Five Travel Books That Won’t Disappoint

In the age of digital maps and virtual tours, there’s something undeniably enchanting about flipping through the pages of a well-loved travel book. Whether it’s the rustle of the pages, the vivid imagery, or the inspiring tales of adventure, travel books have the unique power to transport us to distant lands from the comfort of our own homes.

As a family that dreams in destinations and speaks in itineraries, our collection of travel books has become more than just a library—it’s the launchpad for our next great adventure. From the corners of our living room, these books have taken us on journeys around the globe, igniting our imaginations and fueling our wanderlust.

I’m excited to share these travel books because they’re practically falling apart at our house, having been read and cherished countless times as we dream, plan, and long for our next family journey. So, if you’re looking to inspire your next adventure or simply travel the world through the eyes of seasoned explorers, these books are your ticket to a world of discovery. Hopefully, this list will inspire you to plan an adventure of your own with your travel book!

World zteam soccer bookWorld Team – Tim Vyner

‘One big round world, one small round ball.  Right now more children that you can possibly imagine are playing soccer.’  I have read this book hundreds and hundreds of times to my boys, each time prompting different questions and discussions about the world.  The book takes us on a journey around the world, learning about different children playing soccer in their respective countries, all with the same dream; scoring an important winning goal!

the travel bookThe Travel Book: A journey through every country in the world – Lonely Planet

This book takes you on a journey through every country in the world and captures the essence of every country with stunning photographs and inviting text.  The beautiful pictures and vivid descriptions will have you reaching for your passports ready to plan your next adventure.

This is London travel book

This is London – M. Sasek

M. Sasek worked as a painter and illustrator for most of his life. His books take the reader on an illustrated journey through some of the world’s most exciting cities and countries, sharing his favorite parts of each city.  There are 18 ‘This is’ books in the series.

1000 places to see before you die travel book1,000 Places To See Before You Die: A Traveler’s Life List – Patricia Schultz

No travel book list would be complete without mentioning this New York Times bestseller.  This book shows us the best that the world has to offer and is broken down by country.  We love to highlight sections of this book and debate where we’d go if time and money were not an issue, and it has inspired many thoughtful conversations.

wonders of the world travel book

Wonders of the World: 100 Inspiring and Incredible Places on Earth

This book is our bible as we make lists of dream adventures and places to explore.  With stunning photographs and informative text, we are able to experience and appreciate the most famous sights on earth. We’ve got our sights set on the 7 Wonders of the World, but there are so many more wonders to explore.

To me, it’s clear that journies don’t end on the last page of these travel books. They are just the beginning of the next trip or vacation. These books, with their worn edges and creased pages, have not only guided us through the planning of our trips but have also inspired us to dream bigger, explore further, and discover the beauty and diversity of our incredible world.

So, whether you’re an avid traveler, a dreamer planning your first trip, or someone who loves to explore the world through the pages of a book, I hope this list sparks a sense of adventure in you. Let these travel books be your companions as you chart your own course to the far corners of the globe.

After all, the world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.

What books make you long to grab your passport and head out to the world?

Let me know what books you love in the comments below!

About The Author


I’m a travel and health writer, digital brand consultant, breast cancer survivor, and supermom to two boys! I keep it real and share stories of raising an active family, life after a cancer diagnosis, and family travels around the world! Each story is shared with my dry, and sometimes naughty sense of humor.

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