There are a lot of favorite lists at the end of the year. I’ve written about the best travel books many times before. In my free time, I like to talk about travel books. Why? Because a good book is an important part of any traveler’s tool kit. Even if you know how to stare into space for 10 hours straight, long bus or train rides can be pretty boring. If you haven’t mastered the art of the 10-hour blank stare, you’ll have lots of “dead” time. In addition, reading travel books helps you learn about the places you are going to. In order to understand a place, the more you know about it.
If you want to know what I’ve read, you can join my book club on this website. Today is one of those days where I tell you about some of the books I’ve read recently. List of best travel books: If you’re looking for some good books to read, here is my list of the best travel books that will make you want to go to far-away places:
The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho
People have read this book a lot recently. It’s about going after your dreams. Following a shepherd boy from Spain to Egypt, the story shows him going with the flow and finding love. The book has a lot of great and inspirational quotes in it. “If you can always keep your mind on the present, you’ll be a happy man.” “Life will be a big party for you, because this is the time we’re living now.” I can’t tell you how much I love this book.
Love With a Chance of Drowning, by Torre DeRoche
As someone who usually doesn’t like “chick travel love stories,” I couldn’t stop reading this one. Torre DeRoche is the author of this book. I think it’s a beautiful book that talks about how she overcame her fear of the ocean so she could sail from Japan to Hawaii with her boyfriend. The way she talks about the scenery, the people, and her experience makes me want to follow her. It’s strong, vivid, and moving. If you want to learn about traveling, this is the best book I’ve read this year!
The Caliph’s House: A Year in Casablanca by Tahir Shah
When Shah thinks about the Moroccan vacations he went on as a child, he decides to buy a house in Casablanca and move there. He moves his family from England so that he can get away from the monotony of living in London and let his kids have a more care-free childhood. During a trip to the library, I found this book by accident and couldn’t put it down. In Shah’s book, I was glued to every word. A lot of things happen in this book: Shah talks about corruption and the bureaucracy in his country. There are thieves and gangsters. Jinns are making a mess. Shah also talks about the hassle that comes with even the most simple interactions. It’s written in a way that makes you want to read more and more.
On the Road, by Jack Kerouac
In 1957, Jack Kerouac wrote “The Beat Generation,” which is a classic travel book. In this story, Sal is a character in the book. He leaves New York City and heads west, riding the rails and making new friends. In this book, the main character’s frustration and desire to see the world are themes that many of us can identify with. On the Road is one of my favorite books because it shows how through all of his travels, he grows into a better, stronger person.
Unlikely Destinations: The LP Story, by Tony & Maureen Wheeler
In this book, you’ll learn about how the company that makes the guidebook you’re reading now started and grew. This is a story about them from the 1970s to the beginning of the 21st century. It’s during this time that you hear all about their travel stories and learn about their first business problems. However, even though some parts of the book are a little long, it is still worth reading to learn about the company that started the travel guidebook business.
The Lost City of Z, by David Grann
This book tries to find out what happened to Percy Fawcett, the man who went through the Amazon jungle in search of the fabled lost city of Z, but he didn’t come back. Grann combines history, biography, and travelogue in his book about Percy Bysshe Shelley. He also talks about the myth of Z and the possibility that there could have been huge, advanced civilizations in the Amazon. I learned a lot about the area and the history of the people who lived there before Westerners came.
The Beach, by Alex Garland
Besides The Alchemist, this is probably my favorite book about traveling. (I like the movie, but I think the book is better.) You can relate to Richard’s desire to “do something different and get off the beaten path,” but in the end, you see that as a dream. Besides that, it’s also a good story about how people who go backpacking try to find the perfect place, but they end up ruining the place they want to find. I love this book so much!
Vagabonding, by Rolf Potts
People who are just starting out on long-term trips need to read this book by Rolf Potts. For 10 years, Rolf went on the road. He even walked across Israel. His book is full of useful advice, interesting quotes, and practical advice. From saving to planning to living on the road, this is a must-have for newbies who want to go. If you’re going on a trip, I think this book will help you think about what you want to do and how you can do it. It talks about long-term travel in a way that no other book has even come close to.
In A Sunburned Country, by Bill Bryson
You can’t pick one Bill Bryson book that’s good because they all are. When it comes to writing about travel, he’s one of the most well-known names. This book tells the story of a trip through Australia. It takes you from east to west, through small mining towns, forgotten coastal cities, and forests that aren’t on the map. Bryson tells a lot of interesting things about this huge country as he travels around in awe and sometimes fear. Box jellyfish, riptides, crocodiles, spiders, and snakes are just some of the things that make this country so scary. To go to Australia, this was the book that I read that made me want to go.
The Geography of Bliss, by Eric Weiner
Author Eric Weiner set out on a year-long trip to find the world’s happiest places. His quest takes him to a lot of different places. He goes to places like Iceland, Qatar, Denmark, India, and Moldova (the world’s most unhappy place). Even though he doesn’t find the secret to happiness, his journey makes for an amazing and lighthearted read! Weiner has a lot of memorable interactions with people in the area when he tries to figure out what makes a society happy.
Turn Right at Machu Picchu, by Mark Adams
This book tells the story of Adams’s journey through Peru in search of Inca ruins and ancient cities while following archaeologist Hiram Bingham’s original route. My trip to Peru next year is going to be a lot more interesting because I learned a lot from this book. Like him, I’m sure I’ll go right. You should read it because it’s the best travelogue you’ve read in a while and has made you want to visit the places he went.
Cruising Altitude, by Heather Poole
This book by Heather Poole talks about what it’s like to be a flight attendant and how it works. I picked it up at the airport and read it on the plane. They write about what it’s like to work at 35,000 feet. It’s a quick, light read. You learn crew terms, how to train, how to deal with pilots, and how to live in the air. It had some funny stories and made me think about how hard flight attendants work and how much crap they have to deal with.
A Year of Living Danishly, by Helen Russell
The best book I read this year was most likely this one. He got a job at the Lego offices in Jutland. Helen Russell wants to go to Denmark with him and write freelance when she’s there. She also wants to figure out why the Danes are so happy. In her book, Helen talks about everything from childcare to taxes to sexism and everything in between. Helen’s funny and heartbreaking story kept me reading from start to finish, and I couldn’t put it down. You will learn a lot from this book. It’s also funny, self-deprecating, and a great story about a person who is trying to fit in. So, as a person who thinks Copenhagen is one of the best cities in the world, I couldn’t put this down. If you only read one book from this list, make it this one. It’s the best one!