Our 7 Favorite Travel Books

Calvin Hanson

Calvin Hanson

Camille and I love to read—and travel of course! So putting them together was a natural progression 😉 Here are our top travel books we recommend.

Some of these are physical travel non-fiction while others are fiction travel to the interior life. All of these books we have read and recommend to you!

Table of Contents

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About Turkey

“A journey with heart.”—New York Times. Acclaimed journalist Bernard Ollivier begins his epic journey on foot across the Silk Road.

The Frenchman Bernard sets out from Istanbul WALKING TO CHINA! What an incredible journey, right!? I love his honesty about his fears and the real experiences good and bad along the route. He makes you laugh and his cultural observations are detailed and insightful.

His journey takes 3 books so if you like this one you can keep reading about his journey in his subsequent books.

About Spain

This book was super funny! Chris sold everything, moved to Andalusia, Spain and talks about his adventures and misadventures adapting to Spanish Life as an Englishman.

About Middle Earth (Fiction)

“Then something Tookish woke up inside him, and he wished to go and see the great mountains, and hear the pine-trees and the waterfalls, and explore the caves, and wear a sword instead of a walking-stick.”

A classic in my book, pun intended 😉 I really enjoyed this prelude to Lord of the Rings Series. In a similar way as The Alchemist it combines wisdom and life lessons into the fictional narrative. It’ll make you want to go against your fears and travel on an unknown adventure.

About Italy

“A deliciously entertaining account of expatriate life in a small village just outside Verona, Italy.”

This book made me laugh a lot about the different situations and cultural clashes between Tim and the Italian culture he found himself in. An education on the italian culture from an outsider perspective.

About Spain and N. Africa (Fiction)

Paulo Coelho’s masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure.

This book is an easy read, yet you could keep reading it once you have finished. It is a great work of story-telling mixed with life-wisdom. It continues to be one of my favorites and now I am trying to read it in Italian!

About Afghanistan

In January 2002, Rory Stewart walked across Afghanistan, surviving by his wits, his knowledge of Persian dialects and Muslim customs, and the kindness of strangers.

Afghanistan is a country that is mysterious, scary and misunderstood for most westerners including myself. To hear of Rory’s walk across the country not long after 9/11 is pretty wild. It is raw, sad, and interesting all wrapped into one book. You see the beauty of generosity and the complexity of a ancient eastern culture.

About France

In this witty and warm-hearted account, Peter Mayle tells what it is like to realize a long-cherished dream and actually move into a 200-year-old stone farmhouse in the remote country of the Lubéron with his wife and two large dogs.

Many people have the dream of living in a beautiful european village, some people don’t 🙂 I think my family would enjoy it, but maybe get bored! I loved the cultural insights and funny moments of working with french contractors as Peter tries to renovate his farmhouse. Definitely an enjoyable read.

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