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No notes for slide. Top travel books 1. What denotes a top travel book is a subjective opinion so this list has been through the following selection process. Top Travel Books a list by nomadicnotes. Travel books in this list are defined as personal narratives and historic travel journals, so fiction and destination history books are excluded.
This list is compiled from an aggregation of top travel book lists, and books that are considered classics of the genre that have been overlooked by modern lists. The list is ordered alphabetically and not sorted into sub-categories, and in the interest of diversity only one book per author is represented. This list has been compiled by James Clark at Nomadic Notes. Read More… 5.
Norman Lewis traveled in Indo- China during the precarious last years of the French colonial regime.
Much of the charm and grandeur of the ancient native civilizations survived until the devastation of the Vietnam War. Read More… 6. The result is a distinctive, stimulating, and poignant voyage of discovery. Read More… 7. In Terzani took heed to the reading and decided not to fly for the year. As a journalist based in Asia he travelled by land and sea, visiting fortunetellers, oracles, and sorcerers along the way and revealing the superstitious ways of life in Asia.
Read More… 8. Read More… 9. Read More… It sounded like the perfect distraction from home life and thoughts about the future. Scott Fitzgerald. In , travel writer David Farley moved to Calcata, determined to find the missing foreskin, or at least find out the truth behind its disappearance. But unlike other climbs, the routes up Annapurna had never been charted. Herzog and his team had to locate the mountain using crude maps, pick out a single untried route, and go for the summit. Antarctica: An Intimate Portrait of a Mysterious Continent by Gabrielle Walker Drawing on her travels across the continent, Gabrielle Walker illuminates what it feels like to be there and why it draws so many different kinds of people.
Witness cutting- edge science experiments, visit the South Pole, lodge with American, Italian, and French researchers, drive snowdozers, drill ice cores, and listen for the message Antarctica is sending us about our future in an age of global warming.
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Lawrence, he set out to explore the deserts of Arabia, traveling among peoples who had never seen a European. Arctic Dreams by Barry Lopez Barry Lopez offers a thorough examination of the Far North-its terrain, its wildlife, its history of Eskimo natives and intrepid explorers who have arrived on their icy shores. He thought it would take him a year — it took him over two.
At the end of , he cycled back into Cape Town, 14kg lighter and having covered 36, km through thirty-four countries. In he travelled with his friend Hugh Carless from Mayfair to Afghanistan, and the mountains of the Hindu Kush, north-east of Kabul.
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Inexperienced and ill prepared, the amateurish rogues embark on a month of adventure and hardship in one of the most beautiful wildernesses on earth. Lee recalls the first great journey of his young life, in which he walks through Spain and becomes entangled in the passionate, bloody struggle that was the Spanish Civil War. This memoir, written with the excitement and wonder of a twenty-year-old, is also infused with the prescience of a young adult who sees what lies ahead. With Assassination Vacation, she takes us on a road trip like no other — a journey to the pit stops of American political murder and through the myriad ways they have been used for fun and profit, for political and cultural advantage.
A Time of Gifts is the rich account of his adventures as far as Hungary, after which Between the Woods and the Water continues the story to the Iron Gates that divide the Carpathian and Balkan mountains. He describes how disillusionment with society in the s drove him out onto the road on a walk across America. Many miles later, he learned lessons about his country and himself that resonate to this day. In that year Congress offered acre tracts of land to anyone bold or foolish enough to stake a claim to them.
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Countless homesteaders went west to make their fortunes. Most failed. In Bad Land, Jonathan Raban travels through the unforgiving country that was the scene of their dreams and undoing, and makes their stories come alive. Kaplan From the assassination that triggered World War I to the ethnic warfare in Serbia, Bosnia, and Croatia, the Balkans have been the crucible of the twentieth century, the place where terrorism and genocide first became tools of policy. This new edition includes six opinion pieces written by Robert Kaplan about the Balkans between l and Beyond the Sky and the Earth: A Journey into Bhutan by Jamie Zeppa Jamie Zeppa was 24 when she left a stagnant life at home and signed a contract to teach for two years in the Buddhist hermit kingdom of Bhutan.
Much more than just a travel memoir, Beyond the Sky and the Earth is the story of her time in a Himalayan village, immersed in Bhutanese culture and the wonders of new and lasting love. Bitter Lemons by Lawrence Durrell Durrell tells the story of his experiences on Cyprus between and first as a visitor, then as a householder and teacher, and finally as Press Advisor to a government coping with armed rebellion. He writes about the sunlit villages and people, the ancient buildings, mountains and sea-and the somber political tragedy that finally engulfed the island. Black Lamb and Grey Falcon by Rebecca West Written on the brink of World War II, this examination of the history, people, and politics of Yugoslavia illuminates a region that is still a focus of international concern.
A blend of travel journal, cultural commentary, and historical insight, this book probes the troubled history of the Balkans and the uneasy relationships among its ethnic groups. Bound for Glory by Woody Guthrie This is a road novel in the form of autobiography. When the Depression arrived, Guthrie hit the road and travelled round America. He became a folksinger, guitarist, merchant seaman, actor, artist and broadcaster. Guthrie incarnated for generations of Americans the artist as free spirit. This is the book that created the legend. Catfish and Mandala by Andrew X.
Pham Andrew X. Pham was born in Vietnam and raised in California. They are united over central India around 10th July, a date that can be calculated within seven or eight days. Alexander Frater aims to follow the monsoon, sometimes behind it, sometimes in front of it, while watching the impact of this extraordinary phenomenon. Though he lasted only a few months before illness and personal crisis forced him home, Bissell found himself entranced by this remote land.
Five years later he returned to explore the shrinking Aral Sea, destroyed by Soviet irrigation policies. It is a rich tapestry of vivid characters, observed landscapes, and descriptive narrative, in three principal segments that deal, respectively, with a total wilderness, with urban Alaska, and with life in the remoteness of the bush. Entertaining, fascinating, and informative, City of Djinns is an irresistible blend of research and adventure. In her fifteen years of flight experience she recounts crazy airline passengers and crew drama, overcrowded crashpads, and finding love at 35, feet.
A journey through the history and culture of the Danube lands, from the Bavarian hills through Austro- Hungary and the Balkans to the Black Sea. With minimal gear and disguised as an itinerant Muslim, he hitch- hiked and walked through southern Turkey, and the Iran of the Ayatollahs, entering Afghanistan illegally in the wake of a convoy of Chinese weapons and then spent months dodging Russian helicopter gunships with the rebel guerillas. Do Travel Writers Go to Hell? As a rower, she faced crocodiles and testy river currents; as a female, she confronted deeply-held beliefs about foreign women while cautiously remaining open to genuine friendship; and, as a traveler, she experienced events that ranged from the humorous to the hair-raising.
Once his tiny boat pushed off the banks of this mysterious river, Tayler realised he was in a place where maps and supplies would have no bearing on his survival. Fate is the Hunter by Ernest K. Gann Ernest K. He had flown in both peace and war and came close to death many times. The book recalls the characters he met and the dramas he experienced, portraying fate or death as a hunter constantly in pursuit of pilots.
Thompson Hunter S. Along the way, she stayed in a village where cannibalism was still practiced behind the backs of missionaries, met the leader of the separatist guerrilla movement opposing the Indonesian occupation of Western New Guinea, and undertook an epic trek through the jungle.
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His family are embraced by the neighborhood merchants, whose stories and child-rearing advice is as compelling as the city itself. Free Country: A Penniless Adventure the Length of Britain by George Mahood George and Ben have three weeks to cycle miles from the bottom of England to the top of Scotland, but they have no bikes, no clothes, no food and no money. Setting off in just a pair of Union Jack boxer shorts, they attempt to rely on the generosity of the British public for everything from bikes to beer.
From head-hunters in Borneo to a meal of maggots in Mexico, his route takes him to some of the most politically volatile and physically demanding places on Earth. This sets her life on an entirely new course. After Manila, Hong Kong and Bangkok, their travels take an unexpected turn: she meets 4 young men sailing their boat around the world, and convinces them to let her and Kippy join them. Great Plains by Ian Frazier Ian Frazier takes us on a journey of more than 25, miles up and down and across the vast and myth-inspiring Great Plains.
Here is New York by E. White Perceptive, funny, and nostalgic, E. Not in years of Japanese recorded history had anyone followed the Cherry Blossom Front from one end of the country to the other. Nor had anyone hitchhiked the length of Japan. But, heady on sakura and sake, Will Ferguson bet he could do both. Holidays in Hell by P. That was the case with Sarah Macdonald, who went backpacking there when she was Twelve years later her new boyfriend — a correspondent for ABC Australia — is posted to New Delhi and she returns with him.
This book is about following your dreams, getting out of your comfort zone, and falling in love with life on the road. Iberia by James A. He not only reveals the celebrated history of bullfighters and warrior kings, painters and processions, cathedrals and olive orchards, he also shares the intimate, often hidden country he came to know, where the congeniality of living souls is thrust against the dark weight of history.
James, but he decided to get off the couch and do it anyway. Lonely and searching for meaning along the way, he began the journal that turned into this engaging book. As he wends his way through the labyrinthine medinas of Fez and Marrakech, traverses the Sahara sands, and samples the hospitality of ordinary Moroccans, Tahir collects a treasury of traditional wisdom stories which open the doors to layers of culture most visitors hardly realize exist.
He explores how they have been steered by the innumerable frictions present in Indian society—the contradictions and compromises of religious faith, the whim and chaos of random political forces. Indonesia, Etc. Author Elizabeth Pisani traveled 26, miles in search of the links that bind this disparate nation.
This account explores the culture, history, and beauty of a Morocco, depicting the customs and manners, and written with the eye of a documentarian. This is a chance at adventure in an exotic land she thinks she understands. Instead she finds rejection and scorn in the places she believed would most embrace her, but also humour, honesty, loyalty and love.
He describes the people he befriended, the bandits he evaded, the waves he caught while on his quest. Beginning his journey with in Somalia in September and ending with the Israeli-Hezbollah war in the summer of , Sites talks with the people on every side, including those caught in the cross fire. Four months later, his decomposed body was found by a moose hunter. How McCandless came to die is the story of Into the Wild.
He writes of bureaucrats, students and Cultural Revolution survivors, stripping none of their complexity and humanity. Though he writes of history and of classical lore, this is mostly a personal tale. Journey Without Maps by Graham Greene His mind crowded with vivid images of Africa, Graham Greene set off in to discover Liberia, a remote and unfamiliar republic founded for released slaves.
Crossing the red-clay terrain from Sierra Leone to the coast of Grand Bassa with a chain of porters, he came to know one of the few areas of Africa untouched by colonization. In four years he covered 78, miles through 45 countries, living with peasants and presidents, in prisons and palaces, through wars and revolutions.
This book has inspired many to travel, including Ewan McGregor. But Kevin had promised his homesick Irish mother that he would explore the whole of the Old Country and bring back the sights and the stories to their home in Massachusetts. So he picked up the phone and called his fellow actor-slash-biker friend Charley Boorman and told him it was time to hit the road. Lost City of the Incas by Hiram Bingham Early in the 20th century, Bingham ventured into the wild and then unknown country of the Eastern Peruvian Andes—and in came upon the fabulous Inca city that made him famous: Machu Picchu.
In the space of one short season he went on to discover two more lost cities, including Vitcos, where the last Incan Emperor was assassinated. Love with a Chance of Drowning by Torre DeRoche Early in the 20th century, Bingham ventured into the wild and then unknown country of the Eastern Peruvian Andes—and in came upon the fabulous Inca city that made him famous: Machu Picchu. The book is a unique window into travel writing, with each chapter containing endnotes that reveal the ragged edges behind the experience and creation of each tale.
The book covers tensions between Hindus and Muslims gangs, the sex industry, and life in Bollywood. Along the way, the cyclists encountered warm- hearted strangers, bicycle-hating drivers, rock-throwing Egyptians, over-protective Thai policemen, and great personal joys. He offers intimate reflection on life, fatherhood, change, and the fragile health of our planet. He tells of the seas that stranded him and of his efforts to retrieve his buried journals when he returned to Yemen ten years later.
Moveable Feasts: From Ancient Rome to the 21st Century, the Incredible Journeys of the Food We Eat by Sarah Murray We have travel books and books about travelling for food, but how often do you stop to think about how much travel your food has done? Moveable Feasts tell the story of how food has been transported over the centuries, such as the ancient Romans shipping olive oil around the Mediterranean, and the Berlin airlift of To reach Lhasa, she used her fluency of Tibetan dialects and culture, disguised herself as a beggar with yak hair extensions and inked skin and tackled some of the roughest terrain in the World.
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She was the first Western woman to have been received by any Dalai Lama. Twenty years later, he decided to retrace his journey. The journey took seven months and covered about 3, miles. Occupants by Henry Rollins Henry Rollins has searched out the most desolate corners of the Earth and shows that the greatest statements can be made with the simplest of acts: to just bear witness, to be present.