Armchair Traveler

As much as we would love to be out exploring the world on bicycle and on foot, this isn’t possible at the moment. The next best thing to actual travel is reading about travel and thankfully, the world is full of outstanding writers that can take you there when our feet can’t.

I recently finished Kate Harris’ delightful ‘Lands of Lost Borders’ about cycling the Silk Road and heartily recommend. I also just finished Michael Palin’s ‘Erebus’ about polar exploration and the Ross and Franklin expeditions which is riveting. Here are a few books you might consider including some timeless classics and a couple that aren’t about travel at all; some you may be able to access digitally through your local library. We’ll add others periodically….

  • A Little History of the World: E.H. Gombrich
  • Memoirs of a Geisha: Arthur Gold
  • Catfish and Mandela: Andrew Pham
  • A year in Provence: Peter Mayle
  • Journey to Portugal: Jose Caramago
  • Professor & the Madman: Simon Winchester
  • The Alchemist: Paulo Coelho
  • Wild: Cheryl Strayed
  • In a Sunburned Country:  Bill Bryson
  • The Geography of Bliss: Eric Weiner
  • A year of Living Danishly: Helen Russell
  • Erebus: Michael Palin
  • The Worst Journey in the World: Apsley Cherry-Garrard
  • The Great Railway Bazaar: By Train Through Asia: Paul Theroux
  • In Patagonia: Bruce Chatwin
  • An Unsung Hero: Michael Smith
  • A Lady Cyclist Guide to Kashgar: Suzanne Joinson
  • Lands of Lost Borders: Kate Harris
  • On the Trail of Genghis Khan: Tim Cope
  • Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life: William Finnegan


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