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"I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. The great affair is to move, to feel the needs and hitches of our life more nearly, to come down off the feather-bed of civilization and find the globe granite underfoot and strewn with cutting flint." --Robert Louis Stevenson.

A selection by Marianne Ramsden.

Contents

Africa

An American couple spend seven years, between 1973 and 1980, in the Botswana wilderness studying lions, brown hyenas, jackals and birds while surviving in one of the last and largest pristine areas of the world.
Expelled from Botswana after publishing Cry Of the Kalahari, the authors set off across Africa settling in Zambia and fighting to save the elephants and their own lives.
The author provides a lively and humor-filled account of five expeditions, over three decades, to Africa where she and her family studied ants and beetles.
  • No Mercy: a journey to the heart of the Congo. by Redmond O'Hanlon
The author’s trek through the unmapped equatorial African swamp-forest becomes a journal of personal discovery and leads to an understanding of life that he and his African companions can share.
In an attempt to retrace the steps of the British explorer Henry Morton Stanley, the author sails a hollowed-out canoe down the Congo through a country full of corruption, crime and misery.
The author’s six-year-long relationship with a group of Maasai prompts her to write this compassionate and respectful account of a proud and tenacious people who resist new ways of life, but hold on to tradition and customs from long ago.
  • Desert Flower: the extraordinary journey of a desert nomad by Waris Dirie
A fascinating story of a woman born and raised in Somalia as a nomad and later leaving to live in London and becoming a fashion model.
A willful, free-thinking woman, turned pioneer aviator (she flew solo across the Atlantic in 1936), the author describes colonial Africa and how she identifies more with the natives than with the ruling conquerors.

The Arctic and Antarctic

  • A Viking Voyage: in which an unlikely crew of adventurers attempts an epic journey to the New World by Carter Hodding
By turns thrilling and full of slapstick, sublime and outrageous, this book is an unforgettable adventure story and takes you to unspoiled territory, and also shows what friendship and teamwork can accomplish.
After their ship is blown off course, four men spend six years on a small barren island near Spitsbergen in 1743. The author launches a quest to try and map the progression of their plight.
  • Cold Oceans: adventures in kayak, rowboat, and dogsled by Jonathan Turk
A thrilling story of expeditions to some of the most inhospitable regions on earth, where the author is shipwrecked off Cape Horn, stopped by ice in the Northwest Passage, and beaten back by blinding blizzards in the Arctic.
First published in 1917, this account of a ship frozen in the polar ice shows the courage and perseverance of the navigator who managed to lead 13 members of the crew across the ice to safety.
A gripping survival story of Ernest Shackleton’s disastrous journey to Antarctica, where his ship and crew become stranded in the polar ice for two years, until their outrageous 900-mile voyage in a small boat reaches South Georgia Island.
A seasoned seafarer, the author embarks on an ultimate quest; reaching the far North and spending a winter unaided with only the local Inuits as possible assistants and company.
The author becomes the first woman to ski to the North Pole when she, at age 50, treks 345 miles in 27 days with her dog Charlie. They encounter polar bears, tremendous blizzards and hurricane force winds.
The author spends seven months in Antarctica, living with its scientists and dreamers. She writes beguilingly of the vast continent which she admits:"...exists most vividly in the mind."
  • Icebound: a doctor's incredible battle for survival at the South Pole by Jerri Nielson.
Dr. Nielsen is the only physician at this South Pole station responsible for the mental and physical fitness of all personnel. She grows to love them and Antarctica. After being diagnosed with cancer she has to be airlifted out during the coldest time of year.
A World War II chronicle of the exciting escape and the stubborn courage of a heroic resistance fighter hiding in the arctic regions of Norway.
  • Nunaga:ten years among the Eskimos by Duncan Pryde.
The author was only 18 when he left his native Scotland in 1955 to launch a career in fur-trading in the very northern-most regions of arctic Canada. He records ten years of adventures of hunting, shamanism, wife-exchange, blood feuds and a way of life that now has vanished altogether.

Asia

  • Shooting the Boh: a woman's voyage down the wildest river in Borneo by Tracy Johnston.
A frank self-portrait of the author facing her fears of middle age while descending on an extremely treacherous ride on an uncharted river in central Borneo.
  • Full Tilt: Ireland to India by Bicycle by Dervla Murphy.
Murphy’s unedited travel journal of her epic journey through Europe, Iran, Afghanistan, over the Himalayas to Pakistan and into India, adds to her book’s immediacy and spontaneity.
Two tales of adventure are combined; that of Major Tom Harrison, a British World War II soldier who in 1945 parachuted into the jungle, and the expedition 50 years later when the author and a climbing companion search for a mountain only rumored to exist.
A collection of anecdotes from several years the author spent teaching English in the backwater city of Chansha, China.
In August of 1993, with only a bicycle named Greene for company, this 27-year-old American sets off on a 5,000 mile trek that takes her from the shores of Lake Baikal through Mongolia, China and Vietnam, all the way to the Mekong Delta.
This is a tale of an 800-mile journey across rural India on an elephant named Tara whom the author bought on an impulse. Together with several Indian helpers they attend village festivals, and receive the hospitality of princes and paupers alike.
At age 22 the author leaves a stale life in Canada and becomes a volunteer teacher in the remote Buddhist kingdom of Bhutan. Life there initially frustrates her, but she is eventually captivated by its rudimentary lifestyle that forces her to question former values and plans for the future.
With a sense of humor and eye for detail, the author presents the turbulent Middle East from the vantage point of the average person whom we meet in small villages, rural areas and large cities.
The author travels with a companion and native guides to the center of Borneo, which no expedition has attempted since 1926. The account combines the thrill of adventure into an unknown and untouched area of the world and the observations of a truly witty Englishman.
The author travels by bicycle 7,000 miles from Sweden to Mt. Everest where he proceeds to climb the mountain without the aid of sherpas or other climbers. After reaching the summit he returns to Sweden on his bike.

Australia

The author revels in Australia’s history, its eccentric characters, dangerous flora and fauna, and other oddities.
The author walks almost 2,000 miles across the Australian desert with her dog and four cantankerous camels confronting her own rage and desperation at the paradoxical ugliness and beauty of the rural lands she encounters.
This is a classic account of the fateful Burke and Willis expedition of 1860 that was supposed to map the interior of the continent, but ended in tragedy due to bad planning, incompetence and an astounding inability to adapt to the harsh conditions of the country.


Europe

Twenty years after his first trip to Europe, the author goes back and tries to recreate the wonders of his student travels abroad. Still amazed by the cultural variety of the continent he dissects and illuminates each place and person with keen observations.
Having lived in England for nearly two decades, the author decides to take his family back to the USA. Before he goes he takes one last look at Britain and all its faults and foibles trying to understand what it is that he loves so much about his adopted country.
  • Sea Change: the summer voyage from East to west Scotland of the Anassa by Mairi Hedderwick.
A six-week sailing trip in an antiquated fishing-boat down the scenic Caledonian Canal and through many lochs and fjords proves to be a voyage of both self-discovery and true adventure.
  • The Olive Farm: a memoir of life, love and olive oil in the south of France by Carol Drinkwater.
The author relates how she realizes her dream of a peaceful and meaningful life by buying and transforming a run-down farm in the south of France into a thriving business.
With his wife, the author sets off on a 350-mile walk from the Mediterranean coast to the Atlantic coast of southern France thoroughly enjoying the many delights of the rural countryside, but also battling blisters, getting lost, arguing and making up.
The restoration of an abandoned villa and life in a small town, the sense of renewed possibilities, the joys of art, food, wine and friendships, are affectionately retold by the author in these two volumes.
Accompanied by his New Zealand girlfriend the author walks across the widest part of Norway and experiences strenuous climbs, nights in luxurious mountain huts and spectacular views.
  • Extra Virgin: a young woman discovers the Italian Riviera where every month is enchanted by Annie Hawes.
In 1983 the author and her sister leave England for the sun-drenched olive groves of Liguria. With fantasies of handsome men and swimming in the sea urging them on, they take a ten-week job to graft roses--room and board included--and fall in love with Italy and its people.

The Pacific

In 1947, the author and five other adventurers sail from Peru on a balsa log raft to prove a theory that the South Sea Islands have been settled from South America. Three months after 4,300 miles on the open sea we find them on the Polynesian island of Puka-Puka.
  • Sailing the Pacific: a voyage across the longest stretch of water on earth and a journey into its past by Miles Hordern.
The author takes a single-handed sailing trip from New Zealand to Patagonia with 1,000 miles of cruising the intricate Chilean canals continuing west via the tropics back to New Zealand.
An account of a comically misguided attempt to sail a reed boat from Huatajata to Easter Island in the fashion of Thor Heyerdahl.
  • Blue Latitudes: boldly going where Captain Cook has gone before by Tony Horwitz.
Two centuries after James Cook’s epic voyages of discovery, the author takes us on a wild ride across hemispheres and centuries to recapture the Captain’s adventures and explore his legacy in today’s Pacific.
  • Fatu Hiva: back to nature by Thor Heyerdahl.
The author and his new wife travel to the Marquesas to live in 1937. For eight months they try to survive disease, mosquitoes, unfriendly natives and unrelenting mud. Finally the disillusioned couple see the sail of a boat and escape “paradise.”

South America

  • Living Poor: a Peace Corps chronicle by Mauritz Thomsen.
An honest and detailed account of the author’s experience as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ecuador in the 1960’s.
  • Amazon Extreme" three ordinary guys, one rubber raft, and the most dangerous river on earth by Colin Angus.
This is a riveting travelogue of the daily challenges, dangers and triumphs experienced over the course of a five-month expedition, beginning with an exhausting trek across the Andes to the headwaters of the Amazon River and later on the river itself.
A deeply personal look at the people, poverty, beauty, art and passion of South America as the author moves from city to feudal countryside and from primitive conditions to the contemporary details of a culture in transition.
The author travels uncharted rivers in a dugout canoe, on a four-month journey through the bug-ridden rain forest between the Orinoco and the Amazon where the area is infested with jaguars and piranhas and the local Yanomamis might be the most violent people on earth.
A dramatic documentation of daily life, traditions and mysterious rituals of a disappearing people, the indigenous Yanomama Indians of Venezuela and southern Brazil by an anthropologist who lived with them and studied them.
  • Into the Heart: one man's pursuit of love and knowledge among the Yanomama by Kenneth Good.
Beginning in the mid-1970s the author lives with, and studies, this elusive, often violent Amazonian Indian tribe during several trips and eventually marries a Yanomama woman.

United States

  • Rolling Nowhere: a young man's adventure riding the rails with American hobos by Ted Conover.
Always fascinated by hobos, the author takes a year off, dresses in thrift-store clothes and becomes a tramp. He hops on and off freight trains and meets men and women along the way who are generous and mistrusting, philosophical and cynical.
After twenty years living in England the author returns to the USA and through a collection of essays reveals a country that is lost to itself and also lost to him as he realizes that he is a foreigner in his own land.
  • Blue Highways: a journey into America by William Least Heat-Moon
This is a great view of the diversity of the United States, told via the author’s 13,000 mile, 38-state car trip down the back-roads of our country.
After emigrating to the US from England the author recreates his hitchhiking adventure from 30 some years ago and embarks on a long and strange trip across the highways of America from missile silos in Nebraska to the seedy streets of Las Vegas.
Together with a friend, the author hikes several sections of the trail. The, often hilarious, account of their trials and triumphs, also contains information about the history and lore of the AT.
  • A Journey North: one woman's story of hiking the Appalachian Trail by Adrienne Hall.
A million footsteps, countless candy bars, blinding snowstorms, flooding rivers and endless mountaintops turn into the experience of a lifetime as the author hikes this amazing corridor of wilderness.
The author takes to the water and explores the coastal areas from the Florida Keys to the Mexican border by way of the Everglades.
  • Down in Bristol Bay: tides, hangovers, and harrowing experiences on Alaska's last frontier by Bob Durr.
Tired of academia, this former English professor moves to an isolated region of Alaska in the summer of 1964 and becomes a salmon fisherman.

World

The author takes us on a quirky and unconventional journey through the satisfactions and disappointments of travel and modestly suggests how we can learn to be happier on our travels.
Following her dream of connecting with people in cultures all over the world, the author sells all her possessions and starts her travels that take her to small villages, large cities, mountains and deserts. She embraces all with joy and exuberance.
  • One Year Off: leaving it all behind for a round-the-world journey with our children by David Cohen.
With his wife and three children, the author sets off to do some serious travel. The family gets to know each other and discover the world through new eyes and gain a fresh perspective on life and priorities.
From Zimbabwe to Romania, from Russia to Haiti, the author, a photojournalist, takes us on a heartbreaking yet surprisingly hilarious journey, seamlessly combining her personal battles with the historical ones it is her job to record.
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