5 True-Story Travel Books You Must Read!

I love traveling. I love reading. So naturally, travel books are my favorite category of books to read. I have read a lot of travel books over the years, and these 5 are my top favorites that I highly recommend for some highly entertaining reading!

1. No touch Monkey-and Other Travel Lessons Learned Too Late, by Ayun Halliday. A compilation of hilarious tales from a well-traveled woman. This is one of those books that you can read over and over and still snicker and bust out laughing on nearly every single page.

2. The Sex Lives of Cannibals by Martin Troost. Oh my gosh. I could not stop laughing at some parts of this book. Written by a guy who moved to a small island in Kiribati (a tiny island group country in Micronesia) with his girlfriend, who had been hired to be the manager of a nonprofit organization. The book description on amazon reads:”The Sex Lives of Cannibals tells the hilarious story of what happens when Troost discovers that Tarawa is not the island paradise he dreamed of. Falling into one amusing misadventure after another, Troost struggles through relentless, stifling heat, a variety of deadly bacteria, polluted seas, toxic fish—all in a country where the only music to be heard for miles around is “La Macarena.”


  • 3. My Journey To Lhasa- The Classic Story of the Only Western Woman Who Succeeded in Entering the Forbidden City, by Alexandra David-Neel. This book was written by a French woman who in 1923 succeeded in making it into Lhasa, which was Tibet’s Holy city that forbid any foreigners from entering. Alexandra became fluent in Tibetan, made her skin dark by rubbing dye on herself, and put in yak-hair extensions in order to disguise herself and spent months hiking in rough, high altitude terrain with her young Tibetan companion. An incredible journey!


  • 4. Henna for the Broken-Hearted by Sharell Cook.  This is the sweet story of a lady who left both her high-paying job and cheating husband in Australia and moved to India as a volunteer worker, where she unexpectedly found a new love with an Indian man from Mumbai. She writes about her challenges adapting to a new culture and being accepted into her new husband’s Indian family.


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  • 5. Endurance: An Epic of Polar Adventure by F.A. Worsely. Epic is almost an understatement. This book details the Antarctic journey of a ship of 25 men led by explorer Shackleton in 1914-1916. The ship got stuck in the ice and they had to abandon it- using smaller rafts they made it to a nearby uninhabited island, and survived off of seal oil. A smaller group of men took off to reach the closest habited island to seek help and rescue. This tale is incredible as none of the 25 men died even though they were faced with unimaginable conditions and situations. The book is written by the captain of the ship- the captain is famous for keeping the morale and spirits high of the crew throughout the ordeal.


These are just my top 5- there are many more! Perhaps another post is in order soon!

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