Today I am on the road to Myrtle Beach, SC, so I’ve got “road trip” on my mind. I love books about travel, especially books of short essays by a variety of authors.
The very first travel book I ever read, and the one that got me hooked, was Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck. I read this book in high school in the 70’s, fascinated at how he outfitted his truck and camper, Rocinante, to meet his travel needs and with the people he met across the country. How he used his French poodle, Charley, as an ice breaker. Growing up in small town America, I read this book and dreamed of traveling the country myself. I’ve been lucky enough to be able to do that in my life, but I still love to read other about other’s experiences. Here is a list of some of my other favorite travel/road trip books.
- Blue Highways: A Journey into America by William Least Heat-Moon
- Metal Cowboy: Tales from the Road Less Pedaled by Joe Kurmaskie
- The Risks of Sunbathing Topless and Other Stories from the Road compiled by Kate Chynoweth
- I Should Have Stayed Home: The Worst Trips of the Great Writers by Roger Rapoport and Marguerita Castanera
- A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
- The Wind in My Wheels: Travel Tales from the Saddle by Josie Dew
- The Lost Continent: Travels in Small-Town America by Bill Bryson
Notice not all these travels are in gas powered vehicles. There are many more books I’ve read and forgotten. They turn up again though, when browsing through the library, bookstore or my own collection – when I find them I nod and say “yes, I remember you, let’s go again.”
So, what is your favorite “road book”? Leave me a comment, I’m always looking for the next good read and the next great trip.