Departures: The Best Travel Reads For 2018

A stack of books and sunglasses on the beach

In our 24/7 world, a flight is one of the rare stretches of time where it’s easy to unplug, unwind, and take a few moments for yourself. Whether you’re a window seat girl or you’re all about the aisle, your time at 35,000 feet will go by so much more smoothly when you’re accompanied by a few great travel reads. This year, turn the sky into your very own luxe library. Kick back, order an in-flight glass of wine, and get lost in one of the fantastic books below.

Crazy Rich Asians
by Kevin Kwan

Crazy Rich Asians book by Kevin Kwan

This hilarious book takes a laugh-out-loud look at money, social climbing, and romance against the backdrop of a wealthy Singaporean family. It has everything a perfect travel read needs!

How To Pack: Travel Smart For Any Trip by Hitha Palepu 

                How To Pack by Hitha Palepu book 

How To Pack | $6 | Amazon

If you struggle to get your suitcase to close or always forget to pack the one thing you really need, this gorgeous little book is a game changer. With the help of beautiful illustrations (some of which are inspired by Hudson+Bleecker!), you’ll learn everything you need to know to make packing a breezy and seamless process.

The Girls 
by Emma Cline

 The Girls by Emma Cline book

This compelling novel exploring the dynamics of a 1960s cult and life as a teenage girl is a sensational bestseller.


How To Be Parisian Wherever You Are by Audrey Diwan, Sophie Mas, Anne Berest, and Caroline De Maigret

How To Be Parisian Wherever You Are book

How To Be Parisian Wherever You Are | $10 | Amazon

Women around the world look up to the ladies of Paris for their sense of style, and laid-back attitude. So what do they know that the rest of us don’t? In this delightful travel read, four fabulous French women will tell you exactly how it’s done.

The Lemon Grove by Helen Walsh

The Lemon Grove by Helen Walsh book
This novel brings the definition of “beach read” to a whole new level with steamy romance scenes and tantalizing descriptions of hazy summer days. Make sure not to leave this book open when your flight attendant leans over your seat to hand you a drink, because the racier passages just might make you blush.

The Wisdom of
Sundays by Oprah Winfrey

The Wisdom of Sundays Oprah Winfrey book

Add a little inspiration to your flight with wisdom from thought leaders featured on Oprah’s famous Super Soul Sunday television series. This book’s pages feature insights from badass admirable women like Elizabeth Gilbert, Arianna Huffington, Shonda Rhimes, and Marianne Williamson.

All Over The Place
by Geraldine DeRuiter

All Over The Place by Geraldine DeRuiter book

All Over The Place | $16.85 | Amazon

If you love travel reads and laughs, this memoir is for you. In this book, blogger Geraldine DeRuiter takes readers through some of the wildest adventures of her round-the-world travels.


The Versions Of Us by Laura Barnett

The Versions Of Us by Laura Barnett book

This beautiful novel weaves a web of the “could, should have, would have” questions that follow us through life. After the book’s two main characters meet by chance, readers are taken on a journey through three possible outcomes for the pair, and it’s absolutely stunning.

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