3 Best Non-Fiction Books To Read On Your Next Vacation


I read a lot. Since I was a 6-years-old, you could find me nose-deep in a book. I spent most of my formative years reading fiction, most YA like Christopher Pike and R.L. Stine, but then I got into Herman Hesse, William Faulkner and other mainstream authors. I loved fiction so much, I majored in Creative Writing Fiction at Emerson College. Because I travel so much, I read a lot on the road, but since I find newer fiction not as interesting as it was when I was younger, I’ve been reading tons of non-fiction. Here are my picks for the best non-fiction books to read on your next vacation.

3 Best Books To Read For Your Next Vacation

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  1. The Source Field Investigations, David Wilcock

The Source Field Investigations opened me up to a whole other world. Well, not really an other world, but our world — only with a deeper perspective. I’m not even sure how I ended up picking up this book, but I read it obsessively, fascinated with the subject.

In the book, Wilcock explores why we are here as human beings in great detail as it relates to hidden sciences, lost prophecies, and the universe. He explains that the universe is this intelligent, living thing, and what our future might behold, with actual references to celebrated writers, researchers, ancient texts and scientists. I don’t want to reveal too much because this book is exciting and gives you a lens into humanity in a way no other writer or organization has.

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Wilcock is a great introduction into the spiritual and metaphysical world because he’s not too “out there” (in fact, this book is a New York Times bestseller). At the end of the day, the biggest takeaway from this book is that we need to be better human beings, and we have to open ourselves to love and raise our vibration levels to become a better civilization.

But, of course, there’s also aliens, conspiracies,  time travel, and more of those X-Files related themes you see in Hollywood. Only with The Source Field Investigations, Wilcock presents these themes in a sane and logical way. It’s why it’s one of my favorite and best non-fiction books for vacation.

Buy The Source Field Investigations on Amazon.

2. Healing Back Pain, John Sarno

I broke my back in a boat accident in the Caribbean about ten years ago. Since, I’ve suffered major back pain through herniated discs and degenerative disc disease, as well as flares and sciatica. It sucks. I’ve been in pain management since, and I’ve had a lot of time to manage my chronic pain (I wrote a story on ways to travel well with lower back pain). It wasn’t until two years ago that a friend gave me Healing Back Pain by John Sarno, and it changed everything.

Healing Back Pain is an easy read. The basic takeaway is that the pain is in your head. Your brain associates with physical pain in so many ways, and your stress and anxiety is what really contributes to the back pain. If you think about it, it makes sense. We experience physical symptoms from any sort of ailment. Nervous? Your stomach will ache. Sad? Your heart will hurt.

The book reminds you that all your pain is in your head, and this idea is repeated virtually every page (with different ways of saying it), so that your subconscious basically understands that your pain does not exist, and all you have to do is get in a better head space.

Here’s the thing. I literally have structural damage in my back. Let’s get that straight. However, I DO have the psychological damage from my accident too.

Is it coincidence that my pain levels were reduced when I read this book?

I thought this book was fascinating, and since back pain is the single leading cause of disability and 80 percent of the population do or will experience back pain, I thought it could make a great read for anyone, even if you don’t have severe back pain. Yes this could make a great gift as one of my best non-fiction books for vacation.

Buy Healing Back Pain on Amazon.

3.  Fingerprint of the Gods, Graham Hancock

Fingerprint of the Gods is insane. It’s like science fiction, but it’s all real. It’s incredibly research intensive, and one of the most eye-opening books I’ve read. I’m not even hugely into the Egyptian pyramids, but this gave a whole new perspective on it. It was less about the pyramids and more about our civilization. It shows that mankind is possibly older than we thought.

And here’s the thing about that. Listen. I’m no mathematician, but let’s do some math here. Our modern civilization is reportedly 5,000 years old, with our species going back 200,000 years. Earth is 4.5 billion years old. You can’t possibly tell me that we are the first and only civilization in Earth’s 5 billion year history. (Note: This is not even mentioned in the book, but I’m just making the case that I agree with Hancock).

Anyway, get your hands on this book. It’s insanely good, and it’s one of my favorite and best non-fiction books to read on vacation. And that title is amazing.

Buy Fingerprint of the Gods on Amazon.


Chakra Healing: A Beginner’s Guide to Self-Healing Techniques that Balance the Chakras

Get ready to be put on a path to healing pain, allergies, indigestion, fatigue, and any emotional challenges (such as loneliness) to live a happier life on your path to enlightenment. This book has practical instruction and guidance, and balancing your chakras is super important to positive living, just as our resident reader suggests.

What sets this meditation book apart from other spiritual books:

  • A VARIETY OF TECHNIQUES: Discover daily habits that make a difference. Connect with your chakras using everything from meditation to crystals, essential oils, yoga, focused breathing, and even diet.
  • HELPFUL ILLUSTRATIONS: Detailed photos and drawings make the tools and exercises even easier to understand.
  • BEGINNER-FRIENDLY APPROACH: Find accessible advice for learning each technique. No previous knowledge or separate yoga book is necessary.

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