Top 10 Travel Writer Books

Top 10 Travel Writer Books

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)

Uneasy Rider Travel Writer Books

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.

Uneasy Rider: Travels Through a Mid-Life Crisis


The Backpacker (Paperback – Aug 3, 2009)

The Backpacker Travel Writer Books

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.

The Backpacker


Jupiter’s Travels (Paperback – 10 Jul 1980)

Jupiter's Travels Travel Writer Books

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.

Jupiter’s Travels


Long Way Round (Paperback – 16 May 2005)

Long Way Round Travel Writer Books

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.

Long Way Round


The Gringo Trail (Paperback – Mar 15, 2006)

The Gringo Trail Travel Writer Books

A crazy trip through South America with some excellent, brutal adventures of a true backpacker. Another book I couldn’t put down.

The Gringo Trail: A Darkly Comic Road Trip through South America


By Any Means (Paperback – 28 May, 2009)

By Any Means Travel Writer Books

Charleys travels overland and sea from Wicklow to Wollongong using various forms of transport along the way.

By Any Means: His Brand New Adventure From Wicklow to Wollongong


Down Under (Paperback – Aug 6, 2001)

Down Under Travel Writer Books

Some excellent observation by Bill Bryson travelling around Australia. With great facts about past and present, written in a humorous way.

Down Under: Travels in a Sunburned Country (Bryson)


Holy Cow!: An Indian Adventure (Paperback – Mar 1, 2004)

Holy Cow Travel Writer Books

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.

Holy Cow!: An Indian Adventure


Chasing Dreams (Paperback – Dec 8, 2008)

Chasing Dreams Travel Writer Books

A good book for younger first time travellers, this follows Matt on his first time adventures in Thailand and Australia.

Chasing Dreams


Are You Experienced? (Paperback – Jun 4, 1998)

Are You Experienced? Travel Writer Books

A very funny read covering Daves first visit to India with his friends girlfriend. They both have very different stories in the end.

Are You Experienced?

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