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Our Favorite Travel Books

Our traveling family is never far from a stack of books. Those books provide a wealth of information, as well as entertainment, to enhance each journey.

We want to share some our favorite travel books with you—books that we have actually read and think that you will enjoy too. Our site will allow you to seamlessly purchase any of our listed books through, although we also encourage you to find them in your community library or local bookstore.

Our Top 9 Favorite Travel BooksWhen we're not on the road, our nightstands almost always contain books about someone else’s adventure. Many of these books speak to our hearts or challenge our way of thinking. Others ignite a fire to experience a particular place for ourselves. We have revisited many of our favorites and have chosen the “top-9” that we think are really special.

  River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze (P.S.) Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide (Vintage) Beyond the Sky and the Earth: A Journey into Bhutan


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  River Towne
by Peter Hessler
Half the Sky
by Nicholas D. Kristof
Beyond the Sky and the Earth
by Jamie Zeppa

Countries—Select any of the countries below to find guidebooks, children’s books, and other stories that have enriched our travels in that country.

  Bhutan    (View all Bhutan Books...) Bolivia    (View all Bolivia Books...)
  Treasures of the Thunder Dragon Buttertea at Sunrise: A Year in the Bhutan Himalaya   The Rough Guide to Bolivia 2 (Rough Guide Travel Guides) Whispering in the Giant's Ear: A Frontline Chronicle from Bolivia's War on Globalization  
  Treasures of the Thunder Dragon
by Ashi Dori Wangmo Wangchuck
Buttertea at Sunrise
by Britta Das
  The Rough Guide to Bolivia 2
by James Read
Whispering in the Giant's Ear
by William Powers
  China    (View all China books...) France    (View all France books...)
  Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China Freedom in Exile: The Autobiography of The Dalai Lama   Louvre Up Close Rick Steves' Paris 2011  
  Factory Girls
by Leslie T. Chang
Freedom in Exile
by The Dalai Lama
  Louvre Up Close
by Claire d'Harcourt
Rick Steves' Paris 2011  
  Greece    (View all Greece books...) India    (View all India books...)
  Lonely Planet Greece (Country Guide) Greek Phrase Book   Gandhi An Autobiography:  The Story of My Experiments With Truth India Calling: An Intimate Portrait of a Nation's Remaking  
  Lonely Planet Greece
by Korina Miller
Greek Phrase Book
by Berlitz
  Gandhi An Autobiography
by Mohandas Karamchand (Mahatma) Gandhi
India Calling
by Anand Giridharadas
  Italy    (View all Italy books...) Mexico    (View all Mexico books...)
  Rick Steves' Italy 2011 with map When in Rome: A Journal of Life in Vatican City   Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen Into a Desert Place: A 3000 Mile Walk around the Coast of Baja California  
  Rick Steves' Italy 2011 with map "When in Rome
by Robert J. Hutchinson
  Born to Run
by Christopher McDougall
Into a Desert Place
by Graham Mackintosh
  Peru    (View all Peru books...) Portugal    (View all Portugal books...)
  Peru (EYEWITNESS TRAVEL GUIDE) VIVA Travel Guides Peru: Exploring Machu Picchu, Cusco, the Inca Trail, Arequipa, Lake Titicaca, Lima and beyond   Michelin Atlas Spain & Portugal, 16e (Michelin Tourist and Motoring Atlas : Spain & Portugal) Rick Steves' Portuguese Phrase Book and Dictionary  
DK Publishing
VIVA Travel Guides Peru
by Paula Newton
  Michelin Atlas Spain & Portugal
by Michelin/a>
Rick Steves' Portuguese Phrase Book
by Rick Steves
  Spain    (View all Spain books...) United States    (View all U.S. books...)
  Bilbao and the Basque Lands, 4th (Cadogan Guides) Treasures of the Prado (Tiny Folio)   The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down States of Mind  
  Bilbao and the Basque Lands
by Dana Facaros
Treasures of the Prado
by Felipe Vicente Garin Llombart
  The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down
by Anne Fadiman
States of Mind
by Brad Herzog

Books for Kids—Here are our favorite children’s books about different places or communities. We have found that sharing relevant stories with our kids before an upcoming journey not only creates excitement about visiting a particular place, but it lays the foundation of familiarity that allows them to have a deeper connection to that place when they are there experiencing it for themselves.

  Frida (English Language Edition) The Hatseller And The Monkeys The Empty Pot


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by Jonah Winter
The Hatseller And The Monkeys
by Baba Wague Diakite
The Empty Pot
by Demi

Motorcycle Adventures—One of our favorite ways to travel is on two wheels. Here are books that make us yearn for curvy roads and the unexpected.

  The Rugged Road. Theresa Wallach American Borders: A Solo Circumnavigation of the United States on a Russian Sidecar Motorcycle Against the Wind: A Rider's Account of the Incredible Iron Butt Rally (Incredible Journeys Books)


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  The Rugged Road
by Theresa Wallach
American Borders
by Carla King
Against the Wind
by Ron Ayres

Travel, Other Places—These travelogues, stories, and resource books stimulate our imaginations.  They not only allow us to experience a journey through the eyes of another, but they provide inspiration to create our own journeys to places that pull at our hearts. Dream on!

  Finding George Orwell in Burma Kabloona in the Yellow Kayak: One Woman's Journey Through the North West Passage Miracle in the Andes: 72 Days on the Mountain and My Long Trek Home


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  Finding George Orwell in Burma
by Emma Larkin
Kabloona in the Yellow Kayak
by Victoria Jason
Miracle in the Andes
by Nando Parrado

Family Travel—Traveling with children is often quite different than an adult adventure. Here are books about families who explore pieces of the world together.

  Momentum Is Your Friend: The Metal Cowboy and His Pint-Sized Posse Take on America RV There Yet? A Cross-Country Cautionary Tale 360 Degrees Longitude: One Family's Journey Around the World


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  Momentum Is Your Friend
by Joe Kurmaskie
RV There Yet? A Cross-Country Cautionary Tale
by Julia Roberts
360 Degrees Longitude
by John Higham

Map of Our Journeys

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Our travel map

Places We’ve Been, w/Quick Links

   Bumthang Valley
   Gom Kora
   Paro Valley
   Punakha Dzong
   Sangdrup Jongkhar
   Wangdi Phrodrang

   Janko Marca
   La Paz
   Laguna Colorada
   Laguna Verde
   Salar de Coipasa
   Salar de Uyuni
   San Pablo
   Santa Rosa
   Sud Lipez
   World’s Most Dangerous Road

   Banff National Park
   Battle Hill Nat'l Hist. Site
   Boya Lake Prov. Park, BC
   Burns Lake Bike Park
   Canyon Sainte-Anne
   Dawson Creek
   Eastern Townships
   Fort Nelson
   Jasper National Park
   Kluane Lake, YK
   'Ksan Historical Village
   Lake Louise
   Liard Hot Springs
   Niagara Falls
   Quebec City
   Thousand Islands
   Vancouver Island
   Watson Lake

   Forbidden City
   Great Wall at Mutianyu
   Hong Kong
   Summer Palace
   Terracotta Warriors
   Tiananmen Square
   Yungang Caves

Costa Rica
   Arenal Volcano
   Finca Corsicana
   Hanging Bridges
   Manuel Antonio
   Poas Volcano
   Proyecto Asis
   Sky Trek Zip Lining
   Venado Caves


   Amazon Rainforest
   Chaquiñan Bicycle Trail
   La Mitad del Mundo
   Napo Wildlife Center
   Papallacta Hot Springs
   Proyecto DCR
   Yasuní National Park


   Baja California
   Frida Kahlo Museum
   Hierve el Agua
   Marietas Islands
   Mexico City
   Monte Alban
   Oaxaca City
   Puerto Angel
   Puerto Escondido
   Puerto Vallarta
   San Agustin
   San Martin Tilcajete
   Santa Fe de la Laguna
   Santa María el Tule
   Studio of Jacobo Angeles
   Teotitlán del Valle

   Dead Vlei
   Elondo Village
   Etosha Nat'l Park
   Hippo Pools Camp
   Hoba Meteorite
   Khowarib Camp
   Moose McGregor's Bakery
   Mowani Camp
   Ngepi Camp
   Nkasa Lupala
   n'Kwzi Camp
   River Dance Lodge
   Seisriem Camp
   Treesleeper Camp

   Cañón del Pato
   Cerro de Pasco
   La Oroya
   Machu Picchu
   Nuevo Jaén
   Tingo Maria
   Yungay Memorial


South Africa

   Rock of Gibraltar
   Santillana del Mar

United States National Parks
   Arches National Park, UT
   Badlands National Park, SD
   Bandelier National Monument, NM
   Bryce Canyon National Park, UT
   Cahokia Mounds (UNESCO site), IL
   Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM
   Canyon de Chelly Nat'l Monument, AZ
   Cape Hatteras National Shoreline, NC
   Capitol Reef National Park, UT
   Civil Rights Memorial, AL
   Death Valley National Park, CA
   Denali National Park, AK
   Devil’s Tower National Monument, WY
   El Morro National Monument, NM
   Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C.
   Glacier National Park, MT
   Grand Canyon National Park, AZ
   Grand Tetons National Park, WY
   Great Basin National Park, NV
   Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, HI
   Joshua Tree National Park, CA
   Kaloko-Honokohau Nat'l Hist. Park, HI
   Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks, NM
   King's Canyon National Park, CA
   Martin Luther King Jr. Nat'l Hist. Site, GA
   Mesa Verde National Park, CO
   Montezuma's Castle Nat'l Monument, AZ
   Monticello, VA
   Mount Rushmore National Memorial, SD
   Mt. Rainier National Park, WA
   Olympic National Park, WA
   Petrified Wood National Park, AZ
   Pinnacles National Monument, CA
   Pu'uhonua o Honaunau Nat'l Hist Pk, HI
   Pu'ukohola Heiau Nat'l Historic Site, HI
   San Antonio Missions Nat'l Hist. Park, TX
   Tuzigoot National Monument, AZ
   Walnut Canyon National Monument, AZ
   Washington Monument
   White Sands National Monument, NM
   Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, AK
   Wright Brothers National Memorial in NC
   Yellowstone National Park, WY
   Yosemite National Park, CA

United States, Cities and Places
   The Alamo, TX
   Alaska Wildlife Conservation Cntr.
   Alpine Loop in CO
   Anchorage, AK
   Antares Junction, AZ
   Arctic Circle, AK
   Barrel Oak Winery in VA
   Biloxi, MS
   Bottle Tree Farm in CA
   Calico Ghost Town, CA
   Canfield Mountain Trail System, ID
   Cape St. Vincent, NY
   Carson City, NV
   Carter Caves State Park in KY
   Chappie-Shasta OHV Area, CA
   Child's Glacier, AK
   Circle B Chuckwagon Show in SD
   City Museum in MO
   Cody, WY
   Corn Palace in SD
   Crazy Horse Memorial in SD
   Custer State Park, SD
   Dalton Highway, AK
   Dinosaur Tracks in AZ
   Discovery Place in Charlotte, NC
   Dry Falls (Sun Lakes-Dry Falls), WA
   Fairbanks, AK
   Front Royal, VA
   Gallup, NM
   Goffs, CA
   Grand Canyon Caves, AZ
   Grand Canyon Skywalk, AZ
   Grave Digger Monster Truck in NC
   Great Salt Lake, UT
   Hackberry General Store in AZ
   Hannibal, MO
   Hatteras Island, NC
   Hawaii (Big Island)
   Hickison Petroglyphs, NV
   Holbrook, AZ
   Hole in the Rock, UT
   Homer, AK
   Honey Island Swamp Tour in LA
   Hoover Dam, NV
   Hyder, AK
   Jim Gray’s Petrified Wood Co. in AZ
   John’s Peak OHV Area, OR
   Kailua-Kona, HI
   Keepers of the Wild Nature Park in AZ
   Kennecott, AK
   Kennecott Copper Mine in UT
   Kingman, AZ
   Lake Havasu, AZ
   Lake Tahoe, NV
   Las Vegas, NV (winter 2010)
   Little Brown Church in IA
   London Bridge in AZ
   Loneliest Road in America, Hwy. 50, NV
   Los Angeles, CA
   Lost Colony Show on Roanoke Isl., NC
   Lowe’s Speedway in NC
   Mardi Gras World in LA
   Mark Twain Museum in MO
   Meteor Crater, AZ
   Million Dollar Highway, CO
   Minnesota Zoo
   Mitchell, SD
   Moab, UT
   Moab, UT (dirt biking)
   Montgomery, AL
   Montpelier, ID
   Navajo Nation, AZ
   Needles, CA
   Nevada Beach, NV
   Newberry Springs, CA
   New River Gorge, WV
   New Orleans, LA
   Niagara Falls 
   North Pole, AK
   Oatman, AZ
   Old Faithful Geyser in WY
   Omak Stampede, WA
   Painted Desert, AZ
   Park City, UT (summer)
   Plymouth, NC
   Portage Valley, AK
   Portland, OR
   Prospect OHV Trail System, OR
   Resaca, GA
   Riverside State Park, WA
   Rock City in TN
   Rosa Parks Library and Museum in AL
   Roswell, NM
   Russian River, AK
   Salt Lake City, UT
   San Antonio, TX
   San Diego, CA
   San Juan Islands, WA
   San Francisco, CA
   Santa Catalina Island, CA
   Seattle, WA
   Sedona, AZ
   Shoe Tree in CA
   Shoe Tree in NV
   Silverton, CO
   Sonora, TX
   St. Louis, MO
   St. Paul, MN
   Talkeetna, AK
   Telluride, CO
   Route 66
   Twin Knobs Recreation Area in KY
   Virginia Beach, VA
   Washington D.C.
   Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park in IL
   Williamsburg, VA
   Winom Frazier OHV Area, OR
   Winslow, AZ
   Zion National Park, UT

Planning Our Adventures

For us, each journey begins with the initial heart pangs to venture to a certain part of the world. Then the ideas start coming together . . . ahh, the possibilities . . . and the dream evolves gradually into an actual plan. But, oh, the joy of the dream!  Click here to learn more about how we plan and prepare for our journeys.

Where Are We Now?

Click here to discover where we are now, as well as our uncoming travel plans.

Words for the Heart

“. . . and then the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”

Anais Nin