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Great Travel Books

Graydon Hazenberg "Graydon"
 
Between the Woods and the Water: on Foot to Constantinople from the Hook of Holland - The Middle Danube to the Iron Gates
Between the Woods and the Water: on Foot to Constantinople from the Hook of Holland - The Middle Danube to the Iron Gates
"Possibly the best-written travel book of all time.  Beautiful, elegiac, life-affirming."
In Xanadu: A Quest
In Xanadu: A Quest
"An erudite, funny, youthful romp along Marco Polo's route to Xanadu."
The Road to Oxiana
The Road to Oxiana
"A journey to Afghanistan in 1933, with an expert's eye cast on the architectural wonders along the way."
One River
One River
"Epic wanderings in Amazonia by an ethnobotanist on the trail of coca and its cultural uses."
Stranger in the Forest: On Foot Across Borneo
Stranger in the Forest: On Foot Across Borneo
"A tough adventure among a disappearing culture in a disappearing rainforest."
A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush
A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush
"A very funny account of a rare visit to Nuristan, Afghanistan in the 1950s.  It has the best last line of any travel book ever."
The Snow Leopard (Penguin Nature Classics)
The Snow Leopard (Penguin Nature Classics)
"A challenging external journey across the Himalayas, accompanied by a comparable inner voyage into the psyche."
Seven Years in Tibet
Seven Years in Tibet
"The book that made me want to visit Tibet."
An Unexpected Light: Travels in Afghanistan
An Unexpected Light: Travels in Afghanistan
"A book of unexpected beauty about a country of legendary hospitality and history."
Into the Heart of Borneo
Into the Heart of Borneo
"Who says great travel writing can't be hilariously funny?"
Full Tilt: From Dublin to Delhi with a Bicycle
Full Tilt: From Dublin to Delhi with a Bicycle
"The doyenne of bicycle tourists, at her early best."
From the Holy Mountain: A Journey in the Shadow of Byzantium
From the Holy Mountain: A Journey in the Shadow of Byzantium
"Less funny, but more serious, spiritual and sombre than In Xanadu.  Moving and brilliant."
Arabian Sands: Revised Edition (Travel Library)
Arabian Sands: Revised Edition (Travel Library)
"Spare, elegant prose to tell the story of great desert journeys among the Bedu of the Empty Quarter"
The Songlines
The Songlines
"A travel story within a travel story, as Chatwin reflects on the nature of nomadism and its role in human pre-history."
The Missionaries: God Against the Indians
The Missionaries: God Against the Indians
"A travel book by one of the great travel writers combined with a scathing expose of the horrific effects of modern-day missionaries on indigenous cultures.  This book will make you very, very angry."
Danziger's Travels: Beyond Forbidden Frontiers (Paladin Books)
Danziger's Travels: Beyond Forbidden Frontiers (Paladin Books)
"The ultimate backpacker odyssey on a shoestring budget.  Central Asia for 18 months on 500 pounds, with adventures with the mujihadeen in Afghanistan."
A Time of Gifts: On Foot to Constantinople: From the Hook of Holland to the Middle Danube (New York Review Books Classics)
A Time of Gifts: On Foot to Constantinople: From the Hook of Holland to the Middle Danube (New York Review Books Classics)
"The beginning of the journey continued in Between the Woods and the Water.  A young man walks across Europe in 1933-34, encountering a world that will shortly vanish forever.  Mesmerizing."