What is a travel book and what does it contain ?

A travel book is a literary (and even plastic) genre that evokes travel in the broad sense : inner journey, exploring an unknown territory or any other initiatory journey around a single theme for a specified period.

The author talks about one of his trips or more, people he met, felt emotions and all things seen and heard. Unlike the novel, travelogue prefers reality to fiction. To earn the title of « narrative » and be considered literature, the narrative should be structured and go beyond the mere listing of dates and places (such as a diary or logbook of a ship).

Early examples of travel literature include Pausanias’ Description of Greece in the 2nd century CE, the Journey Through Wales (1191) and description of Wales (1194) by Gerald of Wales, and the travel journals of Ibn Jubayr (1145–1214) and Ibn Batutta (1304–1377), both of whom recorded their travels across the known world in detail.

The travel genre was a fairly common genre in medieval Arabic literature.


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Travel articles can be found on websites, such as hipptravel.com, in periodicals, and in books. It has been produced by a variety of writers, such as travelers, military officers, missionaries, explorers, scientists, pilgrims, social and physical scientists, educators, and migrants.

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What is a travel guide then ?

A guide book or travel guide is a book of information about a place, designed for the use of visitors or tourists. You can check the following websites that has plenty of fun-filled suggestions to keep you busy during your visit :


Is it a travel journal ?

A travel journal, also called road journal, is rather a record made by a traveller, sometimes in diary form, of his experiences, written during the course of the journey and later edited for publication.