Greatest Travel Books of All Times

A Listmania! list by Chris Edwards "Walkerville Publishing" (Walkerville, Ontario, Canada)
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The list author says: "Travel books inspired me to leave my happy home- I began to travel in 1973 and have done my fair share of vagabonding-now that I have settled into my routine- they continue to help me escape the groundhog days.

The following books led me to take risks - to break out of my comfort level - to explore possibilities - which I hope to do again in the near future.

So sit back- and have a safe trip!"
The Great Railway Bazaar
1.  The Great Railway Bazaar by Paul Theroux
The list author says:
  "This is the one that set the table and changed everything- led me on my path of exploration. Theroux blazed a new trail for travel writers and continues to this day to set the bar very high."
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The Drifters
2.  The Drifters by James A. Michener
The list author says:
  "The other book that set me off on my global adventures- Michener captured the times but probably rather dated at this point."
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Golden Earth: Travels in Burma
3.  Golden Earth: Travels in Burma by Norman Lewis
The list author says:
  "May be the best travel book ever written- the penmanship is truly inspiring- a powerful wordsmith- wish I had one quarter of Norman Lewis' skillsets."
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The Monster That Ate Ubud: A Path to Enlightenment for the Serious Dim Bulb
4.  The Monster That Ate Ubud: A Path to Enlightenment for the Serious Dim Bulb by Newmi A. G. Newman
The list author says:
  "OK- we just published this- but our take on tourism in Bali is frickin' hilarious- if you've been to Bali and Ubud, or have read Eat, Pray, Love and thought- WFT?- this one is for you!"
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Tales from Margaritaville
5.  Tales from Margaritaville by Jimmy Buffett
The list author says:
  "Became a big fan of Jimmy Buffett while travelling through the tropics- his lyrics ring true- this book was a gas from start to finish."
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Mark Twain: A Tramp Abroad, Following the Equator, Other Travels (Library of America No. 200)
6.  Mark Twain: A Tramp Abroad, Following the Equator, Other Travels (Library of America No. 200) by Mark Twain
The list author says:
  "One of my all-time favourites- take this on your next extended vacation- the master American author is at his sharpest here- often overlooked by critics as his body of work is so vast. One of fave lines about India: "Here all life is valued except human life.""
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Down and Out in Paris and London
7.  Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell
The list author says:
  "George Orwell's lesser known masterpiece follows his travails as a young man hard on his luck- this is a vivid eye-popping account of life in these two major capitals unrecognizable by today's travellers."
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Video Night in Kathmandu: And Other Reports from the Not-So-Far East
8.  Video Night in Kathmandu: And Other Reports from the Not-So-Far East by Pico Iyer
The list author says:
  "Pico Iyer's short stories in the 1980s moved and inspired me to greater heights- it was obvious that Iyer plied his craft in a manner that made me realize how many rivers were left to cross."
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The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge, The Original Teachings in a Deluxe 30th Anniversary Edition
9.  The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge, The Original Teachings in a Deluxe 30th Anniversary Edition by Carlos Castaneda
The list author says:
  "I read this in Mexico in the 1970s- those were different times- I met the Yaquis and lived to tell the tale!"
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A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush
10.  A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush by Eric Newby
The list author says:
  "Two guys head into one of the most remote mountain regions in the world with virtually no climbing experience and attempt to scale an unconquered peak- Newby earliest and best work."
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Tristes Tropiques
11.  Tristes Tropiques by Claude Levi-Strauss
The list author says:
  "I read this in French back in the day- it was tough sledding- but what a remarkable tome- his thoughts regarding the impact of tourism- back in the 1930s- continue to resonate...."
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Blue Highways: A Journey into America
12.  Blue Highways: A Journey into America by William Least Heat-Moon
The list author says:
  "William Least Heat-Moon's book seemed to be on everyone's "must-read" list on the old dusty Asian trail- back in the 1980s"
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Another Roadside Attraction
13.  Another Roadside Attraction by Tom Robbins
The list author says:
  "Fact or fiction? What a long strange trip it's been!"
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Magic Bus: On the Hippie Trail From Istanbul to India
14.  Magic Bus: On the Hippie Trail From Istanbul to India by Rory MacLean
The list author says:
  "MacLean embarks a nostalgic journey along the old hippie trail- and lives to write the tale."
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American Vertigo: Traveling America in the Footsteps of Tocqueville
15.  American Vertigo: Traveling America in the Footsteps of Tocqueville by Bernard Henri Levy
The list author says:
  "Keep a dictionary handy as Levy follows Toqueville across America- this is one deep book from cover to cover"
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Music in Every Room: Around the World in a Bad Mood (Traveler)
16.  Music in Every Room: Around the World in a Bad Mood (Traveler) by John Krich
The list author says:
  "In the late sixties and early seventies, euro and N. American freaks travelled along the hippie trail from Istanbul to Goa. This is a delicious account of those heady days"
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The Tao of Travel: Enlightenments from Lives on the Road
17.  The Tao of Travel: Enlightenments from Lives on the Road by Paul Theroux
The list author says:
  "A Travel reader- Paul Theroux selects his list if the best in travel literature- a must read..."
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Wrong About Japan
18.  Wrong About Japan by Peter Carey
The list author says:
  "A father and son's quest for the a better understanding of japanese anime."
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Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War
19.  Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War by Tony Horwitz
The list author says:
  "Tony Horwitz sends his "dispatches from the unfinished Civil War"- travelling throughout the South and playing war games as a Civil War re-enactor- reviting journey."
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A Cook's Tour: Global Adventures in Extreme Cuisines
20.  A Cook's Tour: Global Adventures in Extreme Cuisines by Anthony Bourdain
The list author says:
  "Tony Bourdain's writing career took off with Kitchen Confidential. A Cook's Tour cements his reputation as a great writer."
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A House in Bali
21.  A House in Bali by Colin McPhee
The list author says:
  "Beautiful book about life in Bali and Ubud in particular- must reda for those headed to bali- while I was there in 2012 I had a chance to se the valley he describes where his home is but did not visit the estate which is evidently still there..."
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The Dharma Bums (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
22.  The Dharma Bums (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) by Jack Kerouac
The list author says:
  "Kerouac developed a new genre of travel literature in the fifties- On The Road may be one of the greatest travel books written. Dharma Bum, while lesser know, is consider by some to be Kerouac's other great work."
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Chris Edwards "Walkerville Publishing" (Walkerville, Ontario, Canada)
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Qualifications: World Traveller, Writer, Publisher, Gourmet Chef, Bon Vivant
Last updated: 8/17/12
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