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.