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Inspire your teenager with the best travel books for teens. Whether you’re looking for inspiration, stories of other cultures, or you want to light the fire under your teen’s wanderlust, there is a book below for your teen. These books are listed in no particular order and include something for everyone.
The Best Travel Books for Teens
The Bucket List: 1000 Adventures Big & Small by Kath Stathers
A great book for inspiring adventures around the world. This is not a practical book for actually planning a trip, but a great place to start to gather ideas and create your own bucket list. Put this big book on your coffee table and let yourself dream for your next adventure.
Not For Parents Travel Book (Lonely Planet)
This is best for younger teens or tweens. This book shares some of the travel highlights for every country with fun and interesting facts. Put out by Lonely Planet, this is a great book to inspire an interest in traveling to many countries around the world.
See you in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng
This is a great book to listen to as an audiobook. Follow the main character, Alex and his dog (Carl Sagan) as he travels around the US collecting stories on his IPAD to launch into space. The story is funny and filled with meaning and fantastic story telling.
Diary of a Tokyo Teen: A Japanese-American Girl Travels to the Land of Trendy Fashion, High-Tech Toilets and Maid Cafes by Christine Mari Inzer
Full of clever words and illustrations, this fun book follows a teen as she discovers Japanese culture. Written with humor and thoughtful storytelling, this books works in loads of information about Japan. Like all great travel books for teens, this story shares encounters with locals and observations of another country.
Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard
This story follows Bria as she ditches her travel group in South America and follows her new friend Rowan and sister Starling on their own adventure. A coming of age story, the book is full of beauty, laughter, and soul-searching and is hard to put down.
National Geographic: Destinations of a Lifetime
Another inspiring book with loads of photos. Keep this on your nearby table and thumb through it when you need new ideas for amazing destinations to visit. Like all National Geographic books – this one is full of amazing photos, but the language and travel tips in this one are also excellent. If you’re looking for travel books for teens that inspire, add this to the list.
Peak by Roland Smith
This story follows Peak, an active, climbing-loving teen who ends up trying to summit Everest with his father to become the youngest person to climb the tallest mountain in the world. A story about overcoming challenges and understanding other perspectives, this is a great and easy read.
The Merit Birds by Kelly Powell
This story follows Cam as he moves to Laos. Full of culturally significant encounters, Cam learns to see the world in a new way the more people he meets. I loved the character development in this book and didn’t want this book end!
The Alchemist by Paula Coelho
One of the classis stories of finding yourself on your travels. The book follows Santiago on a fantastic journey as he visits new places and develops a deep and evocative appreciation for the places he travels and himself. There is plenty of self reflection paired with an element of spirituality that permeates this easy to read story.
Wish you Were Italian: An if Only Novel by Kristin Rae
After Pippa decides to ditch the art program she’s on in Italy, she embarks on an adventure of her own around Italy. This is an easy-to-read story that follows Pippa’s travels around Italy and a blossoming romance.
Travel books make excellent gifts. Looking for more gift ideas for the travelers in your family? Check out:
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