Best Travel Books

Best Travel Books 

(that aren't Eat, Pray, Love)

Not only does the setting of ADOW (as us groupies call it) travel all around Europe and New England, it also transports you through time and realm. Oxford to Scotland to France to Upstate New York (and plenty of other places) are the inspiring backdrops for the story of Diana and Matthew. History, wit, romance, and mythology serve as the accoutrements to this rich tale of travel and mystery.  Oh, and I can't forget to mention the glorious descriptions of the wines! 🍷

PS. The adventures don't stop with this book; the stories are spread over three thrilling books (the All Souls Trilogy).

This tale of self-discovery and travel takes place mainly in Africa. A "boy" searches for his personal legend and it brings him to meet several alluring characters. There is a really good reason this book spent 424 consecutive weeks on the New York Times Best Seller list.  

The NYC that we all know and love, the Big Apple that compels us to go and bask in its cacophonous glory, has always been somewhat of a mystery. How did this metropolis just spring up? Has it just been in a wormhole, given to us from another dimension, already a hub of immigration, social reform, and fashion? This non-fiction work delves into the origins of NYC at a thrilling pace. 

The works of the Old Master are must-reads for high school students and wanderers alike. His works have a simple but meaningful soul, and are meant to be read under the glow of a sun that is setting over a foreign land- or seascape. 

A rather boring looking cover, but still a fascinating non-fiction, easy read of the significance of some of the world's most famous squares. The authors who are writing the histories are the best at spinning the tales into accurate stories that the layman (me) can follow. How many have you visited so far?

I originally picked this up in one of those "Take One Leave One" stacks in a hostel common room, and it has become one of my favorite books to read-and-re-read while travelling. This isn't a story of travel to far flung places, but a story of travelling within. I won't spoil it for you, but it has tales of immense wealth, savage betrays, and glorious triumphs. 

This was my first book about leaving the "American Dream" behind in pursuit of travel, and it has most certainly left a mark. I think the most notable aspect of this true-life tale is the fact that it was done with school-age children in tow. 

And last, but not least. The *original* travel inspiration. Around the World in 80 Days.

Need I say more? 

What's on your must-read travel book list? 

PS: Paper books are my favorite. There is nothing like the feeling of turning through the pages of a story you are sucked into. However, when travelling, Amazon Kindle and Amazon Prime (there are free trials for it) are the way to go. You can download the audiobooks as well. 


  1. You got me! Halfway through, I grabbed a pen and started jotting down a couple of these to get. :-D Thank you!!

  2. Thanks for sharing this list. I would love to read Around the World in 80 Days first!

  3. Very good suggestion, I hope will have time to read some of them. Thanks for sharing!


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