Funny Travel Books – My Best Top 5 Memoirs and Novels

Funny Travel Books Time!

As you might have gathered, the Travel Tart blog is a fairly silly collection of travel snippets from around the globe. Funnily enough, my taste in Travel Literature leans towards the funny, offbeat and downright hilarious. Hence, I’ve compiled a list of my all time favourite Funny Travel Books below.

I found these Funny Travel Books to be great reads, and a great distraction from the everyday grind.

These Funny Travel Books are listed below in no particular order.

Here we go.

Funny Travel Books – My Top 5

1. No Shitting In The Toilet – Peter Moore.

The title is inspired from an actual sign - and I must admit, is an attention grabber.  The book is a series of travel realities that are laugh-out-loud, but they are all so true.  I can relate to all of these Funny Travel Tips Peter talks about.

Favourite bit: Accommodation – The Top 10 Shitholes.

no-shitting-in-the-toilet

2. The Wrong Way Home - Peter Moore.

This is my favourite journey piece from Peter.  He needs to travel back home from London to Sydney.  Instead of taking a plane, he decides to travel the entire distance overland and takes him about 8 months or so.  Remember, that’s half way around the globe without taking a flight.  I can relate to Peter choosing the Tight Arse option of transport all too well!

Favourite bit: Undertaking AK-47 gun lessons in Taliban Afghanistan.

wrong-way-home

3. Playing The Moldovans At Tennis – Tony Hawks.

This Funny Travel Book is a result of a drunken bet.  Tony is watching England play Moldova in a soccer World Cup qualifier.  He bets with his mate that he can beat the entire Moldovan Soccer Team at tennis.  Tony then trys to track down the entire team in Moldova, and wherever else they live to play tennis.  If he loses, he has to do a striptease at his local pub.

Favourite bit: His mate substituting one of the Moldovan soccer players with a crack tennis player to ensure Tony doesn’t win the bet.

playing-the-modolvans-at-tennis

4. Where’s Wallis? – Brian Thacker.

This Funny Travel Book is pretty much throwing a dart at a world map and travelling there without a guidebook.  Brian attempts travelling in west Africa, Wallis and Futuna (some islands somewhere in the Pacific) and Kyrgyzstan without taking any guidebook whatsoever, making sure he’s totally unprepared.

Favourite bit: Meeting the old Frenchman ‘Blanc Blanc’ the sex tourist in Western Africa.

wheres-wallis

5. Molvania – A Land Untouched By Modern Dentistry.

This is where Lonely Planet meets Monty Python.  Basically, it’s a satirical guidebook about the fictional country of Molvania, which I think is located somewhere around the Eastern European region.  The book is structured like a guide book, but the text is a complete piss take.

Favourite bit: The ‘How To Get There’ description. ‘Most people get to Molvania either by air and by accident.

molvania

Some of these authors also appeared in my 52 Offbeat Travel Tips!

Funny Travel Books – How About Yours?

Anyway, I highly recommend you reading these Funny TravelBooks from some of my favourite Funny Travel Writers.

I guarantee that if you have a sense of humour, you will experience some good belly laughs.

So get out there and read some stuff on Funny Travel! If you’ve got an suggestions for other Funny Travel Books, fire away!


 

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26 Comments

  1. May 26, 2009    

    Funky post, loved it! I’ll definitely check out ‘The Wrong Way Home’ – sounds like a good read!

  2. May 26, 2009    

    May I be so bold as to recommend my own: More Ketchup than Salsa – Confessions of a Tenerife barman. It’s about swapping a career in fish entrails on a Lancashire market for a life as a British bar owner abroad.
    I think it’s good. And so does my Mum.
    http://www.joecawley.co.uk/about-more-ketchup-than-salsa

    Joe Cawley’s last blog post..Canary Islands under the sea

    • Jackie's Gravatar Jackie
      January 5, 2013    

      Just finished your book, Joe. It was a real treat to read, and made me laugh out loud several times. Keep up the good work :)

  3. Philly's Gravatar Philly
    May 27, 2009    

    you must add A.A. Gill’s hilarious (and at times incredibly moving) A.A. Gill Is Away to your list!

  4. May 27, 2009    

    Thanks! I’ve been looking for some good summer reading and all of these look perfect.

    1002things’s last blog post..A Minor Change in Plans

  5. Tim Russell's Gravatar Tim Russell
    August 5, 2009    

    "Frost on my Moustache" by Tim Moore. Probably the funniest book in any genre I’ve ever read.

    Added you to my blogroll btw.

  6. August 25, 2009    

    The Sex Lives of Cannibals by J. Maarten Troost is quite funny once you get used to his style. Thanks! Got to check some of these out.

    • Lynne's Gravatar Lynne
      February 19, 2010    

      Agreed, Troost’s books are a good time. Sex Lives, Getting Stoned with Savages and Lost on Planet China were both funny and painted vivid pictures.

  7. Amy's Gravatar Amy
    October 2, 2009    

    I haven’t read any of the above but have read “Round Ireland with a Fridge” by Tony Hawks and “Rule number 5 No sex on the bus” by Brian Thacker and both had me in fits! Awesome travel writers!

  8. October 20, 2009    

    Sound like some good books, especially the first one. What has been your favorite vacation place yet?
    -Jack

  9. November 18, 2009    

    What are you, on Peter Moore’s payroll? Nah, I’m joking – I love his books too. Though the Molvania guidebook is priceless. I keep my copy in the guest bathroom and I can’t tell the number of times people have come out holding the book and asking “Did you travel here?”
    .-= Gary@Bed and Breakfasts´s last blog ..Panama Ecotourism and Culture =-.

  10. February 3, 2010    

    Tony hawks and Peter Moore are both great writers. Love their travel inspiration they bring out when your reading

  11. February 3, 2010    

    Tony Hawks and Peter Moore are both great writers.

  12. February 11, 2010    

    I would second the suggestion of “Round Ireland with a Fridge” — funny stuff. I’d also recommend Jeff Greenwald’s “Size of the World – One Around without Leaving the Ground” — a hilarious attempt to circumnavigate the globe without taking a flight.
    .-= Johnny Vagabond´s last blog ..Vagabond Travel Tip #3 — Don’t Forget the Friendly Hat =-.

  13. February 14, 2010    

    Have you read ‘One Hit Wonderland’ by Tony Hawks, where he sets out to get a number one song in Albania? I have had it recommended to me as I have a bit of fascination with countries from that region…but haven’t tried it yet! Though if it is anything like his others, I am sure it’s very funny.
    .-= Packabook´s last blog ..Readers Recommend – Books set in Italy, China and Japan =-.

  14. April 21, 2010    

    Will definitely have to check out the Molvania book sounds like a great little comedy read. Anything pythonesque is always good for a laugh

    Keep up the good work Tart :)
    .-= smart traveller´s last blog ..Orlando’s Walt Disney World Resort – Epcot – Part 4 =-.

  15. April 29, 2010    

    Peter Moor is definitely the one with talent for engaging writing. Probably this is the reason you picked few of his books. I like them to. Looking forward for extended book listings.

  16. June 3, 2010    

    I wouldn’t indulge in the AK47 adventure though. US homeland security will have you put on their blacklist, isolate you in Guantanamo, Washboard you until you confess things you’ve never even knew existed. So skip that one :)

  17. Zonvakantie Tenerife's Gravatar Zonvakantie Tenerife
    November 13, 2010    

    Thanks for the list, I’m almost on my way to the sun (going no vacation in Tenerife) and taking The Wrong Way Home by Peter Moore with me. The summary already made me giggle so it should be fun!

  18. November 26, 2010    

    I have many favorite travel books, but the one and it is not a book as such, is Indi Travel. This blog is full of ideas, experiences and of course links to the best places and what to look out for in your travels.

  19. November 27, 2010    

    I keep my copy in the guest bathroom and I can’t tell the number of times people have come out holding the book. Though if it is anything like his others, I am sure it’s very funny.

  20. Tim Russell's Gravatar Tim Russell
    January 6, 2012    

    I don’t find Peter Moore even remotely amusing though his books are enjoyable in a lightweight sort of way. But funny? No.

    For real travel belly laughs, check out Tim Moore (no relation) – in particular “Frost on my Moustache” and “French Revolutions”.

  21. January 20, 2014    

    What a good list. A nice addition might be Road to Rouen by Ben Hatch which is the story of his trip with little ones around France.

  22. September 18, 2014    

    Excellent! Adding them to the list. I’m always on the look out for funny travel books / anecdotes, there needs to be more in my opinion! :-)

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