The Ten Best Travel Books of 2017

These reads will remedy even the direst cases of wanderlust


At their best, travel writers bottle up the essence of places. They describe streets, restaurants and road stops in photographic detail, and imitate sounds in perfect pitch. When you read Mark Kurlansky’s new book, Havana, you can smell the sweat and hear the Afro-Cuban rhythms of Son. The aromas of bistros, cafés and patisseries waft through Lindsey Tramuta’s The New Paris.  

Photographers use their medium to transport us, too. Our staff traveled all over this year, from Colorado’s Great Sand Dunes and the shores of Walden Pond, to the shade of Isaac Newton’s apple tree and the very top of Jack Kerouac’s Desolation Peak—at least on the page.


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