Besides traveling, one of the best things for a travel writer to do is to read other writers. I love getting other authors’ insights on new and familiar places, and almost always learn something new, whether it is about the place itself, or a new perspective on somewhere I am familiar with. And the best travel writing is just like any other type of writing: storytelling at its finest.
I periodically review books on this site, so if you’re interested, head over to the Travel Book Reviews page, where you can scan through new and classic travel books—the perfect place to find a new read.
The most recent book I reviewed was a change from the usual travelogues and travel memoirs I read. Tasting Italy (from National Geographic and America’s Test Kitchen) is coffee table/cookbook combo that nevertheless had a depth of insight into Italy and its food. The best part was that it motivated me to make some new (and delicious!) recipes from the book a well as reminded me how much I enjoyed traveling in Italy (you can see some of my photography from Italy too). The book got a solid 4.5 stars out of 5 from me, even before the glass of wine that accompanied it.
Read my review of Tasting Italy: A Culinary Journey here.
Other most recent travel reads for me were On the Ganges by George Black and Where the West Ends by Michael J. Totten. I’m currently reading Tony Horwitz’s Into the Blue: Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before and Neil Mathison’s Volcano an A to Z and Other Essays about Geology, Geography, and Geo-Travel in the American West, so check back soon for those reviews.
And if I haven’t read your favorite travel book or there’s a new one out there I should read, let me know!