Top 10 Travel Books of 2015

 

In case you missed it, here is a list of the top travel books of the year 2015. These are notable books regarding travel and journeys of the writers or accounts of different people during their travel to different parts of the world.

 

Around the world in 50 years: my adventure to every country on earth

This a real-life story of the author’s journey across the globe and his life or death moments while he braved the toughest situations as he travels across the world. He set the record for travelling to every country in the world and facing natural disasters and a whole series of obstacles like protests, thieves, child soldiers, etc.

Read it For:
The thrill of adventure and excitement of his journey across the world. An exciting story of thrill-seeking at its best.
Don't Read it For:
The book might be elaborated unnecessarily at certain points.
What makes this book stand out?:
Is the dedication to visit every country in the world and have some thrilling stories and adventures to write about.

60 degrees north- Around the world in search of the home

Malachy Tallack is taking us through the North, i.e., the Arctic Circle and goes through the trouble of explaining us in details, the science, vegetation and weather of the North.

Read it For:
The knowledge of the True North destinations like Alaska, Russia, and Scotland.
Don't Read it For:
A conventional description of the Artic. This book explains a very different way of looking at travel as per the writer’s experience.
What makes this book stand out?:
Tallack combines travel and the effect it has on a person. Each person’s experience varies according to the emotion they feel when they explore a new destination.

How not to travel the world: Adventures of a disaster-prone backpacker

The book is self-described by its title. We all want only good trips whenever we go for an However, the author here tells us the other side of that coin about how her life went from bad to worse when she went on a journey of self-healing on her first ever solo trip in her life.

Read it For:
The places she visits and the humor in her misfortunes.
Don't Read it For:
A typical perfect destination travel journal because that is not what this is about at all.
What makes this book stand out?:
Although this book has the realistic and unfortunate side of being a rookie traveler, you must read this for your entertainment and the destinations.

Destinations of a lifetime: 225 of the world’s most amazing places

The book is a photographic treat of some of the most amazing and awesome destinations you must visit ranging from white sand beaches, rainforests to cityscapes, old streets, and mountains.

Read it For:
Fuelling your wanderlust and motivating yourself to visit these places as you have an accurate description of exactly how and where to do what.
Don't Read it For:
No reason. It’s a good travel book, and after all, it’s National Geographic.
What makes this book stand out?:
The pictures and the description of the places make you want to jump out of your bed and hop on to the next flight out of the home.
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Ultimate Travelist

Lonely planet is very skilled at making travel books as shown by this piece. It ranks 500 of the most breathtaking places you must visit and what to see there.

Read it For:
Fuelling your urge to travel and learning of those places that you would never even heard of and the photos.
Don't Read it For:
A travel book with a collection of 500 places to see by rank. What more would you want than that?
What makes this book stand out?:
only when you know of the city, mountain range, forest or temple will you know if you want to visit it or not. It is highly informative along with the pictures of those destinations.

Journeys of a lifetime: 500 of the world’s greatest trips

Explore places that are amazing yet unheard of. This is a guide to places that have been forgotten, unseen or just unconventional to traditional travelers. National Geographic explores them for you in this compelling book on 500 places you must see when you’re on vacation.

Read it For:
Knowing the unknown and seeing the unseen and try every type of place according to your liking.
Don't Read it For:
Just read it because it is a book for every adventurer of different tastes and preferences.
What makes this book stand out?:
The detail in location, tips and route maps for every one of the places among other things

Wild: From lost to found on the pacific crest trail

This is a journey of self-discovery taken up by the author to overcome how her personal life had come crumbling down on her four years before starting her journey. She hiked for over a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert to Washington State.

Read it For:
Feeling the actual meaning of self-discovery and healing through the first-hand words of a person who has experienced it herself.
Don't Read it For:
Learning how to backpack. She has no experience in backpacking and has all sorts of trouble on her journey.
What makes this book stand out?:
Her endurance throughout her hike and the obstacles she overcomes while also coming out as a stronger person.

A traveler’s year: 365 days of travel writing in diaries, journal, and letters

The book accounts the trail stories of each day of the year with excerpts from various times and countries of the world.

Read it For:
This book tells you how you can begin your journey at literally any time of the year whenever you want and has some history involved in it too.
Don't Read it For:
It’s a good read with an air of mystery to it. Since some of the entries are in the past, there’s a comparison to the places now and before.
What makes this book stand out?:
This is the different travel book which goes beyond the traditional author’s experience on a journey.

Australia

Lonely Planet gives a thorough description of the person who wishes to see Australia. It tells in depth the details of the continent from Sydney to the Great Barrier Reef

Read it For:
Your interest in Australia and to perfectly plan your trip if you have an idea of visiting the continent.
Don't Read it For:
Well, this book only serves you well if you have an actual plan or genuine interest in going to Australia as it is a guide to how to visit it.
What makes this book stand out?:
A good guidebook to help the rookie or tourist who hasn’t been to Australia or doesn’t know how to move about there.

The Way of Wanderlust: The Best travel writing of Don George

This is a collection of the best works of travel writings by the most decorated travel writer of all time, Don George.

Read it For:
A stunning collection of travel stories by one of the best travel writers.
Don't Read it For:
Adventurous travel as his trips are arranged. Beyond that, it’s a good collection of his best works.
What makes this book stand out?:
It is a heart-warming book with tales that touch its readers on an emotional level from Don’s experiences.

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