Best travel books

How many of our favourite travel books have you read?

Best travel books

Sometimes just the description of a destination, or a story set in a faraway land can inspire us to pack our bags and set off on an adventure. There have been many inspirational travel books written over the years, set in many different places, several of which have been made into successful movies. 

Our favourites include – 

  • A Passage to India by E. M. Forster
  • The Talented Mr Ripley by Patricia Highsmith (set in Italy)
  • A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush by Eric Newby (set in Afghanistan)
  • On the Road by Jack Kerovuac (set in the United States, from New York City to California, and Mexico).
  • The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemmingway (set in Spain and France)
  • Out of Africa, a memoir by Isak Dinesen
  • Seven Years in Tibet by Heinrich Harrer
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
  • Eat Pray Love by American author Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne
  • The Beach by Alex Garland (set in Thailand and London)
  • Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck (set in the United States)
  • In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson (set in Australia)


Do you have a favourite travel book that inspired you to travel to a particular place?


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    12th Nov 2014
    Any of Paul Theroux's or Bill Bryson's travel books; for an insider's look at Venice, any of the Donna Leon's murder mysteries featuring Commissario Brunetti, any of Jan Morris' or Bruce Chatwin's books
    12th Nov 2014
    Yes "pamelafro" - Theroux & Bryson are great! There are lots of interesting books around - you can use an online library catalog to search by "travel" category, or browse the travel section of a bookstore. Some of my favourite authors are: Glenn A. BAKER, Joe BENNETT, Sally HAMMOND, Peter MAYLE, Brian THACKER, Robin HANBURY-TENISON, Michael PALIN.
    12th Nov 2014
    I was given the book," Eat, Pray and Love", it was the greatest lot of rubbish I have ever read. The author was on the Oprah Winfrey Show pushing her wares anything to boost sales. I couldn't even finish the book. I have read most of the other books listed and thoroughly enjoyed them.
    12th Nov 2014
    Funny thing, I saw the movie with Julia Roberts and was very disappointed.
    VERY overrated.
    12th Nov 2014
    I am so glad others found this book boring. I just couldn't be bothered to finish it.
    12th Nov 2014
    I saw the "Eat, Pray and Love" movie on TV last night - didn't enjoy it & glad I hadn't bothered about the book.
    Miss Elizabeth
    12th Nov 2014
    Hola to you and the others Hola!
    I couldn't agree more about the Eat, Pray, Love book.

    I was recently given A Food Lover's Pilgrimage along the Camino de Santiago de Compostella. Not a cookery book although it has the odd recipe. A beautiful coffee table type book with stunning photos taken along the Camino from Southern France and Northern Spain to Santiago de Compostella in Galicia, Spain. I have walked part of the Camino and it is just amazing. The book is a lovely reminder of that time. Hasta la vista!!
    12th Nov 2014
    For South America the following are good
    Perú - Last days of the Incas by Kim MacQuarrie - good for history of Incas and conquistadors
    Peru - Turn right at Machu Picchu by Mark Adams
    Bolivia - The Marching Powder by Rusty Young - Fascinating look inside the infamous San Pedro prison in La Paz where prisoners need to purchase their own prison cells and wives and children live in the prison with their convicted husbands
    Galápagos Islands - The curse of the Giant Tortoise, a look at the colourful characters who made their home on Floreana Island and the disappearance and murder of some of the residents
    Galápagos Islands - Floreana by Margaret Wittmer
    Galapagos Islands - The Encantadas by Herman Melville
    12th Nov 2014
    If you ever cruise through, or are otherwise interested in the Suez or Panama Canals, then the book by Zachary KARABELL, "Parting the Desert" is interesting. For the Panama Canal - David McCULLOUGH, "The Path Between the Seas"
    13th Nov 2014
    Traveling to the South of France then A YEAR ON PROVENCE by Peter Mayle is a great read also the film with John Thaw is really good
    13th Nov 2014
    The Flying Carpet by Richard Halliburton.......OK it may be a little dated but gives great insight into exotic travels in the 1930s....he was first to fly over and photograph Everest for instance......and his journey to Timbuktu is exquisitely described.....a fantastic description of life in the Foreign Legion is also not to be missed........altogether another world that does not exist anymore :-(

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