OUR RECOMMENDATIONS ON THE BEST FUNNY TRAVEL BOOKS
The reality of travel often leads to problems: unexpected schedule changes, painful delays, getting hopelessly lost, eating strange foods and facing unfamiliar cultural situations. Keeping a sense of humor is essential, and it is especially helpful to be able to laugh at oneself. Some of our favorite travel writers have a true gift for finding humor in any situation, making funny travel books an important category of travel literature. Two of the world’s most popular travel writers, Bill Bryson and Paul Theroux, epitomize this type of writing with a dry, intelligent and self-deprecating style. We have read and can recommend almost every travel book ever published by both writers, starting with The Great Railway Bazaar by Theroux and A Walk in the Woods by Bryson. Other lesser known but similarly funny British authors include Redmond O’Hanlon, A.A. Gill and Richard Grant, all known for not taking themselves seriously even in the most extreme and serious situations. Grant’s book Dispatches from Pluto, describing his experience living in rural Mississippi is really worth reading. J. Maarten Troost has a couple very funny travel books starting with The Sex Lives of Cannibals, the story of his move with his girlfriend to a remote tropical island. Here are our recommendations on some of the funniest travel books.