5 books you must read to inspire your travels

5 books to inspire your travels

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People love to read. People love to travel. Let’s be honest, you wouldn’t be here if you didn’t, right?

How many times have you flicked through the pages, staring at the pictures, wishing you were at the destination?

Have you ever read the whole article to immerse yourself deeper into the point of interest?

We regularly use books to inspire us and help plan our travels.

Here are our top 5 that you should read today.

Lonely planet country guidebooks – various authors and destinations

example of destination guide

Honestly, get on this.

With updated versions coming out regularly, and written by expert travellers all over the globe, you can be sure this will set you in the right direction. The guide books are written by people who have been to certain destinations, detailing their best tips to make sure you have an amazing time away.

Sure, some of the information can be dated (depending on what issue you have) as the world is always changing, but it is a great place to start, and you can hone your own research online once you know where you are heading.

The Barefoot Investor – Scott Pape

Not directly related to travel, but a great read to help you put those precious pennies away for a rainy day – and hopefully a sunny holiday.

The book will follow Scott, a financial advisor who grew up in the country and found himself in the concrete jungle of the city. Realising that there was no substitute for the great outdoors, he kicked off his shoes and started down his own path. You will learn some great nuggets of financial wisdom and come out being financially healthy what ever is thrown at you.

Non-fiction books about your destination

One of the best ways to get set for your holiday is to learn about where you are going by reading books from the non-fiction aisle. We have recently read a book written by Bear Grylls which details his account of conquering Mt Everest, and funnily enough, we have our eyes set on heading there soon!

If you are heading to the northern beaches of France, check out some WWII books about the beaches of Normandy.

Head on over to the Book Depository (who offer great discounts and well-priced shipping), type in your destination to see what comes up to inspire you today!

Cockpit confidential – Patrick Smith

You wouldn’t be alone if you are a ‘nervous flyer’. Heck, sometimes when turbulence hits, we grip the arm rest for dear life.

This book is written by a pilot who distinguishes fact from fiction when it comes to air travel and is truly a great read. He will talk you through subjects like how planes fly, turbulence, and will go into a bit on modern-day terrorism.

Fasten your lap belt, because this book surely will make you feel more secure about travel. 

How to Travel the World on $50 a Day: Revised: Travel Cheaper, Longer, Smarter – Matt Kepnes

We at Coming Home Strong owe a bit to fellow Travel blogger ‘Nomadic Matt‘. It was he who taught us the art of travel blogging through his online course via his website.

For over a decade he has been blogging and forever improving his content. Now he has this book which will break down the steps you need to take to travel on a budget. If it is just a weekend away you are looking for, or a trip around Europe, Matt gives you the toolkit to outsmart the big companies so you can spot a good deal when you see it. 

BONUS BOOK: While you are at it, have a look at the book ‘Ultimate Guide to Travel Hacking’ by Matt Kepnes as well. We have learned heaps and saved a ton of money by using frequent flyer points and other methods to bring our cost of travel to all-time lows!

Tips: if you cannot find online versions of a book, consider photocopying the pages you need. This will save on weight and space in your bags. Just be sure to recycle the paper when you are finished.

This list has been built from books that we have read and have helped us with our travels, let us know if you do take this advice on board and how it helps you!


P.S The links on this blog post can be assumed to be affiliate links. That means that if you buy a book via these links then we get a small cut of their profits (it doesn’t even have to be one of the books we have mentioned. Just go to The Book Depository and start searching!) This can only mean good things – we can travel further and will be so so grateful to you. Happy reading!