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Got the travel bug? Explore our fascinating world with some exciting travel books that will take you on new adventures.

Whether you’re visiting a new city, region, or country, traveling has an uncanny ability to take you out of your comfort zone – in the best way possible! Learning about other places and cultures gives you a fresh perspective. When you think about it, lots of things we take for granted on a daily basis can seem remarkable to an outside viewer. And in the face of a large natural wonder - like the Grand Canyon - you’re reminded of how truly incredible the world is.

These books are sure to fascinate all the travel lovers (and armchair travelers) out there. So why not join these authors on their journeys? After you read one of these novels, you might just be tempted to “book” your next trip!

The Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain
Bryson, Bill   914.1 Bry

No one chronicles the absurdities of traveling better than Bryson. One of the funniest travel writers around, his most recent release is all about Britain, a country he knows well, having recently obtained British citizenship. His spot-on observations and dry sense of humor will leave you in stitches.

The Geography of Bliss: one grump's search for the happiest places in the world
Weiner, Eric  910.4 Wei

So what really makes people happy, and is it universal? In an effort to find out, the author, a self-proclaimed “grump,” traveled to countries such as Iceland, Britain, and Moldova. Is the secret money, family, spirituality, or something else? What he found might surprise you!

Paris in Love : a memoir
James, Eloisa  B James

Love stories set in Paris are in abundance because, after all, it’s said to be the most romantic city in the world. This love story is a bit different, but magical nonetheless; the author, having recovered from cancer, takes a year to appreciate her family and her marriage amidst the beautiful sights of the city.

Wrong about Japan: a father's journey with his son
Carey, Peter  915.204 Car

When traveling to another country, we bring an extra bit of luggage with us: our assumptions. Carey takes his pre-teen son to Toyko to explore the culture that the shy twelve year-old loves so much. Like most of our assumptions, Carey quickly learns that his ideas are unfounded.

Turn Right at Machu Picchu: rediscovering the Lost City one step at a time
Adams, Mark  985.37 Ada

Adams intertwines three stories in this tale of history and adventure. First, he writes about the Incas’ interactions with conquistadors, and the tragedy of their downfall. Second, he writes about explorer Hiram Bingham, an Indiana Jones prototype, who explored Peru in search of a lost city. Last, he tells the story of his own adventures, as he navigates his way around Peru.

The Lost City of Z : a tale of deadly obsession in the Amazon
Grann, David  918.11 Gra

In 1925, British explorer Percy Fawcett set out through the Amazon jungle looking for what he dubbed the city of “Z,” which was possibly the famed El Dorado. His party disappeared into the jungle without a trace. Journalist Grann, who makes it very clear he is not the outdoorsy type, became curious about Fawcett’s story and bravely followed his footsteps through the jungle.

The Good Girl's Guide to Getting Lost: a memoir of three continents, two friends, and one unexpected adventure
Friedman, Rachel   B Friedman

Unsure what direction to take her life after college, Rachel decides on an impulse buy: a one-way ticket to Ireland. From there, she travels to Australia and South America, meeting new friends and learning to embrace uncertainty along the way.

Only in Naples: Lessons in Food and Famiglia from My Italian Mother-in-Law
Wilson, Katherine  B Wilson

The author, fresh out of college and interning at the United States Consulate, began dating a young man, which came with a pretty good perk: she was able to enjoy the delicious made-from-scratch meals his mother prepared. She ended up staying in Naples, navigating her way through a new culture with humility and hilarity.

Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places
Dickey, Colin   133.10973 Dic

This is a creepier travel choice, but fascinating nonetheless. Dickey guides readers on a journey to some of the “most haunted” sights in America and weaves a tale of American history through the stories that these ghosts (or at least our perception of them) tell.

Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland's History-Making Race Around the World
Goodman, Matthew  910.41 Goo

Two lady reporters racing around the world may not seem like a big deal today, but in 1889 it was quite a buzz-worthy stunt. The reporters had to travel by steamship and the railroad, amidst setbacks of all kinds, in a race that fascinated the world.

Happy travels! What is your favorite travel book?