Top 5 Books to Read on the Road


Travel has its ups and downs, and waiting at the airport (or bus stop) is certainly a considered a “down” for many traveling therapists. With delays and complications, you may find yourself stuck in the same chair for hours before you can start moving. There are, fortunately, a plethora of books available to help pass the time. These five releases are some of the most popular books published on travel and make for excellent companions during the slower hours.

1. Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar

For several years, Cheryl Strayed ran an online advice column titled Dear Sugar. During this time, Strayed operated under an anonymous alias, answering the fevered questions of many people who felt lost about money, family, love, and motivation. Tiny Beautiful Things is a collection of the best posts found on the website and can be a useful pick-me-up for when life is feeling particularly challenging.

2. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

While we hope you don’t resort to hitchhiking when traveling to a new state, you can enjoy the misadventures of a flustered British man and his alien companions as they try to make sense of a bizarre galaxy. A quick, easy read that will get you giggling in public.

3. Girls Who Travel

Sometimes you don’t have to go very far to discover something new – either about the world or yourself. This novel by Nicole Trilivas hits upon the core joys of travel, making for a fun, witty, (and a little bit gritty) read.

4. Mosquitoland

Everyone has a travel story about the odd person who sat next to them. Mosquitoland drives into the heart of that experience, focusing on a girl’s thousand-mile bus trip to Cleveland full of quirky characters and unexpected twists.

5. Fast Facts for the Travel Nurse: Travel Nursing in a Nutshell

Unlike the other books, this one is more for practical purposes rather than entertainment. Fast Facts offers useful advice to traveling nurses on many aspects most people don’t consider. This includes factors that are often “boring,” but crucial to know so you can make the most of your traveling career. Topics include how to improve your benefits, payment negotiations, contract negotiations, and preparing for future assignments.
Have your gear ready but don’t know where to travel next? Take a look at our list of available healthcare jobs on Ardor Health. Positions are open for nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and more!