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50 Travel Books That Give You a Headstart On Every Journey

50 Travel Books That Give You a Headstart On Every Journey

One of the important elements in a traveler’s arsenal is actually a good book to get you through your journey especially if you are going to spend long hours on a flight or a train ride.

And most importantly, travel books will give you a vivid idea of what traveling to a certain destination actually feels like giving you a better idea of what to expect.

Below is a list of books that will prepare, inform and entertain during each trip you take including books across different travel genres like memoirs, travelogues and novels.

1. Go Your Own Way by Ben Groundwater

This book is the ultimate guide needed to prepare the solo traveler. Giving tips on safety, best places to visit and accomodations.

2. Secret Marvels Of the World

This is a guide book put together by The Lonely Planet bringing to the fore 360 amazing places you can visit that you have probably never heard about.

3. Vagabonding by Rolf Potts

This travel book gives practical advice on escaping from everyday life and exploring the world independently.

4. The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton

This is one of few books that discusses why you should travel and the attitude to which one should approach travel.

5. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

6. Dark Star Safari by Paul Theroux

This features the mind-blowing journey of an adventurer touring different parts of the the African continent.

7. The Great Railway Bazaar by Paul Theroux

In this masterpiece also crafted by the best selling Author Paul Theroux, the writer documents his experiences while exploring Asia by train.

8. The Road To Oxiana by Robert Byron

9. The Rings Of Saturn by W.G. Sebald

10. A Moveable Feast by Don George

This travel book is written mainly for foodies on a journey and features stories from chefs and foodies from different parts of the world.

11. The Alchemist by Paul Coelho

This book narrates the adventure of a shepherd who is traveling to search for hidden treasures and encounters a lot of twists and turns during his journey.

12. Lands of Lost Borders (A Journey On the Silk Road) by Kate Harris

13. A Woman Alone

Featuring Travel tales from around the world.

14. The Adventures of TinTin by Hergé

15. The Beach by Alex Garland

16. Pocket Atlas of Remote Islands by Judith Schalansky

17. Blue Highways by William Least Heat-Moon

18. The Haves and Have Nots by Branko Milanovic

19. A Good Girl’s Guide To Getting Lost by Rachel Friedma

20. A Tourist In The Arab Spring by Tom Chesshyre

21. A Walk In The Woods by Bill Bryson

22. Cockpit Confidential by Patrick Smith

23. How Not To Travel The World by Lauren Juliff

24. In Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin

25. Neither Here Nor There by Bill Bryson

26. Seven Years in Tibet by Heinrich Harrer

27. Tales of A Female Nomad by Rita Golden Gelman

28. The Geography Of Bliss by Eric Weiner

29. The Longest Way Home by Andrew McCarthy

30. Travels With Charley: In Search Of America by John Steinbeck

31. 1000 Places To See Before You Die by Patricia Schultz

32. Hidden Places by Sarah Baxter

33. Route 66 Road Trip by Candacy Taylor

34. Traveling With Angelika, A Baby Travel Guide by Agnes Wegner

35. How To Travel The World on $50 A Day by Matt Kepnes

36. Atlas Obscura by Joshua Foer

37. Book Lust To Go by Nancy Pearl

38. Turn Right At Machu Picchu by Mark Adams

39. A Week At The Airport by Alain de Botton

40. Arabian Sands by Wilfred Thesiger

41. Down and Out In Paris And London by George Orwell

42. The Caliph’s House: A Year In Casablanca by Tahir Shah

43. On The Road by Kerouac

44. The Lost City of Z by David Grann

45. In A Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson

46. A Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell

47. Unlikely Destinations by Tony and Maureen Wheeler of The Lonely Planet

48. National Geographic Travel Magazine and Articles

49. Destinations Of A Lifetime by National Geographic

50. The Wrong Way Home by Peter Moore


Travel Books inspire and inform us on places to go and things to indulge in for a memorable travel experience. There are travel books for everything you need to know and almost every interesting location on the planet.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who Writes the Best Travel Books?

Bill Bryson, Paul Theroux and Bruce Chatwin wrote the top selling books on travel.

What Makes a Great Travel Book?

A good travel book makes the reader feel like he is part of the journey in the book and at the same time tries to make the reader feel what the traveler had felt as documented in the book.

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