Our life consists of a combination of overlanding and long-distance hiking, and we plan to give the latter a bigger space in our travels. I am truly inspired by all those people who travel the world using human power. And so it’s time for a selection of outdoor adventure books!
By boat, on horseback, running, by bicycle – here’s my pick of inspirational outdoor adventurers. Have fun, whether reading or having your own adventure!
Outdoor Adventure Books on Running
Hiking the Te Araroa trial across New Zealand is one thing, but running it? But hey, what can go wrong when bringing your pants of perspective?
Just a Little Run Around the World: 5 Years, 3 Packs of Wolves and 53 Pairs of Shoes, by Rosie Swale Pope
I love this story, I love this courage and I love this book. At 57 Rosie starts her run around the world, crossing Siberia and Alaska in winter.
Dead Man Running: One Man’s Story of Running to Stay Alive, by Mark Church & Kevin Webber
An incredible story of living with cancer and going through extremes to find a new purpose in life – running ultra marathones across the world.
Outdoor Adventure Books on Boat Travel
Four Mums in a Boat: Friends who rowed 3000 miles, broke a world record and learnt a lot about life along the way, by Janette Benaddi, Helen Butters, Frances Davies, Niki Doeg
Four working mums who are ready for some big adventure and then decide to row across the Atlantic – what’s there not to like about it?
Outdoor Adventure Books on Cycling in Asia
Off The Rails: 10,000 km by Bicycle across Russia, Siberia and Mongolia to China, by Chris Hatherly & Tim Cope
An admirable journey by bike through the Siberian taiga and across desolate landscapes of Mongolia.
Outdoor Adventure Books on Cycling outside Asia
Some drive across the US, others hike – and Anna cycles, meeting all kinds of interesting people along the way.
Human-Powered Circumnavigation of the World
Other Long-distance Travel Books
It was a privilege to meet Geordie in Kazachstan in the heart of winter – we in our Land Cruiser, he on his bicycle on his way to China. This guy loves extreme adventures, as this book will show.
On a Mission from Dog: Walking Adventures in Africa, by Lorraine Chittock
Going for endless walks, going on road trips, all in the good company of Lorraine’s dog and in the amazing landscapes of Kenia.
Having no experience with horses, Time decides to cross the nomadic cultures of Mongolia and Central Asia to Hungary on horseback. Fantastic read!
While working on this blog post, I stumbled on this book. 40 Stories from 40 women exploring the world in different ways. I wonder if it is similar in set-up as I can, I will – Women Overlanding the World, and look forward to reading it.
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