25 Travel Books in Time for the Holidays

Reading on the Beach

With a travel book in hand, you can experience a new culture or a new land while seeing it through the eyes of another. The only thing better would be to experience it for yourself. Until you can explore the vast corners of this world, here’s a list of 25 travel books, in no particular order, to take you there. With Amazon’s quick shipping options, you could have a few new stocking suffers in time for Christmas. 

1. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
2. Tracks: A Woman’s Solo Trek Across 1700 Miles of Australian Outback by Robyn Davidson
3. Wild by Cheryl Strayed
4. The Beach by Alex Garland
5. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig
6. Travels With Casey by Benoit Denizet-Lewis
7. Vagabonding by Rolf Potts
8. Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe by Christopher McDougall
9. In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson
10. The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner
11. Once In A Lifetime Trips by Chris Santella
12. Round Ireland with a Fridge by Tony Hawks
13. The Longest Way Home by Andrew McCarthy
14. The World Atlas of Beer: The Essential Guide to the Beers of the World by Tim Webb
15. Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing
16. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
17. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne
18. The Good Girl’s Guide to Getting Lost by Rachel Friedman
19. Unlikely Destinations: The Lonely Planet Story by Tony Wheeler
20. World’s Best Travel Experiences: 400 Extraordinary Places by National Geographic
21. Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015 by Lonely Planet
22. Do Travel Writers Go to Hell? by Thomas Kohnstamm
23. Four Corners: Into the Heart of New Guinea-One Woman’s Solo Journey by Kira Salak
24. Into the Wild by John Krakauer
25. World’s Best Cities: Celebrating 220 Great Destinations by National Geographic

Which of your favorites have I missed? Please share and bring us to new lands. 

39 thoughts on “25 Travel Books in Time for the Holidays

      • Lesley, Travels withh Charley is a road trip book about John Steinbeck’s trip across the USA with his gentleman-poodle Charley along as a companion. Charley adds a lot to the story, as he’s got quite a qurky personality, but the story is at heart a road trip story. It’s very well written, funny and charming. I had always heard it’s one of the great road trip books and it certainly lived up to its reputation. As for the Art of Travel, all i can say is that it’s my favorite book about travel. Alain de Botton is a kind of philospoher and he shares some really great insigjts.

        Oh, i just thought of another great book: The Lady and the Monk, about Pico Iyer’s year in Kyoto. 🙂


  1. Great list here! I’ve read several of these and actually just picked up ‘Geography of Bliss’ from the library. I also want to read ‘In A Sunburned Country’ – Bill Bryson books are always so entertaining! One of my favorite travel books is actually a graphic nobel called ‘French Milk’. It’s über-charming and worth the read!


      • Yes I do have a list with some books I want to read, and just added some of your suggestions there 😀
        At the moment Im reading Under the Tuscan Sun 🙂
        Your list is pretty good! Maybe I will share a list of some books I’ve read next year 😀
        I never read any by Mitch Albom, but “The time keeper” is on my list for a while, maybe its time to read it 😀


  2. I love that this is a mixture of fiction and guides. I’m always picking up books about new locations and I immediately want to go there. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon made me want to visit Barcelona so much!

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  3. I REALLY want to read Eat. Pray. Love. and I’ve never wanted to watch the movie before. I’m going to look up some of these later on today, because I’d like to read some travel books than a bunch of blogs, not saying the blogs are awesome. I need a better escape from this countryside. Lol 🙂

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  4. Random question after discovering your blog: what is the most difficult, annoying, frustrating, sad place/country/city you’ve ever travelled to? And what was your take-away from the experience?
    I used to love to travel, but now anxiety gets in the way. 🙂 Saludos


  5. Great list! I’ve read a few of them, and I’ll see if I can get a few more.

    Check out Southbound and Walking Home by the Barefoot Sisters – a great pair of trekking book if you don’t mind the appalachian trail theme!


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