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The Joys of Travel: And Stories That Illuminate Them

by Thomas Swick

The Joys of Travel: And Stories that Illuminate Them is a collection of Thomas Swick’s personal essays on what he has identified as “the seven joys of travel”: anticipation, movement, break from routine,...


Champagne Baby: How One Parisian Learned to Love Wine-and Life-the American Way

by Laure Dugas

Fresh, charming, and wholly irresistible, Champagne Baby turns a familiar tale on its head: Instead of yet another American seeking the French secret to good living, a Frenchwoman finds her purpose—much to...


White Sands: Experiences from the Outside World

by Geoff Dyer

From “one of our most original writers” (Kathryn Schulz, New York magazine) comes an expansive and exacting book—firmly grounded but elegant, often hilarious, and always inquisitive—about travel, unexpected...


Atlas of Lost Cities: A Travel Guide to Abandoned and Forsaken Destinations

by Aude de Tocqueville

Like humans, cities are mortal. They are born, they thrive, and they eventually die. In Atlas of Lost Cities, Aude de Tocqueville tells the compelling narrative of the rise and fall of such notable places as...


Journey Interrupted: A Family Without a Country in a World at War

by Hildegarde Mahoney

In the midst of World War II, a German-American family finds themselves stranded in Japan in this inspiring tale of an extraordinary family adapting to the hazards of fate, and finding salvation in each other....


The New Jerusalem

by G. K. Chesterton

This early work by G. K. Chesterton was originally published in 1920. Gilbert Keith Chesterton was born in London in 1874. He studied at the Slade School of Art, and upon graduating began to work as a freelance...


What I Saw in America

by G. K. Chesterton

This early work by G. K. Chesterton was originally published in 1922. Gilbert Keith Chesterton was born in London in 1874. He studied at the Slade School of Art, and upon graduating began to work as a freelance...


A Barbarian in Asia

by Henri Michaux & Sylvia Beach

A wild journey to the East narrated by a writer who is “without equal in the literature of our time” (Jorge Luis Borges) Henri Michaux (1899–1984), the great French poet and painter, set out as a young...


Wild Island

by Jane Smith

This is a book for anyone interested in wildlife, for art lovers, for tourists wanting a memento of their holiday, for everyone who loves the west coast of Scotland. It depicts a year in the life of Oronsay,...


Ubuntu: One Woman's Motorcycle Odyssey Across Africa

by Heather Ellis

As you travel Africa, you will find the way of ubuntu - the universal bond that connects all of humanity as one.

At the age of twenty-eight, while sitting in a friend's backyard in the remote mining township...


Elephant Complex: Travels in Sri Lanka

by John Gimlette

No one sees the world quite like John Gimlette. As The New York Times once noted, “he writes with enormous wit, indignation, and a heightened sense of the absurd.” Writing for both the adventurer and the...


Pier Review: A Road Trip in Search of the Great British Seaside

by Jon Bounds & Danny Smith

Fifty-five piers. Two weeks. One eccentric road trip. Before the seaside of their youth disappears forever, two friends from the landlocked Midlands embark on a peculiar journey to see all the surviving pleasure...


Along the Bosphorus

by Orhan Pamuk

A Vintage Shorts Travel Selection

 

The Nobel Prize–winning novelist Orhan Pamuk reminisces on growing up on the banks of the mysterious Bosphorus in Istanbul.

 

From the ghostly yalis, splendid waterside...


A Walk Through Carnival

by Edwidge Danticat

A Vintage Shorts Travel Selection

 

Growing up in Haiti, Edwidge Danticat kept well clear of carnival—terrified by the stories of danger and debauchery that her uncle told her. Decades later, a grown woman...


The Henry Miller Reader

by Lawrence Durrell & Henry Miller

A collection of works spanning the entire career of great 20th-century American writer Henry Miller, edited and introduced by Lawrence Durrell. In 1958, when Henry Miller was elected to membership in the American...


The Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain

by Bill Bryson

A loving and hilarious—if occasionally spiky—valentine to Bill Bryson’s adopted country, Great Britain. Prepare for total joy and multiple episodes of unseemly laughter.

Twenty years ago, Bill Bryson...


Walking the Nile

by Levison Wood

The Nile, one of the world’s great rivers, has long been an object of fascination and obsession. From Alexander the Great and Nero, to Victorian adventurers David Livingstone, John Hanning Speke, and Henry...


Letters to Poseidon

by Cees Nooteboom

It is said that during his abortive campaign to invade Britannia, the infamous Roman emperor Caligula ordered his legions into the surf to attack Poseidon and claim seashells as trophies of war. Cees Nooteboom...


The Idea of Europe in British Travel Narratives, 1789-1914

by Katarina Gephardt

The nineteenth century was the heyday of travel, with Britons continually reassessing their own culture in relation to not only the colonized but also other Europeans, especially the ones that they encountered...


Dude Making a Difference: Bamboo Bikes, Dumpster Dives and Other Extreme Adventures Across America

by Rob Greenfield

How far would you go to save the planet? One man’s cross-country journey to radical sustainability.