15 Inspiring Travel Books You Have to Read

Bad Land: An American Romance, by Jonathan Raban (1996)

The United States is more than just the comforts of Applebee’s and Walmart. In the center of the country’s continental stretch are barren lands such as the Dakotas and eastern Montana that are rarely covered in literary works but deserve nods for the rugged beauty of their people and terrain. Raban evokes curiosity to travel to those places lost between the interstate highways.

Getting Stoned with Savages, by J Maarten Troost (2006)

The sequel to Troost’s popular Sex Lives of Cannibals takes a deeper look into life as an expat on an exotic third world island — only this time, Troost has a son to drag with him on his whacky adventures. Getting Stoned with Savages will inspire you to want to experience life as an expat below the equatorial line.

A Pirate Looks at Fifty, by Jimmy Buffett (1998)

You know Buffett’s Songs From St. Somewhere fill your iTunes playlist and have shaped your own vacation planning. These aren’t just fictional fantasies to Buffett, but his way of life. A Pirate Looks at Fifty offers a glimpse into the life of one the world’s last great pirates – Jimmy Buffett.



14 Ways to Screw Up an International Trip

There are countless things that could go wrong on an international trip, and many of them are out of your control. However, there’s possibly an equal number of ways to screw up your trip, and unfortunately no one to blame but yourself.

Love Holidays from Around the World

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, it’s tempting to rail against the North American traditions that lead us to stress about dinner reservations and spend all our money on chocolates every February 14th. However, we’re not the only ones with elaborate holidays that celebrate love.

Around the World in Valentine’s Day Desserts

As we get closer to Valentine’s Day, it’s time to move away from thinking about presents to thinking about what’s really important — food! Forget buying fancy jewelry or elaborate gifts, making your partner a really delicious homemade dessert will show your devotion more than any present could.