The list author says: "I love to read travel books, but I'm a bit picky about them. I don't want to read about what could be the experience of any average tourist. I like to learn about a place, love good descriptions of landscapes or food, and prefer a funny take on things. Here are some of my favorite travel books."
"An average American young black girl becomes obsessed with Spain, sure that it's the place where she'll be happy. When she finally gets there, she finds that, well, it's not quite what she expected. A lovely, touching book."
"Seth also writes about traveling through China, but this book is from his experiences in the early 1980s, as he hitch-hikes his way to Tibet and then walks across the border to Nepal. Full of lovely descriptions of landscapes and meetings with people, this is really worth reading. I love Seth's fiction, but also found this book to be wonderful."
"A bit out-of-date now, but this is a very fascinating look as some places that have really changed, including Burma before it became Myanmar, and Tibet when it had just been opened to foreign visitors."