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Books for the Armchair Traveler
Mike Horn set out alone on a mission to travel 12,000 miles around the globe at the Arctic Circle. He conquered this seemingly impossible journey in twenty-seven grueling months by foot, ski, mountain bike, kayak, catamaran, and sailboat through extreme conditions nearly costing him his life. This book has been described as hair-raising, amusing, inspiring and charming.
A rower and self-declared loner, Rosemary Mahoney was determined to take a solo trip down the Nile in a small boat. She encountered dissenters and gained unlikely allies while enduring blistering heat and the terror of crocodiles. Her tale is captivating.
Bored by her desk job at the BBC, Lois Pryce decided to bike
(motorcycle) from Anchorage, Alaska to the southernmost city of South America: Ushuaia, Argentina—almost 20,000 miles. This funny, vivid and engaging adventure will delight armchair travelers.
Hard-edged chef Anthony Bourdain (Kitchen Confidential
) delivers a look at the best and worst places around the world in which to eat. This book chronicles three years of globe-trotting; from stinky fermented shark in Iceland to the world’s worst bathrooms in Uzbekistan.
By Chuck Thompson
Thompson is an international travel writer who is tired of all travel reviews sounding like glossy advertisements. He decided to tell the truth about the places he visits. This book is filled with anecdotes from his experiences;
being swindled in Thailand and attacked by ants in Brazil (his tales are not for the faint of heart). He shares his opinions
oon places with which you may or may not agree (the Caribbean is depressing?),but his entertaining tell-it-like-it-is manner will keep your attention.
By Keith Bowden
Keith Bowden decided to become the first person to travel the entire length of the Rio as it forms the border between America and Mexico. This is his fascinating account of the journey by bike, canoe, and raft. Coyotes, mountain lions, flora, fauna, illegal immigrants and drug runners make this honest memoir spellbinding.
Way Off the Road: Discovering the Peculiar Charms of Small-Town America
By Bill Geist
Emmy Award-winning correspondent and commentator Bill Geist explores small-town America in an RV. His friendly, wise, and slightly off-kilter tales of his 5,600-mile trip are delightful.
By Maliha Masood
Twenty-something Maliha Masood left her west coast dot.com life to travel around Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, and Turkey in 2000. She returned to the United States two weeks before 9/11. Her infectious love of adventure, zany sense of humor, and serious questions take you on an intriguing journey.