31 Mar Popular gift idea for 2020: Exploring the world from home with top travel books
The Wandering Rose team shares our favorite books about travel
Updated April 6, 2020
One upside of staying home so much lately is that we’re reading more than ever. And while we cannot physically travel at present, there is peace in revisiting favorite places and stories and inspiration in discovering new titles and cultures. In that spirit, here are the Wandering Rose Travels team’s favorite travel books.
Please share yours in the comments below. We’d love to discover some new titles.
We plan to add new books regularly, so bookmark and come back often. Happy reading!
The Most Scenic Drives in America
120 Spectacular Road Trips
by the editors of Readers Digest
Cruise America’s most scenic roads from Florida’s Road to Flamingo to Hawaii’s Oahu Coastal Loop to Cape Cod’s Sandy Shores and beyond.
A True Account of Catastrophe and Courage on Yosemite’s Half Dome
by Bob Madgic
A compelling story about hikers to Half Dome in Yosemite National Park and a fateful lightning strike. I couldn’t put it down.
Into Thin Air
A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster
by Jon Krakauer
A journalistic and personal account of the May 1996 Everest disaster, which claimed five lives.
Trail of Feathers
In Search of the Birdmen of Peru
by Tahir Shah
Shah’s motley crews traverse Peru’s land and lore, guided by history and humor.
Mystery, Magic, Death, and Life in New Orleans
by Dan Baum
Biographies from all walks of life intersect through historic hurricanes in the incomparable Crescent City.
A Pirate Looks at Fifty
by Jimmy Buffett
Enjoy Buffet’s travel journal and life philosophy through three weeks in Central and South America by sea plane.
Destinations of a Lifetime
225 of the World’s Most Amazing Places
by National Geographic
A photographic tour of the world’s most spectacular destinations. Warning: Will cause serious wanderlust.
Dear Bob and Sue
One couple’s journey through the national parks
by Matt and Karen Smith
Matt and Karen Smith are great storytellers, and their dialogue as a seasoned married couple made me laugh out loud.
North Carolina Waterfalls
by Kevin Adams
Explore some of western North Carolina’s 1,000 waterfalls with driving directions, step-by-step trail details, photos and very candid descriptions.
The Old Patagonian Express
By Train Through the Americas
by Paul Theroux
The father of uncomfortable, expansive train journeys rides the rails from Boston to Patagonia with a colorful cast.
by Michael Crichton
Fictitious but historically informed swashbuckling for Spanish gold in 1665.
A Walk in the Woods
Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail
by Bill Bryson
An informative and entertaining account of Bryson’s quest to hike the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail.
Jeanne ComefordPosted at 14:53h, 15 April
I am rereading a favorite travel book, Dreamers of the Day by Mary Doria Russell. After losing family in the flu epidemic of 1918, a teacher from Ohio goes to Egypt where she becomes acquainted with famous figures like Lawrence and Churchill. It gives a broad perspective of that era.
adminPosted at 15:24h, 15 April
Sounds fascinating and could not be more timely!