Travel Writer

Travel literature is travel writing of literary value.

A travel writer, writes about travel, that does not mean they travel.

Abu Ad Din Al Husayn Muhammad Ibn Ahmad Ibn Jubayr 1145 To 1217

Ibn Jubayr (1145–1217) was a geographer, traveler and poet from al-Andalus.

Ahmad Ibn Fadlan Fl 10th Century

Ahmad Ibn Fadlan is famous for his account of his travels as a member of an embassy of the Arab Abbasid Caliph of Baghdad to the king of the Volga Bulgars

Alexander Kinglake 1809 To 1891

Alexander William Kinglake (5 August 1809 – 2 January 1891) was an English travel writer and historian.

Alexis De Tocqueville 1805 To 1859

Alexis De Tocqueville was a French political thinker and historian best known for his Democracy in America and The Old Regime and the Revolution.

Andy Graham - Travel Writer

Andy writes free ravel tips for readers explaining the geopolitical and cultural differences of countries from the eyes of an Indiana Farm Boy.

Antoine De La Sale 1388 To 1462

Antoine de la Sale or la Salle (1385 to 1460) was a French writer.

Barbara Grizzuti Harrison 1934 To 2002

Barbara Grizzuti Harrison (14 September 1934 – 24 April 2002) was an American journalist, essayist and memoirist.

Bernard Schweizer

Bernard Schweizer (né Bernhard Schweizer, 1962-) is an associate professor of English at Long Island University, Brooklyn.

Bill Bryson Born 1951

Bill Bryson Born 1951 is a best-selling American author of humorous books on travel, as well as books on the English language and on science.

Bruce Chatwin 1940 To 1989

Charles Bruce Chatwin (13 May 1940 – 18 January 1989) was an English novelist and travel writer.

Camilo Jos Cela 1916 To 2002

Camilo Jos Cela, 1st Marquis of Iria Flavia was a Spanish novelist and short story writer.

Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim 1867 To 1951

Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim was the Commander-in-Chief of Finland's Defence Forces during World War II.

Cees Nooteboom Born 1933

Cees Nooteboom (born Cornelis Johannes Jacobus Maria Nooteboom, 31 July 1933, in the Hague) is a Dutch author.

Charles Darwin 1809 To 1882

Charles Darwin 1809 To 1882 was an English naturalist.

Charles Dickens 1812 To 1870

Charles Dickens 1812 To 1870 was the most popular English novelist of the Victorian era.

Che Guevara 1928 To 1967

Che Guevara was an Argentine Marxist revolutionary, physician, author, intellectual, guerrilla leader, diplomat and military theorist.

Chiang Yee 1903 To 1977

Chiang Yee self-styled as "The Silent Traveller", was a Chinese poet, author, painter and calligrapher.

Chris Stewart Born 1950

Christopher 'Chris' Stewart (born 1950), was the original drummer and a founding member of Genesis. He is now a farmer and an author.

Christopher Colombus

Christopher Colombus was an explorer, colonizer, and navigator, born in the Republic of Genoa, in northwestern Italy.

Cleo Paskal

Cleo Paskal is a geopolitical expert who specializes in the geopolitical, security, and economic implications of environmental.

Colin Thubron Born 1939

Colin Thubron is a British travel writer and novelist.

D H Lawrence 1885 To 1930

D H Lawrence was an English novelist, poet, playwright, essayist and literary critic.

Dante Alighieri

Dante Alighieri commonly known as Dante, was a major Italian poet of the Middle Ages.

David Lodge Born 1935

David Lodge is an English author.

Decimus Magnus Ausonius 310 To 395

Decimus Magnus Ausonius (ca. 310–395) was a Latin poet and rhetorician, born at Burdigala (Bordeaux).

Dennison Berwick Born 1956

Dennison Berwick is a travel writer.

Douglas Adams 1952 To 2001

Douglas Adams was an English writer and dramatist.

Duarte Barbosa 1521

Duarte Barbosa was a Portuguese writer and Portuguese India officer between 1500 and 1516–17.

Edward Said

Edward Said was a Palestinian American literary theorist and advocate for Palestinian rights.

Ennin 793 Or 794 To 864

Ennin (AD 793 [1] or 794 - 864), who is better known in Japan by his posthumous name, Jikaku Daishi, was a priest of the Tendai school.

Eric Newby 1919 To 2006

Eric Newby 1919 To 2006 was an English travel author.

Ernest Peixotto 1869 To 1940

Ernest Peixotto was an American artist, illustrator, and author.

Evelyn Waugh 1903 To 1966

Evelyn Waugh was an English writer of novels, travel books and biographies.

Evliya Elebi 1610 To 1683

Evliya Çelebi was an Ottoman traveler who journeyed through the territory of the Ottoman Empire and neighboring lands over a period of forty years.

Fan Chengda 1126 To 1193

Fan Chengda was one of the best-known Chinese poets of the Song Dynasty.

Faxian 337 To 422

Faxian was a Chinese Buddhist monk who traveled to Nepal, India, and Sri Lanka to acquire Buddhist scriptures between 399 and 412.

Fernão Mendes Pinto 1509 To 1583

Fernão Mendes Pinto was a Chinese Buddhist monk who traveled to Nepal, India, and Sri Lanka to acquire Buddhist scriptures between 399 and 412.

Fran Levstik 1831 To 1887

Fran Levstik was a Slovene writer, political activist, playwright and critic.

François de La Boullaye-Le Gouz 1623 To 1668

François de La Boullaye-Le Gouz was a French aristocrat and extensive traveller.

François-Marie Arouet Voltaire 21 November 1694 – 30 May 1778

Voltaire -better known by the pen name Voltaire, was a French Enlightenment writer, historian and philosopher famous for his wit and for his advocacy.

Frances Mayes Born 1940

Frances Mayesis an American university professor, poet, memoirist, essayist, and novelist.

Francesco Petrarca 1304 To 1374

Francesco Petrarca

Gavin Maxwell 1914 To 1969

Gavin Maxwell was a Scottish naturalist and author, best known for his work with otters.

Gavin Young 1928 To 2001

Gavin Young fashioned his experiences into a book, Return to the Marshes (1977).

George Borrow 1803 To 1881

George Borrow was an English author who wrote novels and travelogues based on his own experiences around Europe.

Gerald Durrell 1925 To 1995

Gerald Durrell was a naturalist, zookeeper, conservationist, author, and television presenter.

Gerald Of Wales 1146 To 1223

Gerald Of Wales also known as Gerallt Gymro in Welsh, archdeacon of Brecon, was a medieval clergyman and chronicler of his times.

Gordon Sinclair 1900 To 1984

Allan Gordon Sinclair, OC, FRGS (June 3, 1900 – May 17, 1984) was a Canadian journalist, writer and commentator.

Graham Greene 1904 To 1991

Graham Greene was an English author, playwright and literary critic.

Gustave Flaubert 1821 To 1880

Gustave Flaubert was a French writer who is counted among the greatest Western novelists.

Hans Christian Andersen 1805 To 1875

Hans Christian Andersen was a Danish author, fairy tale writer, and poet noted for his children's stories.

Heinrich Harrer 1912 To 2006

Heinrich Harrer was an Austrian mountaineer, sportsman, geographer, and author.

Heinrich Heine 1797 To 1856

Heinrich Heine was one of the most significant German poets of the 19th century.

Henry James 1843 To 1916

Henry James was an American-born writer, regarded as one of the key figures of 19th-century literary realism.

Henry Vollam Morton 1892 To 1979

Henry Vollam Morton 1979) was a journalist and pioneering travel writer from Lancashire, England, best known for his prolific and popular books on Britain

Herman Melville 1819 To 1891

Herman Melville was an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, and poet.

Hilaire Belloc 1870 To 1953

Hilaire Belloc was an Anglo-French writer and historian who became a naturalised British subject in 1902.

Homer 8th Century Bc

Homer is the author of the Iliad and the Odyssey, and is revered as the greatest ancient Greek epic poet.

Ian Fleming 1908 To 1964

Ian Fleming was a British author, journalist and Naval Intelligence Officer.

Ibn Battuta 1304 To 1368 Or 1369

Ibn Battuta was a Moroccan Berber Islamic scholar and traveller known for the record of his travels and excursions published in the Rihla.

Ibn Jubayr 1145 To 1214

Ibn Jubayr was a geographer, traveler and poet from al-Andalus.

Isidora Sekulic 1877 To 1958

Isidora Sekulic was a famous Serbian prose writer, novelist, essayist, adventurer, polyglot and art critic.

Ivan T Sanderson

Ivan T Sanderson was a naturalist and writer born in Edinburgh, Scotland, who became a naturalized citizen of the United States.

J Maarten Troost Born 1969

J Maarten Troost is the author of three books about his experiences in the Pacific Islands and 3-month trip to China.

J Slauerhoff 1898 To 1936

J Slauerhoff was a Dutch poet and novelist. He is considered one of the most important Dutch language writers.

J Smeaton Chase 1864 To 1923

J Smeaton Chase was an English author and photographer.

Jack Kerouac

Jack Kerouac was an American novelist and poet.

James Fenimore Cooper 1789 To 1851

James Fenimore Cooper was a prolific and popular American writer of the early 19th century.

Jan Morris Born 1926

Jan Morris Born is a Welsh nationalist, historian, author and travel writer.

Jean Baudrillard 1929 To 2007

Jean Baudrillard was a French sociologist, philosopher, cultural theorist, political commentator, and photographer.

Jeffrey Tayler Born 1962

Jeffrey Tayler is a U.S.-born author and journalist.

Jelena Dimitrijevic 1862 To 1945

Jelena Dimitrijevic was a Serbian writer of the late 19th- and early 20th-century.

Jippensha Ikku 1765 To 1831

Jippensha Ikku was the pen name of Shigeta Sadakazu, a Japanese writer active during the late Edo period of Japan.

Johann Gottfried Seume 1763 To 1810

Johann Gottfried Seume German author, was born at Poserna (now part of Lützen, Saxony-Anhalt).

Johann Sigmund Wurffbain 1613 To 1661

Johann Sigmund Wurffbain also Wurfbain (August 20th 1613 in Nuremberg , † 1661 ibid), was one of the earliest German East India

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe 1743 To 1832

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe was a German writer, pictorial artist, biologist, theoretical physicist, and polymath.

John Burroughs 1837 To 1921

John Burroughs was an American naturalist and essayist important in the evolution of the U.S. conservation movement.

John Lloyd Stephens 1805 To 1852

John Lloyd Stephens was an American explorer, writer, and diplomat.

John Quincy Adams 1767 To 1848

John Quincy Adams was the sixth President of the United States (1825–1829).

John Steinbeck 1902 To 1968

John Steinbeck was an American writer.

Jonathan Raban Born 1942

Jonathan Raban is a British travel writer and novelist.

Jonathan Swift 1667 To 1745

Jonathan Swift was an Anglo-Irish satirist, essayist, political pamphleteer poet and cleric who became Dean of St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin.

Joseph Conrad

Joseph Conrad was a Polish-born English novelist.

Joshua Slocum 1844 To 1909

Joshua Slocum was the first man to sail single-handedly around the world.

Juan Goytisolo Born 1931

Juan Goytisolo is a Spanish poet, essayist, and novelist. He currently lives in a voluntary self-exile in Marrakech.

Julian Barnes Born 1946

Julian Barnes is a contemporary English writer.

Karl Baedeker 1801 To 1859

Karl Baedeker was a German publisher whose company Baedeker set the standard for authoritative guidebooks for tourists.

Karl Taro Greenfeld Born 1964

Karl Taro Greenfeld is a journalist and author known primarily for his articles on life in modern Asia and both his fiction and non-fiction.

Kenn Kaufman Born 1954

Kenn Kaufman is an American author, artist, naturalist, and conservationist, known for his work on several popular field guides of birds in North America.

Kira Salak Born 1971

Kira Salak is an American writer, adventurer, and journalist known for her travels in Mali and Papua New Guinea.

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu was an English aristocrat and writer.

Laurence Sterne 1713 To 1768

Laurence Sterne was an Anglo-Irish novelist and an Anglican clergyman.

Laurens Van Der Post 1906 To 1996

Laurens Van Der Post was a 20th century Afrikaner author of many books, farmer, war hero, political adviser to British heads of government.

Lawrence Durrell 1912 To 1990

Lawrence Durrell was an expatriate British novelist, poet, and travel writer, though he resisted affiliation with Britain.

Lucian Of Samosata 125 To After 180

Lucian Of Samosata was a Syrian rhetorician, and satirist who wrote in the Greek language.

Lucjan Wolanowski 1920 To 2006

Lucjan Wolanowski pseudonyms: Wilk Waldemar Mruczkowski W. Lucjaand#324ski (L.W.) lu Lu (lw) WOL., Polish journalist, writer and traveller.

Mahapandit Rahul Sankrityayan 1893 To 1963

Mahapandit Rahul Sankrityayan who is called the Father of Hindi Travel literature was one of the most widely-traveled scholars of India.

Marco Polo 1254 To 1324 Or 1325

Marco Polo was a Christian merchant from the Venetian Republic whose travels are recorded in Il Milione

Mark Twain 1835 To 1910

Mark Twain better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist.

Mary Kingsley 1862 To 1900

Mary Kingsley was an English writer and explorer who greatly influenced European ideas about Africa and African people.

Mary Louise Pratt

Mary Louise Pratt is a Silver Professor and Professor of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Literatures at New York University.

Mary Wollstonecraft 1759 To 1797

Mary Wollstonecraft was an eighteenth-century British writer, philosopher, and advocate of women's rights.

Matsuo Basho 1644 To 1694

Matsuo Basho born Matsuo Kinsaku, then Matsuo Chand#363emon Munafusa, was the most famous poet of the Edo period in Japan.

Michael Crichton 1942 To 2008

Michael Crichton best known as Michael Crichton, was an American author, producer, director, and screenwriter

Michael Cronin

Michael Cronin (born 1942) is an English actor and author.

Michael Palin Born 1943

Michael Palin is an English comedian, actor, writer and television presenter.

Mikiro Sasaki Born 1947

Mikiro Sasaki is a Japanese poet and travel author, winner of the 2003 Yomiuri Prize for travel essays.

Nasir Khusraw 1004 To 1088

Nasir Khusraw was a Persian poet, philosopher, Isma'ili scholar and a traveler.

Neil Peart Born 1952

Neil Peart is a Canadian musician and author.

Norman Douglas 1868 To 1962

Norman Douglas was a British writer, now best known for his 1917 novel South Wind.

Octave Mirbeau 1848 To 1917

Octave Mirbeau was a French journalist, art critic, travel writer, pamphleteer, novelist, and playwright.

Patrick Leigh Fermor Born 1915

Patrick Leigh Fermor is a British author, scholar and soldier, who played a prominent role behind the lines in the Battle of Crete during World War II.

Paul Bowles 1910 To 1999

Paul Bowles was an American expatriate composer, author, and translator.

Paul Fussell

Paul Fussell is an American cultural and literary historian, author and university professor.

Paul Theroux Born 1941

Paul Theroux is an American travel writer and novelist, whose best known work of travel writing

Pausanias Fl 2nd Century

Pausanias was a Greek traveler and geographer of the 2nd century AD, who lived in the times of Hadrian

Peter Aufschnaiter 1899 To 1973

Peter Aufschnaiter was an Austrian mountaineer, agricultural scientist, geographer and cartographer.

Peter Mayle Born 1939

Peter Mayle is a British author famous for his series of books detailing life in Provence, France.

Pico Iyer Born 1957

Pico Iyer is a British-born essayist and novelist.

Predrag Miletic Born 1952

Predrag Miletic born in Niš, Serbia, (Yugoslavia) on September 26, 1952, is a Serbian actor.

Primož Kozak 1929 1981

Primož Kozak was a Slovenian playwright and essayist.

Prince Bojidar Karageorgevitch 1862 To 1908

Prince Bojidar Karageorgevitch He gave singing and drawing lessons and later earned his living as a journalist (art critic) and translator.

Quim Monzó Born 1952

Quim Monzó is a contemporary Catalan writer of novels, short stories and discursive prose, mostly in Catalan.

Rebecca West 1892 To 1983

Rebecca West known by her pen name Rebecca West, or Dame Rebecca West, DBE was an English author, journalist, literary critic and travel writer.

Richard Hakluyt 1552 To 1616

Richard Hakluyt was an English writer.

Richard Halliburton

Richard Halliburton was an American traveler, adventurer, and author.

Rifa'a el-Tahtawi 1801 To 1873

Rifa'a el-Tahtawi was an Egyptian writer, teacher, translator, Egyptologist and renaissance intellectual.

Robert A Heinlein 1907 To 1988

Robert A Heinlein as an American science fiction writer.

Robert Byron 1905 To 1941

Robert Byron was a British travel writer, best known for his travelogue The Road to Oxiana.

Robert Louis Stevenson 1850 To 1894

Robert Louis Stevenson was a Scottish novelist, poet, essayist and travel writer.

Rory MacLean Born 1954

Rory MacLean is a Canadian travel writer living in the UK and Berlin whose best known works are Stalin’s Nose

Rubén Caba Born 1935

Rubén Caba is a Spanish novelist and essayist.

Rutilius Claudius Namatianus Fl 5th Century

Rutilius Claudius Namatianus was a Roman poet, notable as the author of a Latin poem, in elegiac metre, describing a coastal voyage from Rome to Gaul.

Ryszard Kapuscinski 1932 To 2007

Ryszard Kapuscinski was a Polish journalist and writer whose dispatches in book form brought him a global reputation.

Sally Carrighar

Sally Carrighar was an American naturalist and writer.

Samuel Johnson 1709 To 1784

Samuel Johnson was an English author who made lasting contributions to English literature as a poet, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer.

Sir Henry Holland 1st Baronet 1788 To 1873

Sir Henry Holland was a British physician and travel writer.

Su Shi 1037 To 1101

Su Shi was a writer, poet, artist, calligrapher, pharmacologist, and statesman of the Song Dynasty, and one of the major poets of the Song era.

Tahir Shah Born 1966

Tahir Shah is an Anglo-Afghan author, journalist and documentary maker.

Ted Simon Born 1931

Ted Simon is a British journalist born in Germany in 1931, noted for circumnavigating the world twice by motorcycle.

Theodore Roosevelt 1858 To 1919

Theodore Roosevelt's achievements as a naturalist, explorer, hunter, author, and soldier are as much a part of his fame as any office he held.

Thomas Jefferson 1743 To 1826

Thomas Jefferson was the third President of the United States (1801–1809) and the principal author of the Declaration of Independence (1776).

Thomas Raucat 1894 To 1976

Thomas Raucat was a French writer best known by his pseudonym, Thomas Raucat.

Tom Bissell Born 1974

Tom Bissell is a journalist, critic, and fiction writer, originally from Escanaba, Michigan.

Tom Miller Born 1947

Tom Miller is an American author primarily known for travel literature.

Tony Horwitz Born 1958

Tony Horwitz is an American journalist and writer.

Travel Writer

Travel literature is travel writing of literary value.

Venedict Yerofeyev 1938 To 1990

Venedict Yerofeyev was a Russian writer.

Vikram Seth Born 1952

Vikram Seth is an Indian poet, novelist, travel writer, librettist, children's writer, biographer and memoirist.

W Somerset Maugham 1874 To 1965

W Somerset Maugham was an English playwright, novelist and short story writer.

Wilfred Thesiger 1910 To 2003

Wilfred Thesiger was a British explorer and travel writer born in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia.

William Dalrymple Born1965

William Dalrymple is an award winning historian and travel writer.

William Dean Howells 1837 To 1920

William Dean Howells was an American realist author and literary critic.

William Least Heat Moon Born 1939

William Least Heat Moon is an American travel writer of English, Irish and Osage Nation ancestry.

William Morris 1834 To 1896

William Morris was an English textile designer, artist, writer, and socialist associated with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.

Xenophon 431 To 355 Bc

Xenophon also known as Xenophon of Athens, was a Greek historian, soldier, mercenary, and a contemporary and admirer of Socrates.

Xu Xiake 1587 To 1641

Xu Xiake courtesy name Zhenzhi, was a Chinese travel writer and geographer of the Ming Dynasty.

Xuanzang 602 To 664

Xuanzang was a famous Chinese Buddhist monk, scholar, traveler, and translator who described the interaction between China and India.

Yaqut Al Hamawi 1179 To 1229

Yaqut Al Hamawi was a Turkish biographer and geographer renowned for his encyclopedic writings on the Muslim world.

Yone Noguchi 1875 To 1947

Yone Noguchi was an influential Japanese writer of poetry, fiction, essays, and literary criticism in both English and Japanese.

Zulfikar Zuko D Umhur 1921

Zulfikar Zuko D Umhur was a Bosnian writer, painter and caricaturist.

Travel Writing Defind: Travel literature is travel writing of literary value. Travel literature typically records the experiences of an author touring a place for the pleasure of travel. An individual work is sometimes called a travelogue or itinerary. Travel literature may be cross-cultural or transnational in focus, or may involve travel to different regions within the same country. Accounts of spaceflight may also be considered travel literature.Literary travelogues generally exhibit a coherent narrative or aesthetic beyond the logging of dates and events as found in travel journals or a ship's log. Travel literature is closely associated with outdoor literature and the genres often overlap with no definite boundaries. Another sub-genre, invented in the 19th century, is the guide book.


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