The Travel Book – Books That Take You On An Adventure…

Whilst I love travelling there is another thing I love doing too and that is reading. There are so many great travel writers out there and when I look for a book about this topic I want it to be an adventure not just a description book. So I thought a fun thing to do would be to talk about five books that I have read about adventures about travel that you may want to give a try.


The Kid Who Climbed Everest, Bear Grylls

This is one of the first books that I read by Bear Gryll’s and I loved it as it is very action packed. Some people tend to wonder why I am such a huge Bear fan and then I say read his autobiography and his books. He has been through a lot and the determination that he had means that he pushed to do what he does today. This book I found really interesting, well described and really plants you into the centre of the action. I think that this book highlights the dangers and the efforts it takes to climb to the top of Everest.

Here is the synopsis for you.

In 1996, a twenty-three-year-old soldier in the British Army was flying over an African desert on a routine parachute jump. His parachute failed to open at eleven thousand feet. He had cracked three vertebrae and come within a fraction of severing his spinal cord. A grueling eight months of physical therapy followed. Eighteen months after his accident he overcame incredible odds to reach the peak of Everest. This a tale of courage and determination. Bear’s quest for funding for his expedition, his seventy days on Everest’s southeast face, and a narrow brush with death after a fall into a crevasse at nineteen thousand feet, make the story an essential read for anyone who’s ever had a dream and made it come true.


Himalaya, Michael Palin

I decided to read this book because I had really started to enjoy books which entail adventure and travel, Michael Palin is famous for his travel shows and when I came across this book in a charity shop I knew I had to read it. Whilst the geography may be a bit outdated, it is still a really interesting read. The whole book is Michael’s diary entries which means you are really thrown into the action much more so then you would in a television show.

Here is the synopsis:

Himalaya is the book that Michael Palin wrote to accompany the BBC television documentary series Himalaya with Michael Palin. This book, like the other books that Michael Palin wrote following each of his seven trips for the BBC, consists both of his text and of many photographs to illustrate the trip.


Walking The Nile, Levison Wood

I like to buy books sometimes without knowing a lot about them to see if they end up being any good. I didn’t really read the synopsis when I bought this book but I knew who Levison Wood was so thought I would give it a try. This book completely surprised me and ended up being such a great adventure book. If you are looking for a book that is a great adventure and exploration of a country then this is one that you really need to read. Every length of the journey has it’s twists and turns creating a really great read. It is yet again a book based on a television show (which I did not watch or know about) but you don’t need that, read the book.

Here is the synopsis:


His journey is 4,250 miles long. He is walking every step of the way, camping in the wild, foraging for food, fending for himself against multiple dangers.


Cold, Ranulph Fiennes

If you want a real book about exploring, then you buy a Ranulph Fiennes book as he has gone on some of the most extraordinary expeditions. This is really one of his best books as it takes an in depth look at all the adventures that he has been on in the coldest locations on the planet. There is something really interesting to read about in every turn of the page: the good, the bad, the stressful the emotional.

Here is the synopsis:

There are only few human beings who can adapt, survive and thrive in the coldest regions on earth. And below a certain temperature, death is inevitable. Sir Ranulph Fiennes has spent much of his life exploring and working in conditions of extreme cold. The loss of many of his fingers to frostbite is a testament to the horrors man is exposed to at such perilous temperatures. With the many adventures he has led over the past 40 years, testing his limits of endurance to the maximum, he deservedly holds the title of ‘the world’s greatest explorer’.Cold is a celebration of a life dedicated to researching and exploring some of the most hostile and brutally cold places on earth.


An Idiot Abroad, Karl Pilkington

This may seem a bit weird having all these fantastic explorers followed by the likes of Karl Pilkington but let me explain. Idiot Abroad was a television show for SKY where Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant decided to force Karl to go travelling and when he is in these certain locations he gets forced to do ridiculous tasks. The reason that this book made the list is because they are so much better then the television show. Karl goes into so much depth about his adventures and times in these countries and cities that you get such an in depth look at an area from someone who really doesn’t want to be there. It is hilarious and sort of gives a lighter approach to the adventure category.

Here is the Synopsis

Presenting the Travel Diaries of Karl Pilkington: Adventurer. Philosopher. Knob head. Karl Pilkington isn’t keen on travelling. Given the choice, he’ll go on holiday to Devon or Wales or, at a push, eat English food on a package holiday in Majorca. Which isn’t exactly Michael Palin, is it? So what happened when he was convinced by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant to go on an epic adventure to see the Seven Wonders of the World? Travel broadens the mind, right?  You’d think so…


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