Books to Inspire the Adventure-Seeking and Travel-Obsessed: 2018

December 2017

There's nothing like a brand new book chronicling the adventures of times past and parts unknown to inspire the next getaway or extended trip abroad. That's why we put together our list of the 15 travel books that should make the reading list of the adventure-seeking and travel-obsessed for 2018.

From coffee table books, to city guides, to classic travel-writing, these reads will embolden you to actually book that trip to South America, finally quit your 9-5 to travel the world, or buy a one-way ticket and vagabond through southeast Asia. We hope your 2018 is filled with awe-inspiring new discoveries both near and far. Cheers! 

1 Escape, the second book by aerial photographer Gray Malin, will inspire your next far flung getaway. From the plains of Namibia, to the secluded beaches of Bora Bora, Malin knows how to capture the world's most fantasized and coveted escapes. Place on your coffee table and let the daydreaming begin...

List Price: $45.00 graymalin.com

2 Louis Vuitton City Guides. These 29 technicolor city guides, curated by the brand that practically invented luxury travel, feature the top places to see and be seen around the world. From off-the-beaten-track french cuisine in Singapore to ultra-glam stays in Mexico City, these guides make the perfect companion for your next high-style adventure. Purchase them individually, in a set, or download the Louis Vuitton City Guide App from the app store.

 

List Price: $37.00 louisvuitton.com 

3 Names for the Sea, by Sarah Moss, takes you on one family's journey to Iceland after they move from their hometown in England during the financial crisis. This narrative offers a magical and humorous look into daily life in Iceland- from the darkness of winter to the challenges of cooking with local ingredients. For those who want a more realistic picture of what life abroad looks like.

List Price: $7.68 amazon.com

4 Chic Stays, by Conde Nast Traveller. Have you ever wondered where the rich and the famous actually go to get some well-deserved R & R? Chic Stays will take you on a tour around the world exploring Kate Winslet's favorite Scottish retreat, Kate Moss's choice island in the Maldives, and why Florence Welch can't get enough of the Chateau Marmont in LA. 

List Price: $85.00 assouline.com

5 Danube, by Claudio Magris. An Italian traveler and cultural and literary historian, Magris takes readers from the source of the Danube river in Bavaria all the way through Central Europe to it's eventual destination in the Black Sea. Highlighting the collision of east and west, Islam and Christianity, Danube is for the intellectual traveler seeking deeper cultural understanding and illumination. 

 

List Price: $9.86 amazon.com

6 Green Hills of Africa, Ernest Hemingway. While on safari with his wife in East Africa in the '30s, Hemingway recounts tales of big game hunting and the relationship between human and beast while weaving in a grand portrait of the African landscape and wilderness.  

List Price: $10.87 amazon.com

The Greater Journey, by renowned historian David McCullough, tells the stories of American intellectuals' pilgrimage to the then center of the Western world- Paris- in the 1800s. What they learned and brought back to their country would forever change the future of America. 

List Price: $12.50 amazon.com

8 Vagabonding, by Rolf Potts. Have you ever had someone tell you that long-term world travel isn't financially sustainable? Have you ever been on "vacation" only to come home more exhausted than when you left? Sharing some of his own experiences and those of fellow vagabond-ers, Rolf Potts details how to pack up your former mundane life and commit yourself to slow, meaningful travel. 

List Price: $9.60 amazon.com

9 The Old Patagonian Express, by Paul TherouxOn a train journey from Massachusetts to the southern tip of South America, Theroux offers a window into the lives of those who inhabit some lesser observed parts of the world. Noted as perhaps biased and a bit out of touch, Theroux nonetheless delights readers with his encounters and tales of those he meets along the way. 

List Price: $11.64 amazon.com

10 The Innocents Abroad, by Mark Twain. Telling the story of his travels overseas, a then younger Twain takes readers on an unfiltered, hilarious, whirlwind tour of the great capitals of Europe. A must-read for those traveling or having traveled to these parts. 

List Price: $3.99 amazon.com

11 Eat, Pray , Love, by Elizabeth Gilbert. Post divorce and amid a seemingly impossible personal situation, travel writer Elizabeth Gilbert embarks on a one year journey of self-discovery. Heading to Rome in search of la dolce vita, India in hopes of spiritual illumination, and finally Bali, Gilbert tests the limits of solitude and ordinary comfort. 

 

List Price: $12.27 amazon.com

12 The 4-Hour Work Week, by Tim Ferriss is required reading for anyone who feels trapped in the mundane day-to-day or could use a fresh perspective on life. Challenging your definition of what it means to be successful, Ferriss is able to show readers how they too can escape the conventional ways of corporate America and create a life they love.  

List Price: $13.75 amazon.com

13 A Year in Marrakesh, by Peter Mayne.  Set in the 1950s and determined to live like a local, Peter Mayne buys a small house in the labyrinth that is the medina of Marrakesh, Morocco. Living among the people not as superior, but as peer and neighbor, he learns the language, the customs, attends local celebrations, and makes a few friends along the way. A true picture of daily life in Morocco, this is a story for those who dream of places far different than their own. 

List Price: $17.49 amazon.com

14 Seven Years in Tibet, by Heinrich Harrer. An accomplished Austrian mountain climber, Heinrich Harrer sets off for the Himalayas right at the onslaught of WWII. After much peril, he ends up living in the Forbidden City of  Lhasa, Tibet for seven years- eventually befriending the young Dalai Lama. One of the most exhilarating travel reads to come out of the 20th century. 

List Price: $7.18 amazon.com

15 The Travels, by Marco Polo. On what would end up to be a 24-year trip around the world, Marco Polo's memoir tells of times much different from today. Setting off on a voyage with his father and uncle in 1271, Polo gives us a glimpse into life on the Silk Road, the empires ruling in China, and what travel looked like before maps and modern conveniences.  

List Price: $12.80 amazon.com

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