2022 Travel Reading Challenge

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The great thing about reading is that it’s always an escape. Even if you’re not planning on going anywhere, there are plenty of books to keep your mind engaged and happy! 2022 is here and most of us want to travel! Have no fear if you are not able to physically travel just yet, this travel reading challenge will have you exploring the world through a new lens!

Towards the end of 2021, I started an Audible subscription, a Kindle Unlimted subscription, and actually used the Libby app on my phone that’s been sitting there for a while! Through all of these subscriptions and checking out library books, I’ve rediscovered my love for reading.

2022 Travel Reading Challenge - library

So with the new year here already, this is a reading challenge to read 1 book every month for 2022. There will be a specific focus during each month, but you can choose whichever book you’d like to read. The intention of this reading challenge is to broaden our vision of other parts of the world and have fun with different genres and focuses of books.

In this post, you’ll get a list of each month’s focus and book recommendations related to this travel reading challenge.

12 Travel Reading Focuses for Each Month of 2022

Each month’s travel reading focus is different, so you can choose to read a fiction or non-fiction book from whichever year of publication. It could be a book that’s been sitting on your “to be read” shelf for a while or a newly released book you pre-ordered. Have fun with the challenge and let’s do this together!

  1. January: Read a book located in a wintery or cold place
  2. February: Read a book about love abroad
  3. March: Read a book located in Europe
  4. April: Read a book located in North America
  5. May: Read a book located in South America
  6. June: Read a book about taking a vacation
  7. July: Read a book located in Africa
  8. August: Read a book located in Asia
  9. September: Read a book located in Oceania
  10. October: Read a book that with a strong a historical context
  11. November: Read a travel memoir
  12. December: Read a book about a holiday set abroad
2022 Travel Reading Challenge Grid 1

***Note: for most of the books listed, I have not personally read them, but they are on my to-be-read list. Check out my GoodReads profile and let’s be friends: Pafoua’s Good Reads Profile

January: Read a Book Located in a Wintery Location or a Cold Place

Since January still has low temperatures, it only makes sense to read a book set in a cold place so you can still enjoy a hot cup of cocoa and snuggle up by the warm fireplace.

Recommended Travel Reads

2022 Travel Reading Challenge: January Cold Place - The Great Alone

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

  • adult historical fiction
  • family
  • set in Alaska
2022 Travel Reading Challenge: January Cold Place - Beartown

Beartown by Fredrick Backman

  • contemporary adult fiction
  • sports
  • set in small-town Sweden
2022 Travel Reading Challenge: January Cold Place - Snow Falling on Cedars

Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson

  • adult historical fiction
  • mystery
  • set in fictional San Piedro
2022 Travel Reading Challenge: January Cold Place - How the Penguins Saved Veronica

How the Penguins Saved Veronica by Hazel Prior

  • adult fiction
  • humor
  • set in Antarctica

February: Read a Book About Love Abroad

February is all about romance, so this month find a book with a bit of extra sparkle. As we all love traveling and exploring new places, choose a sappy story for an interesting read!

Recommended Travel Reads

2022 Travel Reading Challenge: February Romance - The Flatshare

The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

  • adult fiction
  • romance
  • set in London
2022 Travel Reading Challenge: February Romance - People We Meet on Vacation

People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry

  • adult fiction
  • romance
  • set in Palm Springs with trips abroad
2022 Travel Reading Challenge: February Romance - The Spanish Love Deception

The Spanish Love Deception by Elena Armas

  • adult fiction
  • romance
  • set in Spain
2022 Travel Reading Challenge: February Romance - The Layover

The Layover by Lacie Waldon

  • adult fiction
  • romance
  • set in Belize

March: Read a Book Located in Europe

We have a wealth of new books to choose from this month! So many that you’ll be spoiled for choice, I’m sure. But don’t worry because there are some old favorites too. For our first continent, choose a book that has a setting in Europe for the month of March.

Recommended Travel Reads

2022 Travel Reading Challenge: March Europe - Wahala

Wahala by Nikki May

  • fictional thriller
  • Anglo-Nigerian
  • set in London
2022 Travel Reading Challenge: March Europe - Yinka Huzband

Yinka, Where is Your Huzband? by Lizzie Blackburn

  • contemporary adult fiction
  • Anglo-Nigerian
  • set in England
2022 Travel Reading Challenge: March Europe - Patron Saint of Second Chances

The Patron Saint of Second Chances by Christine Simon

  • adult fiction
  • set in Italy
  • expected publication date is April 12, 2022 (feel free to replace with April’s book)
2022 Travel Reading Challenge: March Europe - The Zookeepers Wife

The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman

  • adult historical fiction
  • holocaust themes
  • set in Germany / Poland

April: Read a Book Located in North America

April is the perfect month for you to get lost in a book. With so many great books out there and all those wonderful settings across North America—you can’t go wrong since there are so many to choose from. Take one off your shelf and jump into North America this month!

Recommended Travel Reads

2022 Travel Reading Challenge: April North America - November 9

November 9 by Colleen Hoover

  • adult fiction
  • romance
  • set in Los Angeles and New York City with a lot of flying back and forth
2022 Travel Reading Challenge: April North America - Black Cake

Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson

  • adult historical fiction
  • family
  • set in the Carribean / California
2022 Travel Reading Challenge: April North America - Truth and Other Lies

Truth and Other Lies by Maggie Smith

  • adult fiction
  • suspense
  • set in Chicago
2022 Travel Reading Challenge: April North America - Home for Unwanted Girls

The Home for Unwanted Girls by Joanna Goodman

  • adult fiction
  • family
  • set in Canada

May: Read a Book Located in South America

What better way to escape from the cold winter months than by reading a book with an exotic setting? South America is chock-full of beautiful places and interesting characters, so take your mind off those chilly days! When it comes time for you next read something new try checking out one that takes place in the southern hemisphere.

Recommended Travel Reads

2022 Travel Reading Challenge: May South America - Wild Coast

Wild Coast: Travels on South America’s Untamed Edge by John Gimlette

  • non-fiction
  • travel
  • Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana
2022 Travel Reading Challenge: May South America - On a Night of a Thousand Stars

On a Night of a Thousand Stars by Andrea Yuryura Clark

  • adult historical fiction
  • set in Argentina
2022 Travel Reading Challenge: May South America - House of the Spirits

The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende

  • adult fiction
  • family
  • set in Latin America
2022 Travel Reading Challenge: May South America - Treasure of the World

Treasure of the World by Tara Sullivan

  • young adult fiction
  • adventure
  • set in Bolivia
2022 Travel Reading Challenge: May South America - The Tenth Island

The Tenth Island by Diana Marcum

  • adult non-fiction
  • autobiography, memoir
  • set in Azores Islands

June: Read a Book About Taking a Vacation

June is finally here, and if you’re anything like me then the only thing on your mind right now is vacations. Why not take some time to read about how book characters have created their perfect June vacation? I’m sure there’s at least one book to inspire ideas for a great trip of your own or enjoy while you’re traveling!

Recommended Travel Reads

2022 Travel Reading Challenge: June Vacation - Getaway Girls

The Getaway Girls by Dee MacDonald

  • adult fiction
  • romance
  • travel through Italy and France
2022 Travel Reading Challenge: June Vacation - The Jetsetters

The Jetsetters by Amanda Eyre Ward

  • adult fiction
  • family
  • travel through Europe
2022 Travel Reading Challenge: June Vacation - Meet Me in Paradise

Meet Me in Paradise by Libby Hubscher

  • adult fiction
  • romance, travel
  • travel to Saba
2022 Travel Reading Challenge: June Vacation - The Honeymoon

The Honeymoon by Rona Halsall

  • adult fiction
  • thriller
  • travel for honeymoon

July: Read a Book Located in Africa

You’re in the mood for a vacation and you don’t know where to go? Why not take your mind off of things by reading an amazing book from somewhere far away like Africa. Since we’re in the middle of summer anyway, let’s bring on the heat!

Recommended Travel Reads

2022 Travel Reading Challenge: July Africa - Homegoing

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

  • adult fiction
  • family
  • set in Ghana and America
2022 Travel Reading Challenge: July Africa - Girl with Louding Voice

The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Dare

  • adult fiction
  • coming of age
  • set in Nigeria
2022 Travel Reading Challenge: July Africa - Kololo Hill

Kololo Hill by Neema Shah

  • adult fiction
  • family
  • set in Uganda
2022 Travel Reading Challenge: July Africa - Poisonwood Bible

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

  • adult fiction
  • religion
  • set in the Belgian Congo
2022 Travel Reading Challenge: July Africa - Half of a Yellow Sun

Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

  • adult historical fiction
  • political
  • set in Nigeria

August: Read a Book Located in Asia

Asia has my heart, partly because I’m Asian, but mostly because I lived there for 4 years. There are some great locations where you can find your perfect novel to read about this amazing continent. Check out the titles below for some inspiration!

Recommended Travel Reads

2022 Travel Reading Challenge: August Asia - Pachinko

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

  • adult historical fiction
  • cultural
  • set in Japan and Korea
2022 Travel Reading Challenge: August Asia - The Rice Mother

The Rice Mother by Rani Manicka

  • adult historical fiction
  • family
  • set in Malaysia
2022 Travel Reading Challenge: August Asia - Crazy Rich Asians

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

  • adult fiction
  • family
  • set in Singapore
2022 Travel Reading Challenge: August Asia - Hummingbird Lane

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa Lee

  • adult fiction
  • family / adoption story
  • set in China
2022 Travel Reading Challenge: August Asia - Tiger Moms Tale

The Tiger Mom’s Tale by Lyn Liao Butler

  • adult fiction
  • family
  • set in Taiwan

September: Read a Book Located in Oceania

With the cold front coming in soon, take a trip to Oceania for some warm weather! This is our last continent setting for the year, so choose a good one!

Recommended Travel Reads

2022 Travel Reading Challenge: September Oceania - Growing up Aboriginal

Growing up Aboriginal in Australia edited by Anita Heiss

  • adult non-fiction
  • memoir / autobiographies
  • set in Australia
2022 Travel Reading Challenge: September Oceania.- The Whale Rider

The Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera

  • young adult fiction
  • coming of age
  • set in New Zealand
2022 Travel Reading Challenge: September Oceania - Chappy

Chappy by Patricia Grace

  • adult fiction
  • family
  • set in New Zealand
2022 Travel Reading Challenge: September Oceania - Light Between Oceans

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

  • adult historical fiction
  • family
  • set in Australia
2022 Travel Reading Challenge: September Oceania - A Fortunate Life

A Fortunate Life by Albert B. Facey

  • adult non-fiction
  • autobiography, memoir
  • set in Australia

October: Read a Book With a Strong Historical Context

The world is changing, and so are we. In the past few years alone we have experienced a global pandemic! For the month of October, choose a book that has a strong historical context. Though the list below has many references to war, you might find something else that piques your interest even more!

Recommended Travel Reads

2022 Travel Reading Challenge: October History - Rose Code

The Rose Code by Kate Quinn

  • adult historical fiction
  • World War II
  • set in 1940s England
2022 Travel Reading Challenge: October History - The Lost Apothecary

The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner

  • adult historcial fiction
  • mystery, thriller
  • set in 18th century and present day London
2022 Travel Reading Challenge: October History - Nature of Fragile Things

The Nature of Fragile Things by Susan Meissner

  • adult historical fiction
  • family, mystery
  • set in early 1900s San Francisco
2022 Travel Reading Challenge: October History - Band of Sisters

Band of Sisters by Lauren Willig

  • adult historical fiction
  • World War II
  • set in early 1900s France
2022 Travel Reading Challenge: October History - Venice Sketchbook

The Venice Sketchbook by Rhys Bowen

  • adult historical fiction
  • World War II
  • set in 1900s Venice, Italy

November: Read a Travel Memoir

It’s always fun to read about real people and their travel stories. For the month of November, choose a memoir or autobiography — you never know, you might be inspired to follow in someone else’s footsteps! Since we’re nearing the end of the year, this could also be a great time to think about new year goals or resolutions, too!

Recommended Travel Reads

2022 Travel Reading Challenge: November Memoirs - Wild

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

  • adult non-fiction
  • autobiography
  • set on the Pacific Crest Trail

2022 Travel Reading Challenge: November Memoirs - Confessions of Paris Party Girl

Confessions of a Paris Party Girl: A Humorous Travel Memoir by Vicki Lesage

  • adult non-fiction
  • autobiography
  • set in France
2022 Travel Reading Challenge: November Memoirs - Not That Anyone Asked

Not That Anyone Asked: A Travel Memoir about Sex, Drugs, Love, and Finding Purpose by Travis King

  • adult non-fiction
  • autobiography
  • backpacking travel
2022 Travel Reading Challenge: November Memoirs - In a Sunburned Country

In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson

  • adult non-fiction
  • autobiography
  • set in Australia

2022 Travel Reading Challenge: November Memoirs - Walking to Listen

Walking to Listen by Andrew Forsthoefel

  • adult non-fiction
  • autobiography; coming of age
  • set in America

December: Read a Book About a Holiday Set Abroad

December is by far one of my favorite months: the nostalgia, Christmas spirit, flavors, smells, and everything! Choose a book this month about a holiday spent abroad. Even if you don’t get to physically travel, you can visit a new world through a book!

Recommended Travel Reads

2022 Travel Reading Challenge: December Holiday - They Hygge Holiday

The Hygge Holiday by Rosie Blake

  • adult ficiton
  • romance
  • set in Yulthorpe
2022 Travel Reading Challenge: December Holiday - Holiday Awesome

The Book of (Holiday) Awesome by Neil Parischa

  • adult non-fiction
  • short stories, humor
  • from a Canadia author
2022 Travel Reading Challenge: December Holiday - One Family Christmas

One Family Christmas by Bella Osborne

  • adult fiction
  • romance
  • set in her Nana’s house
2022 Travel Reading Challenge: December Holiday - One Day in December

One Day in December by Josie Silver

  • adult fiction
  • romance
  • set in London
2022 Travel Reading Challenge: December Holiday - The Vacation

The Vacation by T.M. Logan

  • adult fiction
  • mystery, thriller
  • set in Provence

Where to Read Books Digitally

2022 Travel Reading Challenge - girl reading books on her kindle

The Libby Application

Libby, I’m thinking short for “library,” is a free app you can download to your phone or tablet. Once downloaded, you can link your library card to the Libby app and start putting digital and audiobooks on hold or checking them out immediately. It’s quite an amazing app! I am currently living in California, but my Libby app is connected to my previous library in Colorado, so you can use the app with any local library.

Technically, you can read the books right on the app, but I prefer sending them over to my Kindle app. Once the loan is over, the book will no longer be accessible and be removed from your Kindle app.

Amazon Books

There are 2 ways to read books through Amazon. The first is a $10 per month Kindle Unlimited subscription. Amazon has grown the Kindle Unlimited library vastly so you have access to 1.5 million books, magazines, and more. You can only hold up to 10 Unlimited books at once so when you’re done, those books will need to be returned in order for you to read more. Kindle Unlimited books are well known for self-published books or books that aren’t well-known.

On the other hand, Amazon Prime Reading is another option if you are a Prime member. The library is smaller but you’ll have access to more well-known books. Hooked to Books has a great explanation of the 2 subscriptions in case you want to read more before committing.

Audible

The last recommendation for getting digital books, or in this case audiobooks, is Audible. Audible is a $15 a month premium subscription where you get 1 credit for any premium audiobook in the library to use once a month. A premium book is a well-known bestseller that Audible has the ability to sell on its platform. Apart from that 1 credit per month, you have access to any other audiobook in the Audible library.

Let’s Crush the 2022 Travel Reading Challenge!

2022 Travel Reading Challenge - girl reading a book outside

The travel reading challenge is a great way to explore different cultures and countries by taking the journey through books. I can’t wait to hear about your adventures as you read through your 12 titles this year!

What country are you going to virtually visit first? Have any of these books made it on your list already? Comment below and share your top books! Happy Reading!


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My Favorite Travel Tips + Resources

Here is a quick glance at all my go-to travel tips and resources that I use to plan every trip! For more information, check out my travel resources page.

  • Booking flights: I use Google Flights to check all routes and find the best flights. Then I compare them with Expedia (for reward points) and Skyscanner (for the lowest prices) before I book.
  • Accommodations: I love budget-friendly rentals or booking at a hotel where I can earn points. For hotels, I go through Booking.com or book directly with Marriott (for points + rewards). When I travel internationally, I’ll book through Hostelworld for very budget-friendly stays. For vacation rentals, I usually look through Airbnb, but you could also use Vrbo. Expedia also has some great bundles for hotels, flights, and car rentals altogether.
  • Transportation: For travel in the United States, I love renting through Expedia with Enterprise or Thrifty. They have been consistent and provide the best customer service. For international travel, I’ll book through Rome2Rio or Eurail for trains or bus fares.
  • Travel Credit Card: I book all my travel (flights, hotels, car rentals) through my favorite travel credit card. I also use this card for everything on my trip including dining, excursions, and souvenirs. Apart from earning 5x more points towards free travel, there are amazing benefits: no foreign transaction fees, trip cancellation/interruption insurance, trip delay reimbursement (so I can book worry-free), fraud protection, emergency assistance – it’s really a great deal! Check it out here!
  • Vaccines and Medications: Check the CDC website for updates on necessary vaccines to enter a country, including updates on Covid-19 and recommended places to visit. I recommend getting all the vaccines you need before you go!
  • Tours + Experiences: I absolutely love my tours! Everything from eerie walking ghost tours to food tours, I’ll usually book something every trip either through Viator or GetYourGuide. I also love LastMinute.com for very affordable tickets to theaters and other experiences in Europe.
  • What to Pack: I almost always travel by backpack. For products I like, check out my packing guide page for all the things I take with me on different trips.

12 Comments

  1. Hi Laurel! So glad you enjoyed the challenge! Let me know if you do the challenge and maybe we can exchange book ideas! 🙂

  2. Wow! This is a great idea and a great list with good info about expanded access to book reading and resources. Thank you! Jammed packed full of info. I loved it!

  3. Hi Catherine! I’m so glad you found some new inspiration! I just subscribed to Audible a few months ago and it changed my life! Now I go through books SO much quicker! Happy Reading! 🙂

  4. I love this 2022 reading challenge!!! I read a ton, between Audible, Libby, our library books, and more, so I’m always looking for new titles. I just requested several of these! Thanks for the ideas!!

  5. Hi Josy! I’ve never been a part of a book club before, but if this challenge goes well, I will definitely consider starting one! It would be so cool to have a book club with other travelers around the world!

  6. Hi Faith! Thank you for the book confirmation! I’ll definitely have to read it when we get to Africa! I’m glad that we can talk books to understand other cultures better. 🙂

  7. Hi Hannah! It’s my first time doing such a reading challenge too. If you do try it, let me know what books you’re reading!

  8. Hi Christina! I’m glad you enjoyed this list of books. Let me know how your travel readings go!

  9. This is a brilliant idea! I love that your challenge will take us all around the world with diverse points of views and different styles of writing. This makes me miss my book club from back home (I didn’t find a new one since I moved countries…) If you ever set up an online book club for this challenge, i’d totally join. 🙂

  10. I love so many of these books, but my favorite is Adichie’s Half of the Yellow Sun. I am an English teacher and traveler so this is my total jam. Thanks for the list!

  11. I absolutely love this idea! As a travel lover and a bookworm, this is right up my street! I’m keen to read more books in 2022 so I might just join you on this challenge! Thanks for sharing it!

  12. Christina says:

    Great list. I love taking my Kindle when I travel and loading it up with library e-books. I’ve never thought much about reading travel related books when I’m “stuck” at home. Great suggestion.

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