In this collection, our avid traveller, reader and wefoundthebest editor has carefully compiled this list of the best selling travel writing books of 2020, which includes both travel memoirs, travel essays and travelogues.
#1: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
The bestselling classic Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is a book that has inspired millions. It is the modern story of a man’s search for life’s meaning, and is a philosophical journey into the fundamental questions of life. The latest edition has both interviews and documents about the making of the book.
#2: Into the Wild
Based on a true story, the wonderful book Into the wild recounts how a young man from a wealthy family left everything, invented a new identity and hitchhiked to Alaska. It’s a breathtaking story about innocent and fatal mistakes, about the search for meaning and a wonderful story about searching illumination and uncompromising pilgrimage.
#3: The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s Signs
Written by navigator Tristan Gooley, the travel book Lost art of reading nature’s signs is about a natural world filled with clues. The sun, trees, butterflies, sand dunes … they all reveal something that helps you forecast and track your way through cities, coastlines and nature – both by day and by night. It’s a NYT bestseller about knowing where to look.
#4: Living in a Foreign Language
Author Michael Tucker, who is also the ex-star of L.A. Law, wrote the book Living in a foreign language after traveling to Italy with his wife – after sending their kids off to college. Deep in the Umbrian countryside they decided to build a new chapter in their life. The book explores the ingredients of a good marriage and how to appreciate the fine things in life – and how to adopt to a new culture.
#5: Destinations of a Lifetime: 225 of the World’s Most Amazing Places
In Destinations of a Lifetime, National Geographic takes you on a journey to the world’s most inspiring destinations. This book contains hundreds of the world’s most amazing locales, and also has service information for each location. Get ready to add a new item to your bucket list each time you turn a new page in this book.
#6: For the Love of Europe: My Favorite Places, People, and Stories
In the popular and best selling travel book For the Love of Europe, author Rick Steves compiles 100 of his favorite travel memories – gathered from over 40 years of his travel in Europe. It covers his adventures and experiences from Spain, France, England, Germany, Italy, Netherlands … all written with Rick’s signature humor.
#7: Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
Cheryl Strayed’s Wild: From Lost to found is an honest and powerful memoir of her personal 1100-mile solo hike from Mojave Desert in California, through Oregon to Washington state. The story is told with both suspense and warmth, and captures her own journey from breakdown to healing.
#8: A Walk in the Woods
In the book A Walk in the Woods, popular author Bill Bryson introduces you to the history and ecology of the Appalachian Trail, that stretches from Georgia to Maine. Bill is an entertaining and very funny guide … so get ready to choke on your coffee and long for the great outdoors.
#9: Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia
In this edition of the bestselling book eat, pray, love, Elisabeth Gilbert tells an inspiring story that has touched millions. It is the story of how she left her comfortable life and career to explore 3 aspects in 3 countries: Pleasures in Italy, devotion in India, and divine transcendence on the island of Bali.