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Discover 10 Essential Travel Books for Exploring the Globe


Sep 17, 2023

A good book has the power to transport readers to different places and times, allowing them to embark on thrilling adventures and explore exotic locations from the comfort of their own homes. Whether you’re a travel enthusiast or simply have a case of wanderlust, these travel books are sure to inspire your next adventure. As you dive into the engaging stories within these pages, you may find yourself drawn to book your flight tickets and pack a sturdy suitcase in no time.

A Moveable Feast (Life Changing Food Adventures Around The World) edited by Don George is a culinary delight for travelers. Featuring 38 food stories from renowned chefs, authors, and gourmets, this book takes you on a mouthwatering journey from bats on the island of Fais to barbecue in the American heartland. With contributions from Anthony Bourdain, Andrew Zimmern, and more, prepare to develop a serious appetite as you read through these captivating tales.

Solo Women: Stories from Around the World by Faith Conlon is a collection of true stories that showcases the adventures of 30 female travelers who dared to embark on solo journeys. From riding camels in the desert to negotiating with the Russian police, these accounts are both funny and thrilling, offering a transformative perspective on solo travel. If you’ve been hesitating to embark on your own solo adventure, this book will empower you to take the first step and discover the world on your own terms.

Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook by Anthony Bourdain is a sequel to the popular Kitchen Confidential. In this entertaining and thought-provoking book, Bourdain goes on a journey to uncover the secrets of the food industry, delving into the motivations and talents that make a good cook. From confessions to investigations, this book takes readers on a charming and unexpected journey through the world of gastronomy.

What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding by Christine Newman is a humorous memoir that chronicles the author’s travels and love affairs from her 20s to her 30s. With charming locals as her companions, Newman takes readers on a journey filled with laughter, love, and self-discovery. If you’re looking for a comedic take on the travel memoir genre, this book is a must-read.

In this captivating memoir, Torre Desroches, an Australian graphic artist, recounts her journey as a woman with a fear of the ocean traveling across the Pacific with an Argentinian man she met at a bar. Sailing through enchanting tropical landscapes, encountering generous natives, and embracing the life of a “sea gypsy,” Desroches’s story in What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding proves that the risks of travel are often worth taking.

Essential India Travel Guide by Mohan Kapoor provides readers with a comprehensive tour of India’s most famous and important tourist destinations. From Delhi to Goa, the book covers each city in detail, offering practical advice on what to see, where to eat, and what to expect. With insights on major cultural changes and safe food choices, this guidebook is your virtual passport to exploring the diverse wonders of India.

Unlikely Destinations: The LP Story by Tony & Maureen Wheeler tells the inspiring tale of Lonely Planet, the world’s largest independent travel publisher. Chronicling the early days and rise of the company, this book combines autobiography, business history, and travelogue to share extraordinary anecdotes from the founders’ near-penniless start to the success of their guidebooks that have become essential for travelers worldwide.

The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner takes readers on a different kind of travel adventure. Instead of exploring physical places, Weiner travels to some of the world’s happiest countries to uncover the secrets of their contentment. From Iceland to Bhutan, this travelogue with a twist explores different cultures’ perspectives on happiness and offers insightful thoughts on what truly makes people happy.

Motorcycle Diaries by Ernesto “Che” Guevara is a captivating account of the transformative journey of a young Argentine doctor who became one of the most influential figures of the 20th century. This travelogue takes readers on a motorcycle trip across South America, delving into Guevara’s encounters with poverty, politics, and philosophy. As much a spiritual journey as a physical one, this book offers a unique perspective on Guevara’s early life and the events that shaped his ideology.

Butter Chicken of Ludhiana: A Journey through India’s Small Towns by Pankaj Mishra is a poignant memoir that paints a vivid picture of the small towns of India and their unique charms. From Muzaffarnagar to Kottayam, Mishra’s travels showcase the immersive details of each place and the intriguing characters he encounters along the way. If you’re craving an authentic adventure without leaving your armchair, this book is the perfect choice.

These travel books offer a diverse range of perspectives and experiences, taking readers on captivating journeys that satisfy their wanderlust and inspire their next adventure. So grab a copy, immerse yourself in these stories, and let your imagination transport you to new and exciting places.

By Editor

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