My Favorite Travel Books, Apps, TV Shows and Resources

A Roundup of the Best Travel Related Resources

Here is a list of my absolute all-time favorite travel books, apps, TV shows, and all-around resources!

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  • The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho
  • How to Travel the World on $50 a Day, by Matt Kepnes
  • Wild, by Cheryl Strayed
  • Eat, Pray Love, by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Into the Wild, by Jon Krakauer
  • A Walk in the Woods, by Bill Bryson


  • Airbnb for booking stays and easily accessing your reservations under the “Trips” tab
  • Delta, I usually fly Delta so I use this access to my boarding pass to avoid check-in lines
  • Lyft for ride-hailing
  • Google Translate for translating 103 languages
  • WhatsApp is a great messaging service for travelers that uses an internet connection to avoid SMS fees
  • AllTrails is a great app for planning your hikes to understand the difficulty and distance of the terrain

TV Shows

  • Travels with my Father with Jack Whitehall
  • Parts Unknown with Anthony Bourdain
  • Somebody Feed Phil with Phil Rosenthal
  • Down to Earth with Zac Efron
  • Salt Fat Acid Heat with Samin Nosrat