Short Travel Books Reviews
Travel books are both entertaining and educational. There are some great travel books that can change your opinion about world, make you understand it better and appreciate other cultures.
Here is a list with some famous travel books that managed to touch lots of readers souls:
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Imagine: A Vagabond Story by Grant Lingel - This book shares the wisdom and experiences of someone who has obviously seen and explored many things. Wonderfully written with just the right amount of excitement and free will.
Paris Insights - An Anthology by Tom Reeves - If you are interested in learning about Paris on a deeper, more significant level than can be accomplished by the typical tourist, then I recommend the book: Paris Insights-An Anthology. In it, you will find snapshots of daily life, stories about American expats past and present insider information on the best strawberries, macaroni, and hot chocolate in town, and lots more. Plus, the book has loads of photos for illustration.
Mermaid - Our Family in Paradise by Philip Rink - It's fun, easy, and best of all, true story about our one-year trip sailing the Caribbean.
The Travels Of Marco Polo The Venetian by Thomas Wright - This volume will captivate anyone fascinated in true adventure. Marco Polo was the original Indiana Jones. This is the real deal and needs no remarkable embellishments. The Travels takes you on a trip from 13th century Venice to "Cathay" and back again. You will learn how Europeans found out about fireworks, paper currency, printing and pasta. The harrowing journey across the Gobi desert is particularly well reported. Marco Polo was more than an explorer. He was one of the world's first anthropologists. This is an exciting read, an account of how medieval Europe initially perceived China and the Far East, and of how the Mongol rulers and Chinese emperors perceived them.
A Friend Laughs by Jo Freeman - If you're thinking of moving to a country less developed than the one you live in, then you would be wise to read this book. It's a realistic and truthful (and at times pretty amusing) look at everything that can potentially happen. Jo Freeman's descriptions of her family's joys and challenges in a isolated part of Costa Rica are both amusing and educational. Her writing style is a refreshing blend of humor and bare-it-all honesty, which really helps to express just exactly what they encountered. It's also a great reminder of the importance of family. Life can be extraordinarily challenging at times, even in paradise.
Flying the Edge of America: A trip of a lifetime by David Millett, MS, Julia Buss RN - It's about a trip in a single engine airplane around the USA. Written in an interlaced diary format the stories of David Millett, the pilot, and Julia Buss, the intrepid passenger and companion, "Flying the Edge of America" shares the modern day adventure of touring the country in a self-piloted private airplane.
Lost on Planet China by J. Maarten Troost - An up to date tour of modern China from end to end and top to bottom. A land of modern and ancient living, side by side. The modern can't wait to economically dominate the world. Great insights in a humorous way. I think it's Troost's best book.
CHINA: Portrait of a People by Tom Carter - When I go to bookstores, I am naturally paying attention to the sections where I can find books about China. I have not seen another book like this - so real and so recent, capturing all the changes that have happened in China in the last 20-30 years while at the same time showing the essence and heritage of the culture.
God's Middle Finger; Into the Heart of the Sierra Madre by Richard Grant - 20 miles south of the Arizona - Mexico border, the author goes to Mexico's Sierra Madre Moutains, a land of no law, forgotten Apache Indians, modern day desperados. A place not for the feint hearted but made for wonderful reading.
The World's Most Dangerous Places by Robert Young Pelton - After reading this-forget traveling on your own. The tourist areas will take on a total new value. The most current version, 5th edition, is more of a political situation book. The older versions were set up as travel information books for people who actually had dealings in the world's dark places. Places you thought would be interesting to visit turn out to be, well, a lot more interesting than you thought. Pelton's book describes the other side of Disneyland.
Simple Rules for the Road Warrior Princess by Debbie Anderson - It tells you all you need to know about how to survive on a road trip. It's nice to read about the world, but it's also nice to go out and explore our country in person too.
Don't Stop the Carnival: A Novel by Herman Wouk - "Don't Stop the Carnival" recounts the zany adventures from those days in a fast paced romantic comedy those looking for a good vacation read shouldn't miss. It is a book for those who have spent any amount of time traveling the Caribbean. Great memories!
The Drifters by James Michener - An absolute favorite travel book of all times. It's really the book that can inspire to travel and clarified life in such a simplistic manner. Also, this book is so timeless and applies to our young people perhaps even more today.
Under the Tuscan Sun by Francis Mayes - It is a local person's view of tourism.
However, if you pick up the book as none of those things above, simply as one woman's collection of memories -- a portrait of her summers with a focus on the land and its pleasures -- you will be enraptured. You will not regret this book if you expect it to be full of little gems of information. Instead of monotonous details, look at her close description of everything she does as poetry. Immerse yourself in her unique and rich language, and the book will warm your soul.
Here are some other travel book favorites, check them out:
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Seven Years in Tibet (Harrer)
Arabian Sands (Penguin Classics) (Thesiger)
No Picnic on Mount Kenya: A Daring Escape, A Perilous Climb (Benuzzi)
Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster (Krakauer)
Into the Wild (Krakauer)
Jupiters Travels: Four Years Around the World on a Triumph (Simon)
One Man Caravan ("Incredible Journeys" Books) (Fulton)
The Log from the "Sea of Cortez" (Penguin Modern Classics) (Steinbeck)
Eastern Approaches (MacLean)
Full Tilt: Ireland to India with a Bicycle (Murphy)
News from Tartary: A Journey from Peking to Kashmir (Marlboro Travel) (Fleming)
A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush (Travel Literature) (Newby)
Love & War in the Apennines (Travel Literature) (Newby)
Sailing Alone Around the World: The first solo voyage around the world (Slocum)
Two Years Before the Mast (Signet Classics) (Dana)
My Life with the Eskimo (Classic Reprint) (Stefansson)
Motoring with Mohammed: Journeys to Yemen and the Red Sea (Hanson)
The Songlines (Chatwin)
Desert Solitaire (Abbey)
Down the River (Plume) (Abbey)
By-Line Ernest Hemingway: Selected Articles and Dispatches of Four Decades (Hemmingway)
A Year in Provence (Mayle)
Canoeing with the Cree (Sevareid)
Adventures on the Wine Route: A Wine Buyer's Tour of France (Lynch)
Berlin Diary: The Journal of a Foreign Correspondent, 1934-1941 (Shirer)
Touching the Void: The True Story of One Man's Miraculous Survival (Simpson)
Bestselling Travel books on Amazon