What are your favorite books about travel or who are your favorite travel writers?

What are your favorite books about travel or who are your favorite travel writers?

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  • Tales of a Female Nomad by Rita Golden Gelman inspired my lifelong wanderlust and is still on my shelf 15 years after first reading it

    • I read this. Liked it but couldn’t relate. She was too brave for me 😉

  • Without Reservations: The Travels of an Independent Woman by Alice Steinbach.

  • Can’t say I have a favorite but recently read Calabria by Karen Haid. I’m traveling there in September so it was very interesting to learn about places and also a lot about the history and culture

  • peter Jenkins…A Walk Across America. He has several travel books.oldies but very good.

    • What???? Oldies BUT very good? Why not oldies AND very good? Shakespeare is an oldie AND he did alright for himself. Hey, what can I say? I’m devoted to the classics! 🇨🇦

  • Anything by Bill Bryson. Funniest book was In a Sunburned Country about his travels in Australia.

  • Don’t have a favourite but I loved Looptail by Bruce Poon Tip. Very inspiring read.

  • Would Into the Wild be considered about travel? I really enjoyed that one!

  • I’m currently reading Ghost Train to the Eastern Star by Paul Theroux. I hadn’t read any of his books before, so I can’t say he’s a favorite, but I am enjoying this book.

  • Up the Down Volcano by Sloane Crosley…On the Road by Jack Kerouac…Blue Highways by William Least Heat-Moon…Down the Nile: Alone in a Fisherman’s Skiff by Rosemary Mahoney….The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain…Iberia by James Michener…The Places Between by Rory Stewart…Travels with Myself and Another by Martha Gellhorn…Round Ireland with a Fridge by Tony Hawks…

    • Lynn, I’ve read several of these and they’re wonderful. Given your good taste I look forward to reading the ones that you recommend that I’ve not yet read. 🇨🇦

    • Thank you. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did. I can also recommend two other sort of travel related memoirs of expats living abroad. Paris To The Moon by Adam Gopnik…Ciao, America by Beppe Severgnini …I see your Canadian flag so can you remember any books about traveling in Canada? Or an expat from any country who wrote about living in Canada?

    • Lynne, I’ve been thinking of your question all afternoon and I fear my Canadian compatriots will be gravely disappointed in me, but I can’t think of one! Except… my wife is from a village near Clinton Ontario. If you want to catch the “genius loci” (spirit of the place) don’t go to the travel section, go to the literature section. The short story writer Alice Munro, who grew up there, captures it perfectly. She recently won the Nobel Prize. Not bad, eh? (he texted in Canadian English). 🇨🇦

    • Need to put her on my TBR list…I already enjoy the mysteries of Louise Penny.

    • , I must admit I’ve never read her but I’ve been hearing excellent word-of-mouth reviews. I’ll put her on my TBR list! 🇨🇦

  • Rick Steves’ Travel As a Political Act. Also echoing the plugs for Pico Iyer and the great Michael

  • Bill Bryson, Tim Cahill, Willian Least Heat Moon are great travel writers

  • 500 Mile Walkies by Mark Wallington, Adventures on the High Teas by Stuart Maconie, Detour de France by Michael Simkins, The Reluctant Tuscan by Phil Doran, Tall Man in a Low Land by Harry Pearson, The Last Grain Race by Eric Newby

    • Ohhh I have never heard of any of these! Can’t wait to check them out!!

    • Lini Anil I liked The Old Patagonian Express, a journey through South America… but have enjoyed all his books.

  • Yes!!! As a gently aging slightly chubby woman he inspired me to start walking and exploring. So far: Maine, California, Scotland, England, and the south of France. He’s my hero!

    • Currently reading The Songlines, by Bruce Chatwin, and loving it!

    • , Songlines was the first of his journals I read long, long ago.. probably the one of Bruce Chatwin’s books I reread most
      often.. he passed away far too soon…
      do look for his others.. they are all available in paper form..
      savoured reading!

  • Great Railway Bazaar. Adventures with Charley. In a Sunburned Country. The Sun Also Rises.

    • Amy, Adventures with Charlie is, of course, superb. I laughed while reading In a Sunburnt Country until my ribs ached. The Great Railway Bazaar. The Sun Also Rises… all superlative suggestions! 🇨🇦

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