4 Books To Read If You Can’t Travel This Summer

Going on summer vacation is one of life’s great pleasures but, for many of us, it is also prohibitively difficulty. Traveling can cost a lot of money and usually requires detailed planning and extensive time off work. Sadly, that means that we might not always be able to travel as much as we would like. Maybe you’re out of paid leave at your current job, or maybe you’re saving money to buy a new car, or maybe you’re just too tired to coordinate a big vacation. 

But don’t worry! You can still experience new worlds, even if you can’t travel this summer. We’ve collected five of the best books to read whenever you’re overwhelmed with wanderlust.

Swine Not?

Jimmy Buffett may best be known for his infamous vacation anthems such as “Margaritaville” and “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” but, when he’s not recording your parent’s next favorite album, he’s hard at work writing your parent’s next favorite book. In the classic Swine Not?, Buffett weaves a delightful new tale filled with colorful character, dry humor, and (of course) the adventures of a very intelligent pig.

Eat, Pray, Love

Easily one of the most celebrated books about travel to have been written in the past 20 years, Eat, Pray, Love is the true story of one woman’s search for for meaning. The story is an irresistible memoir that invites readers to view their own lives with new perspective. Even if you are unable to travel, this book will help you find many of the positives that travel can bring.

A Fork in the Road

This may be the ultimate book for anyone who can’t travel this summer. A Fork In The Road collects more than 34 original stories from food and travel writers, as well as celebrity chefs, about how new foods from new cultures changed their lives forever. It’s an inspiring book filled with vivid detail. So much so, in fact, that when you’re done reading all 34 chapters, you’ll feel as if you’ve been around the world yourself.

A Cook’s Tour

There may be no greater advocate for travel than Anthony Bourdain. He is best known for the many television shows he hosts which take viewers to new countries around the world. However, as you may or may not know, Bourdain first broke into the entertainment industry with the best-selling book Kitchen Confidential. As a follow up, Bourdain wrote the amazing and underappreciated A Cook’s Tour, in which Bourdain travels the globe in search for the perfect meal. Each chapter is rich with imagery, flavor, and imagination, making A Cook’s Tour an amazingly transportative read.


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