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1. Posted by TylerJames (Respected Member 333 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

i've been dieing for a good read anyone have any good sugestions

2. Posted by wotthefiqh (Inactive 1447 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Ow's about -

A Fez of the Heart: Travels around Turkey in Search of a Hat by Jeremy Seal


Boy Wonder by James Robert Baker
A totally OTT fictional and very funny book about filmmaking in Hollywood

Pop Widdly

3. Posted by moutallica (Respected Member 122 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I would really recommend "Hokkaido Highway Blues" by Will Ferguson. It also seems to be called "Hitching Rides with Buddha" in some cases. This is the story of him hitching across Japan. A great read that is both laugh out load funny and full of insight. It has really made me want to go to Japan. Not only to Tokyo or some other major tourist centre, but to the small towns where the heart of Japan lies as he has done.

He has also written a few other books. I am currently reading "Beauty tips from moosejaw", which is about his travels across Canada. It may not interest you as much as it is also filled with a lot of the history of Canada (which I am enjoying). But really, you can't go wrong with Will Ferguson. He is currently one of my favourite writers and I am just trying to read all his books.

4. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I recommend anything by Bill Bryson:

In A Sunburned Country - About his travels through Australia
A Walk in the Woods - He and an old friend hike the Appalachian Trail
The Lost Continent: Travels in Small-Town America - the title speaks for itself
Neither here nor There: Travels in Europe - Again - self-explanatory

Bryson just for fun:

A Short History of Nearly Everything - Pretty much what the title says
The Mother Tongue - About the English language(He's written more, butthese are

(Bryson has written more but these are a good start...)

If you like Caribbean islands, lighthouses, seaplanes, horses, fishing, and old schooners, I highly recommend:

A Salty Piece of Land by Jimmy Buffett

Not the greatest writing style, but it will keep you entertained and ordering wiki-wiki drinks.

5. Posted by snatterand (Travel Guru 454 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

"Life of Pi" by Yann Martel.
About a different kind of travelling... And a very good book too! Definitely suitable on 20 hours busrides.


6. Posted by wotthefiqh (Inactive 1447 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Get the Jetlag Travel guide book Molvania, A Land Untouched by Modern Dentistry.
It is a fictional country set in Eastern Europe, and is a parody of travel guidebooks. It describes the country as "the birthplace of whooping cough" and "the owner of Europe's oldest nuclear reactor".
The book became a center of controversy a few years ago when the UK's former Minister for Europe accused it of exploiting prejudices about Eastern Europe.
This book is an absolute SCREAM!!!!