7 Top Business Books to Occupy Your Travel Downtime

Much like travel, books can offer a window into other worlds, educating and inspiring readers in their own lives and enriching their everyday practices. And, since every business trip has some built-in downtime, why not fill that time reading business strategy books that can move your business forward, just as travel does? Check out our picks below for the top business books.

From Silk to Silicon: The Story of Globalization Through Ten Extraordinary Lives by Jeffrey E. Garten

Dean emeritus and teacher at the Yale School of Management, Jeffrey E. Garten delivers much more than a history lesson with this engaging read. Recounting the stories of a wide-ranging cast of characters from history—including Genghis Khan, Margaret Thatcher, and Andrew Grove of Intel—Garten sheds light on globalization's centuries-long development while providing examples of great leaders to spark business strategy inspiration.

The Innovator's Dilemma: The Revolutionary Book That Will Change the Way You Do Business by Clayton M. Christensen

This top business book is a longtime best seller and touted as a favorite by big names like Steve Jobs, Jeff Bezos, and Malcolm Gladwell. Christensen, a professor at Harvard Business School, examines historic examples of disruptive innovation. In outlining his seminal theory, Christensen delivers actionable lessons for business movers and shakers of all stripes.

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg

In this compelling read, Charles Duhigg sets out to understand not just why we form habits but also how we can replace bad habits for good ones. Combining stories of individuals and organizations with the latest scientific research, Duhigg's book offers a thrilling read and plenty of advice powerful enough to transform your own life and business.

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth

Here is an outsider's perspective on what it takes for individuals and businesses alike to succeed. Part memoir, part science, and part interviews, renowned psychologist Angela Duckworth mines her own life experience, interviews with business leaders, and a wide range of research to share potentially life-changing and business-shaping insights.

#AskGaryVee: One Entrepreneur's Take on Leadership, Social Media, and Self-Awareness by Gary Vaynerchuk

Marketing and business guru Gary Vaynerchuk takes his popular web series and podcast to the page with his latest book. Including the most interesting and valuable questions that he's answered online, Vaynerchuk expands on his typical sage advice and fills this business strategy playbook to the brim with his take on everything from using Twitter to effectively launching products.

Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World by Adam Grant

Next on our list of must-reads, Adam Grant's Originals highlights studies and stories from the entertainment world, athletics, politics, and business to discover how individuals and businesses alike can change the world in original ways—and do so with less risk.

Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind by Scott Barry Kaufman & Carolyn Gregoire

This useful guide draws on groundbreaking psychological research as well as numerous character studies of leading innovators to demystify the creative process. Readers will find the inspiration and tips they need to think more creatively about their business.