Traveling is medicine for the soul. Every now and then, we as humans need to break free from the shackles of every day life and set out on a journey of adventure and self exploration. Each one of us hides a curious child inside which needs to be let out now and then to enjoy the world with fresh new eyes.
Here are a few travel books we’ve picked out for you that will soothe your soul and make you want to pack your bags right away!
Bestselling Travel Books – Price & Reviews
Bestselling Travel Novels
|On The Road
|Eat, Pray, Love
|Into The Wild
|Travels With A Donkey In The Cevennes
|In A Sunburned Country
|The Cat Who Went To Paris
|Love With A Chance Of Drowning
|Dark Star Safari
|Travel As Transformation
|Microadventures: Local Discoveries For Great Escapes
|How Not To Travel The World
|The Food Traveler’s Handbook
|Travels With Charley
|Wild: From Lost To Found
1. On The Road
Jack mixes fiction with his personal experiences to write this exhilarating novel, On The Road. The book takes you through an exuberant journey across America where the characters, Sal Paradise, a young traveller joins Dean Moriarty, a traveller and mystic with the aim to live the American dream. His travels and road to adventure, sex, drugs and mischief become an exploration of personal freedom.
Author: Jack Kerouac
Number Of Copies Sold: Over 3 million copies
2. Eat, Pray, Love
Eat, Pray, Love is a woman’s quest for self-discovery. It talks about a celebrated writer’s irresistible, candid and eloquent account of worldly pleasures. The story unfolds when Elizebeth Gilbert turns 34 and starts to feel confused and lost in life. Recently divorced, Gilbert undertakes a yearlong journey across the world. The book excitingly absorbs the chronicles of that year and the memoir of self-love.
Author: Elizabeth Gilbert
Number Of Copies Sold: 12 million copies
3. Down Under
Curiously obsessed with the dryness, hotness, infertility, climate aggressiveness and basically all things deadly about Australia, Billy Bryson journeys to the country. He promptly falls in love with the safe and clean cities and its cheerful, extrovert and quick-witted people. His experiences along the travel make us wonder if life can get any better than that.
Author: Bill Bryson
4. Into The Wild
Into the Wild is travelogue based on a true story of Chris McCandless, a young man who walked deep into the Alaskan wilderness and was found dead four months later along with an SOS note. The novel explores people’s obsession with leaving civilisation in the search of enlightenment through solitude and contact with nature. The book was also adapted as a film in 2007.
Author: Jon Krakauer
Number Of Copies Sold: 35,000 of the first edition
5. The Alchemist
The Alchemist is a travel novel that highlights the psychological aspects of the human mind. The story is about a young shepherd named Santiago who discovers a treasure in the Egyptian deserts. While on his journey, he realises the importance of personal chemistry and that his personal legend or dream is not just his but a part of this universe.
Author: Paulo Coelho
Number Of Copies Sold: 65 million copies
6. Travels With A Donkey In The Cevennes
Set in the backdrop of the mountain region of Cevennes in France, Travels With a Donkey In The Cevennes is a travelogue that exhibits the adventures of Robert and his donkey, Modestine. The novel describes their 120-Mile journey and 12-Day trek written in a comical and refreshing style.
Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
Number Of Copies Sold: 40,000 copies in six months
Set in the underworld of contemporary Bombay, Shantaram is a narration by Lin, an escaped convict from Australia who runs a clinic in the city’s poor slums and simultaneously works with the Bombay mafia. Lin searches for love and meaning in his life. This novel is a reflection of human experiences and the passionate love for India.
Author: Gregory David Roberts
Number Of Copies Sold: More than 6 Million copies
Vagabonding is a book that inspires an independent spirit to achieve the dream of extended overseas travel and take time off from their everyday life. The book gives the reader sufficient information on financing the travel time, determining the destination, adjusting to life on the road, working and volunteering overseas, handling travel adversities and re-assimilating back into ordinary life. It not only gives you a plan of action but also an emphasis on creativity, discovery and growth.
Author: Rolf Potts
Number Of Copies Sold: Over 100,000 copies
9. In A Sunburned Country
In a Sunburned Country is a fact-filled and adventurous travelogue written with humour, wonder and unflagging curiosity. The book is a report on Billy’s travels to Australia, the country that doubles as a continent, is filled with the friendliest inhabitants, has the hottest and driest weather and lethal wildlife. It takes you beyond the tourist path and becomes your guide with a touch of light-heartedness.
Author: Bill Bryson
10. Marching Powder
Marching Powder accounts Thomas’ experiences into Bolivia’s notorious San Pedro prison. The novel describes one of the strangest and most compelling prison stories of all time. The jail is unlike any other. Here, a prisoner buys his own cell from real estate agents, the families of the prisoner are likely to stay with him and high quality of cocaine is manufactured and sold in the prison. It is a book that combines humour, cruelty and compassion all in the same cell.
Author: Rusty Young
Number Of Copies Sold: 600,000 copies
11. The Cat Who Went To Paris
The Cat Who Went To Paris is a dose of adorable humour that describes the travel tales of Peter Gether and his cat, Norton. Norton accompanies the publisher, screenwriter and author on his various trips to Paris, Fire Island and in the subways of Manhattan and is one of the most well-travelled felines across New York.
Author: Peter Gethers
Number Of Copies Sold: Several hundred thousands of copies
12. Love With A Chance Of Drowning
Set in the backdrop of the most beautiful South Pacific, Love with a Chance of Drowning is a story about beauty, romance and the journey to self-discovery. Torre, an aquaphobic meets a handsome Argentinean man with a boat who dreams of exploring the world. She immediately falls in love with him. Soon enough, she heads off on a yearlong journey with him and faces her fear of water. This breathtakingly brave memoir ends with a moral that some risks are worth taking.
Author: Torre DeRoche
13. Dark Star Safari
Dark Star Safari takes the reader along the length of Africa starting from Cairo to Cape Town through a rattletrap bus, dugout canoe, cattle truck, armed convoy, ferry and train. Filled with danger, delay and dismaying situations, the novel describes Theroux’s encounters with Africans, aid workers, missionaries and tourists. It also gives us an insight into the history, politics and the beauty of Africa and its people.
Author: Paul Theroux
Number Of Copies Sold: 35,000 copies in hardback
14. Travel As Transformation
Self-discovery is one of the most common aspects involved in travelling to a foreign place. The bestseller author, Diehl followed a worldly yet unconventional path from living in a van on the streets of San Diego and growing chocolate with indigenous tribes in Central America to teaching in the Middle East and volunteering in Africa. Diehl’s travels across the world influenced his perception of himself and life.
Author: Gregory V. Diehl
15. Microadventures: Local Discoveries For Great Escapes
Adventures are new and exhilarating experiences that are bound to change you and how you see life. However, Microadventures are closer to home, cheaper, simpler, and shorter. It takes the spirit of an adventure and squeezes it into a day and even a few hours. The book uplifts this original concept to encourage quick travels.
Author: Alastair Humphreys
16. How Not To Travel The World
The novel revolves around Lauran, a first-time traveller who has rather lived a sheltered life. Hoping to give her life a new meaning, Lauren journeys over a space of one year but is scammed with unlucky and near-death experiences. Just when she is about to give up on travel, she stumbles across a handsome New Zealander. The book leads the reader into various things that can happen when travelling to a foreign land and how they can avoid them.
Author: Lauren Juliff
17. The Food Traveler’s Handbook
The Food Traveler’s Handbook is an extension of the excellent travel blog Legal Nomads. It gives an insight into how food acts as a lens through which one can see the world. This guide helps the reader learn about safe eating in developing countries, sourcing cheap yet delicious street food and discovering how to use food as a medium to understand new places, its people and culture.
Author: Jodi Ettenberg
18. Travels With Charley
Travels With Charley is a quest across America during a road trip in 1960. The fifty-eight-year-old John Steinbeck sets on a journey to rediscover the country he has been writing about. He drives through the interstates and the country roads with his French poodle, Charley to dine with truckers, encounter bears and meet old friends. Alongside he pens down the American character, racial hospitality, the particular form of American loneliness and the unexpected niceness of strangers.
Author: John Steinbeck
Number Of Copies Sold: 1.5 million copies
19. Wild: From Lost To Found
At the age of twenty-two, Cheryl loses almost everything she once looked up to. From her mother’s death and her scattering family to her own marriage at the brink of getting destroyed, she is left with no hope. Four years later, knowing that there’s nothing more to lose, she takes an impulsive decision that changes her life forever. With no experience or training, she goes on to hike more than a thousand mile of the Pacific Crest Trail, which ultimately strengthens and heals her.
Author: Cheryl Strayed
20. Blue Highways
William Least Heat-Moon sets out on a journey of curiosity to find out those ‘little towns that get on the map if they get on at all-only because some cartographer has a blank space to fill’. His adventures, discoveries and recollection of encounters with extraordinary people are all accounts of a true-American experience.
Author: William Least Heat-Moon
Number Of Copies Sold: 25,000 copies a year on an average