While most of us are taking a break from traveling due to pandemic, it is still allowed to plan travels ahead and enjoy yourself in the location where you are now. Staycations are a newly popular thing, it means you go on a vacation in your own hometown.
I am in Zagreb for the last three years and I am very excited to explore the city more than ever this summer and fall. The article about it will be on the blog soon, keep your eyes open for it. In the meantime, I enjoy reading travel guides and listing all the places where I want to go that I have never been to before. If you are the same, please comment below. 🙂
If you don’t know what to read, but would love to get some travel inspiration, I suggest you check out the list below. The best thing is that you don’t have to own a Kindle to read Amazon eBooks, you can download the app on your phone or tablet and have it with you for the times like commute, break from working, studying, etc.
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1. “Dories, Ho!”, by Matt and Karen Smith
Can you imagine traveling in wooden dories through the Grand Canyon? Matt and Karen did it in 2016 with a group of friends. They floated down the Colorado River in an unforgettable adventure. The book is narrated as some sort of travel fairy tale.
This is their second book written very similar to heir first one “Dear Bob and Sue”. They talk about relationships, life, and travel in a humorous way. It is very easy to read, perfect for a hot summer day.
This is not just the regular travel book where you will only get information about the itinerary. In this book, you will travel together with them through the national park, and feel like you are part of the crew.
If you are looking for an inspirational story that will make you laugh this is a book for you. Get it here as an ebook or a paperback (ebook is free with Kindle unlimited).
2. “Humans of New York: Stories”, by Brandon Stanton
What better way to learn about the city then to hear the stories of its citizens? This book represents New York in a completely unique way since 2010. His Instagram and Facebook pages with over 18 million followers have new stories every day, and if you like them you will like the book as well.
This book is a #1 New York Times Bestseller! Brandon Stanton started creating a photographic census of New York City in 2010. The photos and stories he collected were first presented on the blog Humans of New York. In 2013, as his audience grew he published his first book “Humans of New York”.
The book immediately catapulted to the top of the NY Times Bestseller List and it was there for over forty-five weeks. “Humans of New York: Stories” is his second book with in-depth dialogues and incredible portraits of the people of NY.
Do you feel hooked? Order eBook or paperback on Amazon.
3. “Dame Traveler: Live the Spirit of Adventure”, by Nastasia Yakoub
If there is a book that every solo female traveler should own, this is it. The book consists of 200 incredible photographs, followed by stories and tips for solo female traveling. It was inspired by an Instagram travel community that is empowering women.
“For those with passports full of stories, this book carries you away to every dreamy corner of the earth. I can’t stop flipping through these visually incandescent pages to see where I’m capable of traveling to next!” – Caila Quinn, The Bachelor contestant, and lifestyle and travel influencer.
The book celebrates women around the world, from Peru to Morocco, from Berlin to Japan, and so on. Nastasia Yakoub was born into a strict middle-eastern community where she was supposed to marry young and stay at home. She decided to instead travel the world!
4. “Longing for Africa: Journeys Inspired by the Life of Jane Goodall Part One: Ethiopia”, by Annie Schrank
What does it feel like to replace your privileged life of a twenty-something white female in suburban New York for life in Ethiopia? Find out in this life-changing book by Annie Schrank.
After she set up a leather clothing factory in Ethiopia, she experienced incredible savannas, magnificent animals, and fascinating tribesmen. Nothing in her life could have prepared her for a clash with poverty and isolated mountain life.
She has fallen in love with an Italian man, lived in a mud hut, ran away from the country due to a military coup that overturned Haile Selassie. If you loved stories about Elizabeth Gilbert, Alexandra Fuller, or Karen Blixen (Isak Dinesen) this book will leave you speechless.
5. “When Sunday Smiled: Walking Through Life and Loss”, by Andy Davidson
Losing a loved one scars you for life. Can you heal from it? Or do you just learn how to live with it for the rest of your life? When Andy lost his son Aaron, who died in a motorcycle accident, he lived for five months on the Appalachian Trail to deal with grief.
“God’s world opens up when everything you need is on your back and your only concern is the next white blaze.” He was searching for answers and found himself on the way with beautiful wildlife in the background.
This is a story about a father who is looking for a cure to his wounded heart. This is not just a travel guide, it is a unique and honest memoir of someone who has experienced horrible loss and came out on the other side.
Read this beautiful story on your Kindle app (free with Kindle unlimited).
6. “In the Temple of Wolves: A Winter’s Immersion in Wild Yellowstone”, by Rick Lamplugh
For those who like nature and wildlife, this best-selling book is exactly what you need on a hot summer day. Rick Lamplugh is a wolf advocate that has won 2nd Place at Reader Views Literary Awards with this book. He was also a finalist at Montaigne Medal, Eric Hoffer Award, and has got Honorable Mention at Legacy Nonfiction.
He has spent three winters living and working in a remote corner of Yellowstone National Park. This area is famous as the best wolf watching in the world. He was exploring the ecology of the Lamar Valley and how wolves fit in.
You will read about wonderful scenery, winter-hungry elk and bison migrating to the Lamar Valley to graze, wolves, coyotes, and mountain lions. Eagles, ravens, and magpies are waiting to scavenge on the snowy backdrop in this untouched nature.
This is a great way to learn about world-famous Yellowstone. Get the book on Amazon.
7. “A Companion To Easter Island (Guide To Rapa Nui)”, by James Grant-Peterkin
This mystic island has been attracting travelers from around the world for years. If you get this book you will learn everything you need to know about Rapa Nui and Easter Island. Who better to tell us about it than someone who lives there?
The guidebook includes the island’s history, culture, and extensive information about archaeological sites. There is a lot of practical information in the book, very useful to a traveler heading to the island. It includes activities, restaurant information, and shopping recommendations.
If you are passionate about photography, in this book you will find all the information about the best times to visit the sites in order to get the optimal light and to avoid the crowds. The book has over 100 color photos of Easter Island and color maps of both the island and the one town, Hanga Roa.
8. “A Random Buzzard In Kathmandu”, by Suzanne Link
Read this memoir if you want to see the strength that one woman has as a cancer survivor. Her journey is not determined by her past, it is determined by her passion, thoughts, and strong mind.
Suzanne is hiking up the most glorious mountain in the world. She is taking you with her on a journey to Kathmandu and you will wish to have known her in a real life. This touching story will spark your interest in visiting Nepal.
“Suzanne’s memoir is an intelligent, insightful, wise, and hilarious account of what it means to be a cancer survivor. She captured the heart and soul of our shared journey to Nepal in a unique voice that is all her own. She’ll make you laugh and cry, and you’ll want to travel with her to the top of the mountain. She will change your life – she did mine!” Richard L. Deming, M.D.
9. “North Carolina Waterfalls”, by Kevin Adams
This is excellent staycation literature for those living in beautiful North Carolina. It is the third edition of a classical photography guide that will help you explore North Carolina like never before.
In this book, you will find amazing photographs made by the author. He also listed about 1000 waterfalls you can see in the state and gave a full description to over 300 of the best ones for visitors. Those waterfalls have extensive explanations and several photographs each.
Since the first edition of this book came out Adams has established himself as a respected photographer, naturalist, and teacher. This book has been sold in over 65000 copies so far. It is a must-have for every hiker in North Carolina.
10. “Rick Steves Belgium: Bruges, Brussels, Antwerp & Ghent”, by Rick Steves
Bruges, Brussels, Antwerp, and Ghent sound like very far away places. If you decide to go on an epic journey through Europe, you should definitely add those fairy tale looking cities to your list.
Quiet canals, medieval squares with soaring bell towers, and all the hidden gems are covered in this irreplaceable guide to Belgium. The purpose of this book is to remind you of everything you need to see and experience in a foreign country.
Follow Rick’s must-see favorites, like the European Parliament, Flanders fields, museums with works of Flemish masters, and so much more. Enjoy famous waffles, chocolate, and beer along the way.
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