10 exciting travel biographies that will change your life during lockdown

Erika Armanino gives us travel recommendations in the form of books

Erika Armanino
15th February 2021
Some people watch films or series as an escape but I have always found books more exciting. Books allow you to travel to another dimension, using only the power of words and your imagination. Here is a list of 10 exciting travel biographies to read during lockdown and, I assure you, these books will change your life.
  1. “The Snow Leopard” by Peter Matthiessen

The author explores the entanglement between adventure and spiritual travel telling the story of a journey to an inner region of Nepal in the search for different species of animals. This book depicts an encounter between human and Mother Nature.

2. “Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes” by Robert Louis Stevenson

As an inspirational journey, Stevenson wrote this satirical work about his 200-kilometre hike in the area of Cévennes, France. This French Highland country of the 19th century is an exciting story in a short read.

3. “The Worst Journey in the World” by Apsley Cherry-Gerrard

An expedition to the South Pole defined by the New York Review of Books as a masterpiece. An exciting and suspenseful biography to keep you captivated until the very end. 

4. “In Patagonia” by Bruce Chatwin

During the second world war, Chatwin found a place to escape from the war: Patagonia. The journey turned from an escape to an adventure on the traces of prehistoric monsters and a sailor family member which is an exciting motif for travel books.

5. “Marching Powder” by Rusty Young

This biography will take you inside the biggest prison in La Paz, San Pedro when a British-Tanzanian man, Thomas McFadden, is forced to experience the South American jail. An unusual adventure that takes you to the core of South American jails.

6. “The Sex Lives of Cannibals” by J. Maarten Troost

An exotic and exciting journey to a Pacific island, where the author and his girlfriend spent two years of their lives. This autobiography tells a different story from the one that the couple imagined, full of misadventures and hilarious episodes.

7. “Sharks’s Fin and Sichuan Pepper: A Sweet-Sour Memoir of Eating in China” by Fuchsia, Dunlop

Defined by the Publishers Weekly as “an autobiographical food-and-travel classic”, this book will stimulate your tastebuds without touching any food.

8. “Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Cape Town” by Paul Theroux

A journey from Cairo to Cape Town, which shows an entanglement between Africans and tourists. It gives a deep insight into African history and culture. 

9.  “Eat, Pray, Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert

A spiritual trip across Italy, India, and Indonesia after Elizabeth’s divorce, allowing the author to find her happiness again. Over 10 million copies sold worldwide and a strong woman who leaves you feeling wanderlust.

10. “Into the Wild” by Jon Krakauer

Last but not least, Into the Wild is one of the most popular travel biographies nowadays. Cristopher McCandless’ body was found in an abandoned bus in Alaska in 1992 during a solo trip to get away from the civilised world. This unique journey inspired Krakauer to retrace his steps and to write this unforgettable book. 

Featured image: book covers from amazon.co.uk

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