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Six travel books that will get you packing

Books and travel go hand in hand. Both whisk you away to new places, help you understand new ways of life, and—most importantly—make you sound smarter at dinner parties. Want to book it around the world? See EF staff members’ picks for the best travel books to inspire physical (and personal) journeys.

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    The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

    “This is one of the best travel books for kids going abroad, and the only book I’ve read in both English and Spanish. It follows a shepherd boy’s journey through Egypt, and inspires me to want to keep on exploring.”

    –Jose T., Marketing Coordinator, Restless Reader

  2. 02

    The Atlas of Beauty by Mihaela Noroc

    “Noroc juxtaposes portraits to highlight commonalities among women from totally different walks of life. It made me want to travel and learn from women all around the world, too.”

    –Kira T., Data Scientist, Picture-Perfect Explorer

  3. 03

    The Invitation of Nature by Andrea Wulf

    “The book follows Alexander von Humboldt’s travels and his theories on the natural world. It made me want to explore nature however I could—backpacking out West, eating wild blueberries, or biking through northern Croatia.”

    –Justin L., Software Developer, The Next Thoreau

  4. 04

    Dune by Frank Herbert

    “This book will make you rethink the idea of home—how your surroundings affect everything from your identity to your family to your physical appearance.”

    –Will C., Designer, Interstellar Citizen

  5. 05

    Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck

    “It tells the story of America, but how, really, each journey and experience is our own. I completely connect with that all-American desire to just go and see what can be discovered. In my opinion, it’s one of the best travel books for kids out there.”

    –Scott B., Tour Consultant, National Treasure-Seeker

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    In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri

    “The self-awareness with which Lahiri—a Pulitzer Prize-winning, Indian-American writer—recounts her experience learning to read, then write, then be a writer in Italian makes me feel restless in all the best ways.”

    –Heather M., Senior Copywriter, Language Lover

Sarah McLaughlin

Sarah is a senior copywriter at EF Education First. When she isn’t writing, you can find her browsing through bookshops, trying to cook, or going to improv class (which is basically just an excuse for adults to play make-believe).

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