One of the best things about seeing a new place is the inspiration it causes. Why not increase your inspiration by adding some reading into the mix? Whether you’re going on a trip or a vacation, you’re bound to have downtime. From time waiting in the airport, to time in cabs or rental cars, you’ll have more time to read. Even if you’re driving, you can listen to books via apps like Scribd and Audible. Here are the 6 best books for traveling, each of which will expand your thinking in different ways.
Elon Musk: Inventing the Future by Ashlee Vance
You’re on a trip? Why not read about the man determined to colonize Mars? This biography reads like a novel. A true outlier, Elon Musk has started numerous highly profitable businesses in varied business sectors. He didn’t accomplish any of these things because he set out to build big businesses- he didn’t. Instead, he sought to solve big problems. This book will both inspire you to work harder, do more, and accomplish great things.
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
Looking for fiction of the intelligent sort? …Then this book is perfect. The first one hundred pages of this book are slow. Once you reach that point, it’s like rolling a large boulder up a hill. After one hundred pages, this book will fly by; you’ll be unable to put it down. Told from the point of view of the wife and each of the four daughters of an evangelical Baptist, the story takes place over three decades in Africa. You’ll find this book thought provoking. What better feeling on a trip?
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
This book is a great literary fictional work, making Oprah’s Book Club in 2004, a full three years before she featured his better known work, Love in the Time of Cholera. One Hundred Years of Solitude follows seven generations of a family in the mythical Macondo, a town founded by the patriarch of the family. Told in magic realism, the story will leave you with an expanded feeling of reality, or a heightened sense of imagination.
The Top 10 Distinctions Between Millionaires and the Middle Class by Keith Cameron Smith
Want a quick, motivational read? The 10 Top Distinctions Between Millionaires and the Middle Class is just that. Some books about wealth creation overcomplicate things, but not this one. This book is so simple, yet so accurate, you’ll want to read it over and over again, which is great, because that’s the point of the book. Continue to read and re-read this book until the principles are second nature for you, until you’ve integrated them all into your life. You’ll finish the book in 45 minutes to an hour and want to share it with everyone you know.
Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday
Sure, we know the classic mindset and leadership books, but what about a book that addresses the underlying foundation of it all? That’s right, our ego. Ryan Holiday’s Ego is the Enemy takes the teachings of the stoic philosophers and relates them to his stories as a whiz kid marketer. He talks about the ego in it’s various forms- when you’re just starting out, when you’re at the height of success, and when you’re on the decline, because as life and business cycles, so does the ego. One form of mental preparation is preparing your ego. This is another book you’ll want to read more than once, as you (and your ego) cycle through the ups and downs of life.
Business Brilliant: Surprising Lessons from the Greatest Self-Made Business Icons by Lewis Schiff
Often times, people recommend the book The Millionaire Next Door when it comes time for recommendations on making the leap to millionaire status, however, Business Brilliant: Surprising Lessons from the Greatest Self-Made Business Icons may be a better pick. Schiff makes the distinction between self-made and inherited or children of millionaires and only uses self-made millionaires in his book, whom he then compares with Americans with average incomes. The point is that any one person can become a millionaire, with the proper knowledge. This book doesn’t talk financial knowledge as much as the skill or mindset differences between two groups of people. You’ll finish this book and feel like you have a real leg up.