8 Great Travel Books You Have To Read

There’s nothing quite like a good book to help you fall in love with the magic and mystery of overseas travelling. Experiencing other cultures, getting lost in totally different surroundings and meeting those special people can last with you forever.

We spoke to several leading experts across the board for their insights into what makes the best travel books.

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#1 Travel More For Less

The book helps people to travel the world, seeing and experiencing more for the same or less cost than they otherwise would have spent. it is the quintessential guide to planning and implementing any trip. It brims from cover to cover with tips that will save you money, expand your travel horizons and keep you safe no matter where you want to travel and at what standard you want to do it at.

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  1. Great read, useful tips even for the well travelled. Would highly recommend it.

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#2 The Geography Of Bliss – Eric Weiner

In his catchy, thoughtful writing style, foreign correspondent Eric Weiner takes us on his year-long journey around the globe to the “happy places,” from Iceland to Bhutan to Qatar. The common thread is the philosophical question, what comprises happiness? Both inspirational and thought-provoking and oftentimes out-right funny, Eric – a self-labeled pessimist – guides us through his own unraveling of the question and the answers he found.

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#3 The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho

There are many types of travelers like the luxurious traveler, social media traveler, occasional traveler and then there is an adventurous traveller who likes to travel without any plan and like to do some adventurous things. Paulo Coelho written this amazing book called The Alchemist in 1988. This book is purely based on adventurous travel. The Alchemist defines a wonderful story about how one shepherd who wants to travel in search of big and precious treasure and starts his journey anyhow. He faced so much problems during his journey yet cleared every hurdle. Paulo Coelho mentioned this journey very beautifully. This book consists of alot of interesting things and stories of snakes, dunes, love, and alchemy.

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#4 Siddhartha – Hermann Hesse

Siddhartha is about a boy's journey of self-discovery. I along with many backpackers I've meant during my travels rave about this book because we relate to the story. Globetrotting for more than a few months, you have time. Time spent on reflecting on your life, on who you are and who you want to become. When you return home, you return with this uncanny self-insight. You return wiser.

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#5 Tales Of A Female Nomad – Rita Golden Gelman

In her 40s, Rita decided to leave the glitzy life of Los Angeles, sell everything she owned and become a full-time traveler.  Her goal was to connect with people rather than to tick off items on a must-see list.  This book inspired me to travel when I was in my 40s and at a crossroads in my life.  I have been traveling full-time now for a decade!  What makes my travels possible is housesitting, where I live in someone else's home caring for their pets while they vacation. Housesitting has allowed me to live like a local where I can connect more authentically with people.

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#6 Love With A Chance Of Drowning – Torre DeRoche

This is a story about a woman who leaves her corporate lifestyle to live life on a sailboat. The weirder part that it was with a man she just met. It’s about their adventure across the South Pacific. The story will take you on a deeply personal journey of self-discovery. Not only is it an enjoyable read, but it’s also quite funny. You won’t be able to put it down.

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#7 Dark Star Safari – Paul Theroux

Dark Star Safari by Paul Theroux was one of the first books I read about Africa that didn't stick to stereotypes about banyan trees and time-frozen tribes. This literary nonfiction book follows the author's journey from Egypt to South Africa by foot, car and boat—no planes, ever. Along the way, he sees parts of the continent typical travelers never would, and he has truly insightful conversations just by being curious. For anyone who wants to get a different perspective on Africa, and who wants a deep dive into travel there, I highly recommend Dark Star Safari.

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#8 Vagabonding – Rolf Potts

This is a must read for anyone who is overwhelmed by the idea of traveling, especially alone or for longer than a few days. Potts details his experiences traveling the world during short and long-term trips while inspiring you to believe that there really are no barriers to traveling. Potts also outlines a million “how to's”(save money, safety tips, working, planning etc).

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