Travel Book Reviews

The Best Travel Books of All Time. We have all read the lists, compiled by people who have never actually read the books.  We learn the best travel writers from hastily-assembled lists: Mark Twain, Graham Greene, Jan Morris, Pico Iyer, Bruce Chatwin, Bill Bryson.  These classic travel books survive on reputation, sales, and the summaries on the back cover.

I have actually read each of these books and I am happy to share these reviews of classic travel books with you.  Read the travel books that you want to.  I will not rank them.  Instead, I will tell you who will enjoy them.

For a list of book reviews, click on the Book Review tab under “categories.”  To view an individual book review, click on the book title below.

**** 4-star books (If you like travel, you’ll like these)

*** 3-star books (Very good, but not quite perfect)

** 2-star books (You really need to be interested in the topic)

* 1-star books (Waste of ink)

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I’ve read these, but I haven’t written reviews yet:

  • Beyond the Sky and the Earth: A Journey into Bhutan by Jamie Zeppa
  • The Shadow of the Sun by Ryszard Kapuscinski
  • Searching for Crusoe: A Journey Among the Last Real Islands  (later titled: Searching for Paradise: A Grand Tour of the World’s Unspoiled Islands) by Thurston Clarke
  • Getting Stoned with Savages: A Trip Through the Islands of Fiji and Vanuatu by J. Maarten Troost

It’s going to take me a little longer to read these travel books, but I’ll get there:

  • Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain
  • Dinner with Persephone: Travels in Greece by Patricia Storace

Watched the movie, but I won’t read the book:

  • Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia by Elizabeth Gilbert

3 Responses to Travel Book Reviews

  1. Jenny Prince says:

    Don’t bother reading “Eat Pray Love” it’s not that brilliant. I your “Titles coming soon” you have Beyond the Sky and Earth twice, maybe it is a really good book!!

  2. matthew says:

    I bought “Eat Pray Love” for a buck. I want to know what all the hubbub is about, but I’m not sure that’s enough reason to read it.

  3. Eat Pray Love is best taken as a personal confession, rather than a travel book. That is where the value of it lies.

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