I’ve read plenty of brilliant books this year. Unfortunately, only a few of them ended up being about travel and adventure writing (I’m a sucker for true crime). I’m aiming to change that this coming year, especially now that I have a Kindle Paperwhite. No more stuffing paperbacks in suitcases and bike panniers.
Read on to check out my shortlist.
Books Read in 2018
Jupiter’s Travels by Ted Simon
Like the Long Way Round and Down books by McGregor and Boorman, Jupiter’s Travels is one of the, if not THE definitive motorcycle travel books. There is a very good reason why this is the case though, in fact, Ted Simon is the reason that the two aforementioned chaps decided to go around the world on bikes!
Ted Simon is a great writer, his tale of circumnavigation, while a little dated, is still a fascinating read and is sure to get your adventurous juices flowing. I absolutely loved this book, and while none his follow ups are on my 2019 list, they’re definitely on my Amazon Wish List.
Embrace the Cow: How to Ride Around the World on a Budget by Steph Jeavons
For those who don’t know, Steph Jeavons rode on all seven continents using her Honda CRF250L. This book was written while she was on her travels and mixes up diary entries with useful tips and advice for planning you own budget adventure. It’s a short and sweet book but at £3.99 packs a lot of bang for it’s buck.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty by James Thurber
Another short book, and by short I mean barely a chapter, and it’s not about adventure travel either.
However, I feel that this book sums up how I (and a lot of people I imagine) feel about adventure travel, always daydreaming about it, never living it.
Books to read in 2019
Step By Step: The Life in My Journeys by Simon Reeve
One of Britain’s most decorated adventurers in recent history. This is his autobiography which has had rave reviews across the board and documents all his top travels throughout his life.
Land of the Dawn-lit Mountains by Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent
Shortlisted for the 2018 Edward Stanford Travel Writing Award, this book follows the author’s 2000 mile journey through Arunachal Pradesh, a mountain region in India. I am so keen to sink my teeth into this one. I just love stories about remote places and peoples.
Don’t Go There: From Chernobyl to North Korea—one man’s quest to lose
himself and find everyone else in the world’s strangest places by Adam Fletcher
Dark Tourism is on the up and up these days, and I love it. There are some weird people and places in the world and they often lead to fascinating stories – hence why Adam Fletcher wrote this book.
Half a World Away in Australia: Travels in a Land Down Under by Alistair McGuinnes
I spent a few years out living and working in Melbourne and my biggest regret was that a very rarely traveled and saw the country. I still beat myself up over it.
This will hopefully be my chance to be an armchair traveler in the country I should’ve explored more.
Erebus: The Story of a Ship by Michael Palin
One of my absolute favourite stories of exploration is the failed voyage of Ernest Shackleton. If you don’t know about it then look it up because it’s fascinating.
I also love a good mystery, so this book will hopefully satisfy on both fronts. Erebus (along with the Terror) disappeared during an expedition to the arctic in 1848 and was found again in 2014.
So there it is, my reading list for 2019, I’m sure I’ll come across more as I go. Do you have any suggestions? If so, let me know, or if you want to read one of these then please consider clicking through to amazon from one of my links. It doesn’t cost you any more but as an Amazon Associate, I get a tiny kick-back from qualifying purchases.