5 Books to Read if You're Too Poor to be a World Traveler

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It seems like the only pictures on my Instagram feed these days are posted by cool world traveler friends doing cool things in cool places all over the world. Erin’s pictures from Rome, Noah’s pictures from Geneva, Katie’s pictures from Singapore. Hello, I went to the park this weekend. Does that count as an exotic location?
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Yup, it must be study abroad season. No matter how far down I scroll, all I see are beautiful palaces, majestic scenery, and mouth-watering food. Man, what I’d give to hop on a plane right now and gallivant around the world like a real world traveler. I guess that’s the whole point of summer, though, right? The college kids aren’t the only ones jet-setting away; everyone uses the summer months to travel. So whether you have an exciting trip planned, or you’re like me and you wish you had an exciting trip planned, here are 5 stunning books that will spark a spirit of adventure in every world traveler (or wanna-be world traveler).

The Mission Walker - Edie Littlefield Sunday

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To start things off, I want to introduce you to a real queen, Edie Littlefield Sundby. Get this. After undergoing 79 rounds of chemotherapy and being told she only has 3 months left to live, Edie literally walks 800 miles from Baja Mexico to San Diego, California. 800 miles! I’m not making this up. All I’m saying is, Edie is my hero and she’s definitely in better physical shape than I am. This is a true story you don’t want to miss out on.

The Heart Between Us - Lindsay Harrel

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And now for some fun fiction! Megan Jacobs underwent a heart transplant three years ago thinking it would move her life forward. She’s healthy now, but still feels stuck in limbo. When an opportunity to shake things up comes her way, Megan can’t refuse. Accompanied by her twin sister and “good friend” Caleb (listen y'all they’re definitely more than good friends), Megan travels around the world in pursuit of freedom, happiness, and adventure.

The Road, The Rock, and the Rabbi - Kathie Lee Gifford and Rabbi Jason Sobel

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You’ve already heard us gush about this book, but we just can’t stop talking about it. Kathie Lee Gifford and Rabbi Jason Sobel take readers on a journey across the ancient paths of Israel, unveiling a deeper understanding of original biblical texts, and with that, a deeper understanding of God. This book blows me away, page after page. You'll really feel like you're in the Holy Land with them, and Kathie Lee, if you're reading this, send a girl a plane ticket so she can join you in Israel #please.

The Austen Escape - Katherine Reay

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For all the Austen fans, this one's for you. Mary Davies is a successful engineer (praise hands for women in STEM) and she really loves her job. But here’s the thing. She’s bored. Other than work, Mary doesn’t do a whole lot. So when her childhood friend, Isabel, invites her to stay at a gorgeous mansion in England for two weeks, you KNOW Mary can’t turn down that offer. No one alive and breathing should turn down that offer. Things begin to get a little strange, however, when Isabel loses her memory and fully believes she’s living in Jane Austen’s Bath. The story takes a turn, and Mary’s fun vacation in England turns out to be a wild journey of uncovering secrets about Isabel and her past.

Love Does - Bob Goff

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Coming down the home stretch, I am beyond excited to share one of my all time, favorite books with you. I’m hoping that some of you have already read Love Does, but if you haven’t, Bob forgives you now is the time! This is a great book to take with you on trips because each chapter tells a different story, making it very conducive for reading on-the-go. Bob Goff shares stories from his life that encourage him to be whimsical, live freely, and actually do love. From the slums of Uganda to Tom Sawyer Island in Disneyland, Bob teaches all of us the secret to living an incredible life in an ordinary world.

Go Get 'Em, World Traveler!

To those of you setting sail this summer, either on a solo vacation or with a group, I say au revoir, auf wiedersehen, and adios. I wish you a safe and life-changing trip. Go get 'em, world travelers! And to those of you staying on that work grind like me, we are all in this together. We can do this, friends. In the meantime, crack open one of the books I shared with you. If anything, it might just calm your wanderlust and help you push through until winter. Go get 'em, book travelers! Our friends at Epic Reads also have a quiz for you traveling types - Pick a Trip, Get a Book Rec! Gracen is a full-time intern and part-time Google master. While she would love to be traveling around the world right now, she's more than fine with staying here in Nashville for the summer and eating Taqueria del Sol to her heart's content. HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc., operates Page Chaser, the publisher of Love Does, The Road, the Rock, and the Rabbi, The Austen Escape, The Heart Between Us, and The Mission Walker
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