10 Top Travel Advisor Books To Launch Your Trip

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Adventure Food and Fun With These Awesome Travel Advisor Books

You don’t have to spend money to travel, just read the books and imagine the beauty of these exotic lands. Have a look at these timeless travel advisor books along with some more recent favorites.

Here are the top 5 most famous travel advisor books from the past.

1. The Histories (440 BC) by Herodotus

This book was written by Herodotus, an ancient Greek author, who is said to be the Father of Cultural Travel and History.  His mesmerized writing skills helped us to know about the Egyptian land, Pyramid, Luxor and classical exploration of this magical land.

2. Travel with Marco Polo. (1300 B.C) by Marco Polo

This book is the bestseller ever written by Marco Polo. He spent two decades traveling through China, Persia and Indonesia.  He tells us about Chinese cities, their customs, and traditions, and most important, the Kublai Khan. This book is a good guide for the future merchants.

3. A sentimental journey through France and Italy (1768) by Laurence Sterne

This popular novel written by Laurence Sterne goes through Laurence's travels in France, Italy and Naples. His journey delves into his personal taste, sentiments, manners and learning morals.

Readers found his style elegant and less eccentric because of his sentimental point of view. Laurence has possibly inspired many modern day travel writers.

4. The Innocent Aboard (1869) by Mark Twain

Mark Twain wrote this book on actual events traveling through Europe and the Holy land(Palestine) with groups of Americans.  This book was written in a comedic style, discussing various cultures and traditions which he observed in his travel.

5. Siren Land(1911) by Norman Douglas

This was Norman Douglas' first travel book. He transfers his readers into a beautiful landscape that is full of myths and history. This book is full of human interest talking about daily life, wine, wind, folklore and local ghosts. This book keeps readers captivated through its mix of travel stories, ancient myths, and fairy tales of sirens.


Those are our picks for the top five most influential travel advisor books of all time, now we will look at the top five modern day travel books.


6. Among the Island: Adventure in the Pacific (2011) by Tim Flannery

Written by Tim Flannery, an Australian zoologist. He traveled through the islands of the southwest Pacific, including Kiriwinia in Trobriand Island, Woodlark Island, and various parts of Papua New Guinea. His passion for the wild life makes it an interesting book for the more adventurous readers. He discusses different species like Ennis’s Flying Fox, a male bat who feeds on the young ones.

7. A Culinary Journey through Vietnam (2010) by Kim Fay

Kim Fay takes readers on an adventure through the local restaurants of Vietnam. She enthusiastically writes about foods, recipes, and other Vietnam cuisines.  Readers will explore Vietnamese cuisine in different cities like Hanoi, Hue, Nha Trang, Dalat and the Phan Thiet.

8. The Bottom of the Jar (English Edition 2013) by Abdellatif Laabi

Abdellatif Laabi tells his own personal story of growing up in Fez, Morocco in the 1950's. Through stories of Abdellatif's youth and family dramas, you gain a little more insight into this great poet, whose commitment to justice would eventually put him into Morocco's prisons for 8 1/2 years.

9. What Changes Everything (2013) by Masha Hamilton

Masha Hamilton works at a U.S.A embassy in Kabul. She explores the culture and people of Afghanistan, Brooklyn in America, and Russian émigrés. Being a foreign correspondent in war zone area, she tells the story of an aid worker kidnapped in Kabul.

10. San Miguel (2013) by T.C. Boyle

T.C. Boyle's story takes place on the San Miguel Island off the coast of Santa Barbara. It is a story of thee women who make the island their home. T.C. Boyle explores human psychology, and the way technology, communication and war changes their beliefs and attitudes.