Man relaxing while reading a book in airplane

It's no secret that window seats on airplanes are usually a hot commodity. But even if you're lucky enough to score a seat with a view, how many hours can you really take of staring at clouds or an endless array of mountains before falling asleep to pure boredom? Well friends, this common problem can be easily solved with a good book. Whether it's a physical page-turner or one uploaded to your Kindle, books have a way of making time pass by faster — so grab one of the titles listed below and lose yourself in a great travel story. Trust us, you'll be there in real life before you know it. 

1,000 Places to See Before You Die

As one of the world’s bestselling travel books, there's no reason that you shouldn't already own this title. Not only is 1,000 Places to See Before You Die able to inspire a wish list of places you may want to go via its well written suggestions and coloured photographs, but it also serves as a practical guide for where to visit within these different places as well.

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Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders

One flip through Atlas Obscura and it may come as a shock that the natural wonders of the world include more than the mere handful you learned about in school. Filled with over 700 of them, you can learn all about the surreal glowworm caves in New Zealand, Turkmenistan’s Gates of Hell, a 40-year hole of fire, and more. Just one note of warning: this book will make you want to go see these wonders for yourself. 

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Three Cups of Tea

Follow Greg Mortensen in his journey through the Middle East as he combats terrorism via the implementation of schools within various isolated and dangerous areas. While Three Cups of Tea is a heavier story (what with all of the turmoil) there are also various positive encounters throughout to make the journey worth it.

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The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life

Simply keeping a positive mindset doesn’t necessarily help you to truly become happier. In The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, Mark Manson uses various sources, including research and humor, to really drive home the idea that understanding our limitations and accepting them will ultimately take us further in life than avoiding or changing them.

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The Alchemist

The Alchemist is a modern-day classic that has caught the hearts of millions around the world. Following the main character, Santiago, as he listens to his heart and follows his dreams in a global search for treasure, it's a book that's both motivating and inspirational for those looking for change.

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Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

Even in the most depressing chapters of her own life, Cheryl Strayed took matters into her own hands and lifted herself back up. Reading her endeavour to this goal in Wild, you can experience with her the voyage she takes across the Pacific Crest Trail and the experiences that came along the way.

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The Year of Living Danishly: Uncovering the Secrets of the World’s Happiest Country

Who knew that the happiest place on earth isn’t Disneyland, but Denmark? While this theory may be up for debate, Helen Russell decided to discover the truth for herself and set out to live in Denmark for a year. Follow her story and the inevitable happiness that comes with it in The Year of Living Danishly.

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Eat Pray Love

Yes, we all know the movie, but have you read the book? In the classic Eat Pray Love, Elizabeth Gilbert leaves her so-called successful life behind in order to find herself — without others telling her who she is, and all while enjoying what the world has to offer. From eating in Italy to loving in Bali, this page-turner is full of thoughtful and reflective emotions. 

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Cloud Atlas: A Novel

Following the lives of four protagonists, readers get a feel of how the lives of each are influenced by not only the country they are from, but also by the time period they exist in. However, Cloud Atlas does more than just follow the lives of these characters; it also connects their fates together, showing the possibility of connection despite the differences between time and space. 

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The Beach

Alex Garland’s The Beach follows a young backpacker to a place that has been supposedly been undiscovered by tourists. However, upon his discovery of the island he finds that it is not only inhabited, but rather made of a community of international backpackers who have created their own society.

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