It’s been challenging (but fun!) choosing our favourite travel and adventure books from our vast collection, Most of our old books are stored in boxes in Ku’s mum’s garage and we’ve enjoyed going through them while we’ve been in lockdown. Indeed, we’ve even decided to re-read one or two of them. Of course, these days many of our books are downloaded to kindles, but there is nothing like reading a ‘real’ book. Anyway, without further ado we finally selected ten more inspirational books for globetrotters. Here they are:
The White Rock is the first of our selection of books for globetrotters. This captivating book is likely to have you hopping on the next flight to Peru! Hugh delves into the history and landscapes of the Incas in a book which combines travel, adventure and history. Indeed, the great thing about this book is that it is immensely readable – even if you aren’t a total history buff. The author’s descriptions are comprehensive, but engaging as he explores the Inca Heartland. The perfect book to take along on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu!
Adam travels in a very minimalistic manner. With little money and only a few basic items, he is self-sufficient and uses his skills to get by. He spent ten years wandering the world and in this this book recalls his many adventures. From constructing a tree house on a beach in Brazil to living in a dilapidated cottage high in the mountains of Spain, he ventured far and wide at whim. He also recounts his experience of WWOOFING (working on organic farms). Indeed, travelling sustainably is clearly something close to his heart. Due to the author’s dyslexia, the book is written in a simple, nevertheless effective way.
The author walked 3000 miles around the coast of Baja in Mexico and this is an intriguing account of a place rarely written about. Graham isn’t a typical adventurer, but after falling in love with Baja, he decided to tackle the peninsular on foot. He tells of the physical challenges he faced under Baja’s hot sun and of the kindness of the strangers who become friends. As a matter of fact, the stunning desert landscapes of Baja holds a special place in our hearts, so we particularly enjoyed this book. The fact that the author is an inexperienced adventurer who was brave enough to trek into the desert adds another dimension to its appeal.
This was the first of three books written by Lois and it is an account of her journey from Alaska to the foot of South America by motorbike. With a wanderlust in her heart, she turned her back on her job at the BBC and hit the road. Her journey is a gripping read from the start to finish and is funny, vividly descriptive and light-hearted. Furthermore, it’s an easy read and a refreshing change to read a motorbike odyssey from a woman’s point of view. An inspiring book for aspiring motorcycling globetrotters!
Mike was well and truly caught up in the rat race before he embarked on a new life. Nowadays, he works from his van and every day on the road is an exciting adventure. The author provides practical and inspirational tips and advice for anyone who has ever flirted with the idea of vanlife. We have long dreamt about purchasing a camper van and setting off into the sunset and this book has inspired us further. There are plenty of beautiful coffee table books about vanlife and they certainly serve a purpose. However, this book manages to go beyond the pretty pictures, yet is also hugely motivational.
A travel classic, this book is written by motorbike globetrotter legend, Ted Simon, and was the first book of its kind. Back in the late seventies, Ted rode 63,000 miles around the world over the course of four years. He experienced wars, prison, revolutions, breakdowns and disasters. It’s a rollicking ride and Ted writes descriptively about the people, places and incidents he encountered. A great read, whether or not you are a motorbike enthusiast, and a book that harks back to an earlier era in travel writing.
As a child, Jamie suffered from frequent panic attacks, which continued throughout his teenage years. When he was in his mid-twenties, he realised how much his fears were restricting him and decided to try and overcome them. Fed up with the rat-race, he made a plan to cycle, hitch-hike and raft his way through Europe. The Boy who was Afraid of the World is about pushing mental boundaries, but is also an engrossing adventure story. It’s a great read for globetrotters everywhere, but particularly for anyone who needs a little motivation in overcoming their own fears.
At this stage, we should mention that we aren’t motorbike enthusiasts. Indeed, we don’t even ride motorbikes – there just happen to be a heck of a lot of great travel books which feature motorbikes! Jonny set off on this African adventure just a couple of years after the death of his fiancé. Still broken hearted, he embarked on the journey hoping to find meaning in life again. His observations of the characters that he meets are poetic and colourful and his descriptions of the landscapes evocative. We were swept along with the story of loss, love and adventure on the vast continent of Africa.
This bewitching memoir recalls Ananda’s adventures on the hippie trail in the seventies. One of the original hippie globetrotters, Ananda writes vividly about his travels from Laurel Canyon in California to lakeside living in Guatemala. Indeed, the author is never one to shy away from life. Plunging head-first into the spirituality and culture of the lands he explored, he made new friends wherever he wandered. It’s a beautifully written book, not to mention wonderfully evocative of a unique era in travel.
The final choice in our selection of books for globetrotters is Full Tilt by prolific travel writer, Dervla Murphy, Somewhat of a classic, this is an account of Dervla’s bicycle journey from Ireland to India in 1963. Written in diary form, it’s a compelling read. Indeed, it’s an insight into the social, political and religious aspects of the countries she cycles through. She deals with the challenges she faces in a light-hearted and often humorous manner. Dervla is an adventurer in the truest sense of word and her journey blazed a trail for women who were inspired to embark on adventures of their own.