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List of famous travel literature books, listed alphabetically with jacket cover images of the books when available. Information for these popular travel literature books is included as well, such as the author's name and the book's publication date. This list includes the best travel literature novels, textbooks, and stories, so use it to find books you haven't already read and add them to your reading list.

Into the Wild and Blue Latitudes: Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before are included on this list along with many more.

This list should answer the questions, "What are the best travel literature books?" and "What are the most famous travel literature books?"

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20 Hrs., 40 Min. is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Travel Literature Books and Novels
Amelia Earhart 20 Hrs., 40 Min.: Our Flight in the Friendship is a book written by pioneering aviator Amelia Earhart. It was first published in 1928, but has continued to be reprinted in periodic new editions ...more

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A Fete Worse Than Death is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Travel Literature Books and Novels
Iain Aitch A Fête Worse Than Death: A Journey through an English Summer is a travel book by Iain Aitch. It was written in the summer of 2002 when the author took a trip around England to see what ...more

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A Little Tour in France is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Travel Literature Books and Novels
Henry James A Little Tour in France is a book of travel writing by Henry James. Originally published under the title En Province in 1883–1884 as a serial in The Atlantic Monthly, the book recounts a ...more

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A Tramp Abroad is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Travel Literature Books and Novels
Mark Twain A Tramp Abroad is a work of travel literature, including a mixture of autobiography and fictional events, by American author Mark Twain, published in 1880. The book details a journey by the ...more

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A Turn in the South is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Travel Literature Books and Novels
V.S. Naipaul A Turn in the South is a travelogue of the American South written by Nobel Prize-winning writer V. S. Naipaul. The book was published in 1989 and is based upon the author's travels in the ...more

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Among the Believers: An Islami... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Travel Literature Books and Novels
V.S. Naipaul Among the Believers: An Islamic Journey is a book by the Nobel laureate V. S. Naipaul. Published in 1981, the book describes a six-month journey across the Asian continent. V.S. Naipaul explores ...more

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Arabian Sands is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Travel Literature Books and Novels
Wilfred Thesiger Arabian Sands is a 1959 book by explorer and travel writer Wilfred Thesiger. The book focuses on the author's travels across the Empty Quarter of the Arabian Peninsula between 1945 and 1950. It ...more

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Around the World in 80 Days is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Travel Literature Books and Novels
Michael Palin Around the World in 80 Days is the book that Michael Palin wrote to accompany the BBC TV program Around the World in 80 Days. This trip was intended to follow in the footsteps of the Phileas ...more

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Aunt Jane's Nieces and Uncle J... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Travel Literature Books and Novels
L. Frank Baum Aunt Jane's Nieces and Uncle John is a young-adult novel written by L. Frank Baum, famous as the creator of the Land of Oz. It is the sixth volume in the ten-book series Aunt Jane's Nieces, ...more

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Bill Bryson's African Diary is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Travel Literature Books and Novels
Bill Bryson Bill Bryson's African Diary is a 2002 book by best-selling travel writer Bill Bryson. The book details a trip Bryson took to Kenya in 2002. Bryson describes his experiences there and ...more

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Blue Latitudes: Boldly Going W... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Travel Literature Books and Novels
Tony Horwitz Blue Latitudes: Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before, or Into the Blue: Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before, is a travel book by Tony Horwitz, published in 2002. In it, ...more

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Brazilian Adventure is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Travel Literature Books and Novels
Peter Fleming Brazilian Adventure is a book by Peter Fleming about his search for the lost Colonel Percy Fawcett in the Brazilian jungle. Fawcett along with his son and another companion had disappeared while ...more

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China on the Lam: On Foot Acro... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Travel Literature Books and Novels
Bill Purves China on the Lam: On Foot Across the People's Republic is a book by Bill Purves.

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Come, Tell Me How You Live is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Travel Literature Books and Novels
Agatha Christie Come, Tell Me How You Live is a short book of autobiography and travel literature by crime writer Agatha Christie. It is one of only two books she wrote and had published under both of her ...more

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Congo Journey is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Travel Literature Books and Novels
Redmond O'Hanlon Congo Journey is an autobiographical novel by British author Redmond O'Hanlon, following his trip across Congo-Brazzaville, taking a friend to Lake Tele in search of ...more

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Cousin Felix Meets the Buddha:... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Travel Literature Books and Novels
Lincoln Kaye Cousin Felix Meets the Buddha: and Other Encounters in China and Tibet is a book by Lincoln Kaye.

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De Nieuwe en Onbekende Weereld is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Travel Literature Books and Novels
Arnoldus Montanus De Nieuwe en Onbekende Weereld or The New and Unknown World is a book by Arnoldus Montanus. It was published by Jacob van Meurs. It was published, after translation into English, by John Ogilby. ...more

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Death in the Afternoon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Travel Literature Books and Novels
Ernest Hemingway Death in the Afternoon is a non-fiction book written by Ernest Hemingway about the ceremony and traditions of Spanish bullfighting, published in 1932. The book provides a look at the history and ...more

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Down Under is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Travel Literature Books and Novels
Ellen Titlebaum, Bill Bryson Down Under is the British title of a 2000 travelogue book about Australia written by best-selling travel writer Bill Bryson. In the United States and Canada it was published titled In a ...more

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Du Chakay Duniya is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Travel Literature Books and Novels
Du Chakay Duniya is a Bengali book written by the first Indian Globe -Trotter Bimal Mukherjee based on his experiences of traveling through the world on a bicycle. In 1926 Bimal Mukherjee went ...more

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English Hours is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Travel Literature Books and Novels
Henry James English Hours is a book of travel writing by Henry James published in 1905. The book collected various essays James had written on England over a period of more than thirty years, beginning in ...more

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Following the Equator is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Travel Literature Books and Novels
Mark Twain Following the Equator is a non-fiction travelogue published by American author Mark Twain in 1897. Twain was practically bankrupt in 1894 due to a failed investment into a ...more

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Full Circle – Michael Palin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Travel Literature Books and Novels
Michael Palin Full Circle is a travel book by writer and television presenter Michael Palin. Full Circle is a written accompaniment for Palin's 1997 BBC travel documentary Full Circle with Michael Palin. The ...more

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Green Hills of Africa is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Travel Literature Books and Novels
Ernest Hemingway Green Hills of Africa is a 1935 work of nonfiction written by Ernest Hemingway. Hemingway's second work of nonfiction, Green Hills of Africa is an account of a month on safari he and his wife, ...more

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Hemingway Adventure is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Travel Literature Books and Novels
Michael Palin Michael Palin's Hemingway Adventure is the book that Michael Palin wrote to accompany the BBC TV program Michael Palin's Hemingway Adventure. This book, like the other books that Michael Palin ...more

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Himalaya is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Travel Literature Books and Novels
Michael Palin Himalaya is the book that Michael Palin wrote to accompany the BBC television documentary series Himalaya with Michael Palin. This book, like the other books that Michael Palin wrote following ...more

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In Patagonia is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Travel Literature Books and Novels
Bruce Chatwin In Patagonia is an English travel book by Bruce Chatwin, published in 1977.

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In the Amazon Jungle is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Travel Literature Books and Novels
Algot Lange In the Amazon Jungle is a book by Algot Lange.

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In Xanadu: A Quest is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Travel Literature Books and Novels
William Dalrymple In Xanadu is a 1989 travel book by William Dalrymple. Unlike typical travel books, In Xanadu traces the path taken by Marco Polo from the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem to the site of ...more

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Into the Wild is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Travel Literature Books and Novels
Jon Krakauer Into the Wild is a 1996 non-fiction book written by Jon Krakauer. It is an expansion of Krakauer's 9,000-word article on Christopher McCandless titled "Death of an Innocent", which ...more

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Italian Hours is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Travel Literature Books and Novels
Henry James Italian Hours is a book of travel writing by Henry James published in 1909. The book collected essays that James had written over nearly forty years about a country he knew and loved well. James ...more

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Journey to the End of the Whal... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Travel Literature Books and Novels
John David Morley Journey to the End of the Whale is a novel by John David Morley, a book that almost killed its author in the making.

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Journey to the Morea is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Travel Literature Books and Novels
Nikos Kazantzakis Journey to the Morea is a book written by Nikos Kazantzakis.

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Journeying is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Travel Literature Books and Novels
Nikos Kazantzakis Journeying is a book written by Nikos Kazantzakis.

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La 628-E8 is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Travel Literature Books and Novels
Octave Mirbeau La 628-E8 is a 'novel' by the French novelist and playwright Octave Mirbeau, published by Fasquelle in 1907. La 628-E8 is noteworthy for its genre indeterminacy. Part travelogue, part fantasy, ...more

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Labbaik is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Travel Literature Books and Novels
Mumtaz Mufti

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Last Flight is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Travel Literature Books and Novels
George Palmer Putnam, Amelia Earhart Last Flight is a book published in 1937 consisting of diary entries and other notes compiled by aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart during her failed attempt that year at flying solo across the ...more

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Letters from an American Farme... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Travel Literature Books and Novels
Letters from an American Farmer is a series of letters written by French American writer J. Hector St. John de Crèvecœur, first published in 1782. The considerably longer title under ...more

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Mingling Among the Mongols is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Travel Literature Books and Novels

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New Europe is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Travel Literature Books and Novels
Michael Palin New Europe is the book that Michael Palin wrote to accompany the BBC television documentary series Michael Palin's New Europe. This book, like the other books that Michael Palin wrote following ...more

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One for the Road is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Travel Literature Books and Novels
"One For The Road" is a travel book by Bjørn Christian Tørrissen, first published in 2008. The book was translated from Norwegian, where it was published under the title

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Outposts: Journeys to the Surv... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Travel Literature Books and Novels
Simon Winchester Outposts, Journeys to the surviving relics of the British Empire is a book by Simon Winchester. It details his travels to each of the remaining dependencies of the British Empire and was first ...more

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Pictures from Italy is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Travel Literature Books and Novels
Charles Dickens Pictures from Italy is a travelogue by Charles Dickens, written in 1846. The book reveals the concerns of its author as he presents, according to Kate Flint, the country "like a chaotic ...more

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Pictures from the Water Trade is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Travel Literature Books and Novels
John David Morley Pictures from the Water Trade: An Englishman in Japan — published in the US as Pictures from the Water Trade: Adventures of a Westerner in Japan — is a novel by John David Morley, a cultural ...more

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Pole to Pole is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Travel Literature Books and Novels
Michael Palin Pole to Pole is a book written by Michael Palin to accompany his BBC television series Pole to Pole.

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Roughing It is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Travel Literature Books and Novels
Mark Twain Roughing It is a book of semi-autobiographical travel literature written by American humorist Mark Twain. It was written during 1870–71 and published in 1872 as a prequel to his first book ...more

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Sahara is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Travel Literature Books and Novels
Michael Palin Sahara is the book that Michael Palin wrote to accompany the BBC television documentary series Sahara with Michael Palin. This book, like the other books that Palin wrote following each of his ...more

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Seven Years in Tibet is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Travel Literature Books and Novels
Heinrich Harrer Seven Years in Tibet: My Life Before, During and After is an autobiographical travel book written by Austrian mountaineer Heinrich Harrer based on his real life experiences in Tibet between 1944 ...more

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The American Scene is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Travel Literature Books and Novels
Henry James The American Scene is a book of travel writing by Henry James about his trip through the United States in 1904-1905. Ten of the fourteen chapters of the book were published in the North American ...more

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The Atlas is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Travel Literature Books and Novels
William T. Vollmann The Atlas is a 1996 semi-autobiographical work by American novelist William T. Vollmann. A mixture of fiction and non-fiction, this book was drawn from Vollmann's experiences traveling around ...more