Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Outdoors & Nature Travel. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.
1. Eat, Pray, #FML
A year and a half into our marriage, I found out my husband had been having an affair with a nineteen-year-old for six months. I filed for divorce and left. Two weeks later I met a man, and we fell madly in love. It was a fairy-tale romance for a month and a half, and he convinced me to join him on a romantic month-long vacation in Italy. Forty-eight hours before we were supposed to get on a plane, he told me he needed to go by himself. I was devastated. So, I had a decision to make. Either stay home and be heartbroken, or go travel Europe for a month by myself. And staying at home heartbroken? F%*k. That. What does a woman do when her life has fallen apart and her heart has been ripped out and stepped on twice in two months? She goes on a wild adventure, makes some bad decisions, and does a sh*t load of soul searching. But most importantly? She finds out how to love…herself. This is so not Eat, Pray, Love. This is Eat, Pray, #FML. *Due to the mature language and content this book is recommended for readers 18+* "Even with five kids, I could NOT put this book down. I don’t think I’ve ever read something more raw, relatable, and wildly entertaining. For anyone who’s gone through love, divorce, heartbreak, or needs to learn to love themselves and take their damn power back. READ. THIS. BOOK. -Tori Spelling (Actress) "Reading this book has absolutely inspired me. These are words of pure truth. To say I needed to read this is an understatement. I'm so thankful for this book and how it opened my eyes about myself and my relationships. I'm ready to see it on the big screen!" -SCOUT TAYLOR COMPTON (Actress) "Eat, Pray, #FML is a riveting journey of what happens when your life is thrown to the wolves and you come out leading the pack. This isn't a soul-searching book, it's a soul defining book, and Gabrielle shows us how to elegantly do so...without giving a single f%*k." -K.L. RANDIS(Bestselling author of Spilled Milk : Based On A True Story)
- Author: Gabrielle Stone
- Publisher: Gabrielle Stone (June 20, 2019)
- Genre: Travel, Specialty Travel
- ISBN: 978-1733963701
- Dimensions: 6 x 0.73 x 9 inches
2. National Geographic Road Atlas 2021: Adventure Edition [United States, Canada, Mexico]
National Geographic's Road Atlas: Adventure Edition , is the ideal companion for the next time you hit the road. Includes up-to-date road maps for all 50 U.S. States, plus Canada, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. Major cities and metropolitan areas are shown in detail with inset maps that include popular attractions, infrastructure and points-of-interest. Setting this atlas apart from all other road atlases are the inclusion of detailed maps and guidebook-like recommendations on the top 100 destinations for adventure, plus the top 24 most visited National Parks. An additional resources section provides contact information for local tourism offices, plus a place name index to help easily locate a specific city. The Road Atlas: Adventure Edition is printed in North America and features a heavy duty spiral binding and clear plastic cover for durability and lay-flat reading. Folded Size = 11" x 15"
- Author: National Geographic Maps
- Publisher: Natl Geographic Society Maps; 2020th edition (August 25, 2020)
- Genre: Reference, Atlases & Maps
- ISBN: 978-0792289890
- Dimensions: 11 x 0.5 x 15 inches
3. My Best Toddler Coloring Book - Fun with Numbers, Letters, Shapes, Colors, Animals: Big Activity Workbook for Toddlers & Kids
Adorable, Fun and Engaging Preschool Workbook My Best Toddler Coloring Book is the only jumbo toddler coloring book that introduces early counting and simple word skills―in addition to shapes, letters, numbers, and animals ―with over 100 illustrations. Toddlers learn best while having fun. My Best Toddler Coloring Book helps children ages 1,2,3,4 and 5 - learn fundamental concepts like reading and counting through coloring. In the colorful, eye-catching pages of My Best Toddler Coloring Book, you'll find: Fundamental learning concepts - numbers, letters, shapes, colors, animals, simple words, and counting Bold lines - helps toddlers stay within the lines and reinforce the shapes found in this toddler coloring book More than 100 familiar illustrations - perfect for building fine motor and recognition skills Shapes - Circle, Oval, Square, Rectangle, Triangle, Star, Heart, & Diamond Numbers - 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,& 10. Counting - Guided counting from 1 to 10 of each shape Coloring - Every page is of giant size (8.5 x 11 inches), fun to color, and is presented in the super cute images that every toddler would sure to enjoy. My Best Toddler Coloring Book is an awesome toddler coloring book for fun and learning that inspires hours of enjoyment―at home or in the classroom. It is most suitable for kids age between 1- 5 years, but also suits any child who loves coloring and knowing the basics in a much more fun and exciting way!
- Author: Happy Toddlerz
- Publisher: Independently published (June 21, 2019)
- Genre: Children's Books, Activities, Crafts & Games
- ISBN: 978-1075307942
- Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.25 x 11 inches
4. Subpar Parks: America's Most Extraordinary National Parks and Their Least Impressed Visitors
**A New York Times Bestseller!** Based on the wildly popular Instagram account, Subpar Parks features both the greatest hits and brand-new content, all celebrating the incredible beauty and variety of America’s national parks juxtaposed with the clueless and hilarious one-star reviews posted by visitors. Subpar Parks , both on the popular Instagram page and in this humorous, informative, and collectible book, combines two things that seem like they might not work together yet somehow harmonize perfectly: beautiful illustrations and informative, amusing text celebrating each national park paired with the one-star reviews disappointed tourists have left online. Millions of visitors each year enjoy Glacier National Park, but for one visitor, it was simply "Too cold for me!" Another saw the mind-boggling vistas of Bryce Canyon as "Too spiky!" Never mind the person who visited the thermal pools at Yellowstone National Park and left thinking, “Save yourself some money, boil some water at home.” Featuring more than 50 percent new material, the book will include more depth and insight into the most popular parks, such as Yosemite, Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, and Acadia National Parks; anecdotes and tips from rangers; and much more about author Amber Share's personal love and connection to the outdoors. Equal parts humor and love for the national parks and the great outdoors, it's the perfect gift for anyone who loves to spend time outside as well as have a good read (and laugh) once they come indoors.
- Author: Amber Share
- Publisher: Plume (July 13, 2021)
- Genre: Arts & Photography, History & Criticism
- ISBN: 978-0593185544
- Dimensions: 7.25 x 0.66 x 9.06 inches
5. Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest
NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • From the world's leading forest ecologist who forever changed how people view trees and their connections to one another and to other living things in the forest—a moving, deeply personal journey of discovery Suzanne Simard is a pioneer on the frontier of plant communication and intelligence; she's been compared to Rachel Carson, hailed as a scientist who conveys complex, technical ideas in a way that is dazzling and profound. Her work has influenced filmmakers (the Tree of Souls of James Cameron's Avatar ) and her TED talks have been viewed by more than 10 million people worldwide. Now, in her first book, Simard brings us into her world, the intimate world of the trees, in which she brilliantly illuminates the fascinating and vital truths--that trees are not simply the source of timber or pulp, but are a complicated, interdependent circle of life; that forests are social, cooperative creatures connected through underground networks by which trees communicate their vitality and vulnerabilities with communal lives not that different from our own. Simard writes--in inspiring, illuminating, and accessible ways—how trees, living side by side for hundreds of years, have evolved, how they perceive one another, learn and adapt their behaviors, recognize neighbors, and remember the past; how they have agency about the future; elicit warnings and mount defenses, compete and cooperate with one another with sophistication, characteristics ascribed to human intelligence, traits that are the essence of civil societies--and at the center of it all, the Mother Trees: the mysterious, powerful forces that connect and sustain the others that surround them. Simard writes of her own life, born and raised into a logging world in the rainforests of British Columbia, of her days as a child spent cataloging the trees from the forest and how she came to love and respect them—embarking on a journey of discovery, and struggle. And as she writes of her scientific quest, she writes of her own journey--of love and loss, of observation and change, of risk and reward, making us understand how deeply human scientific inquiry exists beyond data and technology, that it is about understanding who we are and our place in the world, and, in writing of her own life, we come to see the true connectedness of the Mother Tree that nurtures the forest in the profound ways that families and human societies do, and how these inseparable bonds enable all our survival.
- Author: Suzanne Simard
- Publisher: Knopf (May 4, 2021)
- Genre: Science & Math, Biological Sciences
- ISBN: 978-0525656098
- Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.5 inches
6. The Comfort Crisis: Embrace Discomfort to Reclaim Your Wild, Happy, Healthy Self
“If you've been looking for something different to level up your health, fitness, and personal growth, this is it .” (Melissa Urban, Whole30 CEO and New York Times best-selling author) Discover the evolutionary mind and body benefits of living at the edges of your comfort zone and reconnecting with the wild. In many ways, we’re more comfortable than ever before. But could our sheltered, temperature-controlled, overfed, underchallenged lives actually be the leading cause of many our most urgent physical and mental health issues? In this gripping investigation, award-winning journalist Michael Easter seeks out off-the-grid visionaries, disruptive genius researchers, and mind-body conditioning trailblazers who are unlocking the life-enhancing secrets of a counterintuitive solution: discomfort. Easter’s journey to understand our evolutionary need to be challenged takes him to meet the NBA’s top exercise scientist, who uses an ancient Japanese practice to build championship athletes; to the mystical country of Bhutan, where an Oxford economist and Buddhist leader are showing the world what death can teach us about happiness; to the outdoor lab of a young neuroscientist who’s found that nature tests our physical and mental endurance in ways that expand creativity while taming burnout and anxiety; to the remote Alaskan backcountry on a demanding 33-day hunting expedition to experience the rewilding secrets of one of the last rugged places on Earth; and more. Along the way, Easter uncovers a blueprint for leveraging the power of discomfort that will dramatically improve our health and happiness, and perhaps even help us understand what it means to be human. The Comfort Crisis is a bold call to break out of your comfort zone and explore the wild within yourself.
- Author: Michael Easter
- Genre: Travel, Specialty Travel, Adventure
7. Fox and I: An Uncommon Friendship
Instant New York Times bestseller! An unforgettable memoir about the friendship between a solitary woman and a wild fox. When Catherine Raven finished her PhD in biology, she built herself a tiny cottage on an isolated plot of land in Montana. She was as emotionally isolated as she was physically, but she viewed the house as a way station, a temporary rest stop where she could gather her nerves and fill out applications for what she hoped would be a real job that would help her fit into society. In the meantime, she taught remotely and led field classes in nearby Yellowstone National Park. Then one day she realized that a mangy-looking fox was showing up on her property every afternoon at 4:15 p.m. She had never had a regular visitor before. How do you even talk to a fox? She brought out her camping chair, sat as close to him as she dared, and began reading to him from The Little Prince . Her scientific training had taught her not to anthropomorphize animals, yet as she grew to know him, his personality revealed itself and they became friends. From the fox, she learned the single most important thing about loneliness: we are never alone when we are connected to the natural world. Friends, however, cannot save each other from the uncontained forces of nature. Fox and I is a poignant and remarkable tale of friendship, growth, and coping with inevitable loss―and of how that loss can be transformed into meaning. It is both a timely tale of solitude and belonging as well as a timeless story of one woman whose immersion in the natural world will change the way we view our surroundings―each tree, weed, flower, stone, or fox.
- Author: Catherine Raven
- Publisher: Spiegel & Grau (July 6, 2021)
- Genre: Travel, Specialty Travel
- ISBN: 978-1954118003
- Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.6 x 9.3 inches
8. Moon USA National Parks: The Complete Guide to All 62 Parks (Travel Guide)
They've been dubbed America's best idea for a reason: get inspired, get outdoors, and discover the wild beauty of the United States with Moon USA National Parks . Inside you'll find: Coverage of all 62 national parks, from the misty mountains of the east and the redwoods of the west to the glaciers of Alaska and volcanoes of Hawaii, organized by region Strategic lists and itineraries: Choose from lists of the best parks for hiking, wildlife, families, and scenic drives or make your way down the list of the top ten national parks experiences across the country The best outdoor adventures in every park, including backpacking, biking, climbing, kayaking, rafting, and more, plus detailed hike descriptions and trail maps marked with distance, duration, effort level, and trailheads National parks road trips with driving times and advice for linking multiple parks, interesting stops between them, and nearby attractions and state parks Comprehensive planning resources: With maps and transportation tips, you'll have the tools to explore each park or region individually, or visit multiple for an epic national parks trip Expert advice from former park guide Becky Lomax on how to avoid crowds , what time of year to visit, and where to stay inside and outside the parks, from campgrounds to hotels Know before you go: Find essential background on climate, terrain, wildlife, history, and safety precautions, plus practical information on park fees, passes, and reservations, including how to obtain and use a National Parks Pass Gorgeous, full-color photos throughout, plus a handy keepsake section for your national parks stamps and a detachable fold-out poster map Whether you're trekking to striking vistas, rafting a wild river, or camping under the stars, find your park adventure with Moon USA National Parks . For more in-depth information on a specific park, check out one of Moon's national parks travel guides.
- Author: Becky Lomax
- Publisher: Moon Travel; 2nd edition (October 13, 2020)
- Genre: Travel, Specialty Travel
- ISBN: 978-1640499188
- Dimensions: 5.45 x 1.3 x 8.4 inches
9. Pastoral Song: A Farmer's Journey
The Acclaimed International Bestseller * Named "Nature Book of the Year" by the Sunday Times (London) * Shortlisted for the the Orwell Prize and the Royal Society of Literature's Ondaatje Prize "A MASTERPIECE. ... A poetic, practical, raw, and almost miraculously detailed picture of this ancient way of life struggling to survive and to be reborn." ― New Statesman The New York Times bestselling author of The Shepherd’s Life chronicles his family’s farm in England’s Lake District across three generations, revealing through this intimate lens the profound global transformation of agriculture and of the human relationship to the land. A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR: Sunday Times, Financial Times, New Statesman, Independent, Telegraph, Observer, and Daily Mail As a boy, James Rebanks's grandfather taught him to work the land the old way. Their family farm in the Lake District hills was part of an ancient agricultural landscape: a patchwork of crops and meadows, of pastures grazed with livestock, and hedgerows teeming with wildlife. And yet, by the time James inherited the farm, it was barely recognizable. The men and women had vanished from the fields; the old stone barns had crumbled; the skies had emptied of birds and their wind-blown song. Hailed as "a brilliant, beautiful book" by the Sunday Times (London), Pastoral Song (published in the United Kingdom under the title English Pastoral) is the story of an inheritance: one that affects us all. It tells of how rural landscapes around the world were brought close to collapse, and the age-old rhythms of work, weather, community and wild things were lost. And yet this elegy from the northern fells is also a song of hope: of how, guided by the past, one farmer began to salvage a tiny corner of England that was now his, doing his best to restore the life that had vanished and to leave a legacy for the future. This is a book about what it means to have love and pride in a place, and how, against all the odds, it may still be possible to build a new pastoral: not a utopia, but somewhere decent for us all. Published in the United Kingdom as English Pastoral .
- Author: James Rebanks
- Publisher: Custom House (August 3, 2021)
- Genre: History, Europe
- ISBN: 978-0063073272
- Dimensions: 5.79 x 1.14 x 8.52 inches
10. The Bucket List: 1000 Adventures Big & Small
With 1,000 adventures for all ages, it’s never too soon or too late to begin the things you’ve only dreamed of doing. We all have things we’d like to do—one day—but work, family, school, money, and responsibilities get in the way. This invaluable guide to fun, fantastic, and life-affirming activities features an eclectic range of ideas such as self-improvement, sports-related endeavors, natural wonders, cultural experiences, culinary delights, and more. From glassblowing in the Czech Republic to swimming with dolphins in New Zealand, The Bucket List is the perfect gift for the passionate traveler—an around-the-world, continent-by-continent listing of beaches, museums, monuments, islands, inns, restaurants, mountains, and more. Each activity is location-specific and as geographically unique as bird-watching in Kenya or driving through clouds in Sri Lanka, as well as other to-dos that can be done anywhere, such as sketching a sunset behind an architectural monument. In addition to classic outdoor pursuits, the book contains advice on how to achieve some of the most popular goals for people of all ages: direct a movie, learn to play an instrument, make pottery, protect an endangered species, name a star, try a new cuisine, or learn a new language. Whether you are more active or laid-back, serious-minded or lighthearted, you are bound to discover new, stimulating activities.
- Author: Kath Stathers
- Publisher: Universe; Illustrated edition (April 4, 2017)
- Genre: Travel, Reference
- ISBN: 978-0789332691
- Dimensions: 7 x 1.46 x 9.22 inches