Travel Book Reviews

As a travel writer, I also read a lot of travel books.

Below, in no particular order (though my new reads will be near the top) are some of the travel books, travelogues, travel memoirs, and other such books I have read. I hope my ratings and thoughts will be be helpful to others looking for a good travel novel to lose themselves in.

A note on my preferences: I tend to prefer travel books that not only tell a good story (that’s a must) and have vivid description of a place, but that also teach me something about the culture, history, or geography of that place as well.

My scale:

  • 1 star = few if any redeeming qualities
  • 2 stars = major issues and I wouldn’t recommend it for most readers
  • 3 stars = maybe not my favorite, but a solid book and recommended for some readers, especially lovers of the genre or travelers to that specific destination
  • 4 stars = standouts for a number of reasons and recommended to most
  • 5 stars = outstanding and recommended even if you don’t think you’ll like a travel book

And yeah, I put in half stars, because I believe in being nuanced!

Click on the book cover to link to my full review (not available for all titles). I will be adding books as I read them, so check back!

The Joys of Travel book cover feturing a retro image of a train
Stars: 4/5
Blue Latitudes book cover
Stars: 4.5/5
Tasting Italy book cover
Stars: 4.5/5
Stars: 4/5
Stars: 4.5/5
Stars: 4/5
Stars: 3/5
Stars: 3/5
Stars: 3/5
faster-to-fly
Stars: 2.5/5
kids-camels-and-cairo
Stars: 3/5
Stars: 4.5/5
Stars: 4.5/5
off-the-beaten-trail
Stars: 3.5/5
Around the World in 80 Tales
Stars: 2/5
Backpacked
Stars: 3/5
Alaska Traveler
Stars: 3.5/5

 

The Sex Life of Cannibals
Stars 4.5/5
A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush. Stars: 4/5
Stars: 4/5

 

 

Visit Sunny Chernobyl
Stars: 2.5/5
The Blind Massuse
Stars: 4.5/5
Stars: 4/5
Stars: 4/5
Stars: 5/5
Stars : 4/5
Stars: 5/5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Traveller
Stars: 3/5
Free Country
Stars: 4/5
Surviving Paradise
Stars 4.5/5

 

Neither Here Nor There
Stars: 2.5/5
Stars: 4/5

 

Stars: 3/5
The Geography of Bliss
Stars: 4/5
In Patagonia
Stars: 3.5/5
A Walk in the Woods
Stars: 3/5
Sahara Unveiled
Stars: 4/5
Travels with Charley
Stars: 4/5
Four Corners
Stars: 4/5
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5 Replies to “Travel Book Reviews”

    1. I would be happy to review one of your travel books! Please send me the information on my Contact page with whichever book you would like me to review (I suggest peeking at my travel photography or “about Bryanna” sections to see where I’ve been and you can decide if you want me to review a book from places I’ve been or not been). I look forward to your email.

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