Travel books that open up the world

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With the summer travel season upon much of the world (and cabin fever probably gripping the rest), here’s a look at travel books that make us want to pack our cameras and book a trip.

Iain Crockart is the man behind the handlebars and behind the dust-choked photographs in Enduro India 2011. It’s a beautiful chronicle of the South India motorcycle journey full of risk and affirmation.

Brigitte Oberlander’s view of Buenos Aires is wide-ranging, from vaulted ceilings to city streets. Nothing escapes her attention: café food, crates of oranges, street art, tango dancers, receipts, a marked-up map — even a dog walker in a web of leashes.

Fred Lynch’s Drawing Viterbo is an intricate carnet de voyage from one of the artist’s annual trips to the medieval Italian city. Lynch teaches journalistic drawing, and his attention to detail, often juxtaposing the past with the present, is fantastic.

Countless photo essays have been done about Route 66. This one is different. Shot primarily from the medium, and sometimes just focusing on the pavement itself, Karoline Kastbjerg Schrøder’s book communicates the physicality of the route in a unique way.

C for China

Many people who travel to China snap a dozen shots of the great wall. Jochen Friedrich returned with pictures of signs. Fascinated by the pictograms he encountered, Friedrich says, “It’s a book made by an illiterate author who is fascinated by the world of signs without having a clue of their meaning.”

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5 Comments

  1. I did the great Route 66 in the mid 80′s, but looking at Karoline Kastbjerg-Schroder’s book made me realize how much I don’t remember of our trip down that ‘road’. Must put that on a ‘to-do’ list at some point. Thanks

    By Maureen S Green
      June 12, 2011 – 2:29 am   Permalink
  2. We travelled to BA a few years ago but never did anything special with the photos. Brigitte,your book has inspired me to put my photos together. I chuckled when I read about the ‘distraction theft’. Same thing happened to us on the ‘subway’! I wasn’t chuckling then!!

    By Dianne
      June 16, 2011 – 4:05 pm   Permalink
  3. To tell the truth as travel books this books don’t show me to much.

      June 27, 2011 – 9:02 pm   Permalink
  4. William
    You can always check out other travel books in the Blurb Bookstore. I think you’d be surprised at the different ways people interpret their own travels. Let us know if you find any you recommend.
    best,
    Eileen H.

      June 28, 2011 – 9:00 am   Permalink
  5. I was a little dissappointed in the book route 66 I thought it wouldshow more places all I saw was road but I like the title picture very creative

    By Author
      July 31, 2011 – 11:28 am   Permalink

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