Have you downloaded a terrific travel podcast but need a break from listening? How about picking up a book or downloading one on your Kindle, and immerse yourself into the author’s tale.

There are millions of books out there, but some are not as captivating as others. And when we want to read something related to a passion such as traveling, figuring out which one’s the best can take a while to discover. We searched all over the Internet to find the best-rated travel books, some of which will inspire us to travel more, while others are a terrific novel that will help pass time during a flight or a car ride.

Lands of Lost Borders: A Journey on the Silk Road by Kate Harris

Kate Harris’ award-winning novel takes you through an adventure down the Silk Road. She bikes for a year and discovers some of the most remote areas with her friend. This memoir connects the reader to the place she’s in and references historical moments that happened there. Since so much of the world has already been seen by millions before, what is there left to discover? This is the question she asks herself, and it’s what motivates her to venture into the wild. If you’ve ever wanted to go to uncharted territory, this is one book that may inspire you to make that leap forward.

Available on Amazon.com.

In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick

This award-winning novel also turned film, is a gripping tale of 19th century maritime, when whales were hunted for oil. A crew gets attacked by a sperm whale that ruins their ship and leaves them stranded on three small boats. They float for 90 days before the few remaining survivors were rescued. What do you do when food and water dry out? If you haven’t yet seen the film or read this book and want something that you won’t be able to put down, then this is it.

Available on Amazon.com.

Destinations of a Lifetime: 225 of the World’s Most Amazing Places by National Geographic

Destinations of a Lifetime by National Geographic takes you to the best places in the world through images and very little copy. Each photo was taken by professionals and range from ancient structures to modern ones, beaches to cities, and forests to breathtaking landscapes. This book not only features photos of destinations, but also restaurants to eat at, hotels or BnBs to spend nights in, and sites to see. Destinations of a Lifetime will inspire those who are not sure where in the world they should go to next.

Available on Amazon.com.

Make Sure You Have a Map: (and Other Bits of Travel Advice I’m Glad I Ignored) by Bryanna Plog

People love to give travel advice, and although some of it is good, some of it can actually hinder an experience that can actually be a good one. In this book, Bryanna Plog tells of her journeys across the world and which tips should be considered and which ones should be disregarded. It might, for instance, make you think twice about hitchhiking or sleeping alone in the middle of nowhere the next time you go somewhere new.

Available on Amazon.com.

Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders by Joshua Foer

There’s no better way to understand and experience a place than by finding its hidden gems. Atlas Obscura features more than 700 most interesting spots on Earth that are a true travelers bucket list told through images, text, and even maps. It’s another fantastic book that takes you to remarkable countries on almost every continent, but instead of getting stuck in a swarm of tourists, you will uncover places off the beaten path where many don’t wander to.

Available on Amazon.com.