5 Great Authors to Take with You on Your Next Trip

5 Great Authors to Take with You on Your Next TripText messages, emails, tweets, status updates – when's the last time you read something more than a few paragraphs long and solely for the sheer joy of reading it? Got a long haul flight or some time lounging by the pool lined up? Here are five acclaimed travel authors to keep you company.

Bill Bryson
An American living in Britain, Bryson's Notes from a Small Island won a UK poll for the book that “best represents Britain.” In addition to being an insightful travelogue, Small Island is also an incredibly enjoyable and often hilarious read too. The author has more than twenty titles under his belt including The Lost Continent, A Walk in the Woods, and Down Under.

Earnest Hemingway
Hemingway's succinct and economic style has garnered lots of fans over the decades as has his ability to sum up the essence of a place so evocatively. Planning trips to Paris, Pamplona, or Cuba? Do yourself a favor and get this great author's take on these destinations. Among his celebrated works are these classics: The Sun Also Rises, A Farewell to Arms, For Whom the Bell Tolls, and The Old Man and the Sea.

James Michener
Wherever you're going, if Michener's written about it, his book (even if fiction) is probably one of the best surveys of the destination you're apt to find – and probably the most entertaining read as well. His Hawaii is an excellent account of how the islands formed and sweeps through their history at a brisk and engaging pace. And though written in 1968, his travelogue Iberia sums up traveling in Spain better than perhaps anything else written since.

Paul Theroux
Here's a challenge: find a list of the world's best contemporary travel writers that doesn't include Paul Theroux. As scathing as he is observant and capable of writing about himself with vulnerable honesty, when you read Theroux it's as if you're traveling with him, be it on a train across England or in a canoe dodging spears off the shores of New Guinea. Great reads by this author include The Great Railway Bazaar, The Happy Isles of Oceania, and The Tao of Travel.

Mark Twain
The wit and witticisms of Mark Twain are as relevant today as they were when he wrote them in the late 19th century. His travel book The Innocents Abroad, or The New Pilgrims' Progress about his travels across Europe and this Middle East is still among the best selling travel books of all time and a favorite of many avid readers today. Of course, other great reads by Twain include Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

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