Titles on Russian history, the populace of Germany and a spiritual travelogue have been longlisted for the 2011 Authors' Club Dolman Travel Book of the Year.
Molotov's Magic Lantern by Rachel Polonski (Faber), Germania by Simon Winder (Picador) and All Kinds of Magic by Piers Moore Ede (Bloomsbury) have all made the 10-strong list.
First launched in 2006, the prize is the UK's only travel writing award and looks for "works of literary merit that show excellence in the tradition of great travel writing".
A shortlist of six will be announced on 10th June, and the winner revealed on 6th July.
The longlist in full:
All Kinds of Magic by Piers Moore Ede (Bloomsbury)
Andes by Michael Jacobs (Granta)
Dreaming in Hindi by Katherine Russell Rich (Portobello Books)
Drinking Arak off an Ayatollah's Beard by Nicolas Jubber (Da Capo Press)
Germania by Simon Winder (Picador)
Molotov's Magic Lantern by Rachel Polonsky (Faber)
Parisians by Graham Robb (Picador)
Spirit of the Phoenix by Tim Llewellen (IB Tauris)
The Edge of Physics by Anil Ananthaaswamy (Duckworth Overlook)
The Last Resort by Douglas Rogers (Short Books)