Every list of best travel writers of all time is going to be a little different, and it’s bound to offend diehard fans of excluded or improperly ranked authors. Let’s face it, there’s a lot of great travel writers out there, and their ranks have ballooned in recent years as international travel has become more accessible. Here, I did my best to take a balanced look at classic authors from the distant past, as well as those who emerged more recently and were able to see travel through the eyes of modern wanderers.
We’ll start backwards beginning at #5 and ending with our selection for #1.
4. Eric Newby
3. Peter Hessler
2. Mark Twain
1. Jack Kerouac
“Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life” -Jack Kerouac