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This year I discovered Emily Hahn. She was a long time writer for the New Yorker and wrote quite a bit about her travels. One of them was about her trip with a friend, driving from Chicago to Alburquque - in 1925!
Last travel narrative I've read is A Day of Honey: A Memoir of Food, Love, and War by Annia Ciezaldo. Its part travel, part history and current events, takes place in the middle east. Very well written. Also read and really liked Locations by Jan Morris.
I would like to read some of her books-do you have a favorite of hers, that you can recommend?
I think the memoir is my fav. The other two that I read were china to me is about her time living in Hong Kong with her husband just before the Japanese take over, and then her harrrowing story of surviving during the war while her husband was in an internment camp Riviting read - lots of history I did not know. Also read England to me which covers her visits there and her marriage life.
If you like Emily Hahn you might like Martha Gelhorn, who was briefly married to Ernest Hemingway and traveled extensively as a reporter from pre-WWII to the Vietnam War--she published several books including Travels with Myself and Another, about her time with Hemingway and there are a couple of good bios of her--Beautiful Exile is one.
I've got a fair number of travel accounts in my library. Others I've liked--the first few are anthologies of accounts of 19th and early 20th century woman travelers:
The Blessings of a Good Thick Skirt
Parrot Pie for Breakfast
Unsuitable for Ladies
A Scandalous Life
Married to the Foreign Service
Anything by Redmond O'Hanlon
The Weather Prophet
Living With Cannibals
Oh I need to sit and write down titles. I have lots of Traveler Tales and Best American Travel Writing, plus several analogies. I enjoy reading authors who traveled pre modern era, hence my enjoyment of Freya Stark, Gertrude Bell, Richard Halliburton (fantastic writer, reminds me of early Bill Bryson - however he is a man of his time and is very non PC. But worth reading) List coming soon...
Unexpected Light By Jason Elliot, written soon after 9/11, the author returns to Afghanistan to revisit the places where he fought with the mujadeen in the 80s
In an antique land by Amitav Gosh He starts out looking for an slave from India inthe 1300s who he read about in college. His travels take him throughout the subcontinent and into the middle east at that time period. Fascinating - and sad when I realized that many of the places he talks about have been destroyed by ISIS
Blue Latitudes by Tony Horwitz Following James Cook through the Pacific. One of my favorite travel writers
Time for Gifts Patrick Leigh Fermoor (and the next two books that follow In 1936 as a young man traveled from Holland to Turkey Some of the most amazing travel writing I've ever read, with descriptions of places and people before the world crashed in.
Those sound like they belong on my (too short) list of "non American or European traveler accounts."
Travel narrative is probably my favorite genre! One I read recently that I can definitely recommend: Walking with Plato. For Japan, consider Walking the Kiso Road. If you're looking for non-western accounts, try Burmese writer Ma Thanegi's tales of domestic travel: The Native Tourist and Defiled on the Ayeyarwaddy. There's also a book about India, written by an Indian: Following Fish.
I could go on and on (and on), but won't.
Btw do you know about the Longitude.com website? its a bookstore that specializes in travel books, narratives, guides and maps Its how I discovered Hahn and Haliburton and others. Well worth checking out.
The Trip to Echo Spring and To the River by Olivia Laing.
Walking Israel by Martin Fletcher
Empire Antarctica by Gavin Francis
Walking Home by Simon Armitage
Indonesia, etc. by Elizabeth Pisani
The Old Ways by Robert MacFarlane
Looking for Transwonderland by Noo Saro-Wiwa
Finally ... as this list is long enough for now ...
I think you'd like anything by Tim Mackintosh-Smith