Motivational Books for Travelers to Kickstart Their Dreams

The Best Motivation Books for Travelers to Kickstart their Dreams

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You clicked on this post because you’re ready to be inspired, to travel more, and to learn how to achieve your goals through some motivational books for travelers. And I’m here to give you the pep talk you need to get started.

So first, here’s my best piece of advice: don’t wait, do it now. This applies for that trip that you want to take or that book you want to read. Stop putting it off. If you know what you want act now and do something today that will help you tomorrow and bring you a step closer to achieving your dreams.

For me, that means not delaying picking up that book that could help me be more productive or that could teach me skills that I didn’t know were so easy to develop. Even inspirational travel books, because those are the books that kick me in the ass and remind me to get going.

As an aspiring entrepreneur and travel-obsessed millennial, I turn to these books to help me get off the ground. I use them as tools and guides to help me better myself, my travel, and my growing business (yes, this blog is a business!).

Read even just a couple of these books and you’ll be feeling like a boss ready to take on the world with tricks up your sleeve to save you money, get you more productive, and more knowledgeable about the world. Not only are these books motivational, but they’re among some of the most inspirational books I’ve read.

Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel

This book is packed with quotes worthy of sharing with your Instagram pictures. It’s filled with tips and tricks to help you be on the road for longer, making it one of the best books on travel. He includes a ton of resources to help you get started and proves that long-term travel really is an art and one that has been done for a long time.


Yes, I know you’ve probably heard of Wild before or read it. But don’t you agree it’s worth a re-read? This book shows the power of one woman and the hidden courage she uses when she most needs it. It will motivate you to explore more, to try something that will challenge you and learn how to rely on yourself more.

In a Sunburned Country

This was the first book that I read by Bill Bryson and his writing gave me such an intense desire to go out and see more. His sense of humor is odd, but funny, and as he travels he carries a strong passion to see as much as possible. And not just the norm, but he pushes past what others want to see and goes for things that you may not think you’d care about. His writing will then convince you that you too do want to see more. If you’re into travel writing books, Bill Bryson’s words are gold for you when it comes to inspiration. And not just In a Sunburned Country, but all of his books are good travel books.

The 4-Hour Workweek

Not possible you think. Well think again! I wasn’t convinced until I started reading it either. And no I don’t only work four hours a week, I’m still getting there. It doesn’t happen overnight unfortunately. This book is a goldmine of resources and pep talks. You want motivational books for travelers? This book is my top suggestion and I would say many bloggers include it within their top 20 books to read. Tim Ferriss used his new time to travel, just like you want to!

How to Travel the World on $50 a Day

One of my favorite books on travel and written by the king of travel blogging himself, this book is the “bible for budget travelers.” BBC said it, and I completely agree. But I’d go even further to say it’s among one of the books for travelers, budget or not. I was kicking myself for not picking it up sooner. For those who don’t know, Matt Kepnes is the best travel blogger on the web. Some may disagree, but his stats show how successful he is. So even if you’re not a budget traveler this book is good for learning about what to do with your bank accounts as a traveler, ways to save, and it breaks down tips for specific areas of the world. It is so valuable for every traveler. I would rank this very high among some of the best travel books to read.


This girl will teach you everything you need to know about getting shit done. Enough said. She created a company on her own from the bottom up and is the original girl boss. We can all learn a little something from her. I find it one of the most motivational books I’ve read because she tells it as it is and gives it all to you with no bullshit.

Big Magic

A must read for anyone who is creative (even if you don’t think you are). I also highly recommend watching the TED talk she did on creativity which touches on points in the book. Both the book and the talk will have you walking away thinking more highly of yourself and questioning your thoughts on creativity. And questioning things is good. It forces you to think outside the box. I bet it will be one of the best inspirational books you’ll read!

The Good Girl’s Guide to Getting Lost

When it comes to travel memoir books this is similar to Eat, Pray, Love, but I found it was more positive. It was good to read as a reminder that travel for is a big deal. You may already be traveling a lot and think it’s nothing. But it isn’t. Taking the time to travel and do what you’re doing is a really big deal. You’re taking off from the norm, you’re putting yourself first, and you’re taking steps that some other are too scared to take. It’s one of the best books to read while traveling, it’s light enough to not have you thinking too much but gives enough inspiration to make whatever trip you’re on even better.

The $100 Start-Up

For all the entrepreneurs, this book will tell you that you don’t need much to get started. Start chasing your dreams now because they’re closer than you think and you don’t need money to get to them. This is another book stuffed with resources that will help you get off the ground.

The Geography of Bliss

And lastly but certainly not least is one of my all-time favorite books. Its got a different twist than other books about travel. I often overthink my own happiness and this book helped to put happiness and the world itself into a little better perspective for me. Eric Weiner uses his humor to show the different views of happiness around the world. He’ll help to teach you that happiness isn’t necessarily a place, but a way of thinking. My point for encouraging you to read this book? To remind you to be happy wherever you are in the world or in life.


I hope these motivational and inspiring books help you to kick ass, inspire you, teach you new tips and tricks, and overall just motivate you to do what you dream of. They all helped me tremendously and I definitely encourage you to read each and everyone.

Who’s up for a challenge of reading them all in 2018? Comment below if you are or if you’ve read any already!

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