Wanderlust Words: Travel Audiobooks for Your Next Adventure

Are you itching to explore the world but short on time? Enter the world of travel audiobooks, where you can indulge your wanderlust while on-the-go. Our carefully curated collection of travel audiobooks includes everything from witty memoirs and humorous essays to informative guides and inspiring travelogues, all designed to transport you to new destinations without ever leaving your seat. Whether you're planning your next adventure or simply dreaming of far-off places, our travel audiobooks provide the perfect escape. So sit back, plug in, and let our handpicked selection of travel tales take you on a journey around the globe.

Travel Audiobooks Statistics

Total Audiobooks in this Category:

2,193 audiobooks

Total Authors in this Category:

2,396 authors

Average Audiobook Length:

6.94 hours

Average Audiobook Rating:

3.44/5

In a Sunburned Country Audiobook, by Bill Bryson

Author: Bill Bryson

Narrator: Bill Bryson

Audio Length: @1x speed 12.00 hours
@1.5x speed 8.00 hours
@2x speed 6.00 hours

Overall Rating: 4.1 out of 54.1 out of 54.1 out of 54.1 out of 54.1 out of 5

Narrator Rating: 4.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 5

Story Rating: 4.333333 out of 54.333333 out of 54.333333 out of 54.333333 out of 54.333333 out of 5

In a Sunburned Country Audiobook

Read by the author

Nine CDs, 10 hours

Just in time for the 2000 Olympics-the bestselling quthor of A Walk in the Woods takes listeners on a truly outrageous tour Down Under.

Compared to his Australian excursions, Bill Bryson had it easy on the Appalachian Trail.  Nonetheless, Bryson has on several occasions embarked on seemingly endless flights bound for a land where Little Debbies are scarce but insects are abundant (up to 220,000 species of them), not to mention crocodiles.

Taking listeners on a rollicking ride far beyond packaged-tour routes, IN A SUNBURNED COUNTRY introduces a place where interesting things happen all the time.  Leaving no Vegemite unsavored, listeners will accompany Bryson as he dodges jellyfish while learning to surf at Bondi Beach, discovers a fish that can climb trees, dehydrates in deserts where temperatures leap to 140 degrees F, and tells the true story of the rejected Danish architect who designed the Sydney Opera House.

“A laugh-out-loud funny account of Bill's travels in Australia. Possibly funniest to those who are relatively familiar with Australian life but an entertaining and informative (in a very unique way) read for anyone.”

— Martee
Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why: True Stories of Miraculous Endurance and Sudden Death Audiobook, by Laurence Gonzales

Author: Laurence Gonzales

Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki

Audio Length: @1x speed 10.50 hours
@1.5x speed 7.00 hours
@2x speed 5.25 hours

Overall Rating: 3.838709 out of 53.838709 out of 53.838709 out of 53.838709 out of 53.838709 out of 5

Narrator Rating: 4.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 5

Story Rating: 4.333333 out of 54.333333 out of 54.333333 out of 54.333333 out of 54.333333 out of 5

Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why: True Stories of Miraculous Endurance and Sudden Death Audiobook

After her plane crashes, a seventeen-year-old girl spends eleven days walking through the Peruvian jungle. Against all odds, with no food, shelter, or equipment, she gets out. A better-equipped group of adult survivors of the same crash sits down and dies. What makes the difference?

Examining such stories of miraculous endurance and tragic death—how people get into trouble and how they get out again (or not)—Deep Survival takes us from the tops of snowy mountains and the depths of oceans to the workings of the brain that control our behavior. Through close analysis of case studies, Laurence Gonzales describes the “stages of survival” and reveals the essence of a survivor—truths that apply not only to surviving in the wild but also to surviving life-threatening illness, relationships, the death of a loved one, running a business during uncertain times, and even war. In the end, he finds, it is what’s in your heart, not what’s in your pack, that separates the living from the dead.

Fascinating and absolutely essential for anyone who hikes in the woods, this book will change the way we understand ourselves and the great outdoors.

“He nails it - why do some people survive and others don't in the exact same situation? Mr. Gonzales provided me with the inside track into the psychology behind success and failure in survival and gave me a whole new appreciation for what it takes and how to get it done.”

— Edward
Travels with Charley in Search of America Audiobook, by John Steinbeck

Author: John Steinbeck

Narrator: Gary Sinise

Audio Length: @1x speed 8.00 hours
@1.5x speed 5.33 hours
@2x speed 4.00 hours

Overall Rating: 3.833333 out of 53.833333 out of 53.833333 out of 53.833333 out of 53.833333 out of 5

Narrator Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

Story Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

Travels with Charley in Search of America Audiobook

An intimate journey across America, as told by one of its most beloved writers   To hear the speech of the real America, to smell the grass and the trees, to see the colors and the light—these were John Steinbeck's goals as he set out, at the age of fifty-eight, to rediscover the country he had been writing about for so many years. With Charley, his French poodle, Steinbeck drives the interstates and the country roads, dines with truckers, encounters bears at Yellowstone and old friends in San Francisco. Along the way he reflects on the American character, racial hostility, the particular form of American loneliness he finds almost everywhere, and  the unexpected kindness of strangers.

“Pure delight, a pungent potpourri of places and people interspersed with bittersweet essays on everything from the emotional difficulties of growing old to the reasons why giant sequoias arouse such awe.”

— New York Times Book Review
A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail Audiobook, by Bill Bryson

Author: Bill Bryson

Narrator: Rob McQuay

Audio Length: @1x speed 9.75 hours
@1.5x speed 6.50 hours
@2x speed 4.88 hours

Overall Rating: 4.027027 out of 54.027027 out of 54.027027 out of 54.027027 out of 54.027027 out of 5

Narrator Rating: 4.285714 out of 54.285714 out of 54.285714 out of 54.285714 out of 54.285714 out of 5

Story Rating: 4.571428 out of 54.571428 out of 54.571428 out of 54.571428 out of 54.571428 out of 5

A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail Audiobook

The Appalachian Trail trail stretches from Georgia to Maine and covers some of the most breathtaking terrain in America–majestic mountains, silent forests, sparking lakes. If you’re going to take a hike, it’s probably the place to go. And Bill Bryson is surely the most entertaining guide you’ll find. He introduces us to the history and ecology of the trail and to some of the other hardy (or just foolhardy) folks he meets along the way–and a couple of bears. Already a classic, A Walk in the Woods will make you long for the great outdoors (or at least a comfortable chair to sit and read in).

“What a wonderful writer for people who love to travel and experience the extraordinary. Currently my 70 year old cousin is thru hiking the Appalachian Trail. He has completed 60% of the trek. I have been able to follow his adventure through the words of Bill Bryson. We hope to visit my cousin as he treks through Massachusetts in July on his way to Maine. Bill, continue to share your experiences through your writing.”

— Sarah
Into the Wild Audiobook, by Jon Krakauer

Author: Jon Krakauer

Narrator: Philip Franklin

Audio Length: @1x speed 7.00 hours
@1.5x speed 4.67 hours
@2x speed 3.50 hours

Overall Rating: 3.625 out of 53.625 out of 53.625 out of 53.625 out of 53.625 out of 5

Narrator Rating: 4.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 5

Story Rating: 2.666666 out of 52.666666 out of 52.666666 out of 52.666666 out of 52.666666 out of 5

Into the Wild Audiobook

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. Four months later, his decomposed body was found by a moose hunter. This is the unforgettable story of how Christopher Johnson McCandless came to die. "It may be nonfiction, but Into the Wild is a mystery of the highest order." —Entertainment Weekly McCandess had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself. Not long after, he was dead. Into the Wild is the mesmerizing, heartbreaking tale of an enigmatic young man who goes missing in the wild and whose story captured the world’s attention.  Immediately after graduating from college in 1991, McCandless had roamed through the West and Southwest on a vision quest like those made by his heroes Jack London and John Muir. In the Mojave Desert he abandoned his car, stripped it of its license plates, and burned all of his cash. He would give himself a new name, Alexander Supertramp, and, unencumbered by money and belongings, he would be free to wallow in the raw, unfiltered experiences that nature presented. Craving a blank spot on the map, McCandless simply threw the maps away. Leaving behind his desperate parents and sister, he vanished into the wild. Jon Krakauer constructs a clarifying prism through which he reassembles the disquieting facts of McCandless's short life. Admitting an interest that borders on obsession, he searches for the clues to the drives and desires that propelled McCandless.  When McCandless's innocent mistakes turn out to be irreversible and fatal, he becomes the stuff of tabloid headlines and is dismissed for his naiveté, pretensions, and hubris. He is said to have had a death wish but wanting to die is a very different thing from being compelled to look over the edge. Krakauer brings McCandless's uncompromising pilgrimage out of the shadows, and the peril, adversity, and renunciation sought by this enigmatic young man are illuminated with a rare understanding—and not an ounce of sentimentality. Into the Wild is a tour de force. The power and luminosity of Jon Krakauer's stoytelling blaze through every page.

“I read/listened to this book because I wanted to hear different people's testimonies of their attraction to nature and the simple, contemplative life. The book is full of sensitive wisdom and insights into these themes. I found much of the book compelling and parts of it a little disturbing – especially what seemed to me lack of consideration (or perhaps some selfishness) on the part of the protagonist towards his family.”

— Jonathan
Grandma Gatewoods Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail Audiobook, by Ben Montgomery

Author: Ben Montgomery

Narrator: Patrick Lawlor

Audio Length: @1x speed 8.00 hours
@1.5x speed 5.33 hours
@2x speed 4.00 hours

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 5

Narrator Rating: 4.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 5

Story Rating: 4.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 5

Grandma Gatewood's Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail Audiobook

Emma Gatewood told her family she was going on a walk and left her small Ohio hometown with a change of clothes and less than two hundred dollars. The next anybody heard from her, this genteel, farm-reared, sixty-seven-year-old great-grandmother had walked 800 miles along the 2,050-mile Appalachian Trail. And in September 1955, atop Maine's Mount Katahdin, she sang the first verse of "America, the Beautiful" and proclaimed, "I said I'll do it, and I've done it."

Grandma Gatewood, as the reporters called her, became the first woman to hike the entire Appalachian Trail alone, as well as the first person—man or woman—to walk it twice and three times. The public attention she brought to the little-known footpath was unprecedented. Her vocal criticism of the lousy, difficult stretches led to bolstered maintenance and very likely saved the trail from extinction.

“Journalist Montgomery draws on interviews with Gatewood’s surviving family members and hikers she met on her five-month journey as well as news accounts and Gatewood’s diaries to offer a portrait of a determined woman, whose trek inspired other hikers and brought attention to the neglect of the Appalachian Trail…Inspiring.”

— Booklist
Wild (Movie Tie-in Edition): From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail Audiobook, by Cheryl Strayed

Author: Cheryl Strayed

Narrator: Bernadette Dunne

Audio Length: @1x speed 13.00 hours
@1.5x speed 8.67 hours
@2x speed 6.50 hours

Overall Rating: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

Narrator Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

Story Rating: 4.8 out of 54.8 out of 54.8 out of 54.8 out of 54.8 out of 5

Wild (Movie Tie-in Edition): From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail Audiobook

Cheryl Strayed was 26 years old when she made the rash and life-changing decision to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave desert to Washington State—1180 miles—alone. The year was 1995; she had just lost her mother to cancer and her marriage had collapsed. Her memoir of the trip, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, was published 17 years later in 2012 and quickly rose to the top of the New York Times Best Seller List, where it stayed at number one for seven weeks.

What makes Strayed's audiobook story even more fascinating is that she had never heard of the Pacific Crest Trail until she happened to run across a trail guide at her local book store in Minnesota, and she had virtually no hiking experience.

Immediately upon setting out on the trail, Strayed discovered her hiking boots did not fit properly. Far from civilization—and a shoe store—she continued her journey in excruciating and unrelenting pain until she had lost all of her toenails.

One aspect of this book which makes Wild unique among adventure chronicles is how Strayed narrates her story on two levels simultaneously: it's a tale of both physical and emotional suffering, and physical and emotional courage. Strayed encounters bears, rattlesnakes, record snowfalls and blistering heat over the course of her hike. She also faces—for the first time—the depths of her grief and her fears of the profound aloneness she faced on a daily basis.

In addition to Wild, Strayed has published two other books, the novel "Torch" and "Tiny Beautiful Things", a compilation of her popular advice columns written as "Dear Sugar" on the website rumpus.net. All of Strayed's titles are available as audiobooks. She has also published a number of personal essays that have appeared in The Washington Times Magazine, The New York Times Magazine and Vogue. Her essays have twice been selected for inclusion in The Best American Essays.

“If I had read this book in my younger days, I am sure I would have been tempted to hike the Pacific Coast Trail by myself. The author details her adventurous hike with flashbacks to a life that was fraught with difficulties. Well written memoir of someone who has reinvented herself more than once.”

— Mrs.
A Supposedly Fun Thing Ill Never Do Again: Essays and Arguments Audiobook, by David Foster Wallace

Author: David Foster Wallace

Narrator: Paul Garcia, Paul Michael Garcia

Audio Length: @1x speed 17.75 hours
@1.5x speed 11.83 hours
@2x speed 8.88 hours

Overall Rating: 4.238095 out of 54.238095 out of 54.238095 out of 54.238095 out of 54.238095 out of 5

A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again: Essays and Arguments Audiobook

What do a trip on a luxury cruise ship, a tennis tournament in Canada and the Illinois State Fair have in common? They are all part of David Wallace's "A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again: Essays and Arguments."

While almost anyone other than a thick-lensed wearer of reading glasses wouldn't think twice about passing on a book with "essays and arguments" as its subtitle, many people have discovered that articles by David Foster Wallace are as humorous and entertaining as any comedic work out there.

In this audiobook, Wallace pulls together seven topics, including the films of David Lynch and postmodern literary theory to provide a rip-roaring ride of his own. Wallace fans used to his delightful works of fiction will not be disappointed in what he refers to as "essays and arguments" as he recalls events and fun-filled days he does not wish to repeat.

Fans are fond of Wallace's intense intellect as well as the way he combines his observations with a stark humor that takes jabs at revelers eating funnel cake and hot dogs at the Illinois State Fair as well as travelers getting away from it all by climbing aboard a ship for a week-long Caribbean cruise.

Entertainment Weekly has listed "A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again: Essays and Arguments" as one of its 100-best books written between 1983 and 2008. Not only are the pieces themselves cleverly written, but Wallace brings comedy to even the footnotes scattered throughout the book.

Listeners to Wallace will, in addition to being entertained, add to their vocabulary without even trying. He's that good.

David Foster Wallace is an American writer. Born in New York in 1962, he hails from a journalism background. He attended Amherst College and the University of Arizona and is well-known for his articles, short stories and novels. Wallace died in 2008.

Wallace is best known for his 1200-page novel, Infinite Jest, published in 1996.

“Have you ever wondered what really happens on those luxury cruise ships? David Foster Wallace tells all in this wonderfully snarky literary travel short. His comments on "essaymercials" and jet skis, in particular, are not to be missed.”

— Ann
Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen Audiobook, by Christopher McDougall

Author: Christopher McDougall

Narrator: Fred Sanders

Audio Length: @1x speed 11.00 hours
@1.5x speed 7.33 hours
@2x speed 5.50 hours

Overall Rating: 4.37931 out of 54.37931 out of 54.37931 out of 54.37931 out of 54.37931 out of 5

Narrator Rating: 4.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 5

Story Rating: 4.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 5

Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen Audiobook

The Tarahumara Indians are, quite literally, Born to Run. Living in isolation in Mexico's treacherous Copper Canyons, the Tarahumara tribe has discovered secrets which enable them to run for hundreds of miles without stopping to rest. As they travel these incredible distances, they are able to maintain high levels of speed, without being subject to the injuries which seem to so easily plague most American runners. Through studying the habits of the members of this tribe, Christopher McDougall has made discoveries which may reveal the secret to their endurance, and that secret flies in the face of everything modern science has told us about how to prevent running-related injuries.

McDougall advances a hypothesis in regard to human evolution called the endurance running hypothesis. This is the idea that humans were able to transition from the forests to the savannas by developing the ability to literally run down their prey by means of being able to go faster and longer than the animals they were hunting. He blames human attempts to improve upon our inherited ability with things like cushioned running shoes, pointing out that the Tarahumara wear only flat sandals. Anecdotal evidence (McDougall claims to have reduced his own injuries by copying the methods of the Tarahumara) coupled with scientific research, bear out McDougall's industry-defying claims, all shared in a quirky and clever way which is sure to keep you engaged.

Christopher McDougall is an American author and journalist, who found critical acclaim in 2009 with Born to Run. A graduate of Harvard, McDougall spent several years working for the Associated Press as a foreign correspondent, covering civil wars in Rwanda and Angola. A film based on the bestselling Born to Run is currently in production.

“I love reading on vaction and reading lots of books in one week. And I loved this book. Somehow, McDougall turns a book about running into a page turner. I enjoyed every second of it. And it made me want to run more. And it made me want to run differently. Highly recommended if you run at all.”

— Josh
The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon Audiobook, by David Grann

Author: David Grann

Narrator: Mark Deakins

Audio Length: @1x speed 10.00 hours
@1.5x speed 6.67 hours
@2x speed 5.00 hours

Overall Rating: 3.785714 out of 53.785714 out of 53.785714 out of 53.785714 out of 53.785714 out of 5

Narrator Rating: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

Story Rating: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon Audiobook

The #1 New York Times Bestseller - Now a Major Motion Picture starring Charlie Hunnam, Tom Holland, Robert Pattinson and Sienna Miller.  In 1925, the legendary British explorer Percy Fawcett ventured into the Amazon jungle, in search of a fabled civilization. He never returned. Over the years countless people perished trying to find evidence of his party and the place he called "The Lost City of Z." In this masterpiece of narrative nonfiction, journalist David Grann interweaves the spellbinding stories of Fawcett's quest for "Z" and his own journey into the deadly jungle, as he unravels the greatest exploration mystery of the twentieth century. Look for David Grann’s new book, Killers of the Flower Moon, available now.

“Just finished The Lost City of Z. What a terrific read--well written, suspenseful, interesting and engaging. I had trouble putting it down. Grann is a tremendous journalist and creative non-fiction writer. Can't recommend this book enough.”

— Jim
Eat Pray Love: One Womans Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia Audiobook, by Elizabeth Gilbert

Author: Elizabeth Gilbert

Narrator: Elizabeth Gilbert

Audio Length: @1x speed 12.75 hours
@1.5x speed 8.50 hours
@2x speed 6.38 hours

Overall Rating: 3.68 out of 53.68 out of 53.68 out of 53.68 out of 53.68 out of 5

Narrator Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

Story Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

Eat Pray Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia Audiobook

A transformational journey through Italy, India, and Bali searching for pleasure and devotion—the massive bestseller from the author of The Signature of All Things

This beautifully written, heartfelt memoir touched a nerve among both readers and reviewers. Elizabeth Gilbert tells how she made the difficult choice to leave behind all the trappings of modern American success (marriage, house in the country, career) and find, instead, what she truly wanted from life. Setting out for a year to study three different aspects of her nature amid three different cultures, Gilbert explored the art of pleasure in Italy and the art of devotion in India, and then a balance between the two on the Indonesian island of Bali. By turns rapturous and rueful, this wise and funny author (whom Booklist calls “Anne Lamott’s hip, yoga- practicing, footloose younger sister”) is poised to garner yet more adoring fans.

“There is never a whiny or pious or dull moment because Gilbert is irreverent, hilarious, zestful, courageous, intelligent, and in masterful command of her sparkling prose….Gilbert’s sensuous and audacious spiritual odyssey is as deeply pleasurable as it is enlightening.”

— Booklist (starred review)
Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster Audiobook, by Jon Krakauer

Author: Jon Krakauer

Narrator: Jon Krakauer, Philip Franklin

Audio Length: @1x speed 9.00 hours
@1.5x speed 6.00 hours
@2x speed 4.50 hours

Overall Rating: 4.258064 out of 54.258064 out of 54.258064 out of 54.258064 out of 54.258064 out of 5

Narrator Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

Story Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster Audiobook

A bank of clouds was assembling on the not-so-distant horizon, but journalist-mountaineer Jon Krakauer, standing on the summit of Mt. Everest, saw nothing that “suggested that a murderous storm was bearing down.” He was wrong. The storm, which claimed five lives and left countless more—including Krakauer’s—in guilt-ridden disarray, would also provide the impetus for Into Thin Air, Krakauer’s epic account of the May 1996 disaster.

“Excellent book. Krakauer pulls no punches in this book. Climbing the mountain has become big business and it sure sounds like the almighty dollar outweighs safety and sensiblity. His discription of the environment in the Death Zone is haunting.”

— Cliff

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