Top 10 Best Books to Read in Travel Reference & Tips - August 2021

Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Travel Reference & Tips. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. Rand McNally 2022 Road Atlas (United States, Canada, Mexico) (Rand McNally Road Atlas: United States, Canada, Mexico)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Travel Reference & Tips - August 2021

The Rand McNally Road Atlas is the most trusted and best-selling atlas on the market. This updated 2022 edition contains maps of every U.S. state and Canadian province, an overview map of Mexico, and detailed inset maps of over 350 cities and 25 national parks. Road construction and conditions contact information for every state conveniently located above the maps. Contains mileage chart showing distances between 90 North American cities and national parks along with a driving times map. Other Features Rand McNally presents "The National Parks by Decade," a review of park history that begins more than a century ago, with the first wild and wonderful place to achieve park status---Yellowstone. Tell Rand! As much as we work to keep our atlases up to date, conditions change quickly and new construction projects begin frequently. If you know of something we haven’t captured in our atlas, let us know at Tourism websites and phone numbers for every U.S. state and Canadian province on map pages. Product Details Dimensions: 10.875" x 15.375"

  • Author: Rand McNally
  • Publisher: Rand McNally (April 19, 2021)
  • Genre: Reference, Atlases & Maps
  • ISBN: 978-0528023743
  • Dimensions: 10.6 x 0.4 x 15.2 inches


2. National Geographic Road Atlas 2021: Adventure Edition [United States, Canada, Mexico]

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Travel Reference & Tips - August 2021

National Geographic's Road Atlas: Adventure Edition , is the ideal companion for the next time you hit the road. Includes up-to-date road maps for all 50 U.S. States, plus Canada, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. Major cities and metropolitan areas are shown in detail with inset maps that include popular attractions, infrastructure and points-of-interest. Setting this atlas apart from all other road atlases are the inclusion of detailed maps and guidebook-like recommendations on the top 100 destinations for adventure, plus the top 24 most visited National Parks. An additional resources section provides contact information for local tourism offices, plus a place name index to help easily locate a specific city. The Road Atlas: Adventure Edition is printed in North America and features a heavy duty spiral binding and clear plastic cover for durability and lay-flat reading. Folded Size = 11" x 15"

  • Author: National Geographic Maps
  • Publisher: Natl Geographic Society Maps; 2020th edition (August 25, 2020)
  • Genre: Reference, Atlases & Maps
  • ISBN: 978-0792289890
  • Dimensions: 11 x 0.5 x 15 inches


3. 50 States, 5,000 Ideas: Where to Go, When to Go, What to See, What to Do

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Travel Reference & Tips - August 2021

This richly illustrated book from the travel experts at National Geographic showcases the best travel experiences in every state, from the obvious to the unexpected. Sites include national parks, beaches, hotels, Civil War battlefields, dude ranches, out-of-the-way museums, and more. You'll discover the world's longest yard sale in Tennessee, swamp tours in Louisiana, dinosaur trails in Colorado, America's oldest street in NYC, and the best spot to watch for sea otters on the central California coast. Each entry provides detailed travel information as well as fascinating facts about each state that will help fuel your wanderlust and ensure the best vacation possible. In addition to 50 states in the U.S., the book includes a section on the Canadian provinces and territories.

  • Author: National Geographic
  • Publisher: National Geographic; Illustrated edition (February 7, 2017)
  • Genre: Travel, Canada
  • ISBN: 978-1426216909
  • Dimensions: 7.13 x 0.63 x 9.13 inches


4. Rand McNally Folded Map: United States

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Travel Reference & Tips - August 2021

Rand McNally's United States folded map features clear, easy-to-read cartography showing all Interstate and U.S. highways, along with clearly indicated cities, points of interest, airports, boundaries, and more. Rand McNally folded maps have been the trusted standard for years, offering unbeatable accuracy and reliability at a great price. Interstate and U.S. highways Indications of cities, points of interest, airports, boundaries, and more Mileage chart Mileage & driving times map National facts and symbols Toll roads chart United States physical map Visitor information Product Details Measures 4.125" x 9" and folds out to 25.5" x 36.75".

  • Author: Rand McNally
  • Publisher: Rand McNally; Fold Map edition (April 9, 2019)
  • Genre: Reference, Atlases & Maps
  • ISBN: 978-0528881282
  • Dimensions: 4.25 x 0.25 x 9.25 inches


5. World Travel: An Irreverent Guide

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Travel Reference & Tips - August 2021

A guide to some of the world’s most fascinating places, as seen and experienced by writer, television host, and relentlessly curious traveler Anthony Bourdain Anthony Bourdain saw more of the world than nearly anyone. His travels took him from the hidden pockets of his hometown of New York to a tribal longhouse in Borneo, from cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, Paris, and Shanghai to Tanzania’s utter beauty and the stunning desert solitude of Oman’s Empty Quarter—and many places beyond. In  World Travel , a life of experience is collected into an entertaining, practical, fun and frank travel guide that gives readers an introduction to some of his favorite places—in his own words. Featuring essential advice on how to get there, what to eat, where to stay and, in some cases, what to avoid,  World Travel  provides essential context that will help readers further appreciate the reasons why Bourdain found a place enchanting and memorable. Supplementing Bourdain’s words are a handful of essays by friends, colleagues, and family that tell even deeper stories about a place, including sardonic accounts of traveling with Bourdain by his brother, Christopher; a guide to Chicago’s best cheap eats by legendary music producer Steve Albini, and more. Additionally, each chapter includes illustrations by Wesley Allsbrook. For veteran travelers, armchair enthusiasts, and those in between,  World Travel  offers a chance to experience the world like Anthony Bourdain.

  • Author: Anthony Bourdain
  • Publisher: Ecco; Illustrated edition (April 20, 2021)
  • Genre: Reference, Writing, Research & Publishing Guides
  • ISBN: 978-0062802798
  • Dimensions: 6 x 1.45 x 9 inches


6. History of the World Map by Map

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Travel Reference & Tips - August 2021

Maps don't just show us where to go, but also where we've been. A stunning overview of all human history, side by side with 140 custom maps. Learn how something like the printing press can define a time, or how the Allies in Europe could defeat the Nazis. There is so much to read about in this remarkable history book, and just as much to look at. Maps are more than the topography of the Earth or the borders of countries. Maps can represent the movement of people and ideas, and they provide a unique way to explain historical themes and explore sweeping periods of time. This stunning visual reference book starts with the evolution and migration of our oldest ancestors out of Africa. You can then look up maps about the Greece and Persian War, the Mongol Conquests, Medieval Europe's trade routes, and the rise of the Ottomans. There are maps about the colonization of North America, the scientific revolution, Napoleon's advances, and Britain's control of India. There's more in later centuries, like the Age of Imperialism, the American Civil War, industrialized Europe, and the transformation of Japan. This history book reaching across millennia gives you a broad view of the pivotal events in our past. With 140 maps, complimented with pictures, info boxes, and timelines, there's so much to enjoy and learn about. You will gain a strong understanding of some of the forces and movements across continents that have shaped our world. A Map Guided Tour of World History Inside this beautiful cover are concise and fascinating historical information, 140 custom maps, and many ways to engage in history that will interest many readers, from students wanting additional resources for school to history buffs that love a good book and cartography. Go on a guided tour through time:    •   Prehistory 7 MYA-3000 BCE    •   The Ancient World 3000 BCE-500 CE    •   Middle Ages 500-1450 CE    •   The Early Modern World 1450-1700    •   Revolution and Industry 1700-1850    •   Progress and Empire 1850-1914    •   The Modern World 1914-Present

  • Author: DK
  • Publisher: DK; Illustrated edition (October 23, 2018)
  • Genre: Science & Math, Earth Sciences
  • ISBN: 978-1465475855
  • Dimensions: 10.19 x 1.5 x 12.19 inches


7. The Bucket List: 1000 Adventures Big & Small

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Travel Reference & Tips - August 2021

With 1,000 adventures for all ages, it’s never too soon or too late to begin the things you’ve only dreamed of doing.   We all have things we’d like to do—one day—but work, family, school, money, and responsibilities get in the way. This invaluable guide to fun, fantastic, and life-affirming activities features an eclectic range of ideas such as self-improvement, sports-related endeavors, natural wonders, cultural experiences, culinary delights, and more. From glassblowing in the Czech Republic to swimming with dolphins in New Zealand, The Bucket List is the perfect gift for the passionate traveler—an around-the-world, continent-by-continent listing of beaches, museums, monuments, islands, inns, restaurants, mountains, and more.   Each activity is location-specific and as geographically unique as bird-watching in Kenya or driving through clouds in Sri Lanka, as well as other to-dos that can be done anywhere, such as sketching a sunset behind an architectural monument. In addition to classic outdoor pursuits, the book contains advice on how to achieve some of the most popular goals for people of all ages: direct a movie, learn to play an instrument, make pottery, protect an endangered species, name a star, try a new cuisine, or learn a new language. Whether you are more active or laid-back, serious-minded or lighthearted, you are bound to discover new, stimulating activities.

  • Author: Kath Stathers
  • Publisher: Universe; Illustrated edition (April 4, 2017)
  • Genre: Travel, Reference
  • ISBN: 978-0789332691
  • Dimensions: 7 x 1.46 x 9.22 inches


8. Easy Spanish Phrase Book NEW EDITION: Over 700 Phrases for Everyday Use (Dover Language Guides Spanish)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Travel Reference & Tips - August 2021

Learning the basics of Spanish can be fast and easy. This book includes words and sentences about eating, shopping, and more. Over 700 expressions will help you ask for directions, find a restaurant, and talk to a doctor. You'll also learn how to pronounce each phrase. It's great for visitors to Spain and Latin America!

  • Author: Dr. Pablo Garcia Loaeza
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; New edition (March 21, 2013)
  • Genre: Reference, Etiquette
  • ISBN: 978-0486499055
  • Dimensions: 5 x 0.3 x 7.8 inches


9. A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Travel Reference & Tips - August 2021

The Appalachian Trail trail stretches from Georgia to Maine and covers some of the most breathtaking terrain in America - majestic mountains, silent forests, sparking lakes. If you’re going to take a hike, it’s probably the place to go. And Bill Bryson is surely the most entertaing guide you’ll find. He introduces us to the history and ecology of the trail and to some of the other hardy (or just foolhardy) folks he meets along the way - and a couple of bears. Already a classic, A Walk in the Woods will make you long for the great outdoors (or at least a comfortable chair to sit and read in).

  • Author: Bill Bryson
  • Genre: Reference, Writing, Research & Publishing Guides, Writing, Travel


10. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Travel Reference & Tips - August 2021

Wild is a powerful, blazingly honest memoir: the story of an 1100-mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe - and built her back up again. At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone. Strayed faced down rattlesnakes and black bears, intense heat and record snowfalls, and both the beauty and loneliness of the trail. Told with great suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild vividly captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.

  • Author: Cheryl Strayed
  • Genre: Reference, Writing, Research & Publishing Guides, Writing, Travel