5 Travel Books to Inspire You After the Pandemic

 Covid-19 shutdowns and restrictions have even the homebodies yearning to fly the coop. Whether for the excitement of experiencing a new place or the growth of exploring one’s self, travel is an essential part of life. While waiting for the world to open back up, take a mental trip with these five collections.

 The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon

 David Grann

 Once David Grann read the journals of Percy Fawcett’S 1925 expedition, he was hooked. More fast-paced fiction than a memoir, Grann takes readers on an exciting adventure through the Amazon jungle. Journey by his side as he retraces Fawcett’s steps in search of a lost civilization. An excursion from which Fawcett never returned. 

 Phenomenal: A Hesitant Adventurer’s Search for Wonder in the Natural World

 Leigh Ann Henion

 This fascinating memoir follows Henion as she journeys across five continents. Her soulful writing pulls readers in to experience the challenges and insights she incurred along the way. Encounter the awe-inspiring Northern Lights, Puerto Rico’s unique bioluminescent bays, Venezuela’s brilliant lightning storms, and more. 

 The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World

 Eric Weiner

 Self-proclaimed grump Eric Weiner sets out to discover what constitutes happiness. Travel along through 10 countries to find what sets the happiness bar for them. His witty observations on Switzerland’s “boredom” and Bhutan’s “policy” paired with quotes from spiritual teachers and philosophers are sure to entertain. 

 Travels with Charley in Search of America

 John Steinbeck

 Join Pulitzer Prize winner and 20th-century literature titan John Steinbeck and his French poodle as they set out to rediscover America. Published in 1962, ride along with the duo across the highways of the country. Connect with loads of exciting people and places as he reflects on the changes America was experiencing. 

 Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time

 Mark Adams

 In 1911 Professor Hiram Bingham III found the location of the renowned Machu Picchu. Over a century later, Mark Adams takes readers to Peru to walk in Bingham’s shoes. A gut-busting narrative guides readers through the vast jungle landscape and among Incan history.