A list of 10 travel tales sure to inspire your spirit of exploration.
1. A Labyrinth of Kingdoms by Steve Kemper
In 1849 Heinrich Barth sets out across North Africa for the Royal Geographic Society to report on the people and geography. He is the first European to set foot in many of the villages and towns meeting the kings and tribal chiefs while narrowly avoiding death. Heinrich Barth travels 10,000 miles over 5 years learning the languages and culture of the native people This is the last account of these civilizations before the arrival of the "white man."
2. Oaxaca Journal by Oliver Sacks
A neuroscientist who has a fondness for ferns travels to Oaxaca to investigate the natural history and culture of Southern Mexico. His insight into plants and the planet are both unique and fascinating.
3. Tracks by Robyn Davidson
Questioning her generation and the treatment of the Aborigines in 1970's Australia, Robyn Davidson becomes determined to capture a couple of imported wild camels to walk a solo trek across 1700 miles of the Australian Outback. Experience her intimate relationship with the land, her dog, 3 wild camels, and the natives as she sets out on this adventure of self-discovery.
4. Life and Death in the Andes by Kim MacQuarrie
A historical travel journal through the world's longest mountain chain, the Andes of South America. Learn the rich history of the continent from ancient civilizations to modern day revolutionaries. Do not miss the grand explorations of Darwin, Butch Cassidy, and Che Guevara. While eagerly reading, time slips away as fast as the turning pages.
5. Tecate Journal by Keith Bowden
Follow a college professor's 70 day canoe expedition down the Rio Grande during the border wars. His insight and compassion for wildlife and the people living along the Rio Grande Mexican border are moving. This is an outstanding adventure book.
6. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
7. Wide Open World by John Marshall
How volunteering around the globe changed one American family, including 2 technology obsessed teenagers' lives for ever.
8. Travels with Charlie by John Steinbeck
Hailed as the great American writer, John Steinbeck sets out with his dog Charlie in search of America. His highly humorous narrative of the interstate and country roads in the 1960's is as insightful today as it was during the civil rights movement. One of my favorites.
9. West with the Night by Beryl Markham
A memoir of the one of the first female pilots and her life in Kenya, Africa in the 1920's including her friendship with native tribes and the landscape. This book is friend you haven't yet met.
10. In Search of Captain Zero
A surfer's road trip to the end of the road through the untamed jungles and equally wild people of Central America to find his long lost surfing friend.