10 Best Adventure Travel Books for 2021

Best Adventure Travel Books recommendation

In this article, you will get familiar with the 10 best adventure travel books that you should read in 2021. If you are a true travel enthusiast, these books are waiting for you.

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.”

Mark Twain, American writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer.

Nowadays everyone wants to have an adventure in their life but this is not possible due to lack of enough free time. People travel for adventure and discover things and most importantly for self-discovery.

There are millions of books on traveling that are available in front of us but all books are not roadworthy. Some of them are boring, dull but instead of them some are mind-blowing, interesting, and need to be read.

In this article, I am going to discuss the 10 best adventure travel books that every travel enthusiast should read.

List of 10 Best Adventure Travel Books

Among the Cities

AuthorJan Morris
Publication Date8 September 1988
Rating5 out of 5

Among the Cities is one of the best adventure travel books that is brilliantly written by Jan Morris. After the visitation of various places on the earth, she beautifully expressed her experience before the world. She also put some amazing pictures within the book that are making it more engaging. If you are not a travel lover, read it, it will change your mind and inspire you for traveling.

In a Sunburned Country

AuthorBill Bryson
Publication Date15 May 2001
Rating4.6 out of 5

Bill Bryson’s In a Sunburned Country is a travelogue that reports on an entirely different place in Australia. On his adventurous excursion to Australia, he finds there an amazing biological system based on wildlife life. The author portrays wildlife in a very informative manner. Through this book, you will come to know about the unfamiliar qualities of wildlife that will surprise you. You can definitely call it the best adventurous book on traveling.

Arabian Sands

AuthorWilfred Thesiger
Publication Date2 January 2008
Rating4.5 out of 5

Arabian Sands is a vivid story of a travel experience by Wilfred Thesiger who was a British explorer and travel writer. The author talked about the place he went; the people, he met; the experience, he felt in a very good way. You will also be familiar with the author’s opinion about travel, the world, and life through this book. The language of it is very simple but attractive. It will be a fascinating and engrossing read for every travel lover.

Destinations of a Lifetime

AuthorDan Westergren
Publication Date27 October 2015
Rating4.7 out of 5

Dan Westergren’s “Destinations of a Lifetime” is one of the best adventure books on traveling under the National Geographic publications. The book is ranking in 2nd position in “Travelogues & Travel Essays” and in 3rd position in “Travel Pictorial Reference Books” and “Travel Writing Reference” categories on Amazon Best Seller List. It is basically a guide to many of the most interesting places on the planet that is full of adventurous stories. You must read this interesting book.

Next Year in Havana

AuthorChanel Cleeton
Publication Date6 February 2018
Rating4.5 out of 5

Chanel Cleeton’s “Next Year in Havana” is an evocative, passionate and fascinating story that expresses the story of Cuba’s high society nineteen-year-old Elisa Perez with a touch of romance and lots of interesting historical information. It will help you to educate the culture of different places. Through this informative book, the author tried her best to explore the world with an adventurous journey.

To Shake the Sleeping Self

AuthorJedidiah Jenkins
Publication Date31 December 2019
Rating4.5 out of 5

Jedidiah Jenkins’s “To Shake the Sleeping Self: A Journey from Oregon to Patagonia, and a Quest for a Life with no Regret” is present in the list of Top 50 books in Literary Travel and Cycling on the Amazon Store. The writer quit his job and cycled from Oregon to Patagonia for sixteen months because of his passion. In this period, he met various people and places and shared all these experiences within the book.

Arctic Dreams

AuthorBarry Lopez
Publication Date2 October 2001
Rating4.5 out of 5

Barry Lopez’s Arctic Dreams is a very informative and geological book that gives a rare insight into nature and its heirloom. The author beautifully portrays the landscapes that are regularly changing their shape and the wildlife that are always trying to survive themselves. If you like traveling to cold places, then read this, you will get plenty of real experience without going there.

Lands of Lost Borders: A Journey on the Silk Road

AuthorKate Harris
Publication Date11 June 2019
Rating4.3 out of 5

Kate Harris’s this book is ranking on 22th in General India Travel Guides and 50th in Cycling Travel Guides on Amazon’s best-selling list. We will know the author’s opinion about life from this book. The author wants to explore new places on the earth. She thinks that all the places are discovered. But when she started her journey on a bicycle on the Silk Road with her childhood friend, she came to know that the biggest discovery is nothing but self-discovery.

The Beach

AuthorAlex Garland
Publication Date1 February 1998
Rating4.3 out of 5

Alex Garland’s “The Beach” is ranking in 9th position in Beach Travel on Amazon Best-Selling books. It focuses on the story of a man who finds a map to a beach while traveling in Thailand. He tries to discover that beach and finally, he reaches that beach. The beach was so beautiful that none can imagine its beauty. The book is so popular that a film of the same name directed by Danny Boyle has been released on 11 February 2000.

On the Road

AuthorJack Kerouac
Publication Date1957 (Originally)
Rating4.2 out of 5

On the road is the travelogue of Jack Kerouac which tells his journey to the North American Continent with his friend Neal Cassady. The author rendered his point of view about the world and life in a very good way. It was written in the late 1960s but is still one of the most popular travel books. The language of it is very lucid and attractive. I highly recommend you to take it into your tbr.


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These are the best books for a travel enthusiast. If you are unable to travel, you should read these books. It will give the best travel experience without physically traveling there. 

Now you have known all the books that are excellent for traveling. Make sure you read these books and give them to your relatives, friends, and family members. Also mention in the comment section which books you are going to read.


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