Archive for October, 2009

Great Travel Adventure

Usually many people spent their vacations lying on the beach…day after day… then returning to the office feeling like they’ve somehow wasted their precious time away.  They feel restless, bored, desperate – do they just can’t get away? Do they can’t figure out  an adventure travel then to go there to realize their dreams? Definitely, greatest travel  history has a various of influence on the places that many of us want to visit.  No doubt there is reason to read more books:-) We can read about far off places and exotic adventures, and it fires our own imaginations, sometimes compelling us to take a journey of our own, and experience the things that we’ve dreamed about. Here is some stories about favorite travel-adventure tales, featuring intrepid explorers, important discoveries, and exotic landscapes in which you’re bound to get completely caught up–and likely learn something new perhaps to use someone’s experience for  following it.
1. The Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition by Caroline Alexander

In August 1914, explorer Ernest Shackleton and a 27-member crew set sail in the ship Endurance for the South Atlantic in a quest to be the first men to cross Antarctica on foot. Less than 100 miles from their destination, the ship became trapped in the ice and was slowly crushed, leaving the crew stranded. The story of their 20-month ordeal and dangerous attempts to escape makes for exciting, absorbing reading.

2. Trail of Feathers: In Search of the Birdmen of Peru by Tahir Shah

Intrepid, enthusiastic traveler Shah goes in search of the mythical Birdmen of the Incas, a journey that leads him from London to Machu Picchu, and eventually down the Amazon. Along the way, in his mad search for clues, he meets many strange characters who send him on paths that lead to penetrating insights into Peruvian culture. The result is a manic, funny, and ultimately revealing examination of what is truly valuable.

3. Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph by T.E. Lawrence

A classic of adventure writing, this is the exciting tale of the real Lawrence of Arabia written by Lawrence himself. Focusing on the author’s exploits in the British army while helping Arab forces fight the occupying Turks during World War I, it is part military history, part adventure epic, and part intense personal examination. Lawrence’s story has all of the elements of a great adventure, including an exotic location and plenty of manly derring-do.

4. Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson and the Opening of the American West by Stephen E. Ambrose

Historian Stephen Ambrose’s widely acclaimed account of the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery expedition traces this momentous journey across North America through the eyes of Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson’s personal secretary. From the incredible hardships and breathtaking discoveries of the three-year trek to Lewis’s later disappointments, depression, and despair, Ambrose offers a vivid look at an exceptional time in American history.

5. 8 Men and a Duck: An Improbable Voyage by Reed Boat to Easter Island by Nick J. Thorpe

When journalist Nick Thorpe signed on as a crew member to the Viracocha in 1999, he knew it would be no ordinary journey. The group’s mission was to complete a voyage across the Pacific from South America to Easter Island to test explorer Thor Heyerdahl’s theory of Polynesian/Amerindian migration. From a fitful start plagued by money, equipment, and crew problems to frightening encounters with ships, storms, and sharks, the seemingly absurd trip–which Thorpe recounts with humor and wry wit–evolves into a triumphant achievement.

6. The Travels of Marco Polo by Marco Polo, Manuel Komroff, editor

The quintessential travel author, Venice-born merchant Marco Polo penned in the 13th century what has been called one of the greatest adventure books of all time. Polo’s colorful account of his travels through Asia offers detailed descriptions of life in China, Tibet, India, and many other lands, including explanations of local customs and history, descriptions of flora and fauna, and, most notably, extensive material on the courts of the venerable ruler Kublai Khan. This facsimile of the 1926 edition features the classic Marsden translation, revised and corrected.

7. West with the Night by Beryl Markham

Originally published in the early 1940s, Markham’s account of her life and adventures in Africa was rediscovered and reprinted in the 1980s to much acclaim. Known for setting an aviation record as the first person to fly solo across the Atlantic from East to West, Markham worked as a bush pilot and hobnobbed with the Blixens and Denys Finch-Hatton of Out of Africa fame. With a talent for description and narrative, Markham makes the people and places of Africa, most notably Kenya, come alive. Ernest Hemingway called this “a bloody wonderful book.”

8. Tracks: The Exhilarating True Story of a Woman’s Solo Trek across 1,700 Miles of Australian Outback by Robyn Davidson

Davidson’s chronicle of her extraordinary journey through the Australian desert–accompanied by four camels and a dog–has become a modern cult classic. What drives the author to embark on her lonely and difficult trek isn’t entirely clear, which makes the tale even more compelling: Will she find what she’s seeking? Told with passionate integrity and often painful honesty, Davidson’s story confronts themes of personal independence and determination; an inspiring read.

9. A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush by Eric Newby

Disenchanted with his work as an executive in London’s fashion industry, Eric Newby sets off with a friend to climb Afghanistan’s remote Hindu Kush mountains. Although published in 1958, Newby’s account of the often maddening, sometimes harrowing expedition offers valuable insights on the politics of Afghanistan for contemporary readers. But the author’s observations and impression of the region’s land and people and the self-effacing humor with which he recounts them are what really make this a rewarding read.

10. The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen

In fall of 1973, author Matthiessen set out with a zoologist for Nepal to study the Himalayan blue sheep–and, possibly, to get a rare glimpse of the mythical snow leopard, thought to be unseen by humans for more than two decades. This account of the five-week trek deep into the heart of Tibetan culture offers lyrical descriptions of the region’s landscape and wildlife as part of a riveting narrative that ponders life, death, and the ultimate search for meaning.