Top 10 Travel Books of 2017

 

Travel books are entertaining, witty, humorous and more often than not, they teach the valuable reader lessons. Not everyone has the resources to travel to distant places, and travel books present an opportunity to do so. Readers go on vacations and adventures through the words of the travel book author and as such, travel books are some of the most important books of all time. The best books to read in 2017 were travel books, and they were frequently on the list of the top 10 books of 2017.

 

At Home in the World: Reflections on Belonging While Wandering the Globe

A chronicle of the author’s extraordinary nine-month journey across the globe; from China to Thailand to Australia, Sri Lanka, Uganda, France, Croatia, and beyond. This was one of the top 10 books of 2017.

Read it For:
Its wit, humor, and how the author discovers peace and what it truly means to be home.
Don't Read it For:
There is some negligence about how they got work done while traveling and little insight into the culture of the people and places they visited to.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book captures the beauty of the various places the author visited brilliantly.

The Yellow Envelope: One Gift, Three Rules, and A Life Changing Journey

The book is about the yellow envelope that is given to the author and her husband when they decide to travel, with instructions to give the envelope away. While traveling across Ecuador, Peru, Nepal, and beyond, the author and her husband face major challenges and slowly realize that the giving is transformational. The Yellow Envelope is regularly called one of the best books to read while traveling.

Read it For:
An interesting premise, with intriguing places being travelled to and the small random acts of kindness that will definitely make the reader smile.
Don't Read it For:
Readers might not be entirely able to empathize with the idea of taking such drastic measures while facing minor inconvenience in daily life.
What makes this book stand out?:
This book stands out for: The book not only takes us through the entire journey but also tells us about the challenges faced by the author and her husband during her travels in detail.

The Meaning of Rice: And Other Tales from the Belly of Japan

One of the top 10 books of 2017, The Meaning of Rice is about the author’s journey across Japan to discover its astounding food culture. He discovers and learns various things during his travels, from captivating future food trends to a varied cast of food heroes, from the world champion of cakes to a farmer who has dedicated his life to growing the finest rice in the world.

Read it For:
The beautiful descriptions of Japan offered by the author, especially of the various types of food he encounters on his journey.
Don't Read it For:
Although well-researched, the information presented can seem daunting and might even leave the reader bewildered.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book covers not only the beauty of the Japanese landscape but also the diversity of food culture across the country.

The Wayfarer’s Handbook: A Field Guide for the Independent Traveler

The Wayfarer’s Handbook is a twist on traditional travel genres. The book covers everything from the world's 33 most common travel scams and the fascinating history of hot air balloons to everyday gestures that are offensive in foreign cultures and how to avoid a hippopotamus attack. One of the best books of 2017.

Read it For:
its inventive and visually-appealing style of writing, inspired by the look of vintage field guides, with hordes of information presented stylishly and concisely.
Don't Read it For:
Although offering a wide range of information, it reads like a book of trivia with no obvious organization.
What makes this book stand out?:
This book gives all the information about travel scams and gives the best possible information on hot air balloons and their invention.
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All Over the Place: Adventures in Travel, True Love, and Petty Theft

The author writes about the years she spent traveling the world after getting laid off from a job she loved. The book shows the reader how those years taught her a significant number of things like unemployment and brain tumors, lost luggage and lost opportunities and how in spite of all these things, she found herself exactly where she needed to be.

Read it For:
The book has a hilarious, irreverent, and heartfelt appeal which makes it a fantastic read. A top 10 travel book of all time.
Don't Read it For:
A few vaguely offensive comments made by the author can put some readers off the book.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is the exciting journey of the author and her coming to terms with various things in her life due to the journey across the world. Every person should read this book. The book leaves you homesick.

Icebreaker: A Voyage Far North

A book about the author’s journey in a ship around Finland and the frozen Bay of Bothnia and how he comes to understand something of the complexity and fragile beauty of ice, which he calls a near-miraculous substance. Book clubs often include this book in their book recommendations about global warming and the environment.

Read it For:
The author’s exploration of Finland’s history and character.
Don't Read it For:
The limited focus of the book might not appeal to the varied audience.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is very different from other books on this list. It concentrates on the beauty and the ferociousness of the ice.

The Writer Abroad: Literary Travels from Austria to Uzbekistan

Through extracts from Arthur Conan Doyle in Australia, Joseph Conrad in the Congo, Charles Dickens in Italy, Henry James in France and Mary Wollstonecraft in Sweden, the author takes us on a literary journey across the globe.

Read it For:
The attention to detail and the inclusion of often overlooked travel exploits of well known authors.
Don't Read it For:
The book is not about the author’s travels but is rather a compilation of the travels of various other famous authors. This might displease some readers.
What makes this book stand out?:
The best compilation of travel extracts from few of the best authors in the world. The author of this book does an impressive job at picking out the best extracts for the book.

The Black Penguin

A memoir, travel tale, and love story of the gay and bullied author’s journey to the farthest reaches of the map for a wild yet touching adventure across some of the most astonishing landscapes on Earth.

Read it For:
The soulful quest of the author to balance faith, family, and self which reminds readers that in the end, our lives are defined by the roads we take, the places we touch, and those we hold dearest.
Don't Read it For:
The book is slow in some parts, and it focuses more on the author’s sexuality than his travels.
What makes this book stand out?:
This book not only talks about the beautiful journeys the author took but also describes in detail about things, which in the end defined the author and his life.

Watling Street

The book is the story and exploration of the ancient route across England which is known as Watling Street and which began at the White Cliffs of Dover and ended on the Welsh island of Anglesey. Rich in references and literature, it is a top travel book recommendation.

Read it For:
The deep political and philosophical element of the book, along with the enrichment and development of English culture.
Don't Read it For:
There is a huge amount of information presented in the book that is difficult to summarize and may leave the reader confused.
What makes this book stand out?:
You won’t find a travel book as rich and impressive as this one. The book follows the ancient tracks running through England and also gives you some beautiful pieces of literature.

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