Ever since I first learned to read, I’d always been obsessed with books; getting lost in fictional stories with romantic plots and happy endings. As I’ve got older however, I’ve found myself reading less romance novels and more travel blogs and articles on the internet.
While my love for romance novels hasn’t dissipated completely, it has moved aside slightly to make room for my new-found literary obsession; travel books. Planning a trip around the world is no easy feat, so I’ve taken to some of my most trusted travel books for inspiration, motivation and oftentimes, just for pure enjoyment.
If you’re looking for some travel inspiration or you’re just interested in reading more about the world’s best dishes, cultures and stories, take a look at my list of the best travel books to fuel your wanderlust.
The Best Travel Books To Fuel Your Wanderlust
Arguably one of the best travel books I’ve ever read is the Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Eatlist. I’ve been a huge fan of the Lonely Planet brand for many years now and I was delighted to receive the Ultimate Eatlist book for Christmas last year.
It features 500 of the world’s best culinary experiences; ranked accordingly and contributed by world-famous chefs, food writers, journalists and culinary experts.
Trying out different cuisines is one of the things that I’m most looking forward to when we go travelling so I devoured the Ultimate Eatlist in such a short space of time (especially considering it’s a 314 page book full to the brim with 500 of the best food experiences in the world).
From sampling pintxos in San Sebastian, to gorging on Jerk Chicken in Jamaica and feasting on barbecued pork in Seoul, the book contains the absolute best dining experiences in the world.
I think the thing that I love the most about Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Eatlist is the fact that it doesn’t just recount stories and dining experiences from the best Michelin Starred restaurants in the world – it also includes real life experiences with locals, street food delicacies and eating seafood straight from source as a local fisherman serves it to you on the beach.
It’s a collection of foodie experiences that made my mouth water and mind race with anticipation when I thought about all the vastly different food that the world has to offer; and the fact that I’m going to be able to experience it very soon!
Another Lonely Planet book has made its way on to my list of the best travel books; and this book really will make you want to pack your bag and head off on an adventure around the world.
The Best Moment of Your Life is a collection of 100 stories that are considered to be life-changing for the protagonists. A plethora of travel writers and bloggers, as well as famous travellers from around the world have contributed to this multitude of awe-inspiring stories that have positively impacted on many people’s lives.
Some of my favourite stories featured in the book include one man witnessing Nelson Mandela’s first free speech, “journeying” to the centre of the earth and getting up close and personal with tigers in their natural habitat in India.
Each and every single one of the stories featured in this book are personal, unique and exhilarating, and I just hope that I can create similar life-affirming memories on my travels.
The first page of this book is simply an introduction; and it was that introduction that reduced me to tears.
I’m not sure if it was the way that the author (treasured travel writer and editor, Aaron Millar) wrote those first few sentences, or the beautiful sentiment behind them, but either way it left a lasting impression on me; one that I wish everyone could experience.
The book itself contains valuable and knowledgeable information of the 50 Greatest Wonders of the World. It regales an ample supply of superlative wonders of the world; from where to experience the best views of the Grand Canyon, to finding peace at Victoria Falls, despite the earth-shattering water cascading down around you.
The 50 Greatest Wonders of the World is a true joy to read and it feels like you’re sat with a wise old man telling you unbelievable recounts of experiences of his travelling lifetime.
Similar to the premise of ‘The Best Moment of your Life’ book (also by Lonely Planet), this Travel Anthology demands to be read if you’re seeking solace in your own adventures.
Featuring 34 essays, as well as short stories, of some of the most-celebrated travel journalists, writers and experts in the world, the Lonely Planet Travel Anthology exerts wisdom and wanderlust in every page.
What I love most about this travel book is that its stories are raw, true and honest. They’re heartfelt and moving and they only cemented my drive and determination for travelling even further.
The stories are set in some of the most remote corners of the world, all the way from the top of Scotland, to downtown Bangkok and to tribes in Tanzania. I adored this travel book, and I’m sure you will too!
Matt (not my Matt!) is one of the most trusted and respected travel bloggers in the industry so it’s no wonder that his book on how to travel for $50 a day was an absolute hit when it was first released; so much so that he released a second (and third!), more comprehensive and updated version of it!
The book features an abundance of helpful tips and tricks on budget travelling, without compromising on your experiences. I love how this reads like I’m talking to a friend who’s just very, very skilled in the industry. Matt’s tips have inspired me so much that I plan on starting my own travel series here on the blog about how we’re saving and budgeting for our trip around the world.
‘How to Travel the World on $50 a Day‘ can be read in bite-sized chunks as and when you want to find out more about a particular topic, or it reads like a normal book that fills your head with ideas, inspiration and plenty of invaluable knowledge.
I’d highly recommend investing in this book if you’re thinking of planning a world trip but are convinced that you can’t afford it. Trust me; you can!
This travel book was actually one of the first extensive travel guides I ever read and it’s one of my firm favourites.
A compilation of 500 of the best places on the planet ranked by travel journalists and Lonely Planet expert travel writers; it makes for a compelling and wanderlust-inducing concoction of guides and stories from around the world.
I’ve had this book for a number of years now and it was the foundation for research of the many places that I currently have on my ultimate travel bucket list.
The imagery that’s present throughout the book is truly breathtaking, and if you weren’t too bothered about travelling before, once you read this book, you won’t be able to get the idea out of your head.
The Best Travel Books – on my ‘to be read’ list
Have you read any of these travel books? Are there any other you’d recommend? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @imjustagirl_16.