"Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination and the journey." --Anna Quindlen
Want to hike the Appalachian Trail without breaking a sweat? Pick up A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson or Becoming Odyssa by Jennifer Pharr Davis. Either one will make you laugh. Or maybe you'd rather trek through the rain forest without getting wet. Lost in the Amazon by Stephen Kirkpatrick will take you there. So will The Lost City of Z by David Grann.
With books you can even Visit Sunny Chernobyl or build Castles in the Air in Wales. (I haven't read either of these yet, but one's sitting in my TBR pile and the other is on my reserve list at the library.) There are so many amazing places in the world! Luckily, there are an equal number of amazing books to transport you any where you want to go.
And if you, like me, can't afford an actual airline ticket to somewhere amazing this summer, you can still sail singlehandedly around the world with Tania Aebi in Maiden Voyage; journey across the most forbidding desert on earth in Sahara Unveiled by William Langewiesche; or go spelunking in one of the world's deepest and most treacherous caves in William Stone's Beyond the Deep. They are all amazing journeys!
"Reading is the key to enriching one's life. It opens doors and leads you places you never knew existed." --Jonas Kage
Where will you travel next?