Summer is here, and for many, that means vacation and travel. If you are planning to go abroad this summer, remember that the Kirkwood Public Library has more than just beach reads. We offer passport services too! Apply for or renew a passport, right from your local library.

And whether you’re on a 19-hour flight to Spain or relaxing at home with an iced tea, you can take an amazing trip anytime with the books in these three lists:

Graphic Travel:

Get a look at the world through the eyes of four remarkable artists! Going from one panel to the next could take you across entire continents in these graphic novels, each of which chronicle the journeys of their creators in different parts of the globe. Pick one up today and see the world in a whole new way.

An Age of License by Lucy Knisley

Carnet de Voyage by Craig Thompson

Shenzhen by Guy Delisle

How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less by Sarah Glidden

Classic Travel:

Take a journey through time AND space! Cross deserts with Marco Polo, meet a tribe of cannibals with Herman Melville, or just gripe about the weather in Germany alongside Mark Twain. Pick up one of these classic travelogues today and see what life, and vacation, was like before the airplane!

The Travels of Marco Polo by Marco Polo

Kon-Tiki by Thor Heyerdahl

A Tramp Abroad by Mark Twain

Typee : a peep at Polynesian life ; Omoo : a narrative of adventures in the South Seas ; Mardi, and a voyage thither by Herman Melville

The Alhambra: A Palace of Mystery and Splendor by Washington Irving

Around the World in Seventy-Two Days and other Writings by Nellie Bly

Fantastic Travel:

Looking for journeys to somewhere a little more exotic? Check out these six fiction and fantasy travel stories and take a trip somewhere you could only dream of.

The Hobbit, or, There and Back Again by JRR Tolkien

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift

The Talisman by Stephen King

Have Space Suit, Will Travel by Robert Heinlein

Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne

Nate headshotNathan Elwood is an IT & Reference Assistant for the Kirkwood Public Library. He enjoys reading comics, hiking, and travel. His favorite authors include Jeff Vandermeer, China Mieville, and Laurie R. King.