I’m a huge fan of travelogues (no, really, James?), and a pretty big fan of AbeBooks.com, where you can get just about any old book you want. Old being the operative term.
I’m also a fan of lists, so when AbeBooks sent me an email titled “50 Essential Travel Books,” I was all over it. Have a look at their list. Pretty intriguing! And I was startled to see I’d actually read three of them:
Roughing It (Mark Twain)
Travels with Charley (John Steinbeck)
Blue Highways (William Least Heat Moon)
Of course, I have other favorites not on this list …
Kon-Tiki (Thor Heyerdahl)
Notes from a Small Island (Bill Bryson)
Under the Tuscan Sun (Frances Mayes)
New Orleans, Mon Amour (Andrei Codrescu)
… just to name a few. And I have at least two travel books in my TBR pile downstairs, one of which is Colm Tóibín’s Homage to Barcelona (which I purchased, of course, from AbeBooks). I bet you’ve got a favorite—tell me what it is in the comments!
(And stay tuned: I’ve got a posts about trips to South Africa and the Philippines coming up soon!)