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1. Posted by ValleyBri (Budding Member 17 posts) 10y

Who are your favourite funny travel writers? Bill Bryson is my favourite author (of any genre) and I like Pete MacCarthy's books on Ireland a good deal. Can you recommend any other gut-busting travel writers? I really do only like the funny stuff, and British authors seem to be better at it than most.

2. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 10y

and British authors seem to be better at it than most.

I love that statement, when the two you have listed as being your favourites are an American and an Irishman! I know exactly what you mean though, and i think it`s simply due to being more in tune with British humour, so it "works" better.

I also like Bryson and McCarthy, and would add the 2 Moore`s (Peter and, urm, i really can`t remember what the heck the others name is!) and Tony Hawks (around Ireland with a fridge, One hit wonderland and playing the Moldovans at Tennis) although they don`t appeal to all tastes. But there are lots of other good ones.

And sometimes the best ones aren`t actually writers at all - there are some fantastic online accounts/blogs by `normal` travellers that i come across from time to time which are at least on a par with any professional i`ve ever come across, although (a) finding them and (b) remembering them can be trickier

3. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 10y

Pick up Douglas Adams' "Last Chance to See." Adams is best known for Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, but Last Chance to See is a non-fiction book about the making of a BBC series where he travelled to see endangered spiecies. It is both funny and touching at the same time.

Also along that vein, Michael Palin's travel books are usually funny.

I also recently finished Blue Latitudes: Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before by Tony Horwitz which was amusing, though not sure if you would call it "gut busting."

Greg

4. Posted by robsie (Full Member 126 posts) 10y

I have nearly finished a book by John Simpson 'A mad world, My masters', he is quite a famous correspondent for the BBC and he has travelled alot! his book is fantastic in my opinion, i defentily recommend it to anyone on TP, i wouldnt catagorize it as a funny book but there are numerous amusing happenings in it. the things he has done in his life are staggering. Give it a read!
I have also read all of Bill bryson's book, they are great aswel.
There is a book called 'are you experienced?' written by William sutcliffe about an english guy backpacking in india...its hilarious. Also 'holy cow' by Sarah Macdonald... not as funny but still i found that book hard to put down!

5. Posted by ValleyBri (Budding Member 17 posts) 10y

Well, I consider Bryson British if only because of his sense of humour and general outlook on life (as odd as that sounds) and I believe McCarthy is actually British, his mother is Irish.
Thanks for the suggestions!

6. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 10y

Pick up Douglas Adams' "Last Chance to See."

Absolutely! How the heck did i forget that one, as i`m a huge Adams fan anyway?!

7. Posted by Mikey B (Respected Member 181 posts) 10y

Quoting Gelli

Pick up Douglas Adams' "Last Chance to See."

Absolutely! How the heck did i forget that one, as i`m a huge Adams fan anyway?!

I'll second that. A great book!