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Favorite Travel Book(Novel)?

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1. Posted by TLWH (Travel Guru 516 posts) 8y

I was just reading another post when I remembered a problem I had when traveling.

I like to read about other people's travel when traveling myself, especially from similar regions. The problem I always found was that once I got to an area with a bookstore, I had no idea of good name to look for. Even a quick Amazon search rarely comes up with something, usually LP's or RG title emerge on top for travel writing.

I never even heard of Shantaram until I picked it up from a street seller in Delhi!!

So I thought I would ask if anyone out there has a favorite travel books or recommendations (guides excluded).

Here are mine.

Shantaram (Australian convict living in India) Top Stuff

Travels in Afghanistan a Distant Light (British guy returns to post war Afghanistan) Well written if you like the region

Silk Dreams, Troubled Road (series of Jonny Bealby, traveling the silk route) he bugs me as a writer, but I still read his stuff anyway

Running with the Moon (series of Jonny Bealby, girl friend dies sets of on African adventure on motorbike)

2. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 8y

Heeheehee!!!! I'm finally beating Tway to this answer...

Bill Bryson

  • The Lost Continent: Travels in Small-Town America
  • Neither Here Nor There: Travels in Europe
  • Notes from a Small Island
  • A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail
  • In a Sunburned Country (published as Down Under in the UK)
  • Bill Bryson's African Diary
3. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 8y


Also by BB:

  • I'm a Stranger Here Myself
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

OK, so the last one's not a travel book--but it's really good!

[ Edit: Edited on May 26, 2008, at 9:20 AM by tway ]

4. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 2001 posts) 8y

I think Dervla Murphy's true life adventures are a total blast. My favorite has to be her first, " Full Tilt: Ireland to India With a Bicycle". Here's the complete list:

* Full Tilt: Ireland to India With a Bicycle, 1965.
* Tibetan Foothold, 1966.
* The Waiting Land: A Spell in Nepal, 1967.
* In Ethiopia with a Mule, 1968.
* On a Shoestring to Coorg: An Experience of South India, 1976.
* Where the Indus is Young: A Winter in Baltistan, 1977.
* A Place Apart, 1978.
* Wheels Within Wheels (autobiography), 1979.
* Cameroon with Egbert, 1981
* Race to the Finish? The Nuclear Stakes, 1982.
* Muddling through in Madagascar, 1985.
* Changing the Problem: Post-forum Reflections, 1985.
* Ireland, Orbis, 1985.
* Eight Feet in the Andes: Travels With a Mule in Unknown Peru, 1986.
* Tales From Two Cities: Travels of Another Sort, 1987.
* Cameroon With Egbert, 1990.
* Transylvania and Beyond, 1993.
* The Ukimwi Road: From Kenya to Zimbabwe, 1995.
* Visiting Rwanda, 1998.
* South From the Limpopo: Travels Through South Africa, 1999.
* One Foot in Laos, 2001
* Through the Embers of Chaos: Balkan Journeys, 2003.
* Through Siberia by Accident, 2005.
* Silverland: A Winter Journey Beyond the Urals, 2006

Wikipedia has quite a writeup, and that's where I got this list.

Thanks for the post, maybe I'll find some good reading in the other answers?

5. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 8y

Another BB one which l was reading in Vietnam - but bloody left it on a tourist bus and didnt get to finish it -

Down Under

Also read his Life and Times of a Thunderbolt Kid which was about his life growing up in boomtime America - not so much about travel but interesting enough!

Took me a long time to get into BB just wasnt gelling with his writing style but l got there!!!

6. Posted by Wonkerer (Respected Member 592 posts) 8y

Round Ireland with a Fridge - Tony Hawks
Playing the Moldovans at Tennis - Tony Hawks
Honeymoon with my Brother - Franz Wisner (Eastern Europe, South America, Asia, and Africa)

7. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 8y

Quoting Isadora

  • In a Sunburned Country (published as Down Under in the UK)

Quoting Purdy

Another BB one which l was reading in Vietnam - but bloody left it on a tourist bus and didnt get to finish it -

Down Under


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