When you’re stuck at home, read these wanderlust books to inspire travel!
Books to inspire travel are a terrific way to travel vicariously when you can’t leave your home! When I think of wanderlust books, I want stories set in far off locations full of rich detail.
Each of the books on my list is set in a vacation destination or place I’d love to visit someday. The descriptions of the setting are vivid and directly inspire the story.
So if you’re looking for wanderlust books, you’ll visit Alaska, Russia, France, New England, and more in this book list!
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10 Wanderlust Books To Inspire Travel
The 100 Foot Journey by Richard Marais
The descriptions of France and Paris and India are wonderful, but I also want to visit the amazing restaurants and eat local foodie specialties.
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
The Alaskan wilderness probably wouldn’t appear on many bucket lists, but Ivey’s descriptions of the landscapes sound breathtaking.
Julie and Julia by Julie Powell
The intermingled biography of Julia Child and cooking attempts of Julie Powell’s makes me want to try my hand at these recipes in France. I learned a great deal about Julia Child’s fascinating life in France and how she came to be a household name.
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
Arden does a phenomenal job describing the Russian landscape. It’s easy to believe you could actually find the magic and folklore intertwined with the land if you were to visit. You can read my Book Discussion on this one here.
The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan
This was my introduction to Jenny Colgan and I fell in love with her stories. A small town in Scotland serves as the setting and by the end I had practically booked tickets and sold my house.
The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker
The Simple Wild is an enemies to lovers story set in the Alaskan wilderness. When a local bush plane pilot is tasked with taking city girl Calla to meet her estranged father, sparks eventually fly. Since so many scenes take place from a plane, there are gorgeous depictions of the Alaskan landscapes. Anyone will want to visit!
The Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkien
Setting plays a huge role in Tolkien’s writing and he doesn’t shy away from describing the places his characters encounter. If MiddleEarth existed, I would for sure want to go there. However, I’ll take the next best thing: New Zealand, where the movies were filmed.
Rutherford makes cities come alive in his novels through the lives of multiple generations of fictional families. This bucket list trip is actually coming true for me this month!! We have a whirlwind trip planned that hits all the major sites of Ireland. I cannot wait!
The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels by Ree Drummond
Ree Drummond is a bundle of fun to watch cook. Her personality shines through her food and this memoir is just as delightful as her cooking shows. The story of how she transitioned from a city girl to a farmer’s wife is unique and touching. I’d love to visit a ranch in the Midwest on one of our future vacations.
Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
New England is the perfect setting for this tale about a magical family of women. Besides the fact that I absolutely adored the book, the setting is beautiful. There’s something about quaint New England towns that make you believe some form of magic could exist there.
What are your favorite books to inspire travel?