One of Emily Dickinson’s poems begins with these two lines:
There is no frigate like a book
To take us lands away
In these lines, Ms. Dickinson suggests that a person can travel faster and farther by reading a book than by any other way. Similarly, travel books educate people and provide them much information on cultures far and wide that they may wish to visit.
Among such novels that inform readers about different cultures are the following:
- In a Sunburned Country by Bill Byrson is replete with descriptions of locations across Australia. There are little mining villages, coastal cities, and remote forests. Bryson travels around the country in both awe and sometimes fear because of riptides, crocodiles, spiders, snakes, and jellyfish.
- Medium Raw by Anthony Bourdain is a memoir by this famous veteran of professional kitchens and culinary show. In this book, the reader finds a more agreeable Bourdain. His experiences have informed him of the importance of learning about the world that others inhabit, a world in which others were less fortunate than he, and how important it is to leave one’s comfort zone so that growth will occur.
- How to Travel the World on $50 a Day by Matthew Kepnes has been dubbed “The bible for budget travelers” by the BBC. By getting off the usual tourist path, tourists will have a richer cultural experience. Providing the readers with pages of his favorite local stops, Kepnes also includes places to visit, as well as his traveling wisdom.
- Pocket Atlas of Remote Islands by Judith Schalansky is replete with beautiful maps of islands and stories of rare wildlife and discoveries. Schalansky’s poetic essays make readers yearn for such places.
- Blue Highways: A Journey Into America by William Least Heat-Moon recounts his travels to small towns that go unnoticed by travelers. The author discovered that these small locales each have their own “gems,” such as a historical site with an intriguing backstory, a bakery with a special recipe, or an individual resident who has an exciting collection.
- Turn Right at Machu Picchu by Mark Adams tells of the author’s experiences as he “roughed it” during his search on the original route of Hiram Bingham who discovered the original route for Inca ruins and ancient cities in Peru.