Travel related books with a nautical theme

I wish that I could travel more, but the reality of day to day life is that often the more mundane things become a priority. And to be honest, sometimes travel is just a lot of hard work and very time consuming. So when I have a little free time, I read about travel. I love the sea and reading about adventures on the oceans and the various islands in them is a way of escaping (but without the seasickness).

Here are some books that have allowed me to travel far away on the open sea while remaining in bed at home (given in no particular order):

Two Years Before the Mast, by R.H.Dana

Islands in a Forgotten Sea, by T.V.Bulpin

The ‘Caine’ Mutiny, by Herman Wouk

The Last Grain Race, by Eric Newby

Saltwater Buddah: A Surfer’s Quest to Find Zen on the Sea, by Jaimal Yogis

West of Jesus: Surfing, Science and the Origins of Belief, by Steven Kotler

Moby Dick, by Herman Melville

Cruise of the Snark, by Jack London

Riding the Magic Carpet, by Tom Anderson

The Spice Islands Voyage, by Tim Severin

The Happy Isles of Oceania, by Paul Theroux

Nathaniel’s Nutmeg, by Giles Milton

Islomania, by Thurston Clarke

The Sea Devil, by Lowell Thomas

Typhoon and Lord Jim, by Joseph Conrad

The Pirate Hunter, by Richard Zacks


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