Read This Twice
HomePeopleBooksListsMy Library 0Sign In

100 Best Travel Books

100 books on this list
Sort by
The Shadow of the Sun
by Ryszard Kapuscinski (Apr 09, 2002)
Goodreads Rating
In 1957, Ryszard Kapuscinski arrived in Africa to witness the beginning of the end of colonial rule as the first African correspondent of Poland's state newspaper. From the early days of independence in Ghana to the ongoing ethnic genocide in Rwanda, Kapuscinski has crisscrossed vast distances pursuing the swift, and often violent, events that foll...
Barbarian Days
A Surfing Life
by William Finnegan (Apr 26, 2016)
Goodreads Rating
“Reading this guy on the subject of waves and water is like reading Hemingway on bullfighting; William Burroughs on controlled substances; Updike on adultery. . . . a coming-of-age story, seen through the gloss resin coat of a surfboard.” —Sports IllustratedBarbarian Days is William Finnegan’s memoir of an obsession, a complex enchantment. Surfing ...
Last Chance to See
by Douglas Adams (Oct 13, 1992)
Goodreads Rating
Join author Douglas Adams and zoologist Mark Carwardine as they take off around the world in search of exotic, endangered creatures....
A Novel
by Gregory David Roberts (Oct 01, 2005)
Goodreads Rating
"It took me a long time and most of the world to learn what I know about love and fate and the choices we make, but the heart of it came to me in an instant, while I was chained to a wall and being tortured."So begins this epic, mesmerizing first novel by Gregory David Roberts, set in the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Shantaram is narrated by ...
Atlas Obscura
An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders
by Joshua Foer (Sep 20, 2016)
Goodreads Rating
Inspiring equal parts wonder and wanderlust, Atlas Obscura celebrates over 600 of the strangest and most curious places in the world.Here are natural wondersthe dazzling glowworm caves in New Zealand, or a baobob tree in South Africa thats so large it has a pub inside where 15 people can drink comfortably. Architectural marvels, including the M.C. ...
Recommended by
Adam Savage
The Rings of Saturn
by W. G. Sebald (Nov 08, 2016)
Goodreads Rating
The Rings of Saturn — with its curious archive of photographs — records a walking tour along the east coast of England. A few of the things which cross the path and mind of its narrator (who both is and is not Sebald) are lonely eccentrics, Sir Thomas Browne's skull, a matchstick model of the Temple of Jerusalem, recession-hit seaside towns, wooded...
Desert Solitaire
A Season in the Wilderness
by Edward Abbey (Jan 01, 1971)
Goodreads Rating
First published in 1968, Desert Solitaire is one of Edward Abbey’s most critically acclaimed works and marks his first foray into the world of nonfiction writing. Written while Abbey was working as a ranger at Arches National Park outside of Moab, Utah, Desert Solitaire is a rare view of one man’s quest to experience nature in its purest form.Throu...
Recommended by
Maria Popova
River Town
Two Years on the Yangtze (P.S.)
by Peter Hessler (Apr 25, 2006)
Goodreads Rating
In the heart of China's Sichuan province lies the small city of Fuling. Surrounded by the terraced hills of the Yangtze River valley, Fuling has long been a place of continuity, far from the bustling political centers of Beijing and Shanghai. But now Fuling is heading down a new path, and gradually, along with scores of other towns in this vast and...
As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning
by Laurie Lee (Sep 01, 1985)
Goodreads Rating
As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning, by Lee, Laurie...
Recommended by
Alastair Humphreys
Wind, Sand, and Stars
by Antoine de Saint-Exupery (May 23, 2019)
Goodreads Rating
Exupery was a prize-winning novelist, professional mail pilot, airborne adventurer, war correspondent, commercial test pilot, and the author of a popular children's book The Little Prince. Wind, Sand, and Stars more than all the others is a synthesis of his skill as a writer and his life as a flier. It is a collage of anecdotes, speculations and pe...
Recommended by
Naval Ravikant
Wind, Sand and Stars
by Antoine de Saint-Exupery (Oct 14, 1992)
Goodreads Rating
Recipient of the Grand Prix of the Académie Française, Wind, Sand and Stars captures the grandeur, danger, and isolation of flight. Its exciting account of air adventure, combined with lyrical prose and the spirit of a philosopher, makes it one of the most popular works ever written about flying. Translated by Lewis Galantière....
Recommended by
Edward Norton
The Travel Book
A Journey Through Every Country in the World (Lonely Planet)
by Lonely Planet (Sep 01, 2011)
Goodreads Rating
This book is the definitive pictorial dedicated to travel and the world, capturing every country on the planet with photographs and atmospheric text. Inspirational, inviting, and beautiful, it combines stunning images with entertaining and informative text that captures the essence of being there....
Into Thin Air
A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster
by Jon Krakauer (Oct 19, 1999)
Goodreads Rating
A bank of clouds was assembling on the not-so-distant horizon, but journalist-mountaineer Jon Krakauer, standing on the summit of Mt. Everest, saw nothing that "suggested that a murderous storm was bearing down." He was wrong. The storm, which claimed five lives and left countless more--including Krakauer's--in guilt-ridden disarray, would also pro...
Country Driving
A Chinese Road Trip (P.S.)
by Peter Hessler (Feb 08, 2011)
Goodreads Rating
From the bestselling author of Oracle Bones and River Town comes the final book in his award-winning trilogy, on the human side of the economic revolution in China. In the summer of 2001, Peter Hessler, the longtime Beijing correspondent for The New Yorker, acquired his Chinese driver's license. For the next seven years, he traveled the country, tr...
The Atlas of Beauty
Women of the World in 500 Portraits
by Mihaela Noroc (Sep 26, 2017)
Goodreads Rating
Photographs and stories of 500 women from around the world, based on the author's hugely popular website.Since 2013 Mihaela Noroc has travelled the world with her backpack and camera taking photos of everyday women to showcase the diversity and beauty all around us. The Atlas of Beauty is a collection of her photographs that celebrates women from f...
Rice, Noodle, Fish
Deep Travels Through Japan's Food Culture
by Matt Goulding (Oct 27, 2015)
Goodreads Rating
2016 Travel Book of the Year by the Society of American Travel WritersFinalist for the 2016 IACP Awards: Literary Food WritingNamed one of the Financial Times' "Best Books of 2016"An innovative new take on the travel guide, Rice, Noodle, Fish decodes Japan's extraordinary food culture through a mix of in-depth narrative and insider advice, along ...
Recommended by
Anthony Bourdain
Anthony Bourdain Remembered
by CNN (May 28, 2019)
Goodreads Rating
A moving and insightful collection of quotes, memories, and images celebrating the life of Anthony Bourdain When Anthony Bourdain died in June 2018, the outpouring of grief from his fans around the world was momentous. The tributes spoke to his legacy: That the world is much smaller than we imagine and people are more alike than they are different....
Recommended by
Joe Miragliotta
Rick Steves' Europe Through the Back Door 2007
The Travel Skills Handbook
by Rick Steves (Aug 15, 2006)
Goodreads Rating
You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you really need to know when traveling through Europe, including how to:- Plan your itinerary and maximize your time- Pack light-and right- Find good-value hotels and restaurants- Travel smoothly by train, bus, car, and plane- Avoid crowds and tourist scams- Hurdle the language barrier- Understand cultu...
The Pine Barrens
by John McPhee (May 01, 1978)
Goodreads Rating
Most people think of New Jersey as a suburban-industrial corridor that runs between New York and Philadelphia. Yet in the low center of the state is a near wilderness, larger than most national parks, which has been known since the seventeenth century as the Pine Barrens.The term refers to the predominant trees in the vast forests that cover the ar...
Recommended by
Brandon Stosuy
Cry of the Kalahari
by Mark Owens (Oct 15, 1992)
Goodreads Rating
“A remarkable story beautifully told…Among such classics as Goodall’s In the Shadow of Man and Fossey’s Gorillas in the Mist.”—Chicago Tribune Carrying little more than a change of clothes and a pair of binoculars, two young Americans, Mark and Delia Owens, caught a plane to Africa, bought a thirdhand Land Rover, and drove deep into the Kalahari De...
Arctic Dreams
by Barry Lopez (Oct 02, 2001)
Goodreads Rating
Barry Lopez's National Book Award-winning classic study of the Far North is widely considered his masterpiece.Lopez offers a thorough examination of this obscure world-its terrain, its wildlife, its history of Eskimo natives and intrepid explorers who have arrived on their icy shores. But what turns this marvelous work of natural history into a bre...
Grandma Gatewood's Walk
The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail
by Ben Montgomery (Apr 01, 2016)
Goodreads Rating
Winner of the 2014 National Outdoor Book Awards for History/Biography Emma Gatewood told her family she was going on a walk and left her small Ohio hometown with a change of clothes and less than two hundred dollars. The next anybody heard from her, this genteel, farm-reared, 67-year-old great-grandmother had walked 800 miles along the 2,050-mile A...
Way Of The White Clouds
by Lama AnagarikaF Govinda (Feb 02, 2006)
Goodreads Rating
'It tells of terrible journeys, of men masked against the sun (riding through ethereal regions with their feet frozen), of welcoming fog-girt monasteries lit by butter lamps at the journey's end' New Statesman The Way of the White Clouds is the remarkable narrative of a pilgrimage which could not be made today. Lama Anagarika Govinda was among the ...
Recommended by
Steve Jobs
A Journey Through Trees
by Roger Deakin (Dec 01, 2010)
Goodreads Rating
Here, published for the first time in the United States, is the last book by Roger Deakin, famed British nature writer and icon of the environmentalist movement. In Deakin's glorious meditation on wood, the "fifth element" -- as it exists in nature, in our culture, and in our souls -- the reader accompanies Deakin through the woods of Britain, Euro...
Recommended by
Robert Macfarlane
Narrow Road to the Interior
And Other Writings (Shambhala Pocket Library)
by Matsuo Basho (May 14, 2019)
Goodreads Rating
Here is the most complete single-volume collection of the writings of one of the great luminaries of Asian literature. Basho (1644–1694)—who elevated the haiku to an art form of utter simplicity and intense spiritual beauty—is best known in the West as the author of Narrow Road to the Interior, a travel diary of linked prose and haiku that recount...
Recommended by
Rainn Wilson
From the Holy Mountain
A Journey Among the Christians of the Middle East
by William Dalrymple (Mar 15, 1998)
Goodreads Rating
In 587 a.d., two monks set off on an extraordinary journey that would take them in an arc across the entire Byzantine world, from the shores of the Bosphorus to the sand dunes of Egypt. On the way John Moschos and his pupil Sophronius the Sophist stayed in caves, monasteries, and remote hermitages, collecting the wisdom of the stylites and the dese...
A Fable of Love, Forgiveness, and Following Your Heart
by Kamal Ravikant (Jan 02, 2018)
Goodreads Rating
From the author of the bestsellers Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends on It and Live Your Truth comes Rebirth, an inspiring novel about the magic that happens when you learn to follow your heart. After the death of his estranged father, Amit takes his parent's ashes to the Ganges to fulfill a deathbed promise. Instead of returning home, he wander...
Recommended by
Matt Mullenweg
Between the Woods and the Water
On Foot to Constantinople
by Patrick Leigh Fermor (Oct 03, 2005)
Goodreads Rating
Continuing the epic foot journey across Europe begun in A Time of Gifts The journey that Patrick Leigh Fermor set out on in 1933—to cross Europe on foot with an emergency allowance of one pound a day—proved so rich in experiences that when much later he sat down to describe them, they overflowed into more than one volume. Undertaken as the storms o...
The Wild Places
by Robert Macfarlane (Jun 24, 2008)
Goodreads Rating
"An eloquent (and compulsively readable) reminder that, though we're laying waste the world, nature still holds sway over much of the earth's surface."Bill McKibben Are there any genuinely wild places left in Britain and Ireland? That is the question that Robert Macfarlane poses to himself as he embarks on a series of breathtaking journeys through...
I'll Push You
A Journey of 500 Miles, Two Best Friends, and One Wheelchair
by Patrick Gray (Jun 06, 2017)
Goodreads Rating
Two best friends, 500 miles, one wheelchair, and the challenge of a lifetime.Friendship takes on new meaning in this true story of Justin and Patrick, born less than two days apart in the same hospital. Best friends their whole lives, they grew up together, went to school together, and were best man in each other's weddings. When Justin was diagnos...
Nonstop Metropolis
A New York City Atlas
by Rebecca Solnit (Oct 19, 2016)
Goodreads Rating
Winner of the 2017 Brendan Gill Prize from the Municipal Arts Society of New York "The maps themselves are things of beauty . . . a document of its time, of our time." —Sadie Stein, New York Times   "One is invited to fathom the many New Yorks hidden from history’s eye." —Maria Popova, Brain Pickings &#160...
Recommended by
Laura R Walker
The Worst Journey in the World
by Apsley Cherry-Garrard (Feb 28, 2006)
Goodreads Rating
The Worst Journey in the World recounts Robert Falcon Scott's ill-fated expedition to the South Pole. Apsley Cherry-Garrard, the youngest member of Scott's team and one of three men to make and survive the notorious Winter Journey, draws on his firsthand experiences as well as the diaries of his compatriots to create a stirring and detailed account...
The Old Ways
A Journey on Foot (Landscapes)
by Robert Macfarlane (Sep 24, 2013)
Goodreads Rating
Robert Macfarlane travels Britain's ancient paths and discovers the secrets of our beautiful, underappreciated landscape.Following the tracks, holloways, drove-roads and sea paths that form part of a vast ancient network of routes criss-crossing the British Isles and beyond, Robert Macfarlane discovers a lost world - a landscape of the feet and the...
Journeys of a Lifetime
500 of the World's Greatest Trips
by National Geographic (Oct 16, 2007)
Goodreads Rating
No one knows the world like National Geographic—and in this lavish volume, we reveal our picks for the world's most fabulous journeys, along with helpful information for readers who want to try them out. Compiled from the favorite trips of National Geographic's travel writers, Journeys of a Lifetime spans the globe to highlight the best of the worl...
A Swimmer's Journey Through Britain
by Roger Deakin (Jan 01, 2000)
Goodreads Rating
Roger Deakin set out in 1996 to swim through the British Isles. The result a uniquely personal view of an island race and a people with a deep affinity for water. From the sea, from rock pools, from rivers and streams, tarns, lakes, lochs, ponds, lidos, swimming pools and spas, from fens, dykes, moats, aqueducts, waterfalls, flooded quarries, even ...
Arabian Sands
by Wilfred Thesiger (Jan 02, 2008)
Goodreads Rating
"Arabian Sands" is Wilfred Thesiger's record of his extraordinary journey through the parched "Empty Quarter" of Arabia. Educated at Eton and Oxford, Thesiger was repulsed by the softness and rigidity of Western life-"the machines, the calling cards, the meticulously aligned streets." In the spirit of T. E. Lawrence, he set out to explore the deser...
Black Lamb and Grey Falcon
by Rebecca West (Jan 30, 2007)
Goodreads Rating
Written on the brink of World War II, Rebecca West's classic examination of the history, people, and politics of Yugoslavia illuminates a region that is still a focus of international concern. A magnificent blend of travel journal, cultural commentary, and historical insight, Black Lamb and Grey Falcon probes the troubled history of the Balkans, an...
The Kon-Tiki Expedition
by Thor Heyerdahl (Apr 30, 1996)
Goodreads Rating
Kon-Tiki is the record of an astonishing adventure -- a journey of 4,300 nautical miles across the Pacific Ocean by raft. Intrigued by Polynesian folklore, biologist Thor Heyerdahl suspected that the South Sea Islands had been settled by an ancient race from thousands of miles to the east, led by a mythical hero, Kon-Tiki. He decided to prove his t...
The Snow Leopard
by Peter Matthiessen (Sep 30, 2008)
Goodreads Rating
When Matthiessen went to Nepal to study the Himalayan blue sheep and, possibly, to glimpse the rare and beautiful snow leopard, he undertook his five-week trek as winter snows were sweeping into the high passes. This is a radiant and deeply moving account of a "true pilgrimage, a journey of the heart."...
Earth from Above, Third Edition
by Yann Arthus-Bertrand (Oct 31, 2005)
Goodreads Rating
Very few photography books become a national sensation, but Earth from Above capured the imagination of a huge audience. This revised and expanded edition contains a new introduction by Lester Brown, founder and president ofthe Earth Policy Institute, new text and captions by environmental experts, and, best of all, an additional 17 photographs....
Beyond the Sky and the Earth
A Journey into Bhutan
by Jamie Zeppa (May 01, 2000)
Goodreads Rating
At age 24 Jamie Zeppa, a Canadian who had never been outside of North America, said goodbye to her fiancé and her plans for graduate school and moved to Bhutan, a remote Buddhist kingdom in the Himalayas. Beyond the Sky and the Earth is an autobiographical work that details her experiences and transformations after spending three years in Bhutan. I...
City of Djinns
A Year in Delhi
by William Dalrymple (Mar 25, 2003)
Goodreads Rating
Sparkling with irrepressible wit, City of Djinns peels back the layers of Delhi's centuries-old history, revealing an extraordinary array of characters along the way-from eunuchs to descendants of great Moguls. With refreshingly open-minded curiosity, William Dalrymple explores the seven "dead" cities of Delhi as well as the eighth city-today's Del...
Adventures on the Wine Route
by Kermit Lynch (Sep 01, 1990)
Goodreads Rating
Kermit Lynch's recounting of his experiences on the wine route and in the wine cellars of France takes the reader through the Loire, Bordeaux, the Languedoc, Provence, Northern and Southern Rhone, and the Cote d'Or....
The Hour of Land
A Personal Topography of America's National Parks
by Terry Tempest Williams (Jul 03, 2017)
Goodreads Rating
America’s national parks are breathing spaces in a world in which such spaces are steadily disappearing, which is why more than 300 million people visit the parks each year. Now Terry Tempest Williams, the author of the environmental classic Refuge and the beloved memoir When Women Were Birds, returns with The Hour of Land, a literary celebration o...
Travels with Charley in Search of America
by John Steinbeck (Jan 31, 1980)
Goodreads Rating
A quest across America, from the northernmost tip of Maine to Californias Monterey PeninsulaTo hear the speech of the real America, to smell the grass and the trees, to see the colors and the lightthese were John Steinbeck's goals as he set out, at the age of fifty-eight, to rediscover the country he had been writing about for so many years.With Ch...
Recommended by
Richard Branson
My First Summer in the Sierra
by John Muir (Mar 06, 2018)
Goodreads Rating
In the summer of 1869, John Muir, a young Scottish immigrant, joined a crew of shepherds in the foothills of California's Sierra Nevada Mountains. The diary he kept while tending sheep formed the heart of this book and eventually lured thousands of Americans to visit Yosemite country.First published in 1911, My First Summer in the Sierra incorporat...
Mountains of the Mind
Adventures in Reaching the Summit
by Robert Macfarlane (Jul 13, 2004)
Goodreads Rating
Robert Macfarlane's Mountains of the Mind is the most interesting of the crop of books published to mark the 50th anniversary of the first successful ascent of Everest. Macfarlane is both a mountaineer and a scholar. Consequently we get more than just a chronicle of climbs. He interweaves accounts of his own adventurous ascents with those of pionee...
The Digital Nomad Survival Guide
How to Successfully Travel the World While Working Remotely
by Peter Knudson (May 07, 2017)
Goodreads Rating
Do you dream of becoming a digital nomad - working remotely while traveling the world -but you're not sure how to start? The Digital Nomad Survival Guide is for you. This book provides useful and specific knowledge about travel, housing, work, and socializing to help you set up and manage your new lifestyle as a digital nomad.So whether you can't w...
Pole to Pole
by Michael Palin (Aug 31, 2004)
Goodreads Rating
Having circumnavigated the globe from west to east in Around the World in 80 Days, Michael Palin proceeded to stretch even his endurance with his next journey, travelling due south from the North Pole, arriving five months later at the southernmost point of the globe, the South Pole. The result is Pole to Pole, Palin's account of his extraordinary ...
Seven Years in Tibet
by Heinrich Harrer (Aug 20, 2009)
Goodreads Rating
Recounts how the author, an Austrian, escaped from an English internment camp in India in 1943 and spent the next seven years in Tibet, observing its social practices, religion, politics, and people....
In a Sunburned Country
by Bill Bryson (May 15, 2001)
Goodreads Rating
A CLASSIC FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF ONE SUMMER Every time Bill Bryson walks out the door, memorable travel literature threatens to break out. His previous excursion along the Appalachian Trail resulted in the sublime national bestseller A Walk in the Woods. In A Sunburned Country is his report on what he found in an entirely dif...
A Walk in the Woods
Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail (Official Guides to the Appalachian Trail)
by Bill Bryson (May 04, 1999)
Goodreads Rating
The Appalachian Trail stretches from Georgia to Maine and covers some of the most breathtaking terrain in America—majestic mountains, silent forests, sparking lakes. If you’re going to take a hike, it’s probably the place to go. And Bill Bryson is surely the most entertaining guide you’ll find. He introduces us to the history and ecology of the tra...
Recommended by
Tim Ferriss
Travel as a Political Act
by Rick Steves (Feb 06, 2018)
Goodreads Rating
Travel connects people with people. It helps us fit more comfortably and compatibly into a shrinking world. And it inspires creative new solutions to persistent problems facing our nation. We can’t understand our world without experiencing it. Traveling as a Political Act helps us take that first step. There’s more to travel than good-value hotels,...
A Time of Gifts
On Foot to Constantinople
by Patrick Leigh Fermor (Oct 03, 2005)
Goodreads Rating
In 1933, at the age of 18, Patrick Leigh Fermor set out on an extraordinary journey by foot - from the Hook of Holland to Constantinople. A Time of Gifts is the first volume in a trilogy recounting the trip, and takes the reader with him as far as Hungary. It is a book of compelling glimpses - not only of the events which were curdling Europe at th...
Full Tilt
Ireland to India with a Bicycle
by Dervla Murphy (Dec 31, 2010)
Goodreads Rating
Based on her daily diary, this is Dervla Murphy’s account of her ride, in 1963, across frozen Europe and through Persia and Afghanistan, over the Himalayas to Pakistan and into India, during one of the worst winters in memory. She has written other travel books, including In Ethiopia with a Mule....
Blood River
A Journey to Africa's Broken Heart
by Tim Butcher (Oct 01, 2008)
Goodreads Rating
A compulsively readable account of a journey to the Congo — a country virtually inaccessible to the outside world — vividly told by a daring and adventurous journalist.Ever since Stanley first charted its mighty river in the 1870s, the Congo has epitomized the dark and turbulent history of a failed continent. However, its troubles only served to in...
Travels with Herodotus
by Ryszard Kapuscinski (Jun 10, 2008)
Goodreads Rating
From the master of literary reportage whose acclaimed books include Shah of Shahs, The Emperor, and The Shadow of the Sun, an intimate account of his first youthful forays beyond the Iron Curtain.Just out of university in 1955, Kapuscinski told his editor that he’d like to go abroad. Dreaming no farther than Czechoslovakia, the young reporter found...
At Home in the World
Reflections on Belonging While Wandering the Globe
by Tsh Oxenreider (Apr 18, 2017)
Goodreads Rating
As Tsh Oxenreider, author of Notes From a Blue Bike, chronicles her family’s adventure around the world. Americans Tsh and Kyle met and married in Kosovo. They lived as expats for most of a decade. They’ve been back in the States—now with three kids under ten—for four years, and while home is nice, they are filled with wanderlust and long to answer...
On Trails
An Exploration
by Robert Moor (Jul 04, 2017)
Goodreads Rating
New York Times Bestseller • Winner of the National Outdoor Book Award • Winner of the Saroyan International Prize for Writing • Winner of the Pacific Northwest Book Award • “The best outdoors book of the year.” —Sierra Club From a talent who’s been compared to Annie Dillard, Edward Abbey, David Quammen, and Jared Diamond, On Trails is a wondrous e...
Recommended by
Sahil Lavingia
"A very funny and frequently insightful look at the world's most combustible region."--...
Recommended by
Karim Sadjadpour
Blue Highways
A Journey into America
by William Least Heat Moon (Oct 19, 1999)
Goodreads Rating
Hailed as a masterpiece of American travel writing, Blue Highways is an unforgettable journey along our nation's backroads.William Least Heat-Moon set out with little more than the need to put home behind him and a sense of curiosity about "those little towns that get on the map-if they get on at all-only because some cartographer has a blank space...
Recommended by
George Raveling
A Walk Across America
by Peter Jenkins (Sep 01, 2001)
Goodreads Rating
Twenty-five years ago, a disillusioned young man set out on a walk across America. This is the book he wrote about that journey -- a classic account of the reawakening of his faith in himself and his country."I started out searching for myself and my country," Peter Jenkins writes, "and found both." In this timeless classic, Jenkins describes how d...
A Vineyard in Tuscany
A Wine Lover's Dream
by Ferenc Máté (Nov 17, 2008)
Goodreads Rating
Finding your dream house with a vineyard in Tuscany is like searching the woods for porcini mushrooms: a labor of love. Such feats require patience, discernment, resolve, and an indestructible sense of humor.The Mátés’ future home and wine estate lies amid breathtaking scenery in a community brimming with warmth. In Italy’s most prestigious wine zo...
A Field Guide to Getting Lost
by Rebecca Solnit (Jun 27, 2006)
Goodreads Rating
Whether she is contemplating the history of walking as a cultural and political experience over the past two hundred years (Wanderlust), or using the life of photographer Eadweard Muybridge as a lens to discuss the transformations of space and time in late nineteenth-century America (River of Shadows), Rebecca Solnit has emerged as an inventive and...
Ultimate High
My Everest Odyssey
by Goran Kropp (Oct 05, 1999)
Goodreads Rating
Goran Kropp, a Swedish adventurer, set out from Stockholm, Sweden on a Crescent Ultima bicycle and traveled 5 months and 8,000 miles carrying 240 lbs. of gear with him. He ascended Mt. Everest in May 1996, unassisted and without the use of supplemental oxygen, days after the tragedy that claimed 8 climbers. He then returned to Stockholm on his bicy...
Recommended by
Alastair Humphreys
Iron and Silk
by Mark Salzman (Oct 12, 1987)
Goodreads Rating
Salzman captures post-cultural revolution China through his adventures as a young American English teacher in China and his shifu-tudi (master-student) relationship with China's foremost martial arts teacher....
Recommended by
Anderson Cooper
The Voyage of the Beagle
Charles Darwin's Journal of Researches
by Charles Darwin (Jul 30, 2010)
Goodreads Rating
s/t: Charles Darwin's Journal of ResearchesWhen the Beagle sailed out of Devonport on 27 December 1831, Charles Darwin was twenty-two and setting off on the voyage of a lifetime. It was to last five years and transform him from an amiable and somewhat aimless young man into a scientific celebrity. Even more vitally, it was to set in motion the inte...
From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
by Cheryl Strayed (Nov 18, 2014)
Goodreads Rating
At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand ...
A Cook's Tour
Global Adventures in Extreme Cuisines
by Anthony Bourdain (Nov 05, 2002)
Goodreads Rating
From the star of No Reservations, Anthony Bourdain's New York Times-bestselling chronicle of travelling the world in search the globe's greatest cuilnary adventuresThe only thing "gonzo gastronome" and internationally bestselling author Anthony Bourdain loves as much as cooking is traveling. Inspired by the question, "What would be the perfect meal...
Toujours Provence
by Peter Mayle (Jun 02, 1992)
Goodreads Rating
Taking up where his beloved A Year in Provence leaves off, Peter Mayle offers us another funny, beautifully (and deliciously) evocative book about life in Provence. With tales only one who lives there could know—of finding gold coins while digging in the garden, of indulging in sumptuous feasts at truck stops—and with characters introduced with gre...
Riding the Iron Rooster
By Train through China
by Paul Theroux (May 27, 1988)
Goodreads Rating
Paul Theroux invites you to join him on the journey of a lifetime, in the grand romanttic tradition, by train across Euope, through the vast underbelly of Asia and in the heart of Russia, and then up to China. Here is China by rail, as seen and heard through the eyes and ears of one of the most intrepid and insightful travel writers of our time....
Blue Latitudes
Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before
by Tony Horwitz (Aug 01, 2003)
Goodreads Rating
Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone BeforeTwo centuries after James Cook's epic voyages of discovery, Tony Horwitz takes readers on a wild ride across hemispheres and centuries to recapture the Captain's adventures and explore his embattled legacy in today's Pacific. Horwitz, a Pulitzer Prize-winner and author of Confederates in the Attic, wor...
In Xanadu
A Quest
by Permissions (Apr 01, 2000)
Goodreads Rating
While waiting for the results of his college exams, William Dalrymple decides to fill in his summer break with a trip. But the vacation he plans is no light-hearted student jaunt - he decides to retrace the epic journey of Marco Polo from Jerusalem to Xanadu, the ruined palace of Kubla Khan, north of Peking. For the first half of the trip he is acc...
Encore Provence
New Adventures in the South of France
by Peter Mayle (Apr 25, 2000)
Goodreads Rating
A whole new feast of adventures, discoveries, hilarities, and culinary treats, liberally seasoned with a joyous mix of Gallic characters.After trying--what folly!--to live in other places, Peter Mayle is back in his beloved Provence. He celebrates his homecoming by sharing with us a whole new feast of adventures, discoveries, hilarities, and culina...
Around the World in 80 Days
by Michael Palin (Jun 30, 1991)
Goodreads Rating
British actor and comedian Michael Palin -- best known to American audiences for his work in Monty Python and the film A Fish Called Wanda -- follows in the footsteps of Jules Verne's fictional adventurer Phileas Fogg and circles the globe in 80 days....
The Happy Isles of Oceania
Paddling the Pacific
by Paul Theroux (Dec 08, 2006)
Goodreads Rating
"Possibly his best travel observant and frequently hilarious account of a trip that took him to 51 Pacific Islands."TIMERenowned travel writer and novelist Paul Theroux has been many places in his life and tried almost everything. But this trip in and around the lands of the Pacific may be his boldest, most fascinating yet. From New Zeala...
Whatever You Do, Don't Run
True Tales Of A Botswana Safari Guide
by Peter Allison (Jun 03, 2014)
Goodreads Rating
A hilarious, highly original collection of essays based on the Botswana truism: “only food runs!”In the tradition of Bill Bryson, a new writer brings us the lively adventures and biting wit of an African safari guide. Peter Allison gives us the guide’s-eye view of living in the bush, confronting the world’s fiercest terrain of wild animals and, mos...
Hokkaido Highway Blues
Hitchhiking Japan
by Will Ferguson (Jul 01, 2003)
Goodreads Rating
It had never been done before. Not in 4000 years of Japanese recorded history had anyone followed the Cherry Blossom Front from one end of the country to the other. Nor had anyone hitchhiked the length of Japan. But, heady on sakura and sake, Will Ferguson bet he could do both. The resulting travelogue is one of the funniest and most illuminating b...
An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel
by Rolf Potts (Dec 24, 2002)
Goodreads Rating
Vagabonding is about taking time off from your normal life - from six weeks to four months to two years - to discover and experience the world on your own terms. Veteran shoestring traveler Rolf Potts shows how anyone armed with an independent spirit can achieve the dream of extended overseas travel. Potts gives the necessary information on:- finan...
Recommended by
Tim Ferriss
A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush
by Eric Newby (Dec 21, 2010)
Goodreads Rating
When Eric Newby, fashion industry worker and inexperienced hill walker, decided after 10 years in haute couture he needed a change he took 4 days training in Wales then walked the Hindu Kush. This is his account of an entertaining time in the hills!...
The Songlines
by Bruce Chatwin (Jun 01, 1988)
Goodreads Rating
In this extraordinary book, Bruce Chatwin has adapted a literary form common until the eighteenth century though rare in ours; a story of ideas in which two companions, traveling and talking together, explore the hopes and dreams that animate both them and the people they encounter. Set in almost uninhabitable regions of Central Australia, The Song...
Into the Wild
by Jon Krakauer (Feb 01, 1997)
Goodreads Rating
Librarian's Note: An alternate cover edition can be found hereIn April, 1992, a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cas...
Recommended by
Gretchen Rubin
Between Meals
by A. Liebling (Sep 29, 2004)
Goodreads Rating
New Yorker writer A.J. Liebling recalls his Parisian apprenticeship in the fine art of eating in this charming memoir.No writer has written more enthusiastically about food than A. J. Liebling. Between Meals: An Appetite for Paris, the great New Yorker writer's last book, is a wholly appealing account of his éducation sentimentale in French cuisine...
Recommended by
Anthony Bourdain
The Travels of Ibn Battutah
by Ibn Battutah (May 31, 2003)
Goodreads Rating
Ibn Battutah—ethnographer, bigrapher, anecdotal historian and occasional botanist—was just21 when he set out in 1325 from his native Tangier on a pilgramage to Mecca. He did not return to Morocco for another29 years, traveling instead through more than 40 countries on the modern map, covering75,000 miles and getting as far north as the Volga, as fa...
Recommended by
Donald Knuth
The Year of Living Danishly
Uncovering the Secrets of the World's Happiest Country
by Helen Russell (Apr 12, 2016)
Goodreads Rating
Denmark is officially the happiest nation on Earth. When Helen Russell is forced to move to rural Jutland, can she discover the secrets of their happiness? Or will the long, dark winters and pickled herring take their toll?A Year of Living Danishly looks at where the Danes get it right, where they get it wrong, and how we might just benefit from li...
A Geek in Japan
Discovering the Land of Manga, Anime, Zen, and the Tea Ceremony (Geek In...guides)
by Hector Garcia (Jun 10, 2011)
Goodreads Rating
For every fan of manga, anime, J-pop, or Zen, A Geek in Japan is a hip, smart and concise guide to the land that is their source.Comprehensive and well informed, it covers a wide array of topics in short articles accompanied by sidebars and numerous photographs, providing a lively digest of the society and culture of Japan. Designed to appeal to th...
Recommended by
Derek Sivers
The Caliph's House
A Year in Casablanca
by Tahir Shah (Dec 26, 2006)
Goodreads Rating
In the tradition of A Year in Provence and Under the Tuscan Sun, acclaimed English travel writer Tahir Shah shares a highly entertaining account of making an exotic dream come true. By turns hilarious and harrowing, here is the story of his family’s move from the gray skies of London to the sun-drenched city of Casablanca, where Islamic tradition a...
A Year in Provence
by Peter Mayle (Jun 04, 1991)
Goodreads Rating
National Bestseller In this witty and warm-hearted account, Peter Mayle tells what it is like to realize a long-cherished dream and actually move into a 200-year-old stone farmhouse in the remote country of the Lubéron with his wife and two large dogs. He endures January's frosty mistral as it comes howling down the Rhône Valley, discovers the secr...
In Siberia
by Colin Thubron (Sep 07, 2000)
Goodreads Rating
In the early 1980s, Colin Thubron wrote a book about his travels around the Soviet Union in an old Morris Minor. In the late 90s, post–Soviet Union, he decided to explore Siberia—this time by truck, by bus, by boat. The result is an evocative account of an extraordinary region. He travels through exotic cities and deserted villages, meets nostalgic...
Catfish and Mandala
A Two-Wheeled Voyage Through the Landscape and Memory of Vietnam
by Andrew Pham (Sep 02, 2000)
Goodreads Rating
Catfish and Mandala is the story of an American odyssey—a solo bicycle voyage around the Pacific Rim to Vietnam—made by a young Vietnamese-American man in pursuit of both his adopted homeland and his forsaken fatherland. Andrew X. Pham was born in Vietnam and raised in California. His father had been a POW of the Vietcong; his family came to Americ...
Lonely Planet's Guide to Travel Photography
by Lonely Planet (Aug 01, 2012)
Goodreads Rating
This second edition of this best-selling guide to taking photographs while on the road has been thoroughly updated and revised to include a special new section on digital photography. Also includes new information on black and white photography techniques....
by Michael Palin (Sep 01, 2002)
Goodreads Rating
Michael Palin's epic voyages have seen him circumnavigate the globe, travel from the North to the South Pole and circle the countries of the Pacific Ocean. This was perhaps the greatest challenge yet: to cross the vast and merciless Sahara desert.Shrugging aside the perils of camel stew and being run over by the Paris-Dakar rally, he travels throug...
Dark Star Safari
Overland from Cairo to Capetown
by Paul Theroux (Apr 05, 2004)
Goodreads Rating
In Dark Star Safari the wittily observant and endearingly irascible Paul Theroux takes readers the length of Africa by rattletrap bus, dugout canoe, cattle truck, armed convoy, ferry, and train. In the course of his epic and enlightening journey, he endures danger, delay, and dismaying circumstances.Gauging the state of affairs, he talks to African...
by Michael Palin (Jun 02, 2005)
Goodreads Rating
Michael Palin's travel books have repeatedly topped the bestseller lists. In this book he is back at his adventurous best tie-ing in with a major BBC TV series. The book/series will travel through many countries little known to the West, providing opportunities for Palinesque adventures to please the large and loyal audience who followed 80 Days, P...
Long Way Round
Chasing Shadows Across the World
by Ewan McGregor (Nov 01, 2005)
Goodreads Rating
It started as a daydream. Poring over a map of the world at home one quiet Saturday afternoon, Ewan McGregor - actor and self-confessed bike nut - noticed that it was possible to ride all the way round the world, with just one short hop across the Bering Strait from Russia to Alaska. It was a revelation he couldn't get out of his head. So he picked...
A Voyage Long and Strange
On the Trail of Vikings, Conquistadors, Lost Colonists, and Other Adventurers in Early America
by Tony Horwitz (Apr 27, 2009)
Goodreads Rating
On a chance visit to Plymouth Rock, Tony Horwitz realizes he's mislaid more than a century of American history, from Columbus’s sail in 1492 to Jamestown's founding in 16-oh-something. Did nothing happen in between? Determined to find out, he embarks on a journey of rediscovery, following in the footsteps of the many Europeans who preceded the Pilg...
A Woman's Solo Trek Across 1700 Miles of Australian Outback
by Robyn Davidson (May 30, 1995)
Goodreads Rating
NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURERobyn Davidson's opens the memoir of her perilous journey across 1,700 miles of hostile Australian desert to the sea with only four camels and a dog for company with the following words: “I experienced that sinking feeling you get when you know you have conned yourself into doing something difficult and there's no going ba...
The Old Patagonian Express
By Train Through the Americas
by Paul Theroux (Nov 07, 1989)
Goodreads Rating
A witty sharply observed journey down the length of North and South America.Beginning his journey in Boston, where he boarded the subway commuter train, and catching trains of all kinds on the way, Paul Theroux tells of his voyage from ice-bound Massachusetts and Illinois to the arid plateau of Argentina's most southerly tip. Sweating and shivering...
An Embarrassment of Mangoes
A Caribbean Interlude
by Ann Vanderhoof (Feb 08, 2005)
Goodreads Rating
An Embarrassment of Mangoes is a delicious chronicle of leaving the type-A lifestyle behind -- and discovering the seductive secrets of life in the Caribbean.Who hasn’t fantasized about chucking the job, saying goodbye to the rat race, and escaping to some exotic destination in search of sun, sand, and a different way of life? Canadians Ann Vanderh...
The Beach
by Alex Garland (Feb 10, 1997)
Goodreads Rating
After discovering a seemingly Edenic paradise on an island in a Thai national park, Richard soon finds that since civilized behavior tends to dissolve without external restraints, the utopia is hard to maintain. (Nancy Pearl)...