The Best Books Featuring Unusual Travel Stories

The Books I Picked & Why

Free Country: A Penniless Adventure the Length of Britain

By George Mahood

Free Country: A Penniless Adventure the Length of Britain

Why this book?

Free Country features two young men, George, and Ben, who plan and execute a three-week, 1,000-mile cycle trip through the English and Scottish countryside. The catch? They embark on this journey with only the clothes on their backsides (Union Jack boxer shorts)! They must depend on the kindness and generosity of strangers to move their journey forward and I found myself anxiously turning the pages with a smile on my face.  


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Driving over Lemons

By Chris Stewart

Driving over Lemons

Why this book?

Driving Over Lemons took me on a humorous journey to a dilapidated farm in the Alpujarra Mountains in Southern Spain. I could picture many of the scenes in my mind and I laughed out loud at the unusual experiences Chris and his wife experienced as they settled into their new rural life running a rustic sheep farm in unfamiliar territory.


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Watery Ways

By Valerie Poore

Watery Ways

Why this book?

With humor and grace, Valerie describes her trials and tribulations as she transitions from a divorce and corporate job in Johannesburg, to renting and eventually purchasing an old barge in the city of Rotterdam in the Netherlands. As she points out, “one of the first things you learn about living on a barge is that an awful lot of stuff is going to end up in the water.”


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A Long Way from Paris

By E. C. Murray

A Long Way from Paris

Why this book?

Written in an engaging style, A Long Way from Paris centers on a young women's experiences living with a small family and working as a goat herder in southern France in 1980.  Elizabeth soon discovers that it is hard work dealing with the animals, especially during the frigid winter months. The language barrier between her and the family adds an unwelcome layer of complexity to an already challenging experience.


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Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

By Cheryl Strayed

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

Why this book?

Wild is ultimately a story about a young woman's quest to find a path to healing following the untimely death of her mother. Years of reckless behavior destroy her marriage, but Cheryl eventually finds a new focus, embarking on a difficult and harrowing solo 1,100-mile journey on the Pacific Crest Trail. This memoir, describing her journey, will have you gripping the book (and perhaps rolling your eyes) as you anxiously turn the pages.


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