If you’re looking to satisfy your wanderlust but can’t quite afford a plane ticket, why not try these five travel books that will transport you to far-off lands and inspire you to plan your next adventure?

  1. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, a magical and enchanting story that follows a young shepherd named Santiago as he travels from Spain to Egypt in search of treasure and his personal legend. Along the way, he meets a number of fascinating characters who teach him the importance of following his dreams.

  2. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert, a memoir that chronicles the author’s journey of self-discovery as she spends a year traveling through Italy, India, and Indonesia. This book is a must-read for anyone who has ever dreamed of quitting their job and traveling the world.

  3. Wild by Cheryl Strayed, a powerful memoir that recounts the author’s solo hike along the Pacific Crest Trail in the wake of personal tragedy. Strayed’s honest and raw account of her journey will inspire you to take risks and pursue your dreams.

  4. The Beach by Alex Garland, a suspenseful novel that tells the story of a young backpacker who discovers a secret beach in Thailand that is inhabited by a community of like-minded travelers. But as the idyllic paradise begins to unravel, he realizes that the pursuit of paradise comes at a price.

  5. Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer, a non-fiction book that tells the story of Christopher McCandless, a young man who gave away his possessions and set out on a journey to Alaska to live in the wilderness. This gripping and thought-provoking book will leave you questioning the meaning of life and the pursuit of happiness.

So, which of these travel books will you pick up first? Happy reading and happy travels!