Around the world in 87 Books

4chan Book Lists — Travel Literature

The genre of travel literature encompasses outdoor literature, guide books, naturewriting, and travel memoirs. One early travel memoirist in Western literature was Pausanias, a Greek geographer of the 2nd century AD.

General Travels

  1. From the Meadows of Gold by Mas’udi
  2. The Travels by Ibn Battutah
  3. Voyages and Discoveries by Richard Hakluyt
  4. The Journals of Captain James Cook by James Cook
  5. South: The Endurance Expedition by Ernest Shackleton
  6. The Last Grain Race by Eric Newby
  7. Collected Travel Writing by Evelyn Waugh
  8. Travels With Herodotus by Ryszard Kapuscinsk
  9. The Way of the World by Nicolas Bouvier
  10. Pecked to Death by Ducks by Tim Cahill
  11. Yoga For People Who Can’t Be Bothered to Do It by Geoff Dyer

Travels in Europe

Travels in Europe
  1. Guide to Greece by Pausanias
  2. Ibn Fadlan and the Land of Darkness by Ibn Fadlan
  3. A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland by Samuel Johnson
  4. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain
  5. Black Lamb and Grey Falcon by Rebecca West
  6. A Time of Gifts by Patrick Leigh Fermor
  7. A Sentimental Journey by Laurence Sterne
  8. Letters from England by Voltaire
  9. Italian Journey: 1786:1788 by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  10. Travel Pictures by Heinrich Heine
  11. Letters from Russia by Adolphe de Custine
  12. Winter Notes on Summer Impressions by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  13. Sakhalin Island by Anton Chekhov
  14. D.H. Lawrence and Italy by D.H. Lawrence
  15. Mani: Travels in the Souther Peloponnese by Patrick Leigh Fermor
  16. The Silent Traveler in London by Chiang Lee
  17. Stones of Aran: Labyrinth by Tim Robinson
  18. The Colossus of Maroussi by Henry Miller
  19. Trieste and the Meaning of Nowhere by Jan Morris
  20. In Siberia by Colin Thubron
  21. The Rings of Saturn by W.G. Sebald
  22. Fado by Andrzej Stasiuk

Travels in Asia

Travels in Asia
  1. The Travels by Marco Polo
  2. The Travels of Sir John Mandeville by Sir John Mandeville
  3. An Ottoman Traveller: Selections from the Book of Travels by Evliya Celebi
  4. Narrow Road to the Deep North by Matsuo Basho
  5. Seven Years in Tibet by Heinrich Harrer
  6. Arabian Sands by Wilfred Thesiger
  7. The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen
  8. Unbeaten Tracks in Japan by Isabella L. Bird
  9. The Malay Archipelago by Alfred Russel Wallace
  10. A Secret Pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina by Richard Burton
  11. Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan by Lafcadio Hearn
  12. The Southern Gates of Arabia by Freya Stark
  13. A Time to Keep Silence by Patrick Leigh Fermor
  14. A Barbarian in Asia by Henri Michaux
  15. Peking Story: The Last Days of Old China by David Kidd
  16. Hindoo Holiday by J.R. Ackerley
  17. A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush by Eric Newby
  18. The Inland Sea by Donald Richie
  19. The Lost Heart of Asia by Colin Thubron
  20. Riding the Iron Rooster by Paul Theroux
  21. The Great Railway Bazaar by Paul Theroux
  22. City of Djinns by William Dalrymple
  23. Their Heads Are Green and Their Hands Are Blue by Paul Bowles

Travels in Africa

Travels in Africa
  1. Travels in the Interior of Africa by Mungo Park
  2. Travels in West Africa by Mary Kingsley
  3. Source of the Nile by Richard Burton
  4. The Naturalist on the River Amazons by Henry Walter Bates
  5. Travels in the Congo by Andre Gide
  6. Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen
  7. Green Hills of Africa by Ernest Hemingway
  8. Journey Without Maps by Graham Greene
  9. The Voices of Marrakesh by Elias Canetti
  10. North of South by Shiva Naipaul
  11. African Laughter by Doris Lessing

Travels in the Americas

Travels in the Americas
  1. Chronicle of the Narvaez Expedition by Alvar Nunez Cabeza De Vaca
  2. Personal Narrative of Travels to the Equinoctial Regions of America by Alexander von Humboldt
  3. History of a Voyage to the Land of Brazil by Jean de Lery
  4. The Journals of Lewis and Clark by Meriwether Lewis
  5. The Oregon Trail by Francis Parkman
  6. American Notes for General Circulation by Charles Dickens
  7. Travels in Alaska by John Muir
  8. Travels With Charley: In Search of America by John Steinbeck
  9. Kon-Tiki by Thor Keyerdahl
  10. In Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin
  11. An African in Greenland by Tete-Michel Kpomassie
  12. A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers by Henry David Thoreau
  13. Roughing It by Mark Twain
  14. Two Years in the French West Indies by Lafcadio Hearn
  15. Kabloona by Gontran de Poncins
  16. Here is New York by E.B. White
  17. The Lawless Roads by Graham Greene
  18. I See by My Outfit by Peter S. Beagle
  19. Coming in to the Country by John McPhee
  20. Into the Wild by Bill Bryson
  21. A Turn in the South by V.S. Naipaul
  22. The River Of Doubt by Candice Millard
  23. The Old Patagonian Express by Paul Theroux

Travel Anthologies

Travel Anthologies
  1. Colonial American Travel Narratives by Mary White Rowlandson
  2. Travel Writing 1700–1830 by Elizabeth A. Bohls
  3. Unsuitable for Ladies: An Anthology of Women Travelers by Jane Robinson
  4. A Book of Traveler’s Tales by Eric Newby
  5. Other Routes: 1500 Years of African and Asian Travel Writing by Edited by Tabish Khair
  6. Travels in the Reich, 1933–1945: Foreign Authors Report from Germany by Oliver Lubrich
  7. Cambridge Companion to Travel Writing by Peter Hulme
  8. Americans in Paris by Charles Glass


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