This post was inspired by a captivating book cover by travel photographer Mitchell Kanashkevich – picture 1, below.

A GOOD COVER instantly sucks you in, distracts you from whatever you were doing, and fills you up with borderline-painful wanderlust. You’d drop everything to be on that chicken bus, trek up that desert sand dune, lounge on that island, and go on that safari; all the while carrying that battered sticker-covered suitcase.

Here are a couple book covers that inspire us to think beyond the cubicle and do a little bit of armchair traveling.

Editor’s NoteThis photo essay is not an official endorsement of each of the books spotlighted. We are simply judging them by their covers.

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Wanderlust-inducing book covers

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Wanderlust-inducing book covers

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Wanderlust-inducing book covers

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Wanderlust-inducing book covers

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Wanderlust-inducing book covers

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Wanderlust-inducing book covers

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Wanderlust-inducing book covers

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Wanderlust-inducing book covers

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Wanderlust-inducing book covers

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Wanderlust-inducing book covers

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Wanderlust-inducing book covers

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Wanderlust-inducing book covers

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Wanderlust-inducing book covers

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Wanderlust-inducing book covers

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Wanderlust-inducing book covers

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Wanderlust-inducing book covers

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Wanderlust-inducing book covers

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Wanderlust-inducing book covers

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Wanderlust-inducing book covers

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Wanderlust-inducing book covers