The Best Coffee Table Books To Cure Your Travel Bug In Your Bougie Apartment

Oh, traveling. In your heart, you're skiing down the snowy slopes of Aspen, Colorado, or skipping down the cobblestone streets of Brussels. But then, you snap out of it and realize your wanderlust has got you daydreaming once again. Alas, you're only chilling on the couch in your bougie apartment. The best coffee table books won't physically transport you to these enchanting locations, but they'll satisfy all of your desires.

There's nothing like trying to subside a traveler's itch, especially from within the four walls of your home. Yes, they're beautifully decorated walls, but no matter how long you stare at them, they'll never turn into a tropical white sand beach. But losing yourself in a great book? That's a different story.

Books have always been able to transport our imaginations to unbelievable places and scenarios without requiring a passport. Sure, you should be proud that you can nestle up in that lovely apartment of yours, but the traveler in you craves more.

Your coffee table should consists of books that will make that cup of Joe on a Saturday morning that much more relaxing. Yeah, you're likely dreaming morning, noon, and all night long about traveling the world, but there's no such thing as fantasizing too much about exploring. You may not be able to start packing your bags just yet, but with any of these books as your compass, you'll feel like you've been all over the globe.

1"Why LA? Pourquoi Paris?" By Diane Ratican

Why LA? Pourquoi Paris?


This book compares the qualities of Los Angeles and Paris with one of your favorite things: pictures. Through illustrations, Eris Giriat and Nick Lu provide a colorful interpretation of history, culture, fashion, and things of that nature that occur in both places. Paired with the personal stories of Diane Ratican, you'll get another perspective of how awesome these two destinations really are.

2"Life's A ROADTRIP" By Axel & Ash



This gorgeous edition of "Life's a ROADTRIP" will add a lovely hint of rose gold and white vegan leather to your coffee table. You'll be swooning over the cover before you even see the beautiful pages inside. This book will allow you to follow carefree travelers and find inspo to not only idealize your perfect road trip, but how to plan and Instagram it when you do. The open road is calling your name.

3"The Bucket List" By Kath Stathers

The Bucket List: 1000 Adventures Big & Small

Urban Outfitters

You'll get major butterflies over the dynamic adventures of one traveler's adventures. Aside from descriptions of the author's own experiences, you'll get advice about how to achieve your own bucket list dreams. You might even add a few more ideas to your list after skimming through this.

4"Beaches" By Gray Malin



Are you low-key obsessed with the beach? Well, this book explores the most vibrant beaches you've ever seen. Get ready to feel like you're sitting on the soft sands of Dubai or attempting to surf in Sydney. With over 20 cities across the globe to dive into, you'll be looking for your bathing suit so you can experience the real thing ASAP.

5"The Lost Girls" By Jennifer Baggett, Holly C. Corbett, And Amanda Pressner

The Lost Girls:Three Friends. Four Continents. One Unconventional Detour Around the World.


Have you ever wanted to drop everything and travel the world? Well, these three friends did just that. Read about how these ladies ditched their jobs in The Big Apple and bid farewell to family and friends for a year-long backpacking trip. The whole concept is pretty inspiring.

6"Destinations Of A Lifetime" By National Geographic

Destinations Of A Lifetime

National Geographic

A picture is worth a thousand words. National Geographic is already known for shining a spotlight on the most incredible gems this planet has to offer. These pics will send your wanderlust soaring as you set your sights on rainforests, scenic islands, and so many more man-made and natural locations around the world.

7"Mickey Mouse & Me" By RANKIN

Mickey Mouse & Me

There's no doubt Mickey has touched the lives of many, and Disney will forever give us so much wanderlust. To celebrate the 90th anniversary of Mickey Mouse, and to aid the UK charity Together for Short Lives, icons are coming together to pay tribute. Celebrities from the music and fashion worlds, and more, will give you so much Disney nostalgia, one portrait at a time. The book is set to release this summer on eBay. You'll want to book a Disney Cruise ASAP.

8"Vagabonding" By Rolf Potts

Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel


The idea of putting your daily schedule on hold to explore the world likely sounds like a dream come true, right? Well, what if there were a guide to help you seize that idea and travel the world at your own pace? This book will get you so excited to start drafting your game plan.

Sometimes feeding your wanderlust can't involve booking a trip right then and there. Luckily, adventure can be as little as a page away.