193 Incredible Travel Books Counting Countries. The UN states that there are 193 countries in the world. I am on a quest to travel to every country in the world. You can see where I have been so far. An important part of travel for me is reading. I try to read one book (sometimes two or even three if I am lucky) pertaining to each country (and also some non-official countries as well) I visit. Reading a book can provide so much more context for your travels.
During my first visit to Russia, I read Peter The Great, a fantastic biography of this historical leader. When I visited St. Petersburg, the city came alive as I continually referenced his biography as I explored this former capital.
And yes, this list is not literally a list of 193 books, but an ongoing series of great books (which will eventually have a representative book for each country at some point) that I have read and which have enriched my travels. These are all Amazon affiliates, meaning I earn a fee if you make a purchase.