I get asked all the time about where people should go on their next vacation or what their next nomad destination should be. Usually that’s followed up with questions about what they should do. Whether it’s an email from a reader or a friend asking in passing, It’s pretty tough to give a straight answer in a short amount of time. (Though I’ve tackled everything you want to know about Bali in under 10 minutes…)

Lately, it’s been easier to recommend some of my favorite travel books to help folks find inspiration for their next trip. Here’s my top picks:

For The Foodie

My favorite part of traveling? Food! These books cover all your bases: top eats anywhere in the world, hole in the walls you’ll find on the road in the US and more!

“The book celebrates street food alongside Michelin three-star restaurants… Its exuberance is pure; its sense of adventure is insatiable.”

Foreword Reviews

“Praised by the Splendid Table, Gourmet, and original American gourmand James Beard, the book is both food guide and anthropological exploration of America’s mostly rural foodways. It’s also…an extremely compelling argument to plan a road trip across a region or even the country.”

Eater

For The Nomad – Or Anyone Curious About Becoming One

Whether you are a long time nomad, just starting out or are curious about what it would be like, you’ve gotta read these. More than just handbooks with “tips”, I learn best from other people’s stories: especially those who like me, quit their job and hit the road.

“You’re going to want to grab some tissues before you read this.”

Travel+Leisure

“It’s an inspirational book that will make you think twice about working at a 9 to 5 job in a cubicle. There’s no better time to make money online, and Johnny is living proof.”

Ken Liu, Amazon Review

“Lonely Planet’s crew has put together a tidy little book filled with great information to guide those who, for whatever reason, want or need to travel alone…. This is a winner!”

Tulsa Book Review

For Those Who Enjoy Fiction

You might be asking yourself: “What is a fiction travel book, anyway?” These books show that a place is as important a part of the story as the characters themselves.

“one of the permanent symbolic figures of fiction, not unworthy to take a place with Ulysses, Faust, Don Quixote, Don Juan, Hamlet.”

T.S. Eliot

“An authentic work of art . . . the most beautifully executed, the clearest and the most important utterance yet made by the generation Kerouac himself named years ago as ‘beat,’ and whose principal avatar he is.”

The New York Times

“It’s a brilliant, magical, life-changing book that continues to blow my mind with its lessons. […] A remarkable tome.”

Neil Patrick Harris

For Those Looking To Take the Road Less Traveled

If you’ve been lucky enough to travel and visit the “usual” tourist spots and are looking to get off the beaten path, these books are for you.

“In this gorgeous collection, the celebrated Atlas Obscura website is condensed into 480 pages of awe-inspiring destinations. For lovers of history and exploration, the striking color photographs will spark immediate wanderlust.”

Entertainment Weekly

“It’s a guide to wanderlust and self-fulfillment, catering to all ages and interests. Bucket List not only includes standard travel to-dos like kayaking through Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay or visiting Petra at sunrise; but also localized experiences, such as sipping tea with Bollywood stars in Mumbai or helping conserve the Arabian oryx.”

RealClearLife.com

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