Best Books and Podcasts for Travel
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Escaping with a good book or podcast sometimes is considered a luxury reserved for travel. Whether relaxing after a day of sightseeing, lounging poolside or passing time at the airport, consider these titles for your next trip.
“Wild” by Cheryl Strayed
It’s an oldie but goodie and on just about every reading list when you Google “best travel books.” This memoir chronicles Strayed’s journey as she hikes 1,100 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail not long after her mother dies, her family scatters and her marriage crumbles. She set out with no experience or training, and forged ahead on a formidable journey that ultimately healed her.
“Into the Water” by Paula Hawkins
The author of “The Girl on the Train” is back with another psychological thriller that will hold your attention throughout a long flight or car ride. A single mother and a teenage girl are found dead in a river just months apart in this twisting plot that unfolds through the eyes of more than a dozen narrators, shifting back and forth in time. Is this town the “perfect place to get rid of troublesome women”? One thing is for certain, this book may result in missed meetings, skipped excursions and excessive excuses for “staying in.”
“Eat, Pray, Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert
There’s something satisfying about reading someone’s journey about finding themselves while traveling … while traveling. This book offers just that, as the author takes you on her trip through Italy, India and Bali as she works to find herself after a divorce. The best thing about this book? You can probably borrow it from a family member or friend.
“36 Hours” by the New York Times
If you’re looking for some true travel inspiration – and advice on how to make the most out of a quick trip – this guidebook will help you plan a weekend in many cities across the United States and Canada.
For those more inclined to listen than read, be sure to pack your earbuds for these travel-focused podcasts.
Extra Pack of Peanuts
This podcast is all about traveling more while spending less. Travis Sherry and his wife, Heather, walk you through everything from making the most out of your frequent flyer miles to packing light and traveling on a tight budget.
Zero to Travel
Host Jason interviews people who live amazing travel lives with inspirational stories to remind listeners that they can do anything. He also dishes out plenty of advice on how to make a life of travel.
The Season Pass
Hosted by three guys who have a love for amusement parks, this podcast talks about many different theme parks worthy of being travel destinations. With more than 300 episodes from which to choose, you just might find a park that piques your interest.
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