Travel Writing Books

5 Best Travel Writing Books To Inspire Your Next Story

Every time I go on a trip, I have like a million ideas of what to write about the experience that I am enjoying. But when I get home and sit on my desk and face my laptop, my mind is like a deep well that has dried up. Blank. Not a faintest idea of how to start writing.

But these travel books have helped me a lot on how and where to start, develop my story and ending it well structured. So I hope that it can help you develop your best story yet!


The Travel Writer’s Handbook: How to Write — and Sell — Your Own Travel Experiences

The Travel Writer's Handbook: How to Write — and Sell — Your Own Travel Experiences
The Travel Writer’s Handbook: How to Write — and Sell — Your Own Travel Experiences


This book is written by a veteran travel writer Jacqueline Harmon Butler. She shows you, the reader, how to develop your story, how to do your research, tweak your travel photographs and make it your next travel story a winner.

Her techniques are more adapted to the changing world of internet and mobile. She has also tips on mobile apps that can help you with your productivity. She also have tips for using your DSLR for travel photography.

To sum it up, Jacqueline has written travel writing tips on pre-planning and post-travel tips but adapted to the mobile world we have today.

Lonely Planet’s: Guide to Travel Writing 

Lonely Planet's Guide to Travel Writing
Lonely Planet’s Guide to Travel Writing

From Lonely Planet, the world leader in travel guide books, this book is bursting with invaluable advice, all the practical guides is a must for anyone who has ever yearned to turn their travels into saleable tales.

I love how this book include sample writing and short stories from other established travel writers. It also includes interview excerpts from the writers.

This guide book helped me with my pre-travel research and how to craft a great travel post. I must say I have improved my writing, I have moved from just writing a travel guide to travel story.


Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for Writers

Chicken Soup for the Soul:Inspiration for Writers
Chicken Soup for the Soul:Inspiration for Writers


With a hundred stories from published writers who stuck with it and succeeded, you will be inspired and encouraged, whether you’re an aspiring author, a blogger, or a bestselling writer.

If you are struggling with where to start with your dream of being of a travel writer, you will find inspiration from the stories packed in here. There are stories of rejection, writer’s block, struggles and success.




The Golden Rules of Blogging

The Golden Rules of Blogging

I consult this book every time I have doubts with how I am going with my writing. Like do I have a killer title for my post. How often should I be posting? Do I have too much white space on my website? Simple questions that may make or break your website.

The book is not limited to travel writing, but it caters to every type of blogger out there. This is my ultimate guide for tweaking my blog site.



The Golden Rules of Blogging

Female Nomad and Friends

Female Nomad & Friends Rita Golden Gelman
Female Nomad & Friends Rita Golden Gelman


This book is to help more on coming up with short story ideas. I consult this book when I have difficulty on what to use for my opening sentence. The compilation of 40 short stories contributed by travelling women inspires me for writing my own short travel story.





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Happy writing!





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  1. Reply

    OMG, thank you. I have been experiencing a lot of this lately (or just starting stuff and not finishing it) so I really needed some advice on how to get back on track!

  2. Reply

    Great list for budding writers here – I was given Lonely Planet’s: Guide to Travel Writing for Christmas last year and it’s really helped me – a lot of it touched on what I learned studying Journalism, so I can absolutely ditto your recommendation as a really useful resource 🙂

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    THANK YOU!!! What a great list. Will try to get them on my ipad so I can read them while traveling. The Golden Rules on Blogging sounds interesting!

  4. Reply

    Fantastic resources! I’m going to be transitioning into full time writing in a few months, so I could certainly benefit from reading a few of these for inspiration and a refresher.

  5. Reply

    Nice list of travel writing books. I’m bad, I’ve yet to read any of those. With Mother’s Day coming up, looks like those would make great gifts.

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    These are really great suggestions! In all honesty, I’ve only read Lonely Planet’s book for travel writing and I think it’s due time that I start reading the other ones on your list. Thanks for this!

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