10 Travel Books to Inspire You During COVID-19

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While a few places in the United States are opening up, most of us don’t have too many places to travel to right now. That’s okay, you can use this time to catch on some reading! 

Every one of these books is one that I personally have read and reviewed here on 9 to 5 Voyager. I chose these books because they encapsulate the magic of travel, either detailing real-life adventures or being inspirational.

Read on for 10 Travel Books to Inspire You During COVID-19!

1. Wind, Sand and Stars

Wind, Sand and Stars

From the author of the best-selling classic The Little Prince comes Wind, Sand and Stars, a philosophical look at the wild early days of flying. 

You can read my full review of Wind, Sand and Stars here.

2. Turn Right at Machu Picchu

Turn Right at Machu Picchu

Mark Addams’ enthralling and often humorous search for the truth behind Machu Picchu will have you wanting to book a flight to Peru right away. 

You can read my full review of Turn Right at Machu Picchu here.

3. Kon-Tiki

While Thor Heyerdahl’s hypothesis about the settlers of the Polynesian Islands has come under fire, the adventure itself is well worth the read. This is one of those “it’s more about the journey than the destination” stories. 

You can read my full review of Kon-Tiki here.

4. The Great Railway Bazaar

Paul Theroux is one of the most famous travel writers of all time, and The Great Railway Bazaar is the book that startled it all. He travels–virtually entirely by train–from England to Japan, and back. 

You can read my full review of The Great Railway Bazaar here.

5. The Lost City of Z

David Grann follows in the steps of Percy Fawcett, an explorer who disappears mysteriously in the wilds of the Amazon Jungle.

You can read my full review of The Lost City of Z here.

6. Atlas Obscura

One of the most unique coffee table travel books ever, Atlas Obscura contains hundreds of interesting and alternative sights all across the globe. 

You can read my full review of Atlas Obscura here.

7. The Motorcycle Diaries

Before he was the revolutionary leader ubiquitously featured on shirts and posters everywhere, Che Guevara was a young med student who toured South America on an old motorcycle. 

You can read my full review of The Motorcycle Diaries here.

8. The Alchemist

This is a work of fiction, but one that every traveler should have on their shelf. Paulo Coelho’s story of a Spanish shepherd following a vision of the Egyptian Pyramids has inspired millions to seek their own “personal legends.”

You can read my full review of The Alchemist here.

9. Dark Star Safari

Another entry from Paul Theroux who, nearing 60, travels the entire length of Africa–solo.

You can read my full review of Dark Star Safari here.

10. On the Road

The quintessential American road trip book. “Beat” writer Jack Kerouac chronicles years of traversing the country, on foot, by car, and in the backs of pickup trucks. 

You can read my full review of On the Road here.


I hope you’ve enjoyed this list of travel books! You can also check out my related posts, Travel Movies to Watch (While Hunkering Down and Avoiding Coronavirus) and Video Game That Let You Travel the World from Your Home.

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Be safe out there! This will be over soon. 

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