With so much to see and do, we're happy to have such a diverse list of people to inspire us to travel. From travel memoirs to travel guides, personal tomes and unique adventures, we have a wide swath of books, styles, and voices all dedicated to sharing a piece of this world. From Chris Santella's Fifty Best Places series to Georgeanne Brennan's A Pig in Provence:wherever the location, we're looking for books that immerse us completely into other worlds, cultures, and opportunities.


A Wide Range

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Mark Adams

Turn Right at Machu Picchu

Dutton/Penguin Group

What happens when an adventure travel writer—who’s never actually done anything adventurous—tries to recreate the original expedition to Machu Picchu?  Mark Adams’s riveting book has landed him on “The Daily Show” and in The New York Times.  He’s been praised by A. J. Jacobs, John Hodgman, and Sebastian Junger, who wrote, “The Inca ruins at Machu Picchu are one of the world's enduring mysteries, and Adams has written such a bold, compelling account that many  will be trekking up those same outrageous mountains to see them for ourselves.”

Kristin Newman

What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding

Three Rivers Press/Random House

A funny, sexy, and ultimately poignant memoir about mastering the art of the "vacationship.”  Not ready to settle down and in need of an escape from her fast-paced job as a sitcom writer, Kristin instead traveled the world, often alone, for several weeks each year. In addition to falling madly in love with the planet, Kristin fell for many attractive locals. The book has been praised by Diablo Cody, Jane Lynch, Patton Oswalt, and many others.

David McAninch

Duck Season


Journalist David McAninch had been a card-carrying Francophile all his life, when he was sent to Gascony, an ancient region in Southwest France, to research a story on duck. Falling in love with the food and the people, David decided to move his family to Gascony and what resulted is this delicious memoir about cooking, eating, and the art of living a full and happy life. McAninch is the features editor at Chicago Magazine and was an editor at Saveur for nine years. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Newsday, and Departures.

Andrew Forsthoefel

Walking to Listen

Bloomsbury USA

At 23, Andrew Forsthoefel walked out the back door of his home in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, with a backpack, an audio recorder, and a sign that read "Walking to Listen." He had just graduated from Middlebury College and he decided he’d begin is adult life with a cross-country quest for guidance where everyone he met would be his guide. What was ultimately created is a memoir of one young man's coming of age on a cross-country trek--told through the stories of the diverse people along the highways of America.

Matt Kepnes

How to Travel the World on $50 A Day

Perigee/Penguin Group

No money? No problem. You can start packing your bags for that trip you’ve been dreaming a lifetime about. For more than five years, Matt Kepnes (aka Nomadic Matt) has been showing readers of his enormously popular travel blog that traveling can be affordable to all. He proves that as long as you think out of the box and travel like locals, your trip doesn’t have to break your bank, nor do you need to give up luxury. Here are the tips, tricks, and secrets to comfortable budget travel based on his experience traveling the world without giving up sushi dinners and comfortable beds.

Maya Frost

The New Global Student

Tarcher/Penguin Group

Maya Frost teaches parents and children to think outside the box by escaping the overly competitive world of American schooling and getting a valuable international education instead.  The New Global Student has been featured in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and USA Today and has been praised by Peter Benson, Ph.D., Peg Tyre, John Zogby, and Daniel Pink, who calls it, “essential reading for any family yearning to step off the treadmill and plunge into the world.”