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Eat Pray Love
One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia
Elizabeth Gilbert - 2010-06-29 (first published in 2006)
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A transformational journey through Italy, India, and Bali searching for pleasure and devotion—the massive bestseller from the author of Big Magic, on sale now! This beautifully written, heartfelt memoir touched a nerve among both readers and reviewers. Elizabeth Gilbert tells how she made the difficult choice to leave behind all the trappings of mo...
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In a Sunburned Country
Bill Bryson - 2001-05-15 (first published in 2000)
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A CLASSIC FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF ONE SUMMER Every time Bill Bryson walks out the door, memorable travel literature threatens to break out. His previous excursion along the Appalachian Trail resulted in the sublime national bestseller A Walk in the Woods. In A Sunburned Country is his report on what he found in an entirely dif...
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Vagabonding
An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel
Rolf Potts - 2002-12-24
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Vagabonding is about taking time off from your normal life - from six weeks to four months to two years - to discover and experience the world on your own terms. Veteran shoestring traveler Rolf Potts shows how anyone armed with an independent spirit can achieve the dream of extended overseas travel. Potts gives the necessary information on:- finan...
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Tim Ferriss
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Blue Highways
A Journey into America
William Least Heat Moon - 1999-10-19 (first published in 1982)
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Hailed as a masterpiece of American travel writing, Blue Highways is an unforgettable journey along our nation's backroads.William Least Heat-Moon set out with little more than the need to put home behind him and a sense of curiosity about "those little towns that get on the map-if they get on at all-only because some cartographer has a blank space...
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The Art of Travel
Alain de Botton - 2004-05-11
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Any Baedeker will tell us where we ought to travel, but only Alain de Botton will tell us how and why. With the same intelligence and insouciant charm he brought to How Proust Can Save Your Life, de Botton considers the pleasures of anticipation; the allure of the exotic, and the value of noticing everything from a seascape in Barbados to the takeo...
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Jason Silva
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Turn Right at Machu Picchu
Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time
Mark Adams - 2012-04-24
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What happens when an adventure travel expert-who's never actually done anything adventurous-tries to re-create the original expedition to Machu Picchu? July 24, 1911, was a day for the history books. For on that rainy morning, the young Yale professor Hiram Bingham III climbed into the Andes Mountains of Peru and encountered an ancient city in the ...
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Dark Star Safari
Overland from Cairo to Capetown
Paul Theroux - 2004-04-05 (first published in 2002)
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In Dark Star Safari the wittily observant and endearingly irascible Paul Theroux takes readers the length of Africa by rattletrap bus, dugout canoe, cattle truck, armed convoy, ferry, and train. In the course of his epic and enlightening journey, he endures danger, delay, and dismaying circumstances.Gauging the state of affairs, he talks to African...
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The Great Railway Bazaar
By Train Through Asia
Paul Theroux - 2006-06-01 (first published in 1975)
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First published in 1975, Paul Theroux's strange, unique, and hugely entertaining railway odyssey has become a modern classic of travel literature. Here Theroux recounts his early adventures on an unusual grand continental tour. Asia's fabled trains -- the Orient Express, the Khyber Pass Local, the Frontier Mail, the Golden Arrow to Kuala Lumpur, th...
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Shashi Bellamkonda
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In Patagonia
40th Anniversary Edition
Bruce Chatwin - 2017-11-28 (first published in 1977)
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When Bruce Chatwin’s In Patagonia was published in 1977 it heralded the arrival of a startling new talent in British literature. Critics were surprised and spellbound by a story of an adventure which blurred the boundaries between travel writing, biography, history and memoir. All readers recognised its timeless quality – Auberon Waugh went as far ...
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Richard Branson
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Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone
J. K. Rowling - 1998-10-01 (first published in 1997)
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Harry Potter has never been the star of a Quidditch team, scoring points while riding a broom far above the ground. He knows no spells, has never helped to hatch a dragon, and has never worn a cloak of invisibility.All he knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley - a great big swollen...
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Arvind Subramanian
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush by Eric Newby
The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain
How Not To Travel The World by Lauren Juliff
Atlas Obscura by Joshua Foer
Love with a Chance of Drowning by Torre Deroche
Becoming by Michelle Obama
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Marching Powder by Thomas McFadden
West with the Night by Beryl Markham
Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey
Arabian Sands by Wilfred Thesiger
Catfish and Mandala by Andrew Pham
Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes by Robert Louis Stevenson
Seven Years in Tibet by Heinrich Harrer
The Places In Between by Rory Stewart
Tracks by Robyn Davidson
Video Night in Kathmandu by Pico Iyer
The Good Girl's Guide to Getting Lost by Rachel Friedman
The Shadow of the Sun by Ryszard Kapuscinski
The Travel Book by Lonely Planet
DK Eyewitness Italy by Eyewitness
A Time of Gifts by Patrick Leigh Fermor
Venice by Jan Morris
The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen
Great Plains by Ian Frazier
In Search of Captain Zero by Allan Weisbecker
Flaming Iguanas by Erika Lopez
How to Travel the World on $50 a Day by Matt Kepnes
Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osborne
The Rings of Saturn by W. G. Sebald
The Long Walk by Slavomir Rawicz
As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning by Laurie Lee
Rice, Noodle, Fish by Matt Goulding
Destinations of a Lifetime by National Geographic
Black Lamb and Grey Falcon by Rebecca West
The Most Scenic Drives in America, Newly Revised and Updated by Editors of Reader'S Digest
The Bucket List by Kath Stathers
Microadventures by Alastair Humphreys
Atlas of Adventures by Rachel Williams
DK Eyewitness Japan by Eyewitness
American Nomads by Richard Grant
Rick Steves London 2020 by Rick Steves
Lonely Planet Japan by Lonely Planet
Riding the Iron Rooster by Paul Theroux
Lonely Planet Paris by Lonely Planet
Around the World in 80 Trains by Monisha Rajesh
No Mercy by Redmond O'Hanlon
The Caliph's House by Tahir Shah
A Geek in Japan by Hector Garcia
Lands of Lost Borders by Kate Harris
Maximum City by Suketu Mehta
The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Educated by Tara Westover
Endurance by Alfred Lansing
Wonder by R. J. Palacio
Journey by Aaron Becker
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
The Worst Journey in the World by Apsley Cherry-Garrard
Rick Steves Italy 2020 by Rick Steves
Arctic Dreams by Barry Lopez
By Judith Schalansky Pocket Atlas of Remote Islands by Judith Schalansky
Jupiters Travels by Ted Simon
Rick Steves Paris 2019 by Rick Steves
The Travel Book by Lonely Planet Kids
This is San Francisco [A Children's Classic] by Miroslav Sasek
The Penguin Lessons by Tom Michell
A Fortune-Teller Told Me by Tiziano Terzani
Full Tilt by Dervla Murphy
Overground Railroad by Candacy Taylor
Journeys of a Lifetime by National Geographic
Travels with Herodotus by Ryszard Kapuscinski
See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng
Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling
Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
Shogun by James Clavell
Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper
Angels in America by Tony Kushner
Richard Scarry's Cars and Trucks and Things That Go by Richard Scarry
It's What I Do by Lynsey Addario
River Town by Peter Hessler
City of Djinns by William Dalrymple
Finding Gobi by Dion Leonard
Coming into the Country by John Mcphee
Rick Steves Europe Through the Back Door by Rick Steves