9 Inspirational Travel Books to Give as Last-Minute Gifts

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Even if you can’t travel abroad this holiday, you can always escape with a book.

And if you need a last-minute gift, there’s nothing better: they’re cheap, easy-to-wrap, and available at any bookstore. (Shop locally if you can!)

Below, we share nine books that would make a fantastic gift for the traveler in all of us, along with who on your list they’re perfect for.

1. Oh, The Places You’ll Go

We love inspiring kids to travel from a young age, and this picture book by Dr. Seuss is sure to spark imaginations (and wanderlust!).

Perfect for: Your grandkids

2. The Sun Also Rises

This classic from Ernest Hemingway is a book everyone knows they should read but hasn’t. It’s short, though — so buy it for the busy person on your list. They’ll feel smarter just for finishing it.

Perfect for: Your brother

3. Wild

Better jump on the bandwagon before the movie comes out! Though this might appear to be a book about hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, it’s much more than that. An inspirational read for any woman (or man) on your list.

Perfect for: Your sister

4. 1,000 Places to See Before You Die

How many have you been to? Every traveler loves playing this game (and checking items off!), so share inspiration and fun by gifting this book to someone special.

Perfect for: Your best friend

5. On the Road

Before there were hipsters, there were beatniks. And this ode to finding freedom on America’s roads won’t ever go out of style.

Perfect for: Your son

6. In Her Kitchen: Stories and Recipes from Grandmas Around the World

This beautiful new book is filled with stories and recipes from all corners of the world. A great way for a loved one to travel without ever leaving the kitchen.

Perfect for: Your mom

7. The Beach

Remember that creepy Leonardo Dicaprio movie that takes place on a beach in Thailand? Well, you might not have known it’s a book as well — and it’s even better than the movie. Though it highlights the darker side of travel, this is an excellent page turner full of intrigue and adventure.

Perfect for: Your nephew

8. A Walk in the Woods

Bill Bryson is one of the most famous American travel writers, and for one good reason: his books are entertaining. This account of hiking the Appalachian Trail will make you want to put on some hiking boots and get out there.

Perfect for: Your husband

9. Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015

Know someone who’s always up on the latest styles and trends? Then this book is a good fit; the famed travel company Lonely Planet has curated the best locations and experiences for the coming year.

Perfect for: Your daughter

What’s your favorite travel book? Let us know in the comments! 

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