Top 7 Best Travel Books You Should Read Before Starting Your Journey!

Top 7 Best Travel Books You Should Read Before Starting Your Journey! Before embarking on a journey, reading about the cultural differences and history that shape a country is one of the greatest presents we can give ourselves. Certain books enable more informed and considerate travel, as well as a more in-depth understanding of the country. These books have been hand-picked to provide a political and cultural history of new nations, often through the lens of a story or personal narrative.

If you’re planning a trip as well as looking for a good travel narrative, there’s even a section for pre-travel inspiration. In addition, there is a segment for a common overview of development problems, geopolitics, and other topics.

Best Travel Books: Shantaramir?t=a0055d50 20&l=am2&o=1&a=B002U5HKZ6ir?t=a0055d50 20&l=am2&o=1&a=0312330537 – Gregory David Roberts

Shantaram - Gregory David Roberts
Shantaram – Gregory David Roberts

“Sometimes all we have is hope when we love.” We shed tears with everything but tears at times.”
Although this was a lengthy read (it took me a little while to get through it), it was a fascinating read.

Shantaram is a work of fiction based on the true story of an Australian bank robber as well as a heroin addict who manages to escape prison as well as flees to the slums of Bombay, India. In India, he makes a full recovery from his addiction, opens a local clinic, works for the Bombay Maffia, and then becomes a guerrilla in Afghanistan’s war against Russia.

While some of it is true, the story transports you to a world of awe, fear, and contempt.

Best Travel Books: The Good Girl’s Guide to Getting Lost – Rachel Friedman

“I think about the people whose lives were mostly intertwined with mine, as well as I realize that life has moved on without me.” The world did not implode because I, the girl who has consistently done what is anticipated of her, decided not to do it this time.”

This book is one of my favorites because it is so relatable!

Rachel Friedman is your stereotypical goody-two-shoes who has lived her entire life by the book. She buys a ticket to Ireland on a whim and meets a free-spirited Australian girl who motivates her to make the journey to Australia and South America.

Best Travel Books: Atlas Obscura – Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras, Ella Morton

Atlas Obscura - Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras, Ella Morton
Atlas Obscura – Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras, Ella Morton

While this isn’t technically traveling fiction, I absolutely adore it.
Atlas Obscura features a number of the world’s lesser-known locations, ranging from strange to obscure. It’s a bucket list for intrepid adventurers and travelers who are tired of saying, “I desire to see the Eiffel Tower while in Paris.”

It includes Turkmenistan’s Gates of Hell, an Italian bone museum, and other off-the-beaten-path destinations. It’s badass, inspiring, and everything we adore about off-the-beaten-path travel. Guys, take a look at this one!

Best Travel Books: In a Sunburned Countryir?t=a0055d50 20&l=am2&o=1&a=0767903862 – Bill Bryson

“As the saying goes, it necessitates a variety to make the world go round, though some might not go as far as others.”
This award-winning author has flawlessly captured the essence of Australia. He is known for his hilarious humor as well as his knack for shedding some light on traveling to new places. Bill Bryson tells it all, from dangerous animals to beautiful beaches to aboriginal strife and history.

I liked this book because it takes a humorous approach to travel in Australia. His approach is factual, fascinating, and extremely funny, and he avoids the usual stereotypes of “I’m from Australia and I love beer.”

Best Travel Books: The Beach – Alex Garland

“Believe me, it’s paradise. The hungry come here to be fed. My generation is the one that travels the world in search of something new to try. So, never reject an invitation, never be afraid of the unfamiliar, never forget to be polite, and never overstay your welcome. Just keep an open mind and soak in the experience— and if it hurts, so what? It’s most likely worthwhile.”

First and foremost, the book is far superior to the film!

Alex Garland has captured the essence of why travelers venture off the beaten path in search of paradise. This book will give you serious wanderlust since he transports you to a time already when mass tourism took over Thailand.

Best Travel Books: The Lost Girls – Jennifer Baggett, Holly C. Corbett, Amanda Pressner

The Lost Girls - Jennifer Baggett, Holly C. Corbett, Amanda Pressner
The Lost Girls – Jennifer Baggett, Holly C. Corbett, Amanda Pressner

“Was the path we were on the right one for us or were we just staying the course since we thought we should?” Was the most frequently traveled road the one we wanted to take?”
This memoir is written by 3 friends in their mid-twenties who quit their office jobs in New York to continue pursuing their dream of traveling the world. It takes them to hostel hookups, ashrams, and whatever else comes between long-term travel.

While it won’t win the Pulitzer Prize and isn’t the best-written thing I’ve ever read, it’s lighthearted and entertaining.

Best Travel Books: Eat, Pray, Love | Elizabeth Gilbert

“According to the Bhagavad Gita, an ancient Indian Yogic text, it really is better to follow your own destiny imprecisely than to live a perfect imitation of someone else’s life.”

This well-known book was adapted into a film, and even if you’ve seen the film version starring Julia Roberts, the book is well worth reading.

Elizabeth Gilbert leads us on a journey around the world in search of self-discovery. She shares her personal troubles and how every culture and country taught her something about herself in Italy, India, and Bali. This book, which is wise, witty, as well as deeply personal, has especially struck a chord with many women.

Her insightful memoir will not only inspire you to travel but as well as find your own path to becoming your best self!

Ideally, this list has inspired you to add to your journey reading list. Do you have any other travel books that you recommend? Please let us know in the comments!



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