Our favorite travel books

Read your way around the world

We love to read books that transport us directly from the sofa and out into the world. Books that depict all the special things about places we want to visit, have been - or that we may never get to experience. They both soothe our wanderlust and inspire new adventures.

Additionally, travel books are a permanent fixture on our packing list of things we cannot do without on a journey. Lonely Planet is always handy to have at hand, and we rarely cross a border without a good book in our backpack.

Reading novels, historical books, and traveller's memoirs fuels the heart, the understanding of the foreign, and gives nuanced insight into what has shaped the country, the people and the culture. And it is an excellent way to kill waiting time on long travel days.

Below we have listed some of the best travel books we have read - and we are always on the lookout for new ones. If you would like to share your recommendations, we would appreciate it. Send us a message or share them on Instagram.

Which travel book(s) is your favorite?

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Inspire your wanderlust

Travel books by theme


  • • "Shark drunk" by Morten A. Strøksnes
  • • "A Smuggler's Guide to Good Manners" by Kenny Ranen
  • • Books by the Danish sailor Troels Kløvedal


  • • "Into thin air" by Jon Krakauer
  • • "Turn right at Machu Picchu" by Mark Adams
  • • "A tour of Mont Blanc" by David Le Vay


  • • "Wild" by Cheryl Strayed
  • • "A walk in the woods" by Bill Bryson
  • • "Into the wild" by Jon Krakauer
  • • "Tracks" by Robyn Davidson


  • • "The Backpacker" by John Harris
  • • "Ten Years as a Nomad" by Matt Kepnes

Journey by train

  • • "The Great Railway Bazaar" by Paul Theroux

Traveling the world

  • • "Eat, Pray, Love" by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • • "Endurance: A Year in Space" by Scott Kelly

Countries & cultures

Books set in the world


  • • "Kite runner" by Khaled Hosseini


  • • "The White Masai" by Corinne Hofmann
  • • "West with the night" by Beryl Markham
  • • "Paradise" by Abdulrazak Gurnah
  • • "Out of Africa" by Karen Blixen


  • • "Downunder" by Bill Bryson

Banda Islands

  • • "The History of the Nutmeg. The forgotten islands that once made world history" by Horst H. Geerken

Canary Islands

  • • "Dogs of summer" by Andrea Abreu


  • • "The Yacoubian Building" by Alaa Al-Aswany

Hong Kong

  • • "Exciting Times" by Naoise Dolan


  • • "Purge" by Sofi Oksanen


  • • "The Eight Life. For Brilka" by Nino Haratischwili


  • • "A fine balance" by Rohinton Mistry
  • • "Age of vice" by Deepti Kapoor


  • • "Indonesia, Etc." by Elizabeth Pisani


  • • "My Brilliant Friend" by Elena Ferrante
  • • "A Girl Returned" by Donatella Di Pietrantonio


  • • “Pachinko” by Min Jin Lee


  • • "The Miniaturist" by Jessie Burton


  • • "Berlin Poplars" by Anne B. Ragde
  • • "Child wonder" by Roy Jacobsen


  • • "Crazy Rich Asians" by Kevin Kwan


  • • "Cathedral of the Sea" by Ildefonso Falcones


  • • "Nobody owns me" by Åsa Linderborg

Sri Lanka

  • • "Island of a Thousand Mirrors" by Nayomi Munaweera


  • • "When we were birds" by Ayanna Lloyd Banwo


  • • "A Little Life" by Hanya Yanagihara
  • • "Little Fires Everywhere" by Celeste Ng
  • • "The Nickel Boys" by Colson Whitehead
  • • "Firekeeper's Daughter" by Angeline Boulley