These are the 7 greatest travel books of all-time. They have motivated me to go on journeys to distant lands. Let them inspire the wanderlust in you.
1. Vagabonding - Rolf Potts
Vagabonding is truly an uncommon guide to long-term travel. It is a how-to book based on the extensive travels of Rolf Potts. Vagabonding focuses on the art and philosophy of travel. To Potts, travel is a lifestyle. Vagabonding teaches you how to finance travels, determine a destination, adjust to life on the road, work and volunteer overseas, and re-assimilate back to regular life. The book is super interesting, and worth a read.
2. How to Travel the World on $50 a Day - Matt Kepnes
Nomadic Matt gives awesome budget travel techniques he learned through his own travels. Budget travel sometimes puts a sour taste into people's mouths, because cheap implies bad. Matt is all about comfort. He explains how to save money traveling, while still enjoying fancy meals, and hotels. He gives advice on avoiding banking fees, earning frequent flyer miles, finding discount travel cards, and using the internet for free travel.
3. Walden on Wheels - Ken Ilgunas
Walden on Wheels is a wild story. Ken Ilgunas graduated from the University of Buffalo with $32,000 of student debt. He had one goal: get out of debt as quickly as possible. Inspired by Thoreau, Ilgunas embarked on a 3-year journey. He worked in Alaska as a tour guide, garbage picker, and night cook to pay off his student loans. Eventually, Ilgunas hitchhiked back to his home in New York.
4. Travels - Michael Crichton
Who knew the author of Jurassic Park was such a traveler? Some examples of Crichton's wild travels include swimming with mud sharks in Tahiti, and tracking wild animals through the jungle of Rwanda. I won't spoil the rest. Just get this book, and let Crichton's wild journeys inspire your own traveling adventures.
5. 1000 Places to See Before You Die - Patricia Schultz
1000 Places to See Before You Die is the most popular travel book of all time, and for good reason. Travel is cool, because it is an experience you will remember for the rest of your life. But, you have to be doing memorable things on the road. In her book, Schultz gives you the most memorable travel destinations. The book's title is pretty self-explanatory.
6. On the Road - Jack Kerouac
On the Road is an American classic. Originally written in 1957, the book details Kerouac's wild adventures with his friend Neal Cassady. Kerouac and Cassady go on a cross country road trip and learn a little more about themselves in the process. On the Road is a story about freedom, hope, and adventure. Essentially the most American virtues. Let Kerouac's travels entertain you.
7. Travel as Transformation - Gregory V. Diehl
To say that Gregory Diehl has lived an unorthodox life is an understatement. His life experiences include living in a van on the streets of San Diego, growing chocolate with indigenous tribes in Central America, teaching in the Middle East, and volunteering in Africa. And that is just the start of it. Travel transformed Diehl's perceptions. In his book, he explains how you can use travel as a tool for change too.