20 YA books to make you travel this summer

Hi friends, happy Wednesday! It’s almost summer here in the Northern Hemisphere and, as you might know it, I’m ALL for summertime and warmth and all of the happy feelings that go with it, for me. Summer is also my favorite time of the year because I get the chance to travel a little bit and, if you know me a little bit, I LIVE for these kind of adventures.

Today, I thought I’d share some books that made me want to travel and explore the world. Whether they’re set in a specific place, are road-trips kind of books or just have some moments set in particular settings that made me all dreamy…. They’re all here and I hope they will make you want to travel, too.

I hope you’ll enjoy my recommendations!

You can click on the covers to get to the goodreads page of the book!

🌍 YA Books To Make You Travel This Summer

Wanderlost, Jen Malone

Why I recommend it πŸ”Ž Wanderlost was such a sweet contemporary to read, filled with travelling, unexpected meetings, romance and all of the wanderlust you need!

Where will you travel to? ✈️  Europe: Amsterdam, Vienna, Prague, Monaco…


This Is How It Happened, Paula Stokes

Why I recommend it πŸ”Ž This is one of my favorite books EVER so obviously I have to recommend it. It deals with tough topics, but also made me travel a bit with all of the gorgeous landscapes and adventures in the national park.

Where will you travel to? ✈️  Zion National Park (USA)

πŸ“– read my review

Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, Morgan Matson

Why I recommend it πŸ”Ž I can’t have a list mentioning traveling and not mention this book, one of my favorites by Morgan Matson. It has a road trip and wonderful characters I loved.

Where will you travel to? ✈️  Road trip from California to Connecticut, USA.

Points of Departure, Emily O’Beirne

Why I recommend it πŸ”Ž This book isn’t too popular, but really it’s a really fun contemporary I’d recommend with a fun, diverse cast of characters. If the travelling was more of a background to their own development, I adored seeing them making such huge trips across the world and it’s an ideal book to make you want to hop on a plane!

Where will you travel to? ✈️  Australia, Portugal, Italy, Slovenia, England and Thailand.

The Astonishing Color of After, Emily X.R.Pan

Why I recommend it πŸ”Ž I loved this book SO much and therefore you should read it, that’s all, that’s my argument. The author’s writing is absolutely stunning and I traveled to Taiwan with the main character, saw the city through her eyes and the night markets and food and everything and this was a wonderful read.

Where will you travel to? ✈️  Taiwan.

πŸ“– read my review

Small Town Hearts, Lillie Vale

Why I recommend it πŸ”Ž Okay so hear me out for a second. Small Town Hearts might have a fictional town at its heart, but… the little houses, the beach, the lighthouse, everything about it all just makes me want to travel there as soon as possible and…. this book is just too good for summertime okay READ THIS.

Where will you travel to? ✈️  Oar’s Rest, Maine, USA… okay, so any cute little small town by the sea you’re dreaming of.

πŸ“– read my review

The sisterhood of the traveling pants, Ann Brashares

Why I recommend it πŸ”Ž An oldie but a goodie here, friends, I remember loving this book and the bonds the characters had, even halfway across the world. It’s a book to make you travel here and there, but worth reading for its awesome characters too for sure!

Where will you travel to? ✈️  Santorini (Greece), Mexico, South Carolina (USA).


13 Little Blue Envelopes, Maureen Johnson

Why I recommend it πŸ”Ž I read this one a long time ago, but I remember really loving it, following the main character as she travels all around Europe, following her aunt’s letters like a paper chase. A real fun read that makes me want to pick up my backpack and hop on a plane.

Where will you travel to? ✈️  All over Europe: England, Scotland, France, Italy, Denmark…

Isla and the Happily Ever After, Stephanie Perkins

Why I recommend it πŸ”Ž The Anna and the French Kiss has its problematic elements, most especially in its first book and its relationship there, but the third book in the series is really my favorite of them all, most likely because Isla is, well, me, and this book had plenty of wanderlust and swoony moments.

Where will you travel to? ✈️  New York City (USA), Paris (France), Barcelona (Spain).

The Geography of You And Me, Jennifer E. Smith

Why I recommend it πŸ”Ž Jennifer E. Smith writes wonderful contemporaries and I have fond memories of this one, as the two main characters are apart from each other, exploring different places in the world while still keeping in touch. Such a lovely read.

Where will you travel to? ✈️ New York City (USA), Edinburgh (Scotland), London (England), Rome (Italy), Portland (USA), Seattle (USA)….


β˜‚οΈ You might also be interested in my contemporary summer reads recommendations.

Did you read any of these books? What are some books you’d recommend if I’m looking to get all of the wanderlust feels?

Let me know in comments!





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103 thoughts on “20 YA books to make you travel this summer

  1. Oh my god I love Amy and Rogers epic detour. These books bring me so much happiness and warmth ahhh. I’ve not read a lot of these but I’m esp excited for the astonishing colour of after β€β˜€ thank you for your recommendations 😭❀

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    1. Ahhh so happy you love it, it’s such a great read! ❀
      I hope you will get to read the astonishing color soon, I loved it with all my heart ❀
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment! ❀


  2. I love that you’ve included the places that you’ll get to see when reading these books! There are also some that I really want to get on with on here: Small Town Hearts (which I’ve added to my TBR fairly recently), The Sisterhood Of The Travelling Pants and The Geography Of Me And You (both of which I’ve been meaning to read for ages and 13 Little Blue Envelopes which I’ve owned a copy of for years :L I’ll have to try and get at least a few of them read over the summer as they sound like fantastic summer reads πŸ˜€

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    1. Ahhh thank you, I’m so happy you enjoyed them, took me a while to remember/find again where everyone went haha πŸ˜€
      I hope you’ll be able to get to reading some of these books, they are perfect summer reads! Keep me updated!! πŸ˜€

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  3. ooh I LOVED This Is How It Happened! It’s so good but so underrated compared to her other books. I also really liked WANDERLOST when I read it and keep meaning to read Changes in Latitude. Great list, Marie!

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  4. I loved Points of Departure and it definitely made me want to travel more. These books are dangerous for me. We have a trip booked for October and I’m already looking for next spring. We generally can only afford to go on one trip per year, but this year was the exception. I hope to visit more places and my bucket list is huge.

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    1. Ahahah yes, these kind of books just make you wish you could pack your packs and travel right away haha πŸ™‚ I’m certain you’ll cross places off your bucket list, one place at a time! πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much for your comment! πŸ˜€

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  5. Such a wonderful idea for a post! I love it when a book makes me travel… I’ve read a few of these myself including Wanderlost, The Geography Of Me And You and 13 Little Blue Envelopes. Love & Gelato is another read with that summer travel feel. πŸ™‚

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  6. I haven’t read any books when characters go travelling but I love travelling so I really should and this was a lovely list!! The geography of me and you sounds like a good book and definitely covers lots of nice places– it will definitely make me want to travel!! πŸ˜‚
    I really want to read Small Town Hearts too– I love small towns by the sea so I think I would be very happy in this book!! And I now have some great recommendations for books with travel!! πŸ’›
    I recently read City of Ghosts which is set in Edinburgh on my way to Edinburgh and I loved that– the book explored the city a bit and had little bits of history so I’m so glad I read it when I did!! 😊
    Great post!! πŸ’›


    1. Ahh, I hope you’ll give some of these books a try then, they’re perfect if you’re looking to travel a bit without really moving from your couch haha πŸ˜€
      Ohhh that’s amazing! I love it when this happens and I can’t wait to read City of Ghosts someday πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much ❀

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  7. I have heard good things about Morgan Matson but I really didn’t enjoy the one I picked up. I might be tempted to try again with a different book. In fact all of these books look amazing, added to the wishlist!


      1. Yeah I am really sad about it because usually everyone raves about her – just haven’t found the book that clicks with me I suppose!

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  8. Aahh I really need to read This is How It Happened, knowing how much you loved it! Unfortunately I don’t think I’ve read many of the books on this list — I’ve read part of Astonishing, but put it on hold and didn’t go back to it. I definitely am hoping to finish it by the end of the year though! Great post, and I love how you combined both books and travel, especially knowing how much you love those two things ❀


  9. Great list! I agree full heartedly with the Geography of you and me! That books gave me wanderlust for daysss! Funny thing is I read it while on vacation and all I wanted to do was go on more vacations while reading it! πŸ˜‚β˜ΊοΈ


  10. This is such an awesome list, Marie! ❀ I loved tons of books you mentioned here, and I agree that traveling in books is the best feeling. Of course I want to go to the places in real life, but when that's not possible I love that we can go there in books!

    I can't wait to read Small Town Hearts (I think my library is getting it soon) and I recently purchased The Astonishing Color of After so I'll have to read it really soon. Lovely post as always! πŸ™‚


  11. Hi Marie! I haven’t read a single one of the books although I’ve heard you rave about a couple of them in previous blog posts. I will say I love Jennifer E Smith’s writing. I’ve read two other books she’s written and have enjoyed them both! Thanks for all of the suggestions! I’m traveling to New York this summer so let me know if you read any new books that have that setting. I love reading a book set in the place I’m traveling in. Great post!

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    1. Hi Deb!! You’re so so welcome, I hope you’ll want to give some of these a try! πŸ™‚
      Oh New York, this is so exciting! I have to say, the only books coming to mind at the moment set in New York are the Gossip Girl series hahaha, filled with drama but well πŸ˜‰
      Thank you so much! πŸ˜€

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  12. Wonderful list, Marie!! Books + Traveling? YES please! ❀ I've had so many of these on my tbr, and I honestly love reading these types of books in the summer months. It's so nice to envision myself in the lovely settings! My friend has actually been begging me to death to read Isla, so I'm hoping to get to it soon! Fingers crossed that it'll give me those sweet wanderlust feelings!


  13. This list looks brilliant, Marie! I love a great book that allows me to travel without leaving my seat hahaha (although I love the real traveling as well :P)
    The only one I’ve read thus far is Isla and I have to say it was really fun to explore all those places with Isla and her boyfriend. It’s actually the only one in the series I’ve read and I don’t plan to read the others… Happy to hear it’s your favourite! πŸ™‚
    I’ll have to check the others out – thanks so much for sharing! ❀

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    1. Ahha yes books are perfect to get away even when you can’t for real πŸ™‚
      I get that, to be honest Isla was really my favorite of the lot so you’re not missing out πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment, Sophie ❀

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  14. amy and roger’s epic detour!! I loved the detour and road trip aspect of that book so much. And i’ve never heard of Points of Departure or This Is How It Happened and now I’m definitely intrigued. I also can’t wait to read The Astonishing Color of After! and as for a book i would recommend with wanderlust feels, I loved Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard so much!! Ugh it’s so underhyped and more people need to read it or at least know about it. you also travel to South America, which i think is a country that isn’t really featured in a lot of books!

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    1. Ahh, thank you so much for the recommendation, I have to check out this book! I haven’t heard of it before, at all, but I’d love to travel to South America with it so I think it’s going to end up on my TBR haha πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much!! ❀

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  15. Thank you for all those recommendations! I’ve only read The sisterhood of the traveling pants and so many of the books you’re speaking about sound interesting!

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  16. I read 8 of these – good choices. I am reading Wanderlust soon along with Malone’s newest book, and I am very much looking forward to it. Amy & Roger is one of my all-time faves and my favorite Morgan Matson book. This Is How It Happened had me wanting to go to Utah, and The Astonishing Color of After was a wonderful immersive experience. I Love You So Mochi was similar to TACoA in that the author did such an incredible job surrounding me with the sights, sounds, and tastes of Japan.

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    1. Ahh I can’t wait for you to read Wanderlost, I hope you’ll love it πŸ™‚
      I need to read I Love You So Mochi, it sounds like such a sweet read and I’m ready for all the wanderlust feels πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much! ❀


  17. The second I saw this post my mind immediately thought of Wanderlost. And then what do I see but Wanderlost as the very first book on this list! When I was reading your intro I thought of Amy & Roger and I’m so happy it made your list because it’s my favorite Morgan Matson book! I am really excited to read Love From A to Z since it takes place in Qatar, which I’ve never read about before! I’d love to travel myself this summer, but if it doesn’t work out at least I can read about the destinations I want to visit!

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    1. Ahah I couldn’t not mention it, it’s such a great book ❀
      Ohh, I have heard great things about Love from A to Z, I need to give it a try as well πŸ™‚
      Thank you so, so much Malka ❀


  18. I have only read Small Town Hearts from this list and definitely agree with you. Reading that book definitely made me want to travel to a town like that. Lovely list, Marie πŸ™‚ Many of these are already on my TBR and I can’t wait to read them.

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    1. It was a lovely read if you’re looking to explore Europe ahah I had such a fun time with the characters πŸ˜€
      Thank you so, so much for stopping by, Dani ❀


  19. Just got Amy & Roger πŸ™‚ ❀
    I'm kind of on a thriller binge right now, but got that book cuz it does have some really nice summer vibes, and i might be in the mood for something like that soon.
    Great list!

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  20. (Late to the party) HOLY CRAP this post is amazing!! Not only did I learn about books I’d never heard of, but I love how you mentioned some books from my past that totally have travel vibes! Like The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants! Which I re-read last fall and it still lives up to my love from my teen years.

    Thank you for sharing this list and inspiring me to travel, at least inside of books, this summer! ❀ ❀ ❀


    1. AHH Christine you’re too sweet, thank you so much! ❀ I have fond memories of Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants as well, such a great read ❀
      Thank you so much! ❀ ❀ ❀

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