Let’s face it. Traveling can be expensive. No matter how many deals, travel hacks, and coupons you rack up, sometimes you just can’t afford to take the trip that you want.

I should know. I’d love to hop on a plane and head to a number of far-flung destinations, but at the moment, that’s just not possible (unless I go into some serious debt). So in lieu of pulling out my Visa card, I reach for my library card instead.

Books are amazing. They can teach us about a multitude of things—how to make money (so we can travel), getting out of debt (so we can travel), starting a business (so we can travel), being a better lover (so we can have more fun while we travel)—but they can also transport us around the word in an instant. I mean, that’s what I look for in a book. In addition to a compelling story, I almost always choose books that are set in a different location than where I live.

So without further adieu, here are 5 books that will help you travel around the world without leaving your couch.

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  • E

    Reading Americanah now…very good sofa. I can’t even begin to talk about how much I relate to that book..it’s crazy

    • E

      so far*

  • Sue

    I’ve read 2 of those on this list: Passing Love and Americanah.I’m definitely checking out the others too! Just finished a new release called “Queen Sugar” by Natalie Baszile about an African American woman who inherits an 800 acre sugarcane farm in Louisiana from her deceased father. She’s from L.A. and has no farming experience, it’s quite an adventure. A great read.

  • UgoBabeeeee

    Black Girl in Paris: Shay Youngblood was an awesome read

  • I read “Americanah” and “Ghana must go”. On the list you should definitely add, We need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo. It will take you places you that you would never dream of. Americanah certainly gave such vivid descriptions of Nigeria and the characters popped out of the pages. The jumped off the pages and sat with me as I read and most importantly, this book forces us to really look at racism, and its impact.

  • SDL

    Love the additional suggestions!!! Clutch should consider starting an online book club!