8 Best Travel Reads Of 2023 That Will Spark The Wanderlust In You

OT Staff

Unravelling the Silk Road

Chris Aslan's "Unravelling the Silk Road" delves into three ancient trade routes—wool, silk, and cotton—shaping Central Asia. Interlacing personal experiences with history, Aslan explores the profound impact on locals and the region itself.


The Half Known Life: In Search of Paradise

Pico Iyer's "The Half Known Life: In Search of Paradise" reflects on over 40 years of global travel, pondering the concept of paradise amid a world in unceasing conflict, recounting encounters from North Korea to Jerusalem.


The Pride Atlas

Maartje Hensen's vibrant "The Pride Atlas" celebrates LGBTQ+ culture with 500 destinations globally, blending eye-catching visuals with practical information on inclusive spaces and events, from San Francisco's Transgender District to Montreal's affirming hair salon.


Unforgettable Journeys Europe: Discover the Joys of Slow Travel

DK Eyewitness' "Unforgettable Journeys Europe" showcases 150 slow adventures across Europe, emphasizing the journey over the destination. Organized by transportation mode, it features colourful illustrations, practical tips, and details on trails like Scotland's Fife Pilgrim Way.


Smoke and Ashes

Amitav Ghosh's "Smoke and Ashes" traces India's opium history, intertwining macro and micro-narratives, showcasing its impact on the modern world, and weaving personal connections from Ghosh's Ibis trilogy research.


Airplane Mode: An Irreverent History of Travel

"Airplane Mode: An Irreverent History of Travel" presents a witty cultural history from the perspective of a Third World-raised woman of color, probing the joy of travel amidst the shadows of colonialism, capitalism, and climate change.


In the Shadow of the Mountain

"In the Shadow of the Mountain" narrates Silvia's memoir as the first openly gay woman to conquer every continent's highest peaks, highlighting how climbing liberated her from past traumas and led abused women to Everest's Base Camp.


In the Spell of the Barkley

Michiel Panhuysen's "In the Spell of the Barkley" uncovers the mystique of the Barkley Marathons, an enigmatic ultra-marathon in Tennessee. With quirky race rituals and challenges, Panhuysen offers an entertaining glimpse into this cult competition.


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