Travel during this holiday season looks a lot different than ever before. Many of us are opting for virtual family gatherings and altering holiday traditions to fit the climate we’re currently in. 

If you’re not able to travel this year, a great option for satisfying your wanderlust is delving into a good book. Whether you’re looking to gift yourself a travel book or purchase one for your loved ones this season, these are 5 great travel books to get swept away in!

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Not only is this book a great read, but it’s also hilarious. The plot features a thirty-something year old man by the name of Ben who begins traveling with the elderly. During Ben’s travels, he attempts to get to bridge the generational gap between millennials and baby boomers. It’s a great book to gift your millennial friends as well as your baby boomer parents. 

This travel memoir has been translated into English by Mike Fu and followers a Taiwanese woman by the name of Sanmao as she journeys from Spain to the Western Sahara. Sanmao’s journey chronicles a woman finding independence in the mid-1970s through travel and building relationships with strangers while on her journey. 

Reddy is a journalist who travels through Britain and documents all of the interesting natural scenery she encounters. Reading this book will remind of the importance in keeping an open mind to the beauty that surrounds you in the world.

Journalist Sophy Roberts shares the story of Siberia’s pianos in this compelling book about how pianos were transported through Russia into Siberia, one of the most difficult places in the world to travel to. 

McCarron uses this book to document his research tracing ancient trade and routes from Biblical history and ancient ruins. 

He reveals pieces of his experiences with people along his journey and really sheds insight on religion in the Middle East.