Travel Literature

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1. Posted by Tiago (Full Member 22 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

Hey there,

What's your favourite book about travelling ? (not travel guides). I read Bill Bryson's "Neither here nor there" a few months ago and I really enjoyed it, it's a funny jorney around Europe :)


2. Posted by IMonaghan (Respected Member 431 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

I like Road Fever by Tim Cahill about a record setting drive he made with Gary Sowersby from Tierra del Fuego Argentina to Prudoe Bay in Alaska

3. Posted by scotsman (Respected Member 128 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!


Rolf Potts has written a great book about travel "Vagabonding, a guide to the uncommon art of long-term world travel" other than that the australian guy Peter Moore is a great travel-writer, comical all the way!!!

4. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

Most of Bryson's stuff is really good - off the top of my head, i'd say his Australian one was my favourite. Peter Moore normally good too.

There are a few other similar types of writer who are very good, but can't actually remember any names of the top of my head, sorry!

I quite enjoyed Paul Theroux's book (although not comedic) about crossing Africa, but that's a big dream of mine anyway.

5. Posted by chilecota (Budding Member 7 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

It's not realy travel literature but I'm shure you'll like it:

"A house somewehere" Tales of life abroad
Includes a lot of short stories e.g. by Isabel Allende, Jan Morris, Simon Winchester etc.
Published 2002 by Lonely Planet

Last year in Sweden I met a girl from England who was reading this book. She gave it to me whem I left...

6. Posted by cookieyum (Inactive 75 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

Unfortunately had to cut my GAP year in chile short, so am now back home indulging in plenty of latin american literature to remind me how incredible the continent is. Finished "The House of the Spirits" yesterday by Isabel Allende which is a beautiful novel and reflects Chile remarkably well. Just started Che Guevara's "Motorcyle Diaries" cos i want to read it before the film version comes out at the cinema. I'm also a big fan of Bill Bryson and Michael Palin because they both go about their trips with such a brilliant sense of humour.

7. Posted by confuciusr (Budding Member 2 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

The best novel of travel I've read in a long time is called THIS IS NOT CIVILIZATION. It's by Robert Rosenberg, who was a Peace Corps volunteer, and it's about a very diverse group of expatriates in Central Asia and Istanbul. Everyone in it has serious wanderlust. I read a great review on the powells bookstore website. That's how I found it, but it's also one of this month's Book Sense picks for independent bookstores.

Here's a link to the book's website:

8. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

I also enjoy Bill Bryson's stuff, as well as Michael Palin and Tim Cahill. I often pick up anthologies of travel writting - as I fly back and forth from Atlanta to Toronto every week, short stories fit my reading schedule pretty well.

If you get a chance, read "Last Chance to See" by Douglas Adams and Mark Carwardine. Douglas Adams was a permier humour writer, and his descriptions of travelling to see endangered spieces around the world is just priceless.

I was actually thinking last night why it was that I choose Chile to go to when I took a sabatical in 2003. It was the book "Alive" about the rugby team that crashes into the Andes and ends up eating the dead to stay alive. The Andes just seemed like this wild, empty place, so unlike "crowded" North America that I just had to go.