Top 10 Travel Books of 2016

 

This a collection of the top books making headlines on travel for the year 2016. Travel is more of a practical soul food than a read. But before going to the places, reading about them and getting to know about the exotic wonders of the world will add to the excitement. Here’s the list of top 10 travel books for the year 2016.

 

The Un-Discovered Islands: An Archipelago of Myths and mysteries, phantoms, and fakes

This is a book describing fictional 12 undiscovered islands which are fake and a product of human imagination. These islands have existed and run out of existence like gangland myths. These are some of the oddest places on the face of the earth. They have disappeared from the map over time and are not real. Tallack has described these places beautifully yet also tells us the reality of their non-existence.

Read it For:
Knowing the difference between fact and fiction, reality and fantasy regarding the mysterious islands we might have heard about.
Don't Read it For:
Expecting a traditional travel story from this book is a mistake. Tallack tells us about places that are fictional, so this is a good read if you like fantasy.
What makes this book stand out?:
The way Tallack can make you read facts and yet love the description of the fantasy-like how we as kids loved the fantasy of the lost city of Atlantis.

Atlas Obscura: An Explorers Guide to the worlds hidden wonders

This book tells you of over 500 to 600 exotic places around the world. It is a must read to know about some attractive places you might not know about. It practically goes around the whole world from India, America, and New Zealand to Spain and so on. A must read for people with a craving for wanderlust.

Read it For:
Compelling travel destinations and their photographs, routes and other mysterious and exotic places around the globe.
Don't Read it For:
It’s a true travel book. No reason not to read this one unless you don’t like travelling, mystery, and adventure.
What makes this book stand out?:
Satisfies the traveler in you and just quenches your thirst for the unknown through this book.

The Joys Of Travel: and stories that illuminate them

 It is a travel book written by an experienced travel writer Thomas Swick about the 7 joys of travels while he visits some destinations like Sicily, Bangkok, and Munich.

Read it For:
Knowing what you’re missing out on by not travelling and reliving travelling through the writer’s eyes and tips to have a good trip.
Don't Read it For:
Anything conventionality regarding travel. The book tells you what you’re missing out and how to enjoy trips in Europe as a traveler instead of a tourist.
What makes this book stand out?:
A comfortable book for reading about travel which is short yet well understood. It’s a good travel book altogether.

Inspired Journeys: Travel Writers in search of the muse

Inspired Journeys is a collection of the spiritual take on the travels of different people to the locations they have visited. Each trip has a mental effect on a person, and we are all looking for something in a trip.

Read it For:
You can understand the purpose of the journey we all take when we are in the search for something. Travel is all about discovery; the discovery of yourself, of a new place, new experience. Finding it is what makes it satisfying and memorable.
Don't Read it For:
You’re going to find more spiritual and self-discovery aspect of this book than the location descriptive. It’s a different approach to enjoy travelling so I don’t recommend it to the rookie looking for a new region or roadmap out of this book.
What makes this book stand out?:
The author tells the untold truth by writing about how we are all looking for something when we go wandering to new places and destinations.
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Grape, olive, pig: Deep Travels Through Spain’s Food Culture

After an award winning a book on Japan, this is a very good follow up by Matt Goulding on the culinary delights all across Spain from Barcelona to Valencia.

Read it For:
Knowing how to dine the best food in Spain if you’re going to visit the place.
Don't Read it For:
You have good photos and culinary descriptions of food in Spain. If that doesn’t interest you, then I guess you don’t have to read this.
What makes this book stand out?:
A delight to describe how important food is when you’re travelling and how beautiful the different food cuisines of Spain are, this is a very good book to follow up Rice, Noodles, Fish, the writer's successful book on Japan and its food.

Backpacking with Dracula: On the Trail of Vlad “ the Impaler” Dracula and the Vampire he inspired

We have all grown up learning about the commercialized story of Dracula, the most televised vampire. However, most movies and shows fail to show the truth of the origins of Dracula. That is exactly the writer does for us in this book.

Read it For:
Knowing the true story of Vlad, the count and the prince on whom the Dracula story was based as the writer goes to the actual site of the origins of the legend that made this vampire.
Don't Read it For:
It’s more of the writer visiting the origins of the Impaler’s story. This is a good book if you’re interested in Romania and the history of The Count.
What makes this book stand out?:
To date, there have been no attempts like this to reveal the truth of the Dracula myth. The author goes on site to unearth the truth in his book.

Lonely Planet’s where to go when

Lonely Planet, in this book, has described the great destinations and in which month you should visit them.

Read it For:
Having good detail on the perfect timing to visit which destination and for the occasions occurring in your favorite holiday spot.
Don't Read it For:
You’ll be having the experience which every other traveler/tourist is going to experience. This is good for the rookie traveler.
What makes this book stand out?:
The fact that it has organized events based on highlights on different places at different months makes it stand out as a travel book.

All Strangers Are Kin: Adventures in Arabic and the Arab world

This writer takes us through Egypt, Lebanon, and UAE for a good trip and the journey she has filled with humor and joy.

Read it For:
The travel across Arab countries.
Don't Read it For:
Lack of interest in the Arabic world.
What makes this book stand out?:
The skill of the writer in telling her story of her travel through the different countries and her experience.

The Outrun: A Memoir

The book is a story on the experiences of the author on her return to Orkney and her discovery to find herself in that place after an eventful life.

Read it For:
How the writer manages to rediscover and heal from her alcohol addiction while at Orkney.
Don't Read it For:
lack of personal interest in the writer’s life and her struggle. Beyond that, it’s a good book.
What makes this book stand out?:
She manages to show how going somewhere can rejuvenate and heal you in ways that are miraculous sometimes.

On trails: An exploration

A tale of the years of travelling across the globe by Robert Moor and his experiences and lessons learned while on the road.

Read it For:
Having a deeper understanding and the curiosity to question things as the writer has done on his travel.
Don't Read it For:
This is a good book. No reason not to read it because it connects with the spirit of travelling.
What makes this book stand out?:
This book is amazing since the writer has put in so much effort into it and that it is his first book.

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