While for some, “to travel is to live,” others may be happy by reading an exciting travel blog. No matter which team you belong to, we all love travelogue that gives a first-hand account of distant places.
A travelogue can be of different forms and not necessarily only travel writing. Thus, you first need to know what the definition of a travelogue is!
What is a travelogue?
If you go by the book, a travelogue refers to a genre of literature that documents personal feelings, experiences, and perceptions as they travel to places. The word travelogue combines two words, ‘travel’ and ‘monologue.’ It means the traveler only records what they see, feels, hears, tastes, and smells while on a journey.
Although travelogue and travel writing are used synonymously, it is much more than that. For example, in today’s context, it can be a video or vlog or film or documentary as well.
If you want to explore the best travelogues of all time, we have some great suggestions for you. It includes mainly the books and movies on travel that you will love!
Best Travelogue Books You Can Read
If you are into classics, Homer’s Odyssey and Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales can easily be labeled as the best travel narratives of all time. However, if you are more into contemporary literature and in the mood for a light read, the following can be your pick!
- The Rings of Saturn by W.G. Sebald
This book accounts for the walking tour of Suffolk, an English country, and the experiences the narrator gathered while traveling. Besides giving vivid descriptions of picturesque landscapes of the countryside, this travel writing talks about the natives, their food, culture, etc.
- A Woman Alone: Travel Tales from Around the Globe
This book will guide you to satiate your wanderlust even when you have no one to accompany you on a trip. The women solo travelers across the globe share their story of exploring different off-beat places on the earth all on their own!
Best Travelogue Films: Our Pick
Films as travelogues are also equally celebrated as books worldwide. Here come two of our favorites.
- Into the Wild
This 2007 American adventure movie tells the real story of Christopher McCandless, a graduate of Emory University and an athlete. He left his fortune behind and hitchhiked to Alaskan Wilderness. Watch the movie to know what unfolds before him on this journey.
- Eat, Pray, Love
It is a cult romantic drama released in 2010 starring Julia Roberts and set across beautiful locales of India, Italy, and Indonesia. The movie was a massive success at box offices around the world. This feel-good movie will inspire you to take that long-due trip and set on a journey to find your true call!
We have only covered a few travel writing and films from this genre. But you can also curate your list with your favorite travelogues, including your current fave travel blogger on the internet, and let us know in the comment section!
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