Wander the World with Travelogues, Part 1

By Cecilia Cygnar

From the comfort of your home, these books will take you all over the globe.

  • Around the World in 50 Years: My Adventure to Every Country on Earth

    2015 by Podell, Albert

    Want to travel more? Want to see the world? Most of us do, but few of us take those sayings as much to heart as Albert Podell did. He visited every country on the planet. Hopefully, it will not take you 50 years to read it.

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  • Travels

    2012 by Crichton, Michael

    Bestselling author Crichton travels everywhere from the Mayan pyramids to Kilimanjaro, Tahiti to Rwanda. In this book, he regales his experiences of the places he has seen, the people he met, the experiences he had. Part emotional odyssey, part spiritual, this book is a deeply personal tale of one man's trek for peace.

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  • The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World

    2008 by Weiner, Eric

    Instead of tackling the eternal question "what is happiness," author Weiner looks instead at where happiness is. Part travelogue, part humorous essay, part weird self-help guide, part psychology and science textbook, Weiner attempts to offer travelers options for exploration.

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  • Three Weeks with My Brother

    2004 by Sparks, Nicholas

    In January 2003, Nicholas Sparks and his brother Micah set off on a three-week trip around the globe. As the only surviving members of their family, the two brothers use their time together to not only share experiences, but to share each other. As they see the world together, they get to know each other like never before.

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  • Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything across Italy, India, and Indonesia

    2007 by Gilbert, Elizabeth

    After going through a divorce, a depression and the trauma of turning 30, Gilbert has an early mid-life crisis. Deciding to escape from her life, she flees to Italy, India, and Bali, learning and experiencing something new in each place. Every person she meets, every place she goes, she learns a little bit more about herself.

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  • The Bizarre Truth: How I Walked Out the Door Mouth First . . . and Came Back Shaking My Head

    2009 by Zimmern, Andrew

    Zimmern's Travel Channel show Bizarre Foods is only the tip of the iceberg. Zimmern really sees the strange food he eats as the path to the truth behind cultures. The actual bizarre truth ends up being when foods uncover what is really authentic about places and people.

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  • I'm a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America after 20 Years Away

    2008 by Bryson, Bill

    Bryson, an expat for decades, decides to move his family to America. This is his journey back home: what has changed, what he's missed, what differences he's noted, what he needs to acclimate himself to, and basically, whether it is really possible to go home again. As always, this book is never short of the Bryson level of humor.

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  • Leave Only Footprints: My Acadia-to-Zion Journey Through Every National Park

    2020 by Knighton, Conor

    Knighton, an Emmy-winning CBS correspondent, chronicles his year traveling to every one of our National Parks. He discovers that these most beautiful places in America also feature some of the most interesting people this country has to offer. A must-read for anyone who wants to or has been to any one of America's many National Parks.

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  • The Oregon Trail: An American Journey

    2015 by Buck, Rinker

    Yes, if one really wants to explore an old-time trail, do it like it was done back in the day. This is the saga of the author's epic account of traveling the Oregon Trail the old-fashioned way: in a covered wagon with a team of mules. There is a reason we stopped traveling this way, but, it most definitely does allow you to get a feel of the rich history of the trail.

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  • Travels With Charley in Search of America

    1980 by Steinbeck, John

    Steinbeck and his pet poodle Charley hit the road in a custom-built camper and travel over 10,000 miles, hitting 34 states. Mostly filled with humor and hope, the tour of the South, though, is profoundly disturbing. Steinbeck was traveling in the late 1950s/early 1960s when intense racism had its evil fingers wrapped around every person and town. Saying that, it's still a must-read. Eye-opening and brutal, this is part of our country's varied and not-always-savory history.

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  • A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail

    2009 by Bill, Bryson

    This time, Bryson heads to rural America with a humorous and very sobering account of a walk on the famed Appalachian Trail. Bryson heads for this monumental endeavor with a friend, though many think that the friend is just a "plot device" to add more humor to certain experiences. While in this mid-40s, Bryson hikes over 800 miles and though he did not complete the entire trail, he uses the trek to not only test his will but to also find out more about himself.

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