My favorite travel books cover everything from a life changing experience to overcoming adversity. They make me laugh out loud and inspire me explore the world. These books don’t focus on one theme they focus on many. So get your Kindle ready and start downloading today!
1. Masked Rider By Neil Peart
Many people know him as a massively talented drummer from Rush. But what they do not realize is that Neil Peart was not only one of the greatest drummers in the history of music, he was also an avid cyclist. Sadly, Peart died of cancer, but through his music and travelogue books his genius lives on.
Masked Rider is an honest and undisguised account of his time cycling in West Africa. It’s a must read for anyone who wants to go on a great adventure. Neil Peart lets us see the man behind the rock star and he makes us realize that superstars are people too. Purchase Masked Rider – Neil Peart on Amazon
2. Finding Gobi By Dion Leonard
If you love dogs, this is one of the best adventure travel books you’ll read to make you smile. Ultramarathon runner Dion Leonard traveled to China with one thing on his mind; to finish on the podium of a 155-mile race through the Gobi desert.
Follow the story of Leonard, whose heart is warmed by the persistence of a stray dog that kept pace through heat and exhaustion for 70 miles. See how Leonard is transformed from a focused veteran to a man that gives up what little food he has in his pack to share with the stray dog that he named, Gobi. Buy Finding Gobi – Dion Leonard on Amazon.com to see what happens next
3. American Shaolin By Matthew Polly
A regular American guy, Matthew Polly recounts his time living, studying, and performing with the Shaolin monks in China. This is one bizarre and hilarious travel memoir about fulfilling your dreams. Follow along as Matthew drops out of Princeton to pursue his ambitions of transforming his scrawny physique into that of a kung fu master.
He tells tales of breaking into the secret world of Shaolin Kung Fu which has strange disciplines like “The Iron Crotch” and other various indestructible body parts. Check out American Shaolin
4. Crazy Rich Asians – Kevin Kwan
The movie took the world by storm and it is one of the few travel books that translates to screen beautifully. Peek behind the looking glass of the secretive billionaire families that have more money than Vladimir Putin.
Follow along as Rachel joins her boyfriend in Singapore on a summer holiday only to find out that her humble boyfriend is Asia’s most eligible bachelor and everyone (including his mother) is out to tear them apart. Read Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan now.