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1. Posted by wittak (Inactive 55 posts) 11y

Ok then guys, those of you particularly hard travelled, what books - aside from guidebooks - have been your most inspiring companions to you on your travels?

I'm sure I'll get the obvious Bill Bryson's and McCarthy's listed but let's see what obscure titles get thrown into the mix!


2. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

My Journey to Lhasa (Alexandra David-Neal).

Seven Years in Tibet
(H. Herrer)

3. Posted by joey22 (Travel Guru 561 posts) 11y

the alchemist by paulo coehlo

papillon by henri charriere

mr nice by howard marks

the bible

4. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

Ten Thousand Miles Without a Cloud if you're interested in learning more about the roots of Buddhism

In Patagonia and The Songlines - both travel inspired books by Bruce Chatwin

5. Posted by Mikey B (Respected Member 181 posts) 11y

Riding the Iron Rooster by Paul Theroux - Documenting the authors train travels across China. A great read by a great travel writer.

A Secret Country by John Pilger - A fascinating look at Australia by one of its greatest writers and contemporary commentators.

Burmese Days by Goerge Orwell - His first book, inspired by his time spent working as a policeman in Burma under British rule.

Full Tilt by Dervla Murphy - The Irish writers account of her solo journey by bicycle from Ireland to India in 1963. The book includes her account of her travels through Afganistan, a country which she fell in love with, as well as numerous adventures and narrow escapes. At one point she is attacked by wolves and has to defend herself by shooting the attackers - luckily she carried a pistol for protection! Needless to say this isn't your average, everyday, run of the mill travellers journel.

6. Posted by wittak (Inactive 55 posts) 11y

C'mon Wocca! This is usually ur bag!!!!!!!!

7. Posted by stella45 (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y

All Gabriel Garcia Marquez, but in particular 100 years of Solitude

And loove Bill bryson, but not in public for fear of swallowing my own tongue in vain attempt not to cackle like a madwoman and scare fellow travellers

8. Posted by Peter (Admin 5915 posts) 11y

Quoting wittak

C'mon Wocca! This is usually ur bag!!!!!!!!

You won't be hearing much from him unfortunately. See here

9. Posted by wittak (Inactive 55 posts) 11y

Wow! What a shock!!

Ok.. back to topic... C'mon guys help me out here! Books, books, books....????

10. Posted by snatterand (Travel Guru 454 posts) 11y

Allright, allright...

I think "the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" is perrrrfect It's almost a guidebook, right?? ;) You don't need to carry around the full volume, you can buy each of the five pieces seperately.

"Stupid white men", Michael Moore, was also very inspiring as travel company.