Five Travel Books I Want To Read

In a Sunburned Country – Bill Bryson

“Sunburned” can mean only one country: Australia. Bill Bryson is one of the more prolific travel writers and has written about everywhere from the Appalachian Trail to Liechtenstein. In a Sunburned Country covers everything from modern-day Australia to Australia’s convict past. Bryson is supposed to be a hilarious writer and keeps his books fun and informative.

 

The Art of Travel – Alain de Botton

Of course, it’s always fun to read a good, fun-filled travelogue about one person’s journey through the Amazon or Russia, but sometimes you need to sit down and think about the philosophy of travel. Philosopher de Botton looks at the concepts behind travelling and how people are affected by it. What really draws me to this book is that de Botton uses poetry, artwork, and his own experiences to give the reader an understanding of what it means to travel.

 

West with the Night – Beryl Markham

This is less of a travelogue and more of a memoir about a not-often-heard-of remarkable woman. Markham was born in England in 1886, but lived most of her life in Kenya, and was the first female bush pilot in Africa. She was also the first woman to fly across the Atlantic from East to West. These memoirs seem like an interesting read about Colonial Africa and aviation in the early 20th century.

 

The Dead Ladies Project: Exiles, Expats, and Ex-Countries – Jessa Crispin

I first came across this book over the summer and was instantly intrigued. This book is part memoir – of Crispin who left her life in Chicago for Berlin – and part examination of famous women expats. The book explores “exile,” and while it’s not so much of a travelogue, it still sounds fascinating.

 

Journeys – Stefan Zweig

Stefan Zweig is an author who has become increasingly popular over the last few years. In fact, his work inspired Grand Budapest Hotel. I’m a fan of his short stories, which look at a “lost” Europe from before World War I and the inter-war years. Journeys is Zweig’s travels through post-World War I central Europe. I think this would be very interesting for anyone travelling through central Europe who want to know a bit more about what the area was like in the past.

What are the books about travel that you intend to read?

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