meet. So I’d trust that he knows what he’s talking about when he says you can travel the world on $50 a day. I don’t even know if it’s possible to travel on like $1,000 a day! LOL! I just got this book and can’t wait to find out ALL his secrets! You should get it too if you plan to travel around the world!

Lonely Planet Shoestring Guides
If there’s one thing I know about travel it’s that Lonely Planet is the backpacker’s bible and their shoestring guides are the best guidebooks if you want to travel on a budget. They tell you where to go, where to stay, where to eat, and how to get everywhere! I know I’ll use these a lot when I travel so they are the perfect gift for any budget backpacker planning a trip to any of these countries:

Lonely Planet Southeast Asia on a shoestring

Lonely Planet Central America on a shoestring

Lonely Planet South America on a shoestring

Lonely Planet Europe on a shoestring



Best E-Readers for Travelers

Best E-Readers for Travelers

Of course, most real travelers only own a backpack full of stuff. So maybe you won’t want to get them paperback books for Christmas. So, better yet, get your traveler an e-book! Most of the above books also come in e-book form. If you really love them, you can get them an e-reader to read them on too! Here are some of the best e-readers for travelers:

Amazon Kindle Fire

Barnes & Noble NOOK

Kobo Aura H2O

Apple iPad



What travel book do you hope to get for Christmas???


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