The 44 best travel books ever!
There are plenty of stories to feed your wanderlust. I love reading and like books that inspire me to travel and dream about new adventures. This literature list will provide you with a good overview of books about travelling. I hope I highlighted one of your favourite travel books. If I forgot any good travel books, I would love to hear about them! =)
1. 5 Ways to carry a boat – Ben Grounwater
This is a book about an Australian travel blogger who travels the world by couch surfing and who gets in contact with lots of strangers.
2. Wild – Cheryl Strayed
This story is about an American woman who hikes 1700 kilometers, namely the Pacific Crest Trail. This book is also turned into a movie.
3. Wanderlust, a love affair with five continents – Elisabeth Eaves
Elisabeth is going on a world journey. This book is all about backpacking and experiencing new cultures.
4. Down Under – Bill Bryson
This book is about the journey of Bill Bryson through Australia.
5. The man who cycled the world – Mark Beaumont.
This books describes the story of Mark, who cycles around the world in 194 days.
6. Skating to Antartica – Jenny Diski
This books describes the story of Jenny who gets to discover the beauty of Antarctica.
7. Tracks: A Woman’s Solo Trek across 1700 Miles of Australian Outback: Robyn Davidson
Accompanied only by her faithful dog and four camels, an Australian satisfies her craving for solitude by embarking on a solo trip across the desert from Alice Springs to the Indian Ocean. I love this book. You should also watch the movie of this story!
8. How to travel the world on $ 50 a day: travel cheaper, longer and smarter – Matt Kepnes
Matt is a travel blogger and tries to travel as cheap as possible. In this book he shares his experiences with you.
9. What I was doing while you were breeding – Kristin Newman
Kristin spends her life dealing with the stresses of her job and the anxieties of watching most of her friends getting married and starting families while she wrestles with her own fear of both. She decides to travel the world.
10. Holy Cow – Sarah MacDonald
Sarah is 21 years old and goes backpacking through India. This is an inspiring book.
11. Into the wild – Jon Krakauer
This book is based on a true story. It is about a boy who gave up social life and start living on his own in the nature. This book will definitely inspire you and if not, the movie will.
12. Beautiful world – Lonely Planet
This book shows more than 300 inspiring photographs of the world’s most appealing spectacles. This book will definitely inspire you for your next journey.
13. Great journeys – Lonely Planet
This book describes more than 70 nice and beautiful trips. Lonely Planet describes how it feels to make the journey and give you all the useful information about the trip.
14. Eat pray love – Elizabeth Gilbert
Nice book about a woman’s search for everything across Italy, India and Indonesia. This book is also turned into a movie, which is very inspiring.
15. Coasting – Jonathan Raban
This book is about a boy who makes a journey and only uses a compass for navigation.
16. Lonely Planet Best in Travel 2015 – Lonely Planet
This is a great encyclopaedia about which cities or countries you should visit.
17. Remote, places to stay – Classe Tourist
This is a book about the most beautiful remote places to travel to and about going off the map. This books contains many beautiful pictures and is written by travel bloggers.
18. 100 Countries, 5000 ideas – National Geographic
Also National Geographic creates amazing books for travel inspiration. This book consists of 100 amazing countries, 5000 inspiring ideas, 250 beautiful images and 110 detailed maps to inspire your next great trip.
19. The Travel Book – Lonely Planet
This is another encyclopaedia created by Lonely Planet which consist of more than 228 amazing destinations and more than 817 incredible images.
20. 1000 Ultimate adventures – Lonely Planet
This encyclopaedia is really inspiring if you love adventures!
21. The beach – Alex Garland
This book is amazing! Richard is an American backpacker who is searching for paradise in Thailand. He will go on adventure to ‘the beach’ and thinks he has found paradise. The movie of this story is also amazing to watch!
22. The great railway bazaar – Paul Theroux
This book describes a four-month journey, mainly via train, through Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
23. Love with a chance of drowning – Torre DeRoche
This book is about a girl’s overcoming fear of the ocean to sail across the Pacific with her boyfriend.
24. The Geography of Bliss – Eric Weiner
This book is about Eric who sets out on a yearlong journey to find the world’s happiest places. He heads to places like Iceland, Qatar, Denmark, India, and Moldova.
25. Cruising Altitude: tales of crash pads, crew drama and crazy passengers at 35000 feet – Heather Poole
This book is about Heather’s hard-, but funny life as a flight attendant.
26. Dances with wolves – Michael Blake
The novel “Dances With Wolves” by Michael Blake tells the story of an American soldier, Lieutenant John Dunbar, who is posted in an abandoned fort on the frontier of Indian and white territory during the Civil War where he gets in contact with an Indian tribe. In the course of time he gets more and more familiar with their way of life down to joining them after having struggled between the two totally different cultures of the white people and the Indians. The movie of this book is also worth to watch!
27. A walk in the woods: rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail – Bill Bryson
The Appalachian Trail stretches from Georgia to Maine and covers some of the most breathtaking terrain in mountains, forests and lakes. In this book, Bryson decides to hike this trail. This book is also turned into a movie. Also worth to watch.
28. Under the Tuscan Sun – Frances Mayes
This book is about a ten-days trip to Tuscany, Italy and describes the story of starting a new life in Italy.
29. 1,000 Places to see before you die – Patricia Schultz
In this book, the author describes 1000 beautiful destinations in the world.
30. Vagabonding: an uncommon guide to the art of long-term world travel – Rolf Potts
This book is about to take time off from your normal life to discover and experience the world on your own terms. It is about long-term travelling and how to travel (and think).
31. The art of travel – Alain de Botton
This book seeks to explore the reasons and desires behind our need to travel. It takes a look at our instinctive wish to seek out the exotic, the curious and the striking.
32. years in Tibet – Heinrich Harrer
This book is about an Austrian mountaineer who heads out to conquer a Himalayan mountain in 1939. After getting captured and sent to a prison camp, he ends up breaking out with another man and sneaking into the holy Tibetan city of Lhasa. He befriends the young Dalai Lama just as the Chinese attempt to invade Tibet by force. This book is also turned into a movie and definitely worth to watch.
33. The new granta book of travel – Liz Jobey
This book is about the fact that there is always something new to be discovered.
34. The Way of the World – Nicholas Bouvier
Niclas is 24 years old and decides to make a road trip with a friend from Geneva to Afghanistan and Pakistan.
35. Wind, Sand and Stars – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
This book is about the early days of aviation and an overwhelmingly optimistic and enlightening worldview.
36. In a Sunburned Country – Bill Bryson
This book provides a good overview of Australia. The writer loves Australia and he can write about it in a very funny and informative way.
37. On the Road – Jack Kerouac
This book is about a road trip through America. Two friends head west from New York City across the country in search of fulfilment.
38. Venice – Jan Morris
This book is about a young person who visit Venice during the world war II and is one of the best books ever written about Venice.
39. A Cook’s tour – Anthony Bourdain
The New York chef Anthony Bourdain travels the world in search of the perfect meal, meets lots of interesting people and gets grotesquely drunk with them.
40. Road fever – Tim Cahill
This book is about Tim who goes on a journey that took him from Tierra del Fuego to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, in a record-breaking twenty three and a half days.
41. 127 Hours: Between a Rock and a Hard Place – Aron Ralston
While exploring a remote canyon in Utah, mountaineer and adventurer Aron Ralston becomes trapped when a boulder falls on his arm. Over the next five days (127 hours), Ralston examines his life and considers his options, leading him to an agonizing choice: to amputate his arm so that he can extricate himself and try to make his way back to civilization or remain pinned to the canyon wall and likely die. The movie of this book is also worth to watch!
42. Castaway – Lucy Irvin
Castaway is a 1983 autobiographical book about Lucy’s year on the Australian tropical Torres Strait island of Tuin. Her book was the basis of the 1986 film Castaway.
43. Life of Pi – Yann Martel
This book is a Canadian fantasy adventure novel. This book tells the story of an Indian boy who survives 227 days after a shipwreck while stranded on a lifeboat in the Pacific Ocean with a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker. The book has turned into a movie as well.
44. Off Track Planet’s Travel Guide for the Young, Sexy, and Broke – Anna Starostinetskaya
This book features around 100 exciting destinations and everything young people want to know about, like the cities with the craziest sex shops; the best places to get a tattoo; where to check out some amazing street art; why you should try fried bugs; the best clubs to party until dawn; and much more.
I hope I highlighted one of your favourite travel books. If I forgot any good travel books, I would love to hear about them.
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