9 Audiobooks for Travelers This Holiday Season

Audiobooks can be the perfect entertainment while traveling this holiday season. However, if you’re planning for every mile ahead of you or simply want to satisfy your wanderlust with stories on jet-setting and worldly adventure, Spotify has you covered with the following recommendations. 

Pointers From Top Travel Gurus


The One-Way Ticket Plan

Written and narrated by Alexa West

Alexa West once turned the $200 in her pocket into more than a decade of solo travel. Here she shares her blueprint for women who want to travel the world, still making money, fall in love, and find their purpose. How do you afford to travel when you’re broke? Is it safe to travel alone as a woman? How do you avoid scams and tourist traps? These are some of the questions she explores in The One-Way Ticket Plan.

World Travel: An Irreverent Guide

Written by Anthony Bourdain and Laurie Woolever

Narrated by Laurie Woolever, Shep Gordon, Christopher Bourdain, Jen Agg, Matt Walsh, Bill Buford, Claude Tayag, Nari Kye, Vidya Balachander, and Steve Albini

American chef Anthony Bourdain was known for his unfiltered take on food and culture in destinations around the world. From hidden pockets of his hometown of New York to a tribal longhouse in Borneo, listeners can join the adventure while getting advice on how to get to these destinations, what to eat, where to stay, and what to avoid. Supplementing Bourdain’s words are a handful of essays by friends, colleagues, and family who share their accounts of traveling with Bourdain.

The Road Trip Survival Guide

Written by Rob Taylor and Samantha Brown

Narrated by Vikas Adam

If you’re in the midst of planning a road trip, this book has all the tips and tricks you need to make for a successful adventure. Listeners get advice on how to organize their cars; packing lists for different types of vacations; the perfect road trip itinerary to suit the family; and more.


Far-Reaching Tales for Your Next Metaphorical Trip 


Lizzie & Dante

Written by Mary Bly

Narrated by Carlotta Brentan

On the heels of a difficult break-up and a devastating diagnosis, Shakespeare scholar Lizzie Delford decides to take one last lavish vacation on Elba, the sun-kissed island off the Italian coast, with her best friend and his movie-star boyfriend. Once settled into a luxurious seaside resort, Lizzie has to make big decisions about her future, and she needs the one thing she may be running out of: time. 

Glory Be

Written by Danielle Arceneaux

Narrated by Bahni Turpin

In Glory Be, the first in a charming crime series set in the Louisiana bayou, amateur sleuth Glory Broussard learns that her best friend has been found dead in her apartment. The police declare the mysterious death a suicide, but Glory is convinced that there must be more to the story. To find out the truth she launches her own investigation in a town of oil tycoons, church gossips, and a rumored voodoo priestess. As a Black woman who grew up in a segregated Louisiana, Glory is used to being minimized and overlooked, but she’s determined to make her presence known as the case leads her deep into a web of intrigue.

Christmas on the Island: Compass Key

Written by Maggie Miller

Narrated by Vivienne Leheny, Laura Jennings, Allyson Voller, Cindy Kay, Nancy Wu, Sara Morsey, and Suzie Althens

Author Maggie Miller’s Compass Key series follows five former sorority sisters, all in their fifties, as they undertake adventures at the exclusive Compass Key resort. In this installment, listeners follow the ladies and their house mother as they celebrate Christmas on the private island. The holiday brings many surprises and a chance for the women to take stock of their lives. 


Written by Diana Gabaldon

Narrated by Davina Porter

A taste of intrigue, danger, and desire all wrapped up in a tale of time travel. It’s 1945 and Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon. Their blissful reunion is shattered when she touches a boulder in one of the ancient stone ruins and is instantly transported to 1743 Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans. Here she meets James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior who shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes torn between fidelity and desire—and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

For the Thrill of Travel


The Flight Attendant

Written by Chris Bohjalian

Narrated by Erin Spencer, Grace Experience, and Mark Deakins

Flight attendant Cassandra Bowden wakes up in Dubai in the wrong bed, in the wrong hotel, and with a dead man. She has no idea what happened. Listeners follow along as Cassie attempts to piece her night back together to find out what really happened that night. Could she have killed him? If not, who did?

The Final Hunt

Written by Audrey J. Cole

Narrated by Stacey Glemboski

After her husband disappears while hunting off-grid—and is presumed dead from a bear attack—Cameron uncovers his role in the recent Seattle serial murders. Now the media has destroyed her reputation, she’s lost her dental practice, she’s on the brink of losing her home, and she’s on a quest for the truth in the frozen landscape of the Alaskan wilderness.

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