Whether it’s the glossy photography of a travel guide or the poetic words of a memoir on wanderlust, books have a way of igniting the fire for exploration. The world is at your fingertips between the pages, making it all the bigger when you venture into it. Discover new adventures and destinations to add to your bucket list with books that inspire a love of travel.
At Glacier’s End by Chris Burkard
Captured in stunning photography, the more remote scenescapes of Iceland come to life on the page in this book. Burkard traces the history of the country’s rivers and the part they played in developing hydropower business throughout an area where tourism scarcely touches. While over-tourism can often cause issues in keeping a destination like Iceland pristine, Burkard makes an argument in his book of how travel can be a force for good.
Forgotten Footprints: Lost Stories in the Discovery of Antarctica by John Harrison
Combining personal explorations with history, myth and geography, Harrison crafts a vivid story of the Antarctic Peninsula, Weddell Sea and the South Shetland Islands. Records of anecdotal accounts from merchants, whalers, navy men and other explorers mixed with lush photography paint a vibrant picture of the Seventh Continent that will have you itching to set foot on the land yourself. Dive into the minds that first mapped Antarctica in this stunning book.
The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton
In this book, Botton references the brilliant minds of Wordsworth, Van Gogh, Edward Hopper, Flaubert and more to make a case for true wanderlust. It’s a guide on how to drop the guidebooks and simply let your curiosity lead the way. Botton believes that the big feelings of joy and unlimited wonder come when first you allow yourself to feel small in the big world.
From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home by Tembi Locke
While this is a memoir about love that spans across countries, cultures and death, it has a strong sense of setting in the renowned Italian island. Describing the blossoming Italian countryside and with anecdotes devoted to cooking, Locke’s story makes you want to take off to Sicily and find your own happiness amid the landscape.