If you're like me, when you can't be travelling, you like to read about it. Here's my list of classic favorites - all of them great reads. What I like about them is that they all describe unscripted, unguided, and sometimes off-the-cuff adventures. (None of them even had a stinkin' cell phone!) The best, like Annie Dillard, probe the deep wonder of existance, making me appreciate the miracle of being alive.
What books should I add to the list?
Full Tilt, by Dervla Murphy - Irish woman sets out to fulfill a childhood dream to ride her bike to India.
Planet Walker, by John Francis - Frustrated by an oil-tanker spill, man takes vow of silence and walks across North America, earning several college degrees along the way.
Rowing to Latitude, by Jill Fredstone - Avalanche expert takes to the ocean in a specialized rowing shell during the off-season, exploring lonesome stretches of arctic coastlines with her husband.
Vagabonding, by Rolf Potts - Travel writer shares tips and anecdotes about how to fund and find time for extensive travel.
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, by Annie Dillard - The author lives alone in an Appalachian cabin, observing the natural world. (I like anything by Dillard.)
Sailing Alone Around the World, by Joshua Slocum - Down-on-his-luck sea captain restores an old boat and - the title sums it up.
Valley of the Assassins, by Freya Stark - Unstoppable woman explores off-the-map parts of the middle east.
My First Summer in the Sierra, by John Muir - The title pretty much says it all.
Ok @TomIrvine I'm running out to the library as we speak!
I've been a big fan of the 'Best American Travel Writing' series which is a collection of short works by various authors, one book is released each year. And, I always laugh a lot when reading Bill Bryson. It looks like you may have just filled my weekend plans though!