The best books about travel adventures

David Beaupre Author Of Quest and Crew: A True Sailing Adventure
By David Beaupre

Who am I?

There is no easier way to have an adventure than to travel. People have a yearning for travel and adventure. For me it is in the air we breathe. I have spent a lifetime traveling to distant foreign lands and sailing the ocean. It's a good life most of the time. But more importantly, I have been fortunate to have been immersed in the sights and sounds of this magnificent world. For an experience you will not soon forget, come along on a sailing adventure in the Quest Series

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Quest and Crew: A True Sailing Adventure

By David Beaupre,

Book cover of Quest and Crew: A True Sailing Adventure

What is my book about?

How many times have you had that overpowering urge to leave it all behind and sail off to a tropical island? The desire of the ordinary landlubber to go to sea is as old as mankind itself. Here is the true story of how my wife and I became captured by the powerful allure of the sea. This is book one of a four-book series. Quest and Crew begins hours before a hurricane of unimaginable destructive force obliterates the south shore of Grenada. Luckily, Quest survives without a scratch. It’s a story about how life's many twists and turns, fortune and disaster, can change your path but make you stronger.

Quest and Crew is a glimpse into the powerful attraction of sailboats and sapphire water. It is all about the joy of success as well as what it takes to overcome the occasional disaster.

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The books I picked & why

Book cover of West with the Night: A Memoir

Why this book?

From a precocious childhood on her father's farm in the wilds of East Africa to a self-sufficient young woman breaking wild horses, Beryl showed her grit. She found her true love when she learned to fly and eventually became the first woman to fly solo from east to west across the Atlantic. The book is beautifully written and is as inspiring as when first published in 1942. West with the Night will surely become one of your favorites.

West with the Night: A Memoir

By Beryl Markham,

Why should I read it?

7 authors picked West with the Night as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

WEST WITH THE NIGHT appeared on 13 bestseller lists on first publication in 1942. It tells the spellbinding story of Beryl Markham -- aviator, racehorse trainer, fascinating beauty -and her life in the Kenya of the 1920s and 30s.

Markham was taken to Kenya at the age of four. As an adult she was befriended by Denys Finch-Hatton, the big-game hunter of OUT OF AFRICA fame, who took her flying in his airplane. Thrilled by the experience, Markham went on to become the first woman in Kenya to receive a commercial pilot's license.

In 1936 she determined to fly solo…

Book cover of River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze

Why this book?

Hessler took up the cause and became a Peace Corps volunteer in China. Through his daily exposure to a very foreign culture, he was able to absorb and make sense of a country that few Westerners ever really get to know or understand. From beginning to end, River Town offers a glimpse into the inscrutable Chinese and their way of life. 

River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze

By Peter Hessler,

Why should I read it?

3 authors picked River Town as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

When Peter Hessler went to China in the late 1990s, he expected to spend a couple of peaceful years teaching English in the town of Fuling on the Yangtze River. But what he experienced - the natural beauty, cultural tension, and complex process of understanding that takes place when one is thrust into a radically different society - surpassed anything he could have imagined. Hessler observes firsthand how major events such as the death of Deng Xiaoping, the return of Hong Kong to the mainland, and the controversial consturction of the Three Gorges Dam have affected even the people of…

Book cover of On the Plain of Snakes: A Mexican Journey

Why this book?

Another deeply insightful book from Paul Theroux, On the Plain of Snakes explores the cultural richness and sometimes dangerous aspects of Mexico. With a forward style and charisma, he comes face to face with narcos, police, corruption, migrants, and the sometimes frightening indigenous culture. His writings are not just all darkness and gloom. He goes to great lengths to describe the importance of family in a country with virtually no social network. He talks with the educated, the poverty-stricken, and even meets the leader of the Zapatistas.  After reading On the Plain of Snakes' you will develop a new appreciation for our Mexican neighbors, particularly concerning migration and the border control issues that have dominated the US for too many years. This is a long arduous trip which Theroux makes thoroughly enjoyable. 

On the Plain of Snakes: A Mexican Journey

By Paul Theroux,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked On the Plain of Snakes as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?


The master of contemporary travel writing, Paul Theroux, immerses himself in the beautiful and troubled heart of modern Mexico

Nogales is a border town caught between Mexico and the United States of America. A forty-foot steel fence runs through its centre, separating the prosperous US side from the impoverished Mexican side. It is a fascinating site of tension, now more than ever, as the town fills with hopeful border crossers and the deportees who have been caught and brought back. And it is here that Paul Theroux…

Book cover of In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette

Why this book?

In the late 19th century, many experts believed that the Arctic polar region was warm and habitable. Explorers like the crew of the Jeannette were willing to risk their lives to be the first to reach this mistakenly tropical land at the top of the earth. As they ventured further north, the ship became trapped in the ice but every time you think the party is doomed, the story takes a surprising turn. Hampton Sides provides a well-written, well-researched true adventure thriller as the crew tries to survive a long, life-threatening journey across the broken ice of the Arctic and Siberia on their quest to return home.

In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette

By Hampton Sides,

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked In the Kingdom of Ice as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

The age of exploration was drawing to a close, yet the mystery of the North Pole remained. Contemporaries described the pole as the 'unattainable object of our dreams', and the urge to fill in this last great blank space on the map grew irresistible.In 1879 the USS Jeannette set sail from San Francisco to cheering crowds and amid a frenzy of publicity. The ship and its crew, captained by the heroic George De Long, were destined for the uncharted waters of the Arctic.

But it wasn't long before the Jeannette was trapped in crushing pack ice. Amid the rush of…

The Road

By Jack London,

Book cover of The Road

Why this book?

The Road is a fun, and at times fanciful, autobiographical collection of Jack London's experiences as a hobo riding the rails across America during the Depression of the 1890s. An entertaining, informative travel adventure from America's dean of adventure writers.

The Road

By Jack London,

Why should I read it?

3 authors picked The Road as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

"I went on 'The Road' because I couldn't keep away from it; because I hadn't the price of the railroad fare in my jeans; because I was so made that I couldn't work all my life on 'one same shift'; because — well, just because it was easier to than not to."
Jack London's "road" is the railroad, and these reminiscences paint a vivid portrait of life in the United States during the major economic depression of the 1890s. His compelling adventures include a month-long detention in a state penitentiary for vagrancy, as well as his travels with Kelly's Army,…

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