Our top 10 books for travel
As you know we are currently at the Glastonbury festival so we have created a few short posts while we are away.
Here is our list of our favourite top 10 travel books. Some are world famous and some you may have never heard of. We know you will love them all.
The Lonely Planet Story: Once While Travelling – Tony & Maureen Wheeler
Love them or hate them, Lonely Planet revolutionised the travel guide book. This highly readable story is how it all began. As you read it you can’t help but warm to Tony & Maureen Wheeler. They took a huge risk and it paid off. After reading this, I say they fully deserve all their success.
On the Road – Jack Kerouac
I read this book recently and it blew me away. I always imagined that the 1950’s were boring and quiet compared to the hedonism of the 1960’s but after reading On the Road I realised that the 50’s were equally crazy.
Mrs P’s Journey – Sarah Hartley
A must read! It’s the remarkable story of the woman who invented the A-Z map by walking every street of London! Every Londoner owns an A-Z and yet you will not find her name anywhere in it. A brilliant story that needs to be read by more people.
Mrs.P’s Journey: The Remarkable Story of the Woman Who Created the A-Z Map
The Beach – Alex Garland
I loved this book when it came out. I read it before ever going to Thailand and it conjured up images in my head that came real when I finally landed in The Land Of Smiles.
Shantaram – Gregory David Roberts
What can you say about this book and story? If you do not know this book I will not spoil anything by giving it away. Please read it.
Shantaram: Abacus 40th Anniversary Edition
A Fortune Teller Told Me – Tiziano Terzani
Warned by a fortune-teller not to risk flying, the author – a seasoned correspondent – took to travelling by rail, road and sea. Something we really identified with on our 18 month trip as we mostly did the same. (Travelling by land not talking to fortune tellers!)
A Fortune-Teller Told Me: Earthbound Travels in the Far East
My Journey to Lhasa – Alexandra David-Neel
The amazing story of the first western woman to enter the Tibetan capitol. I discovered this book by chance and now it’s one of my prized possessions.
My Journey to Lhasa: The Classic Story of the Only Western Woman Who Succeeded in Entering the Forbidden City by Alexandra David-Neel Reprint edition (2008)
The Long Walk – Slavomir Rawicz
The true story of a trek to freedom. This book is one of the world’s greatest true stories of adventure, survival and escape.
The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom
The Backpacker – John Harris
The crazy, mad and hilarious true story of an Englishman in Asia. Literally laugh out loud reading!
Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Defoe
The book that made me want to travel. I still have not been to the south Pacific but it’s high on my bucket list!
Robinson Crusoe (Oxford World’s Classics)
There you go, our favourite top 10 travel books.
If you have read them or will read them in the future, please let us know what you think in our comments section below.
P.S If you buy any of these books (from clicking the links) from this post we will get a tiny amount of money from Amazon.
Have a great week!
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