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travel books

Meet Nigel Beale of the Literary Tourist

Haven’t given up on the printed page in the era of digital media? For book lovers who also love travel, the Literary Tourist is a rare find.

The site, launched in 2011 by Nigel Beale, an Ottawa-based writer, broadcaster and admitted bibliophile, has a huge database of bookstores, literary events, and significant literary landmarks around the globe—everything from the Charles Dickens Museum in London to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter amusement park in Orlando. It even includes a few literary hotels. (Did you know there were literary hotels? We didn’t.) (more…)

14 Inspiring Books of Canadian Travel, Culture and Canadiana

Image from the Canadian Rockies Trail Guide

By Meghan Wilson-Smith

Touring the wide expanses of Canada can only be enriched with a little literature to guide you through. Pick up one of these twelve inspiring books to disappear into, travel with and share. Our list of Canadiana is here to inspire your next adventure while learning about the wonders that make Canada great! (more…)

Booksellers Choose Top 2011 Canadian Travel Books

Canada’s leading book magazine, Quill & Quire, asked booksellers across Canada to share their predictions for the best-selling Canadian travel titles this holiday season.

One of the most frequently named books was Canadian Pie (October 2011; Penguin Canada), a collection of kooky cross-Canada adventure stories, by Will Ferguson, author of Happiness and Hitching Rides with Buddha: Travels in Search of Japan.

See all of the travel book picks at QuillandQuire.com.

Travel Writers’ Favourite Travel Books

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By Carissa Bluestone

Maybe it’s the sight of school buses or the waning daylight hours, but there’s something about fall that makes us want to read—and start allocating next year’s vacation days.

For inspiration, look no further than The Guardian’s roundup of favourite travel books. The picks, made by 18 of the world’s best travel writers, including luminaries as “Tao of Travel” Paul Theroux and expedition royalty Kari Herbert, are a solid survey of iconic tomes (Bruce Chatwin and Freya Stark) and classic cross-genre efforts (Henry Miller, Graham Greene, and Woody Guthrie). Jan Morris, who examined Canadian life in 1992’s O! Canada: Travels in an Unknown Country, makes the list for her Destinations, chosen by Pico Iyer.

Many of the books describe trips undertaken so long ago there’s no way to replicate them—imagine visiting Greece’s famous ruins today and not encountering another single tourist. The “preserved in amber” anecdotes may lack direct relevance, but there’s a reason these books have inspired so many writers and vagabonds. Each diligently and eloquently worked to answer the “why?” of travel—a question we ask whether our destination is beyond the date line or a just day’s drive out of town.

More literary travel “best” lists you might enjoy:

Oprah’s “20 Books for the Armchair Traveler” [Oprah.com]

“Five Best Books on Travel” [Wall Street Journal]

“The 20 Best Travel Books of All Time” [The Telegraph]

“The 86 Greatest Travel Books of All Time” [Condé Nast Traveler]