Today, readers have more than enough travel content to sift through online. While blogs like this and Google are your best avenues to quick, clear answers, it can also be nice to flip through some pages and explore travel’s literary history. For afternoons at the beach and long airplane rides, these are five old-school travel writers to enjoy offline:
Often mentioned amongst America’s greatest travel writers of all time, Paul Theroux has written about safaris in Malawi, a four-month train journey from on the Trans-Siberian Railway, and traveling down Africa from Cairo to Capetown. Each of his critically-acclaimed books is likely to get your travel bug hopping. For some domestic content, check out The Old Patagonian Express, which follows Theroux’s travels from Boston to Argentina via train.
Jan Morris is a Welsh historian who has put together some of the most comprehensive literature on destinations around the world. She’s written extensive portraits of iconic cities like Venice, Hong Kong, and New York City—which is home to our Duane Street Hotel, and Nu Hotel. Her book Coast to Coast gives a brilliant picture of the continental United States in the late 1950’s.
An American author and professor at Sarah Lawrence College, Mary Morris has edited extensive amounts of travel literature, in addition to penning a number of her own novels. Nothing to Declare: Memoirs of a Woman Traveling Alone is a paramount read not only for female travelers, but anyone who finds the road to be a captivating place.
Famous for his understated language and powerful characters, Ernest Hemingway is one of the most recognizable names in modern American literature. When looking at great travel writers, it’s important to consider Hemingway, whose work takes place around the world in places like Cuba, Spain, and Paris.
The mind behind classic works of nonfiction like Into The Wild, and Into Thin Air, Jon Krakauer covers some of the most riveting travel stories of any writer out there. Keen on the outdoors and adventure, his works are perfect for those who love the outdoors, camping, and hiking.