The list author says: "I am on an extended trip from my home near San Francisco down through Mexico, Central America, and South America and (if my stamina holds up) on to Africa, India and back home. These are some of the books that got me on the road!"
"I've had the travel bug ever since I stumbled across this 700 page monster in my elementary school library. Halliburton takes you (and he really makes you believe you are the 10-year old companion he´s always talking to) to wonderful places from Chichen Itza to Fujiyama. So now 50+ David can play Richard Halliburton and take little David to the marvels of the world."
"This was Halliburton´s first: fresh out of college, not wanting an office job he´d hate while daydreaming about travel someday...he´d go straight to adventure. As time went on Halliburton had an eye to his audience and tried to out stunt himself. All of his books are great reads but this is the best."
"Read this last year as I kept planning...and delaying this trip. Now this guy is extreme. "This ferry line has the most sinkings? -where do I buy a ticket?" But there is real exhilaration here as he joins streams of people making it, often under very trying circumstances, from here to there and everywhere."
"Discontented people have always wandered, seeking. Why? What are they looking for? Do they find it? Why am I in this hit hostel 2000 miles from home with bronchitis and not planning to run home? Phil Cousineau gives some answers and asks more and deeper questions."
"Rough Guides are the most useful series of travel guides I've found. They have a volume for most of the destinations on my itinerary. All useful and detailed. This one is too slight for day to day use, but it helps you get moving."
"OK I'm in my late 50s, not gonna work forever, pensions and 401Ks are a joke, and Social Security is iffy. Is retiring on cat food in the USA for me? Is there a do-able, humane alternative? There are a lot of books on expatriate living. Most are dry facts or sales hype. This is the most real; this is the attitude to take when considering expatriate retirement."
"The Road isn't always kind. For Alison Wright, not at all. But she did more than survive a horrible bus accident in rural Laos, she learned and found a deeper peace and all those cliches I hope my journey doesn't make me learn. I'm not that tough...am I?"
"It IS a travel book, I´m doing my 50th (100th?) read in buses and waiting rooms. "It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out of your door. You step into the Road, and if you don't keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to.""