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Before the turkey and the stuffing and the pumpkin pie, there’s the airport and the middle seat and the traffic on the highway. This calls for a great book. And this year, we’re going a little meta with engrossing reads about travel.
If you haven’t read Strayed’s gorgeous memoir about hiking the Pacific Crest Trail after a difficult time in her life, get thee to a bookstore immediately. It’s heartbreaking and also completely inspiring. Buy the book
An oldie, but oh, what a goodie. The ultimate road-trip novel will make you want to grab a buddy and an old convertible and set out on one of your own. Buy the book
The man behind The New York Times’ Frugal Traveler column shares some of his most memorable stories from the road. It isn’t always pretty (digestive struggles are real), but it’s awfully entertaining. Buy the book
You can’t go wrong with any of Bryson’s travel writing—he truly is the master. But we particularly like this little jaunt around Great Britain, where Bryson moved from Iowa in 1973. Buy the book
A word to the wise: When traveling in Thailand, don’t get sucked into an international drug ring. You might remember the movie version, but the book is still worth your time, even without Leonardo DiCaprio. Buy the book
Ah, to be in Paris in the 1920s with Hemingway’s gang of hard-drinking expats. But just wait until the gang decamps to Pamplona for the Running of the Bulls—you’ll feel hungover by proxy. Buy the book
Most of us could use an extra dose of unadulterated happiness, especially around the holidays. Enter Weiner, who traveled the world looking for joy. If you need us, we’ll be in Bhutan. Buy the book
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