I am a bit of an Arhmchair traveller. Although I holiday a reasonable amount (ahem!) my travels are constrained to the UK. I must have mentioned why before so enough of that.
I do enjoy reading about other countries. So can anyone recommend some good travel writers? I want something engaging and a good "guide/companion" but not someone who is just trying to be funny. Bill Bryson is funny but he also sticks some facts in.
Anyway some travel literature I'd recommend :
Sara Wheeler - Chile: Travels in a Thin Country
Simon Winchester - The River at the Center of the World: A Journey Up the Yangtze, and Back in Chinese Time
Paul Theroux - The Great Railway Bazaar: By Train Through Asia
Nicholas Crane - Clear Waters Rising: A Mountain Walk Across Europe
I'd particularly like some recommendations for Europe and the US and of course Canada.