Books That Take Me Places

If you’re like me, traveling offers up more down time to actually catch up on reading, whether on a plane, train, a beach or a patio.

Below is not a list of travel books. Instead, I’m looking back on my reading list over the past eight or nine years to recall books I’ve read that bring their destinations to life in a way that makes me want to see that place. I hope you enjoy this reading list and are inspired to try a few of these books out! Scroll down to find links for books by continent.

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Book Formats

I am including three different formats for each book:

Kindle e-books

I love reading my Kindle on vacation. At home I often find my attention span too short for digging into a book, so the Kindle is my go-to vacation book source. (See my link for the Kindle app and Kindle Unlimited free trial membership at the bottom of my post, if you are interested.)

Audible Audiobooks

If you haven’t caught on to the audiobook craze yet, I encourage you to hop on board! I have been a serious audiobook listener since 2010. Since then I’ve read over 600 audiobooks. Now that I have noise-canceling headphones, I can listen on the plane with an immersive experience, rather than trying to hear it over the hum of the engine and the screams of the children. A few things about audiobooks:

  • You can use your smartphone, MP3 player, tablet or laptop as your listening device (though I highly recommend one of the first two more portable methods).
  • The best part about audiobooks is that you can listen while doing other things, like driving, walking, or doing chores.
  • AND, since Audible is owned by Amazon, they have an awesome Whispersync option for many of their books, so if you want to pick up where you left off on your e-book, your audiobook will sync with the Kindle e-book. I have found this a great option for longer books that I’d probably never finish on e-book alone.


This is the old school book, made with paper pages and a cover. I have included paperbacks, as they’re lighter and more economical.


Reading Lists By Continent and Topic

Books That Take Me To…Africa

Books That Take Me To…North America

Coming Soon! Books That Take Me To…Antarctica

Coming Soon! Books That Take Me To…Asia

Coming Soon! Books That Take Me To…Australia

Coming Soon! Books That Take Me To…Europe

Coming Soon! Books That Take Me To…South America

Coming Soon! Books That Challenge How I Think About Travel


Kindle App

If you would like to download the Kindle app to a smartphone or tablet, here is the link.

Kindle Unlimited

For a monthly fee you can get access to an unlimited amount of participating Kindle e-books (over 1 million to choose from), audiobooks, and magazines via any device with the Kindle app. You can sign up here for a free trial.