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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