Here are a few recommended travel book reads, either location specific or books to keep you busy for days…
For Overall Inspiration:
Follows the journey of an Andalusian sheep herder trying to discover what his personal legend is. A re-occuring theme in the book is, “when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”
Chris Guillebeau’s The Happiness of Pursuit is about people who have taken quests in their life and includes stories from Chris’ own quest, which was to visit every country in the world before age 35.
Theroux recounts his early adventures on an unusual grand continental tour. Asia’s fabled trains — the Orient Express, the Khyber Pass Local, the Frontier Mail, the Golden Arrow to Kuala Lumpur, the Mandalay Express, the Trans-Siberian Express — are the stars of a journey that takes him on a loop eastbound from London’s Victoria Station to Tokyo Central, then back from Japan on the Trans-Siberian.
Recounts the failure of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition led by Sir Ernest Shackleton in its attempt to cross the Antarctic continent in 1914 and the subsequent struggle for survival endured by the twenty-eight man crew for almost two years.
Papua New Guinea:
A non-fiction book by American author Mitchell Zuckoff about a US military airplane called “The Gremlin Special”, which crashed on May 13, 1945 in New Guinea, and the story of the subsequent rescue of the survivors.
All the Thailand expats are talking about this book and agree that this is a must read for any man before making a trip to Thailand. Although it claims it is a fiction, many many people can identify with this book and it helps a westerner understand what love is from different cultural perspectives.
A 1996 non-fiction. On September 6, 1992, Christopher McCandless’s body was found inside an abandoned bus in Alaska. One year later, author Jon Krakauer retraced McCandless’ steps during the two years between college graduation and his demise in Alaska. McCandless shed his legal name early in his journey, adopting the moniker “Alexander Supertramp.”
Series, to keep you busy for days…
George R.R. Martin – Game of Thrones Series
Five novels in the epic fantasy series that inspired HBO’s Game of Thrones. Novels are reminiscent of High Medieval Western Europe.
Diana Gabaldon – The Outlander Series
The Outlander series focuses on 20th-century British nurse Claire Randall, who time travels to 18th-century Scotland and finds adventure and romance with the dashing Highland warrior James Fraser