1. A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson – Back in America after twenty years in Britain, Bryson decided to reacquaint himself with his native country by walking the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail.
2. Wild by Cheryl Strayed – After the death of her mother, divorce, and a run of reckless behavior, Strayed took to the Pacific Crest Trail.
3. Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer – The story of a young man who abandoned his life, money, and possessions to trek to Alaska under a new identity.
4. Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer – A quest to reach the highest point on Earth turns tragic when a deadly storm strikes.
5. The Sex Lives of Cannibals by J. Maarten Troost – Find out what it’s like to live in quite possibly the worst place on the planet, the island nation of Kirabati
6. In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson – This time author Bill Bryson heads to the land down under to explore Australia.
7. Blue Highways by William Least Heat-Moon – This masterpiece of American travel writing is an unforgettable journey along our nation’s backroads.
8. Walden on Wheels by Ken Ilgunas – Ilgunas undertakes a 3-year transcontinental journey, working in Alaska as a tour guide, garbage picker, and night cook to pay off his student loans before hitchhiking home to New York.
9. Dark Star Safari by Paul Theroux – Theroux travels Africa by rattletrap bus, dugout canoe, cattle truck, armed convoy, ferry, and train while encountering many adventures along the way.
10. Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey – A collection of vignettes about life in the wilderness and the nature of the desert itself by park ranger and conservationist, Edward Abbey.
11. In Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin – An exhilarating look at a place that still retains the exotic mystery of a far-off, unseen land.
12. Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven by Susan Jane Gilman – Two recent college graduates set off to see the world after finding inspiration in an IHOP.