Extended time spent at home can be a sure way to induce a case of cabin fever. No matter how cozy your couch is, life spent inside four walls can lead the mind to wander across the globe and long for fresh experiences in new places.
When you’re stuck in your chic living room but the outside world continues to beckon, books are a great way to virtually escape to a new environment. A great novel or memoir can bring a place to life through vivid descriptions of the sights, smells, tastes, and feelings that destination inspires. A well-curated coffee table book can transport readers to a new setting, through striking images and meticulously researched reportage.
Whether diving into an immersive novel set in a European city, or flipping through a beautifully photographed coffee table book of international interiors, escaping to your dream destination is easy when you have a good stack of books on hand.
Here are 12 books that will satisfy your wanderlust and whisk you away to exotic locales from the comfort of your own living room. Happy travels!
Provence is France’s capital of charm, and nothing will whisk you away to that lush and inviting locale better than this collection of interiors and classic homes, highlighting the best of what the region has to offer in architecture and living spaces.
Each page of this expertly curated interiors book allows readers to step into a new and completely unique living space from every corner of the globe, making it a perfect addition to anyone’s coffee table.
Featuring upwards of 20 destinations across 11 countries, this gorgeous compilation of images from aerial landscape photographer Gray Malin will transport you to all of your bucket list destinations from the comfort of your couch!
Here’s a book that will not only transport readers to another place, but to another time. Hemingway’s classic memoir of life in early 20th century Paris provides a delightful virtual tour of the city during its most charming and vivacious period.
For readers interested in exploring other cultures while also learning to embrace the solitude of time spent alone, this thoughtful memoir combines fascinating reportage about Paris, Istanbul, Florence, and New York, with reflections about the power of traveling and being alone with oneself.
This new collection of correspondence from the famed British travel writer highlights his erudite flair for descriptive writing, and also serves as a biography of his one-of-a-kind, globetrotting life – a sure way to engage your wanderlust while stuck at home.
Our homes are reflections of our lives in the outside world - and for well-traveled designer Michelle Nussbaumer, that includes visits to Rome, Africa, Mexico, and China - as displayed in this gorgeous collection of her eclectic, globally inspired interior design projects.
This classic memoir about starting a new life in a new place has everything you want in a travel story – lyrical descriptions of Italian life, explorations of food and culture, and of course, the restoration of an historic villa in the Tuscan countryside. What’s not to love!
A delightfully bookish exploration of the world, Listri’s book not only looks great on a coffee table, but also provides an impressively in-depth examination of some of the most magnificent architecture around the world.
For anyone looking to take a deep dive into a specific region, this book provides a fantastic written introduction to the bold colors, textures, and patterns of Mexico’s abodes, combined with beautiful interior and architectural photography.
Come for the page-turning tale of love and murder, stay for the passages about Monte Carlo and the English countryside. This classic best-seller is famous for its drama and suspense, but the setting in a coastal English mansion will have you wanting to move in!