Best Historical Travel Journals
Life is a journey. This is a list of books about or based on memorable travels and amazing adventures.
1 Over the Edge of the World:...
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2 In the Heart of the Sea: Th...
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3 Undaunted Courage: The Pion...
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4 Turn Right at Machu Picchu:...
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5 Black Lamb and Grey Falcon
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6 West with the Night
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7 Papillon
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8 The Travels
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9 The Lost City of Z: A Tale ...
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10 A Land So Strange: The Epic...
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11 Kon-Tiki
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12 Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase f...
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12 Discovery Illustrated: Pict...
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14 Nimrod Illustrated: Picture...
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15 Skeletons on the Zahara: A ...
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16 Marco Polo: From Venice to ...
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16 Seven Years in Tibet
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18 The Worst Journey in the World
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19 The City Of Light: The Hidd...
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20 The Adventures of Elizabeth...
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21 Samurai William: The Englis...
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22 Voyage of the Beagle
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23 Women's Diaries of the West...
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24 Edward Wilson's Nature Note...
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25 Sea of Glory: America's Voy...
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26 The Discovery of the Tomb o...
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27 My Journey to Lhasa: The Cl...
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28 A Journey to the Western Is...
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29 The Pale Abyssinian
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30 The White Nile
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31 The Long Walk: The True Sto...
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32 The Conquest of New Spain
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33 Mason and Dixon
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34 The Journals of Lewis and C...
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35 American Wop -  Beaver Buff...
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35 The Great Hill Stations Of ...
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37 Jeff in Venice, Death in Va...
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38 Buried in the Sky: The Extr...
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39 Around the World in Seventy...
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39 The River of Doubt: Theodor...
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41 Cheltenham in Antarctica: T...
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42 An Empire of Ice: Scott, Sh...
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43 Siberian Journey: Down the ...
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44 Cook
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44 For All the Tea in China: H...
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44 Following the Equator: A Jo...
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47 The Travels of Ibn Battutah
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48 20 Hours, 40 Min:  Our Flig...
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48 Travels With Myself and Ano...
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50 Edward Wilson's Antarctic N...
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51 Flashback And Flashbulbs: M...
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52 The Campaigns of Alexander
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52 Nathaniel's Nutmeg: How One...
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54 Alexander the Great: Select...
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55 Troy and Its Remains: A Nar...
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56 Egyptian Diaries
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57 The Journals
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58 The Arctic Grail: The Quest...
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59 The Four Voyages: Being His...
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59 The Voyages of Jacques Cartier
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61 The First Four Voyages of A...
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62 Letters from Mexico
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63 Nature Writings: The Story ...
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64 A Voyage Long and Strange: ...
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65 France and England in North...
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66 Measuring the World
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67 Resolute: The Epic Search f...
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68 Emperor Of The North: Sir G...
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69 The Birthday Boys
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70 Shackleton: The Polar Journ...
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71 Picasso's Paris: Walking To...
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71 The Saddest Pleasure: A Jou...
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71 The Antarctic Journals of R...
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71 Traveling Between the Lines...
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71 Wanderers & Nomads: True St...
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71 Out of This World
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71 Seyahatname
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71 The Last Place on Earth: Sc...
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71 Christoph Von Graffenried's...
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71 The Road to Oxiana
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81 Straight on Till Morning: t...
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81 A Time of Gifts
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83 Tent Life in Siberia: An In...
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83 A Visit to Don Otavio
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85 Dog Days On Ice: Antarctic ...
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85 A Pirate Looks at Fifty
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85 The Silent Traveller In Edi...
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88 American Traveler: The Life...
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88 The Sound of Wings: the Lif...
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90 Amerigo: The Man Who Gave H...
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90 Tough Trip Through Paradise...
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90 Italian Journey
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93 You Have Seen Their Faces
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93 Annapurna
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93 Passenger to Teheran
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96 Three Years in Tibet
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96 Oracle Bones: A Journey Bet...
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96 Their Heads are Green and T...
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99 Kearny's March: The Epic Cr...
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99 Baghdad Sketches
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message 1: by Lobstergirl (last edited Aug 15, 2013 12:26AM) (new)

Lobstergirl The title "Best Historical Travel Journals" and the description ("this is a list of books about or based on memorable travels and amazing adventures") seem to be slightly different categories. A journal is written by the person doing the travels, and historical suggests older. How old is of course a squishy idea, but "historical fiction" often requires a work to be set at least 50 years in the past. So a "journal" is something different from a book "about or based on memorable travels," which of course can include current day books describing travels of those in the near or distant past.

That's longwinded, but how do we resolve it? I've been voting as if only journals are to be included.


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