Traveling is great for the mind, body, and soul, and once you start you can never get enough of it. There’s no better way to experience the world than by meeting others and learning about different cultures. Reading about traveling is the next best thing to traveling itself. Below are five of the best books ever written about traveling.

Travels with Charley – John Steinbeck  

If you’re still debating on planning a traveling trip, this book will lead you to the right answer of yes. This was one of the last books that Steinbeck wrote. The book catalogs Steinbeck’s journey throughout the United States with his poodle, Charley. Today scholars doubt whether the book is truly non-fiction, but there’s no doubting that you’ll feel inspired to travel after finishing Travels with Charley.

The Beach – Alex Garland

The Beach is a story about a group of backpackers who are looking to escape tourism and experience a life-changing journey. After facing various hurdles and meeting new people, the backpackers learn valuable lessons and become inspired to never give up on finding the meaning of life.

Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel – Rolf Potts

This is your complete guide to taking on the world with no excuses. Potts writes about ways to adjust to life on the road, financing your journey, and deciding where to go, so you can experience an unordinary life.

A Good Girl’s Guide to Getting Lost – Rachel Friedman

This is a great read to push you towards starting a new life chapter by trying something new. It describes the journey of a sheltered girl who decides to spend some time traveling abroad. While traveling she meets a free-spirited traveler who becomes her best friend. Her new friend inspires her to try new things and take on life’s hurdles, which allows her to gain a deeper understanding of herself.

Paris Was Ours – Penelope Rowlands

This book explains in detail what a travel adventure can do to your heart and soul. The book is filled with thirty-two personal essays written by individuals who traveled to Paris and stayed to learn the life of the French. The writers accustomed their lives to the city, and many still live there today. If you’re considering a trip to Paris, this book is a must-read.