Best Audio Books on Travel

April 15, 2011

Whether you’re looking for a new place to visit, you’d like to know how to travel safely around the world, or you’ve already booked a trip and you need something to listen to on the plane to kick off your adventure, there are hundreds of audio books on the market aimed at the topic of travel.  And it can definitely be hard to wade through them all and find the best ones.  So here are a few that you might want to check out before you purchase your ticket.

1.       The Worst Case Scenario Handbook: Travel by David Borgenicht and Joshua Piven.  There’s nothing better than being prepared when you decide to set your sights on the wide blue yonder, and this book is designed to ensure that you leave your doorstep well prepared for the absolute worst that could potentially beset the unwary traveler.  You can probably guess at some of the scenarios, like contracting an illness, encountering foreign insects and animals, or getting mugged or kidnapped.  But did you ever think about what you might do if you ended up on a runaway train or in the midst of a riot?  It could happen to you, but with this audio book in hand, you can tackle any travel mishap.

2.       Cruise Control: Secrets for a Perfect Cruise by Jim West.  West, once a cruise director and now a personal cruise planner, lets listeners in on all the best to be found in the wide world of cruise ships.  You’ll learn how to choose the cruise, plan shore excursions, and partake of on-board activities so that you get the most out of your leisurely vacay.  Those who have purchased this audio book give glowing reviews across the board, claiming that it’s like having your own private cruise consultant.  And the best part is: you can call West directly with any questions you might have (or to get a personal planning session).

3.       The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World by Eric Weiner.  This former NPR foreign correspondent traveled to every corner of the globe in his capacity as a reporter, but rarely for anything other than tragedy.  In this audio book, he attempts to find the other side of travel, one that takes you to places that are beautiful, awe-inspiring, and ultimately, sources of happiness.  What he discovers about these places may surprise you.

4.       My Kind of Place: Travel Stories from a Woman Who’s Been Everywhere by Susan Orlean.  You might expect some kind of travelogue when you select this audio book, but it’s more like a collection of essays on people and places by this well-known author of The Orchid Thief.  Certainly she’ll take you places; Africa, Paris, Queens; but the essence of her writing is more wrapped up in atmospheres and events.  However, she addresses her subjects with such shrewd humor that you’ll no doubt want to experience them all yourself.

5.       Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift.  This farcical tale of a man who travels to strange and magical lands is not exactly a travelogue (and it’s definitely fictional), but it is an entertaining listen for anyone with a few hours to kill (in the airport, on the plane, etc.).  If you’re looking for something light to start your trip off right, then put in your ear-buds and take a mental journey with Gulliver as you wing your way to your real-world destination.

Sarah Danielson writes for Thailand Hotels where you can plan your next exciting vacation.

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