12 Best Books About Travel To Read In 2022 (2023)

Thinking of your next big travel adventure?

Maybe you have never really traveled but would like to step out and dip your toes in the invigorating waters of global vagabonding?

Well, whether you are looking for motivation or distraction, this list of the 12 best books about travel will satisfy the wandering tendencies deep in your soul and inspire you to start planning your next big journey.

The best books about travel not only inspire but inform.

In the following list you will find a little bit of everything; adventure, intrigue, life lessons, travel tips and tricks, and plain ol’ enjoyable tales of fantastic experiences from the great wide world out there waiting for you to make your tracks.

The Best Books About Travel

12. A Cook’s Tour

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A fascinating culinary travel memoir written by the inimitable Anthony Bourdain in 2001, this book will have your mouth watering and your feet stomping.

Often called the “Gonzo” of gastronomy, Bourdain undertakes a global voyage to answer a seemingly simple question, “What would be the perfect meal?”

The book is peppered with Bourdain’s blunt observations and insightful criticisms that he is never too proud to turn on himself. When Bourdain exited this world not too long ago, we all lost one of the great social critics of our time. It just happened that he was a fantastic cook as well.

A Cook’s Tour also became a TV show. Here is Bourdain in Thailand.

A Cook’s Tour hits the palate with just the right balance of heat and spice in an inspiring tale that will have even the most jaded traveler’s soul reaching for seconds.

Goodreads Rating 4.01 // Find it here.

11. Shantaram

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If we are going to talk about anti-heroes, Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts, ought to be next on the list. There is a lot of debate out there about the veracity of this semi-autobiographical tale, but if even half of this 900+ page epic is true, it remains one of the greatest travel stories ever told—or lived for that matter.

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“It took me a long time and most of the world to learn what I know about love and fate and the choices we make, but the heart of it came to me in an instant, while I was chained to a wall being tortured.”

In this transcendent opening line, Roberts promises us something that he goes on to deliver over and over again: An adventure worth listening too.

Lin, an Australian who just escaped a maximum-security prison, finds himself in Bombay where he quickly dives headfirst into a culture of poverty, gangsters, crime, ex-pats, actors, and punishment. Lin finds himself as a medic in rat-infested slums, as a bodyguard for the Bombay mafia, and fighting alongside Mujaheddin guerrillas in the mountains. Along the way he learns the requisite lessons of any great tale, but he gains something more. Lin gets his life back and gives up even more.

Shantaram keeps you on the edge of your seat turning pages long after you intended to put it down. Immerse yourself in an extraordinary tale of travel and survival coated in a palpable love for the country of India and the people of Bombay.

Goodreads Rating 4.27 // Find it here.

10. Going Solo

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Roald Dahl wrote Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory, Matilda, James and The Giant Peach, and many more popular works of fantastic fiction.

Most people have read at least one of these books or seen their corresponding film adaptations. Something many people have not read, is Going Solo, by the same man.

By all accounts, Dahl lived a fantastical life before becoming famous for writing dark humor for children. He was a fighter pilot in Northern Africa during WWII, survived a crash landing in the desert, got involved in espionage, then went on to co-invent a medical device and write some of the most beloved children’s fiction in history.

Going Solo, a follow up to his novel Boy, is Dahl’s intriguing account of his time as a fighter pilot in Northern Africa and Greece. Told with the same humorous poignance you would expect from him, Going Solo is an inspiring tale told by a timeless author with an inherent backpacker’s soul.

Goodreads Rating 4.08 // Find it here.

9. Vagabonding

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Rolf Potts is perhaps the most accomplished travel writer you have never heard of. In fact, his essay Storming The Beach, was picked up by the one and only Bill Bryson (see #1of this list). He has authored a number of best-selling books and contributed to some of the largest publications.

Having lived a large portion of his adult life on an extended trip around the world, Potts has a lot to say about the art of travel. In Vagabonding he not only brings us into his world with enigmatic insight but throws us some golden nuggets about how to navigate that world along the way.

Expect to find tips about financing your trips, choosing a destination, working or volunteering as you travel, negotiating the dangers of travel, and even how to get back into ‘normal’ life when you return.

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Vagabonding is a must-read for any would-be traveler. Inside you will find straight-forward actionable advice. The beauty and utility of Vagabonding, however, you will find in the voice of an intensely aware traveler with the ability to find the heart of every moment.

Find his writing and podcasts at Rolfpotts.com.

Goodreads Rating 3.94 // Find it here.

8. In Patagonia

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Originally hailed as a classic, In Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin, has garnered its fair share of criticism. Chatwin’s facts have been called into question as well as the ‘colonial’ tone of his writing.

Regardless of what you think of the facts or the man, In Patagonia remains an intriguing chronicle of one mans love affair with a far off place full of mystery and history. And that is the essence of travel isn’t it?

Pick up In Patagonia and follow Chatwin and his reverent prose on a six-month journey through the spine of South America.

Goodreads Rating 3.72 // Find it here.

7. A Year Of Living Danishly

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Denmark is consistently rated as one of if not the happiest nation on earth. Every wonder why?

In her witty-concise memoir, Hellen Russel uncovers what happiness truly is and how we can make more of it. She finds the overlapping qualities of seemingly opposing societies, binding them together through the power of humanity.

On its surface, A Year Of Living Danishly is a clean-cut piece of social journalism wrapped in a novel’s skin. But if you can allow Russell’s pragmatic voice to whisper in your ear you will find yourself on a wholey unique travel epic that may just change the way you see your world.

Goodreads Rating 3.96 // Find it here.

6. Love With A Chance Of Drowning

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Like Eat, Pray, Love, but not as expansive; Torre DeRoche’s Love With A Chance Of Drowning brings the reader along on a journey worthy of a Hollywood screenplay. In fact, the book has its own trailer:

In this autobiographical memoir, a city girl with a deep fear of water follows a cliche (the handsome Argentine with a sailboat—Ivan) into the vast openness of the sea, her soul, and what it means to be alive.

Stay on board for breathtaking scenery and intimate confessions. DeRoche’s first memoir does not fail to stir the traveler’s imagination.

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If you are looking for a romantic travel book with some substance, Love With A Chance Of Drowning is for you.

Find more of Torre DeRoche at Fearfuladventurer.com

Goodreads Rating 4.09 // Find it here.

5. The Way Of The World

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One of the great travel books of the 20th century, The Way Of The World by Nicolas Bouvier chronicles the overland adventure of two friends and an old Fiat in a surprisingly profound tale that remains in a class of its own.

In 1953, Bouvier and his friend set out to travel overland from Geneva to the Khyber Pass. The vehicle of their evolution, a beat-up old Fiat. The pair work their way across the continent in a spell-binding journey full of quirky characters, dashing moments, and contagious self-discovery.

Listen to him speak about travel in this old interview. He speaks similarly to how he writes, introspective and lyrical.

The Way Of The World is not only a timeless travel memoir but a beautiful piece of historical literature that will make your feet itch for new terrain.

Goodreads Rating 4.19 // Find it here.

4. The Innocents Abroad

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This list wouldn’t be complete without one of the best-selling travel books of all time; The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain.

Twain spares none of his usual wit in chronicling his journey aboard an old Civil War ship traveling throughout Europe and The Holy Land; a trip Twain himself called his ‘Great Pleasure Excursion.’

This travelogue is peppered with humor, awe, and introspective observations of what happens when cultures we live within come into contact with those cultures we live without.

A timeless piece of travel writing written by one of the greats.

Goodreads Rating 3.86 // Find it here.

3. Kim

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In Kim, Rudyard Kipling created one of the most condensed and creative versions of all that makes us human into a few hundred pages of his signature evocative style.


Having grown up in India himself, Kipling paints a convincing portrait of an orphaned Irish boy living hand to mouth on the streets of British India. He befriends a Tibetan Lama, accompanying him on a quest for true freedom that continues throughout their lifetime.

Along the way, Kim becomes involved in the power struggles of other men,continuing his travels in an attempt to undermine the dark powers brewing in the world.

Always poignant, never boring, and written by a master, Kim is a timeless story of all that makes us whole in a world of distance and difference.

Goodreads Rating 3.72 // Find it here.

2. Seven Years In Tibet

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In the early 1940s, Heinrich Harrer went to Asia intending to climb some of the highest peaks in the world. Instead, he ended up in an internment camp in India that sent his life on a path he could never have anticipated.

Harrer races against time across Tibet, making his way to the capital of Lhasa. It is here that he becomes a personal tutor and friend to the 14th Dalai Lama, painting a significant portrait of independent Tibet before everything changed.

As the title suggest, Harrer spent 7 years in Tibet. The resulting story is one of survival, defiance, love, and true companionship set amid erudite descriptions of the grandest landscape on earth. Harrer himself transforms in front of the readers eyes; begging them to evolve with him.

A travel tale not to be missed, Seven Years In Tibet is an adventure for adventurers.

Goodreads Rating 4.08 // Find it here.

1. I’m A Stranger Here Myself

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One of the most famous living travel writers, Bill Bryson, brings us a different kind of travel story; one of coming home.

After living abroad for 20 years, Bryson returns to an America on the cusp of the 21st century. An America that he both doesn’t recognize and yerns to be a part of all at once.

Full of Bryson’s trademark humor, I’m a Stranger Here Myself is a story any weary traveler knows well; reconciling how your travels have changed you with a world that stays the same—or maybe you just want it too.

If you haven’t read anything by Bill Bryson, literally anything you find with his name on it is fantastic.

Goodreads Rating 3.90 // Find it here.


  1. What Are The Best Books About Travel To Read In 2020?

    A Cook’s Tour, by Anthony Bourdain
    Shantaram, by Gregory David Roberts
    Going Solo, by Roald Dahl
    Vagabonding, by Rolf Potts
    In Patagonia, by Bruce Chatwin
    A Year Of Living Danishly, by Helen Russell
    Love With A Chance Of Drowning, by Torre DeRoche
    The Way Of The World, by Nicolas Bouvier
    The Innocents Abroad, by Mark Twain
    Kim, by Rudyard Kipling
    Seven Years In Tibet, by Heinrich Harrer
    I’m A Stranger Here Myself, by Bill Bryson

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That’s our list for the best books about travel to read in 2020.

We made an effort to provide something for every type of reader. We hope whether you are on the plane to your dream destination or in the break room at work, that somewhere in these stories you find the journey you have been searching for.


How do you read while traveling? ›

How to Squeeze in More Reading Time While Traveling
  1. Schedule it. Copy link Embed. ...
  2. Choose public transportation. ...
  3. Stop for tea (or coffee) ...
  4. The early (book) bird gets the (book) worm. ...
  5. Stay at a hostel. ...
  6. Start reading a book before your trip. ...
  7. Choose books/genres that you normally eat right up. ...
  8. Take some alone time.
18 Apr 2018

What do you read in holidays? ›

15 Inspiring Books to Read Over the Holidays, Courtesy of Adam...
  • Atlas of the Heart by Brené Brown. ...
  • The Sweet Spot by Paul Bloom. ...
  • The Book of Hope by Jane Goodall. ...
  • The Power of Flexing by Susan Ashford. ...
  • Out of Office by Anne Helen Petersen and Charlie Warzel. ...
  • Impact Players by Liz Wiseman.
26 Nov 2021

What is the book most read? ›

The most read book in the World is Bible. This holy book so far has outsold any other in the world. During the last 50 years, a whopping 3.9 billion copies has been sold.

Is it good to read a book while travelling? ›

Books Can Be Your Best Friends

Not only can reading help to pass the time in the most amazing way while travelling, but it can also significantly decrease your screen time, as well as make your mind sharper – which brings us to the next point.

What books would you take on a long journey? ›

7 Books to Take You On A Journey
  • Paris in Love. by Eloisa James. ...
  • In Patagonia. by Bruce Chatwin. ...
  • A Walk in the Woods. by Bill Bryson. ...
  • God's Middle Finger. by Richard Grant. ...
  • Into the Wild. by Jon Krakauer. ...
  • Blue Highways. by William Least Heat-Moon. ...
  • On the Road. by Jack Kerouac.

Should I read while traveling? ›

Although not everyone can concentrate on long journeys, reading while traveling is a great way to make the most of your time and boost your brain health and cognitive processes. Written and verified by the psychologist Valeria Sabater. Reading while traveling is more than pleasurable; it's a necessity.

What kind of books do you like to read in your vacation Why? ›

I generally want to read comics books and adventurous books in my vacation.It gives me some relaxation as I feel in the real world.

What do you read in summer holidays? ›

Summer Vacation Books
  • People We Meet on Vacation (Paperback) ...
  • Beach Read (Paperback) ...
  • Olive's Ocean (Paperback) ...
  • We Were Liars (Kindle Edition) ...
  • The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy (The Penderwicks #1) ...
  • How to Ruin a Summer Vacation (How to Ruin, #1)

How many books should I take on holiday? ›

My tried-and-true algorithm is: Bring 100 pages of reading per hour of travel. Let me explain. The number of books you bring depends on the length of your flight. For flights around three hours long, one book of around 300 pages will do nicely.

What is the #1 selling book of all time? ›

According to Guinness World Records as of 1995, the Bible is the best-selling book of all time with an estimated 5 billion copies sold and distributed.

What are the top 10 best-selling novels right now? ›

  • Dreamland by Nicholas Sparks. ...
  • Fairy Tale by Stephen King. ...
  • The Bullet That Missed by Richard Osman. ...
  • Blowback by James Patterson; Brendan DuBois. ...
  • Lucy by the Sea by Elizabeth Strout. ...
  • The Butcher and the Wren by Alaina Urquhart. ...
  • Oath of Loyalty by Vince Flynn; Kyle Mills. ...
  • All Good People Here by Ashley Flowers.
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What is the biggest selling book? ›

The Bible. The Bible is the best-selling book of all time, having sold around 5 billion copies to date. The book had several authors and can be roughly divided into two parts: The Old Testament and the New Testament.

What is the number 1 most read book? ›

The most read book in the world is the Bible. Writer James Chapman created a list of the most read books in the world based on the number of copies each book sold over the last 50 years. He found that the Bible far outsold any other book, with a whopping 3.9 billion copies sold over the last 50 years.

Which is the No 1 book in the world? ›

Top 100 best selling books of all time
1Da Vinci Code,TheBrown, Dan
2Harry Potter and the Deathly HallowsRowling, J.K.
3Harry Potter and the Philosopher's StoneRowling, J.K.
4Harry Potter and the Order of the PhoenixRowling, J.K.
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What is America's most loved novel? ›

And "America's best-loved novel” is … “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

What is the difference between reading books and traveling? ›

Reading, where you sit in a place, open a book and take in one word after the other. Travelling, where you pack in a few day's essentials and go out into the unknown.

Why is the reading of books of travel and adventure? ›

Answer: Why is the reading of books of travels and adventure, a source of immense pleasure and thrill? (i) These books provide glamour and romance. (ii) These books inspire us to be like heroes depicted in them. (iii) They are the best literature in the world (iv) These books infuse fearlessness in the reader.

How does a book help us to visit different places? ›

Answer: Information of so many places are given in book like why it is famous for, any special thing of that place, kind of beauty , and so on. And thatswhy we start thinking about the place whose detail is given in our books and finally we plan to visit there . In this way, a book help us to visit different places.

How do you read a book on a plane? ›

Travel Tips Video
  1. Take along a comfortable pillow and blanket if you get cold easily. An inflatable travel pillow takes up very little space in your handbag or carry-on luggage. ...
  2. Wear noise-canceling earphones while attempting to read. ...
  3. Buy a clip-on light for your book. ...
  4. Consider taking along books on tape.

Who among the following has written travel books? ›

The correct answer is Riḥlah. Riḥlah was a travel book written by Ibn Battuta in Arabic in the 14th century.

What is the meaning of travel books? ›

a book about travelling to a certain country or region, esp a guidebook. a writer of travel books.

Is it okay to read book in bus? ›

It puts excessive strain on the eyes as the eyes have to adjust to every minute movement of the head and hands holding the book or phone. Because the head and hands will move independently With every movement of the bus, train, car etc.

What are the advantages of reading up about your destination? ›

11 reasons why it's important to keep reading (and watching shows) about travel
  • Discover new places. ...
  • Learn about new cultures. ...
  • Stress relief. ...
  • Encourages self-reflection. ...
  • Ignites your wanderlust. ...
  • It's empowering. ...
  • Brings out your creativity. ...
  • Provides you with new perspectives.
1 Dec 2020

Can we read books while travelling in car? ›

The short answer is yes, however, it's not that simple. For those of us that do get car sick, we should avoid reading while the car is in motion, but that can't stop us from reading while the car is not in motion (see below for 3 times we can read in the car and avoid motion sickness).

What is the most popular eBook? ›

EPUB (. epub) EPUB (short for electronic publication) is the most commonly used eBook format out there. It's supported by pretty much every type of e-reader, with the notable exception of the big daddy of all digital reading; Amazon Kindle.

What books are being published in 2022? ›

The 27 most anticipated new books of 2022:
  • "To Paradise" by Hanya Yanagihara. ...
  • "You Don't Know Us Negroes and Other Essays" by Zora Neale Hurston. ...
  • "Reminders of Him" by Colleen Hoover. ...
  • "How High We Go In The Dark" by Sequoia Nagamatsu. ...
  • "Manifesto: On Never Giving Up" by Bernardine Evaristo. ...
  • "Perpetual West" by Mesha Maren.
12 Jan 2022

Are book clubs for men? ›

And you're wondering, can you have a book club for men? Yes. It's easy. Rule one, don't call your book club a book club.

What are the top 10 best-selling novels right now? ›

  • Dreamland by Nicholas Sparks. ...
  • Fairy Tale by Stephen King. ...
  • The Bullet That Missed by Richard Osman. ...
  • Blowback by James Patterson; Brendan DuBois. ...
  • Lucy by the Sea by Elizabeth Strout. ...
  • The Butcher and the Wren by Alaina Urquhart. ...
  • Oath of Loyalty by Vince Flynn; Kyle Mills. ...
  • All Good People Here by Ashley Flowers.
4 days ago

What is considered the greatest book ever written? ›

The Greatest Books of All Time
  1. 1 . In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust. ...
  2. 2 . Ulysses by James Joyce. ...
  3. 3 . Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes. ...
  4. 4 . One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. ...
  5. 5 . The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. ...
  6. 6 . Moby Dick by Herman Melville. ...
  7. 7 . War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. ...
  8. 8 .

Which book is sold most? ›

25 Best-Selling Books of All-Time
  • #1 – Don Quixote (500 million copies sold) ...
  • #2 – A Tale of Two Cities (200 million copies sold) ...
  • #3 – The Lord of the Rings (150 million copies sold) ...
  • #4 – The Little Prince (142 million copies sold) ...
  • #5 – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (107 million copies sold)

What is a famous ebook reader? ›

Popular e-readers

Amazon (Global): Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Voyage, Kindle Oasis, Kindle Oasis 2. Barnes & Noble (US/UK): Nook, Nook GlowLight, Nook GlowLight Plus. Bookeen (France): Cybook Opus, Cybook Orizon, Cybook Odyssey, Cybook Odyssey HD FrontLight.

What is Prime reading? ›

Amazon Prime Reading is a feature that allows eligible readers to get free access to read books but not keep them perpetually. The access is valid as long as the reader has a Prime Membership. This service is similar to Kindle Unlimited but is packaged with Amazon Prime.

What day do new books come out? ›

Ask a bookseller or a publishing professional why books are released on Tuesdays, and many of them will tell you that's just how it's always been done. However long-standing a tradition may be though, its longevity rarely reveals anything about its origins. Out of every day of the week, why Tuesday?

Which books have been published in 2021? ›

June 2021
Authors NameBook Name
Amitav Ghosh'The Nutmeg's Curse: Parables for a Planet in Crisis'
Ashok Pangariya'Monk in a Merc'
Tahira Kashyap Khurrana'The 7 Sins of Being a Mother'
Kajal Suri'Habba Khatoon'
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