hi there i was just wondering if anyone has read or heard of any specifc books or guides that has either helped them during their travels or even before travelling, also even any books that have inspired them to want to start travellingin the first place?
i have a few books myself but im sure there is much better material out there aimed at people who take interest in the idea of travelling.
so if theres any 1 out there who has read a good guide, book with helpful facts or help involved in world travel i would be rele appreciative to hear them.
i always take a lonely planet guide wherever I go travelling - not only do i think they offer the best practical and budget info but they also provide useful historical and cultural insights into each destination. i prefer their format over othe guides, but i guess that's just down to personal taste.
in terms of travel writing, which i read a lot too, i don't think any particualr book inspired to to travel but certain books have made me want to go to individual places. I have recently read 'Shantaram' and subsequently Mumbai is now on my list of places to go! I have found Paul Theroux's writing to be quite inspirational too.
If you require the book for guidance when at a place or help with planning then you can't beat the most up-to-date Lonely Planet for whatever country or region you are going. If it is wanting inspiration or getting ideas of new places to visit/look up, well I have many other books that are far more inspiring than a Lonely Planet. Ones that have given me inspiration to go and see a place are: "100 Most Beautiful Cities of the world", "501 Must-visit destinations", "Lonely Planet Bluelist" and also "1000 Places to see before you die". I've got many other really inspiring travel books but they are the better ones for ideas. I always find though that for inspiration nothing can beat watching the travel channel or any travel tv program and seeing how amazing a place looks. Also another way I get ideas is by getting many travel brochures particularly ones that are worldwide so they give more ideas than just focusing in on one area.
[ Edit: Edited on Aug 22, 2007, at 4:02 AM by aharrold45 ]
since I have since 17 years no TV I cant watch this travel programs but there is a lot about traveling at the internet.
just type in the name of the country you are interested in and you get many infos,go and look of the tourist informations from the country,you will find everything.Lonely planet has also a website.
I always look through a lot of different websites befor I book my flights and print the for me interesting infos which I take with me,so I dont have to walk around with a book only with 1 or 2 sheets of paper a day and when I dont need it anymore I drop it at the hostal or give it to some other people.
my dad was in love with a lonely planet guide to greece when we were there. it helped quite a bit, though, i have to admit it.
I remember someone on TP (I think maybe Tway) recommending "Vagabonding" by Rolf Potts before I went travelling. It's a good little book to dip into before your travels to get you thinking along the right lines. There are lots of anecdotes and travel tips in it.
Very quick and easy to read. Just lots of common sense advice for your travels.
Personally, I love to read a book related to the area I'm travelling to both before and while I'm there.
Some ones that Ive read in the last year or so or have lined up to read:
"In Patagonia" by Bruce Chatwin (obviously about his travels in Patagonia )
"The Songlines" by Bruce Chatwin (very interesting read all about the Aboriginals in Australia)
"In the Nagas Wake" by Mick O'Shea (an Australian who navigated the Mekong from its source in Tibet all the way to the South CHina sea)
"Dark Star Safari" by Paul Theroux (from Cairo to Capetown - just started this one and so far its excellent!)
"Riding the Iron Rooster" by Paul Theroux (about train travel in China)
"Twenty Thousand Miles Wihtout a Cloud" by Sun Shuyun - a present day journey along the Silk Road
All great reads if you feel like whetting your appetite a bit. The opening chapter of Dark Star Safari just encapsulates the spirit of travel for me. I loved it.