May 14, 2012 10:16 AM
The biggest obstacle we face in our plans to see the world is being broke. Author Judith Schalansky had a different problem: the Iron Curtain. Deprived of the right to travel, she instead played tourist in her mind, exploring the planet through books. In her Atlas of Remote Islands ($29), she cleverly and lovingly details life on fifty wildly remote islands she has never been to. And by remote, we're talking puffin habitats, not just palm trees and mai tais. It's a great way to explore some destinations we won't find listed on CheapTickets.com.