Here’s a list of my personal favourite Top 10 Travel Writer Books
Uneasy Rider: Travels Through a Mid-Life Crisis (Paperback – 5 Mar 2009)
This is probably my favourite read at the moment, I’ve read it 3 times now. It follows Mike Carters 20,000 mile travel around Europe. It’s really well written (he is a journalist after all!) with wit and sensitivity.
Mike is inspired by the Long Way Round book by Charley Boorman and Ewan McGregor. He did’t even have a licence at the start and his bike of choice is the BMW R1200GS, quite a beast for a novice.
I think if I had a job that I could do over the internet then I’d do exactly the same, although I’m sure I’d have to change the route a fair bit as Europe has changed a bit.
The Backpacker (Paperback – Aug 3, 2009)
This is one of those books you can’t put down. John travels from India to Thailand through to Australia with plenty of incidents on the way.
Jupiter’s Travels (Paperback – 10 Jul 1980)
This is a legendary book written by Ted Simon about his round the world trip on a trusty Triumph 500cc Tiger Hundred in 1973. Covering 63,000 miles over 4 years, this is a great view of a time when travel was so different. This book has inspired so many to follow in his bike tracks. Well worth a read.
Long Way Round (Paperback – 16 May 2005)
This is a dream trip taken by Charley Boorman and Ewan McGregor around the world on BMW R1200GS’ Accompanied by the excellent television series, this book covers lots more detail on the trials and tribulations of an epic trip.
The Gringo Trail (Paperback – Mar 15, 2006)
A crazy trip through South America with some excellent, brutal adventures of a true backpacker. Another book I couldn’t put down.
By Any Means (Paperback – 28 May, 2009)
Charleys travels overland and sea from Wicklow to Wollongong using various forms of transport along the way.
Down Under (Paperback – Aug 6, 2001)
Some excellent observation by Bill Bryson travelling around Australia. With great facts about past and present, written in a humorous way.
Holy Cow!: An Indian Adventure (Paperback – Mar 1, 2004)
This book is about Sarah Macdonalds move to India with her husband. Following a spiritual journey Sarah discovers the dark and light sides of India and the various religions.
Chasing Dreams (Paperback – Dec 8, 2008)
A good book for younger first time travellers, this follows Matt on his first time adventures in Thailand and Australia.
Are You Experienced? (Paperback – Jun 4, 1998)
A very funny read covering Daves first visit to India with his friends girlfriend. They both have very different stories in the end.