Best YA Travel Books

So, are you lucky enough to be going on a holiday or trip of sorts sometime soon?


 (image credits – plane: courtesy of arztsamui, book: courtesy of khunaspix @ Free Digital Photos)

In a few months I am, and yes, I’m already choosing what books I’m going to take.

So what is the ideal plane book? Or at least my ideal plane book?

My criteria is:
– interesting. On a long flight, I want to be entertained.
– about average in length. Nothing crazy long, unless there is a book you really want to finish in the epic size range. But nothing short, or you’ll finish it before the flight is over! Plus if you’re like me and keep track of the page number, you don’t want anything that takes forever to get through because it makes the flight seem longer.
– reasonably well paced.
– If it’s a physical copy, paperback. Hardbacks are heavier.
– something I have been looking forward to.

So based on the above criteria and books I have read on/off planes and trains, here are my YA recommendations for long trips! My top five per genre.

Fluffy reads:

  • Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan MatsonAmy and Roger's Epic Detour

Fantastic for a road trip. And for those of us out there who love a great travel romance story.

  • Geek Girl by Holly SmaleGeek Girl (Geek Girl, #1)

This is my favourite book in this genre ever. That’s not true, I adore the second book even more, actually. I love this. It’s quirky, funny, captures my essence perfectly and you can annoy people sitting next to you with the random facts dotted through out.

  • Flirting in Italian by Lauren HendersonFlirting in Italian (Flirting in Italian #1)

Does this really need explaining? It’s cute, travel and romance all in one book.

  • Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend by Katie FinnBroken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend (Broken Hearts & Revenge, #1)

It’s sooooooo good. Especially if you’re going somewhere sunny. I can NOT wait for the sequel.

For dystopian book lovers:

  • The Selection by Kiera CassThe Selection (The Selection, #1)

This one is great for if your main focus is entertainment. It’s like watching The Bachelor but with a small side of dystopia. It’s not exactly a literary masterpiece, but definitely entertaining and addictive. I will probably bring this one myself.

  • Wither by Lauren DeStefanoWither (The Chemical Garden, #1)

Same deal as with The Selection. Entertaing, but not a literary masterpiece. Seriously, I am so addicted to both of these. They kind of remind me of eachother.

  • The Maze Runner by James DashnerThe Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1)

I know that these are all obvious choices, but there’s a reason for that. I actually preferred the Scorch Trials (the second book) but both make for great plane reads because it’s such a unique world and there are so many questions you want to know the answer to. And there are twists.


  • Eleanor and Park by Rainbow RowellEleanor and Park

This is my top contemporary book at the moment. I read it when I was on holiday and loved it. Just use the holiday as an excuse to read it. And for some reason it’s really engrossing.

  • Notable by Marni BatesNotable (Smith High, #3)

Another really addictive book about travel. Plus the main character is a little different from average. The mean girl goes to Cambodia.


  • The Summoning by Kelley ArmstrongThe Summoning (Darkest Powers, #1)

It really is great. Honest.

  • Nevermore by Kelly CreaghNevermore (Nevermore, #1)

One of the thicker ones on here. And another one I read on holiday. Bonus points if you’re a fan of Edgar Allan Poe.

  • The Goddess Test by Aimee CarterThe Goddess Test (Goddess Test, #1)

Very addictive. I read this series earlier this year and adored it. It’s especially great if you want a series to fly through (see what I did there?).


  • Across the Universe by Beth RevisAcross the Universe (Across the Universe, #1)

My favourite ever sci-fi book! There’s mystery, space and a great story set in the future. Definitely recommend.


  • Throne of Glass by Sarah J MaasThrone of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)

This one is for those of us who want a little assassin and adventure set in a kingdom. Don’t be afraid to admit it. I took this on holiday and have the sequel ready for this coming holiday.

  • The False Prince by Jennifer A. NielsenThe False Prince (The Ascendance Trilogy, #1)

I personally recommend the audiobook. It’s kind of like Throne of Glass in the kingdom sense, but there is the competition for the crown as well. LOVE.


  • Grave Mercy by Robin LaFeversGrave Mercy (His Fair Assassin, #1)

You could wear my outfit inspired by this. You would be the best looking person on the plane/train/bus/boat. You could also read the book. Rephrase: you SHOULD also read the book.

  • The Luxe by Anna GodbersenThe Luxe (Luxe, #1)

It’s Gossip Girl in the 1920’s. Each book in the series gets a lot better.

  • The Falconer by Elizabeth MayThe Falconer (The Falconer, #1)

Another assassin/hunter book. But this time in Scotland in the 1800’s with faeries.


  • The Hunger Pain by The Harvard LampoonThe Hunger Pains: A Parody



Anyway, I hope this list helps you when you are picking your next book to take on holiday!

One thought on “Best YA Travel Books

  1. Nara says:

    To be honest, when travelling, I always just take my iPad and read on there. Because I read so quickly, it’d be silly if I took the number of books that I’d need as physical copies haha.
    Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend sounds and looks like it’d be a really cute read! I definitely agree- I feel like it’d make the perfect summer read 🙂

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