It’s been 493 days since I’ve stepped foot on a plane (not that I’m keeping track or anything), but that hasn’t stopped me from escaping on a whirlwind trip or far-flung vacation the best way I can at the moment: by reading a book. I don’t know if it’s because I’ve been subconsciously gravitating toward destination romances this year or because there’s been an uptick of demand in the subgenre during a pandemic, but all my favorite love stories from the past six months have revolved around travel. A summer spent in the Scottish highlands with a cute chef? Take me there! Flashback vacations all over the world with an unrequited crush? Drop me right into that drama.
Whether you’re looking for a little armchair travel yourself or just want to check off the 2021 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge prompt of a book set somewhere you’d like to visit in 2021, I’m sharing my recent favorite travel romances ahead that are sure to make you feel far, far away — or at the very least, make you forget just how long it’s been since your last plane ride.