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The Best Travel Writing, Volume 11

besttravel-v11_high2-webCELEBRATING GREAT TRAVEL WRITING

Travelers’ Tales publishes books about the world and life-changing experiences that happen on the road. The Best Travel Writing, Volume 11 is our latest collection of great stories guaranteed to ignite your wanderlust.

Includes Grand Prize Winners, Solas Awards

Introduction by Rolf Potts

The Way of Wanderlust

WOW_front-cover Explore the World with a Legendary Travel Writer

Don George has been captivating readers with chronicles of his wandering adventures for four decades. Here you’ll find his best stories and essays, from climbing Kilimanjaro and contemplating the magic of Uluru to exploring the jungles of Cambodia and the backcountry temples of Shikoku. Let Don open your eyes to the wonders of the world as he falls in love in Greece, encounters whales in Mexico and elephants in East Africa, makes roof tiles in Peru, dances like a South Seas warrior on Aitutaki, and much more.

With a Foreword by Pico Iyer.

The Best Travel Writing, Volume 10

The-Best-Travel Writing-Volume-10CELEBRATING GREAT TRAVEL WRITING

Travelers’ Tales publishes books about the world and life-changing experiences that happen on the road. The Best Travel Writing, Volume 10 is our latest collection of great stories guaranteed to ignite your wanderlust.

Includes Grand Prize Winners of the Solas Awards.

The Best Women’s Travel Writing, Volume 10

bwtwv10_s“Tell me,” poet Mary Oliver once wrote, “what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” Oliver’s quote opens the The Best Women’s Travel Writing, Volume 10: True Stories from Around the World. And to answer the question, thirty celebrated and emerging writers invite you to ride shotgun as they travel the globe to discover new places, people, and facets of themselves. The essays are as diverse as the destinations, the common thread being fresh, compelling storytelling that will make you laugh, weep, wish you were there, or thank your lucky stars you weren’t. The Best Women’s Travel Writing speaks to the reasons why we travel—and how travel changes our lives.

Marco Polo Didn’t Go There

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Rolf Potts has taken his keen postmodern travel sensibility into the far reaches of five continents as a travel writer for such prestigious publications as National Geographic Traveler, Salon.com, and The New York Times Magazine. This book documents his boldest, funniest, and most revealing journeys—from getting stranded without water in the Libyan Desert, to crashing the set of a Leonardo DiCaprio movie in Thailand, to learning the secrets of Tantric sex in a dubious Indian ashram.

Marco Polo Didn't Go There is more than just an entertaining journey into fascinating corners of the world. It is a unique window into travel writing, with each chapter containing a "commentary track"—humorous endnotes that reveal the ragged edges behind the experience and creation of each tale. Offbeat and insightful, this book is an engrossing read for students of travel writing as well as armchair wanderers.

The Best Travel Writing, Volume 9

bestv9CELEBRATING GREAT TRAVEL WRITING Travelers’ Tales publishes books about the world and life-changing experiences that happen on the road. The Best Travel Writing, Volume 9 is our latest annual collection of great stories guaranteed to ignite your wanderlust.

The Best Women’s Travel Writing, Volume 8

bwtw2012_sIncludes stories by Susan Orlean, Ann Hood, and Laura Fraser Since the publication of A Woman's World in 1995, Travelers' Tales has been publishing award-winning books by and for women. We continue this tradition with The Best Women's Travel Writing, Volume 8, the latest collection in our annual series guaranteed to inspire women to take their first trip—or to continue exploring the world with wit, soul, and verve, as so many adventurous women do each and every day.

Kin to the Wind

kin-to-the-wind“A most diverting and picaresque tale, one that reads like a sentimental journey of a hundred years ago.” —the late Norman Cousins In the early 1960s, a young, self-taught musician set out to travel the world with no money, equipped only with his guitar, his voice, and his belief in the goodness of people. Along the way, blown by the winds of fortune, guided by instinct, he played for kings and paupers, soldiers and servants, artists and terrorists. His name is Moro Buddy Bohn, and his unlikely and powerful story will uplift you and inspire you to live the life you want. His audiences have included Queen Elizabeth II of England, King Frederick IX of Denmark, Pablo Picasso ...

The Best Travel Writing 2011

Th-Best-Travel-Writing-2011The Best Travel Writing 2011 is the eighth volume in the annual Travelers' Tales series launched in 2004 to celebrate the world's best travel writing—from Nobel Prize winners to emerging new writers. The points of view and perspectives are global, and themes encompass high adventure, spiritual growth, romance, hilarity and misadventure, service to humanity, and encounters with exotic cuisine.

The Best Women’s Travel Writing 2011

bwtw2011_s"Travelers' Tales books luxuriate in that complicated, beautiful, shadowy place where the best stories begin, and the most compelling characters roam free." —ForeWord Magazine Since the publication of A Woman's World in 1995, Travelers' Tales has been publishing award-winning books by and for women. We continue this tradition with The Best Women's Travel Writing 2011, the seventh collection in our annual series guaranteed to inspire women to take their first trip—or to continue exploring the world with wit, soul, and verve, as so many adventurous women do each and every day.

The Best Travel Writing 2010

The-Best-Travel-Writing-2010The Best Travel Writing 2010 is the seventh volume in the annual Travelers' Tales series launched in 2004 to celebrate the world's best travel writing—from Nobel Prize winners to emerging new writers. The points of view and perspectives are global, and themes encompass high adventure, spiritual growth, romance, hilarity and misadventure, service to humanity, and encounters with exotic cuisine.

Wild with Child

wwc_s“Kids are natural born adventurers, just itching to get outside. Open the door and follow them out.” —from the Foreword by Mark Jenkins, author of The Hard Way There’s nothing tame about being a parent! Are you eager to set off with your family into the great outdoors, where wild weather, rugged roads, and creepy critters sometimes call the shots? The families in this rough-and-ready collection of true stories do just that. Whether they are just starting on the path of wild parenting or looking back at the trail taken, they don’t accept Disneyland as the final frontier.

The Best Women’s Travel Writing 2010

bwtw2009_s"Travelers' Tales books luxuriate in that complicated, beautiful, shadowy place where the best stories begin, and the most compelling characters roam free." —ForeWord Magazine Since the publication of A Woman's World in 1995, Travelers' Tales has been publishing award-winning books by and for women. We continue this tradition with The Best Women's Travel Writing 2010, the sixth collection in our annual series guaranteed to inspire women to take their first trip—or to continue exploring the world with wit, soul, and verve, as so many adventurous women do each and every day.

The Best Travel Writing 2009

The-Best-Travel Writing-2008“Travelers’ Tales books luxuriate in that complicated, beautiful, shadowy place where the best stories begin, and the most compelling characters roam free.” —ForeWord Magazine With an Introduction by Tony Perrottet The Best Travel Writing 2009 is the sixth volume in the annual Travelers’ Tales series launched in 2004 to celebrate the world’s best travel writing—from Nobel Prize winners to emerging new writers. These 29 stories cover the globe, from riding horseback across Mongolia to discovering Hemingway’s ghost in Cuba to driving the long red road through equatorial Africa. The points of view and perspectives are global, and themes encompass high adventure, spiritual growth, romance, hilarity and misadventure, service to humanity, and encounters with exotic cuisine.

The Best Women’s Travel Writing 2009

bwtw2009_s"Travelers' Tales books luxuriate in that complicated, beautiful, shadowy place where the best stories begin, and the most compelling characters roam free." —ForeWord Magazine With an Introduction by Faith Adiele Since the publication of A Woman's World in 1995, Travelers' Tales has been publishing award-winning books by and for women. We continue this tradition with The Best Women's Travel Writing 2009, the fifth collection in our annual series guaranteed to inspire women to take their first trip—or to continue exploring the world with wit, soul, and verve, as so many adventurous women do each and every day.

The Best Travel Writing 2008

The-Best-Travel Writing-2008“Travelers’ Tales books luxuriate in that complicated, beautiful, shadowy place where the best stories begin, and the most compelling characters roam free.” —ForeWord Magazine With an Introduction by Sara Wheeler. The Best Travel Writing 2008 is the fifth volume in the annual Travelers' Tales series launched in 2004 to celebrate the world's best travel writing—from Nobel Prize winners to emerging new writers. These 29 stories cover the globe, from discovering a piece of the past in Beirut to probing the layers of Flamenco in Spain to submitting to psychic surgery in the Philippines. The points of view and perspectives are global, and themes encompass high adventure, spiritual growth, romance, hilarity and misadventure, service to humanity, and encounters with exotic cuisine.

The Best Women’s Travel Writing 2008

bwtw2008_s“Travelers’ Tales books luxuriate in that complicated, beautiful, shadowy place where the best stories begin, and the most compelling characters roam free.” —ForeWord Magazine With an Introduction by Linda Ellerbee Since the publication of A Woman’s World in 1995, Travelers’ Tales has been publishing award-winning books by and for women. We continue this tradition with The Best Women’s Travel Writing 2008, the fourth collection in our annual series guaranteed to inspire women to take their first trip—or to continue exploring the world with wit, soul, and verve, as so many adventurous women do each and every day. These 35 stories cover the globe, from kayaking a wild river in Patagonia, learning to drive a tuk-tuk in Thailand to finding Eros in Venice. The perspectives are global and themes encompass spiritual growth, high adventure, romance, and encounters with exotic cuisine.

Encounters with the Middle East

danger_s “There are as many impressions of the Middle East as there are visitors fortunate enough to travel there, and this book earnestly and engagingly samples a wide swath of them." — Alan Weisman, author of The World Without Us. A dizzying amount of media coverage bombards us from the Middle East, yet little filters through about the experiences of ordinary people. Encounters with the Middle East tells their stories through interactions with 30 writers who go beyond the usual reporting to reveal the simple and poignant ways that life goes on. These writers’ experiences with the people and places of the region remind us that the Middle East is blessed with astounding cultural and historical treasures, and offer moving glimpses of lives unfolding behind the headlines.

A Woman’s World Again

awwa_s Explore the World in the Company of Women Way back in the ’90s, readers and critics alike loved the stories of women travelers in A Woman’s World, which won a Lowell Thomas Gold Medal for Best Travel Book. Twelve years later, best-selling author and editor Marybeth Bond continues to champion women’s travel in A Woman’s World Again with thirty-three remarkable journeys ranging from the middle of nowhere to middle America. Whether they are exploring identity in Ireland, sharing tea with a carpet seller in Turkey, or apprenticing with the silversmiths of Niger, these women will inspire you to create your own adventures. Learn the samba and keep the rhythm in Brazil, Reach the summit of Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Get the makeover of your life from the women of the Dominican Republic, Discover the appeal of the Virgin Mary in Mexico, Encounter an alternative view of death and dying in India, Feel the hunger pangs of Hemingway while studying in Paris, Flirt and get that warm fuzzy feeling on a Sicilian farm…and much more.

Antarctica

ant_s.gif "What is it like to live and work in the coldest, harshest climate on Earth? The stories in this book reveal the challenges and rewards of exploring the otherworldly continent of Antarctica. Through a rich range of wise and funny essays, twenty writers introduce us to a wild cast of characters, share intimate details of daily life on the Ice, take us into a fantastic landscape, and capture the spirit of a fascinating, forbidding land. Explore places where your footprints will outlive you, Survive a blizzard of historic proportions, Find dinosaur bones while on a hunt for krill, Contemplate the fate of the Adélie penguin, Live through the “day it rained chickens”, Search for meteorites emerging from the ice, Spend your honeymoon working on Antarctica’s only newspaper, Take the dreaded “psych test” all Antarctic workers must endure, Watch the sun rise for the first time in six months at the South Pole…and much more.

The Best Women’s Travel Writing 2007

bwtw2006_s“Travelers’ Tales books luxuriate in that complicated, beautiful, shadowy place where the best stories begin, and the most compelling characters roam free.” —Foreword Magazine Since the publication of A Woman’s World in 1995, Travelers’ Tales has been publishing award-winning books by and for women. We continue this tradition with The Best Women’s Travel Writing 2007, the third collection in our annual series guaranteed to inspire women to take their first trip—or to continue exploring the world with wit, soul, and verve, as so many adventurous women do each and every day. These 32 stories cover the globe, from wandering the Sinai desert with small children, learning to salsa in Cuba to climbing a volcano in Ecuador. The perspectives are global and themes encompass spiritual growth, high adventure, romance, and encounters with exotic cuisine.

The Best Travel Writing 2007

The-Best-Travel-Writing 2007“Travelers’ Tales books luxuriate in that complicated, beautiful, shadowy place where the best stories begin, and the most compelling characters roam free.” —ForeWord Magazine The Best Travel Writing 2007 is the fourth volume in the annual best Travelers' Tales series launched in 2004 to celebrate the world's best travel writing—from Nobel Prize winners to emerging writers. These 29 stories cover the globe, from probing the depths of a culture in Jerusalem to riding the rails in India and trying to save a life in Costa Rica. The points of view and perspectives are global, and themes encompass high adventure, spiritual growth, romance, absolute hilarity and misadventure, service to humanity, and encounters with exotic cuisine.

100 Places Every Woman Should Go

100places_s“An amazing feat…Griest manages to impart the essence of some of the world’s most remarkable places. Reading the book is like catching the colors of a tropical sunset, a whiff of an almost tree in bloom, a hint of a melody from a late night jazz bar.” — Elizabeth Lesser, cofounder of Omega Institute and author of Broken Open. Seeking the tranquility of a Buddhist meditation center? The raucousness of a rumba club? 100 Places Every Woman Should Go will not only inspire but compel you to hit the road—in a group, with a friend, or solo. Divided into sections such as “Powerful Women and Their Places in History,” “Places of Indulgence,” and “Places of Adventure,” this guidebook includes contact information, resources, and recommended reading. Its “Ten Tips For Wandering Women” features safety advice and pointers on how to stop departing airplanes and avoid getting tossed off Trans-Siberian trains.

The Best Women’s Travel Writing 2006

bwtw2006_s“Travelers’ Tales books luxuriate in that complicated, beautiful, shadowy place where the best stories begin, and the most compelling characters roam free.” —Foreword Magazine Since the publication of A Woman’s World in 1995, Travelers’ Tales has been publishing award-winning books by and for women. We continue this tradition with The Best Women’s Travel Writing 2006, the second collection in our annual series guaranteed to inspire women to take their first trip—or to continue exploring the world with wit, soul, and verve, as so many adventurous women do each and every day. These 34 stories cover the globe, from riding on horseback from Senegal to Mali, reclaiming your life on a pilgrimage in Tibet to cooking an unexpected Thanksgiving turkey in Italy. The perspectives are global and themes encompass spiritual growth, high adventure, romance, and encounters with exotic cuisine.

A Mile in Her Boots

boots_s"A delightful addition to the literature of women and wilderness." — Annick Smith, author of Homestead. Work Awhile on the Wild Side! Beyond the bounds of society’s more common professions, women are tackling tests of courage and stamina. They’re employed as pilots, park rangers, scientists, and smokejumpers, and their work requires the guts to get up in the morning and face whatever whim Mother Nature has to offer. It's not about showing up the guys, the real challenge for these women is breaking ground within themselves because they love what they do. In this unique collection, editor Jennifer Bové introduces you to 28 professional outdoorswomen, each of whom extends her hand and welcomes you to explore the gritty details of her trade. Tighten up your bootlaces and come along!

The Best Travel Writing 2006

The-Best-Travel-Writing-2005 —ForeWord Magazine “Even as a veteran traveler, I found new revelations here.” —Herbert Gold, from the Introduction The Best Travel Writing 2006 is the third volume in the annual best Travelers' Tales series launched in 2004 to celebrate the world's best travel writing—from Nobel Prize winners to emerging writers. These 33 stories cover the globe, from sailing with pirates in the Java Sea to surviving a sandstorm in the Sahara and wrestling with sex addiction in Thailand. The points of view and perspectives are global, and themes encompass high adventure, spiritual growth, romance, absolute hilarity and misadventure, service to humanity, and encounters with exotic cuisine.

The Best Women’s Travel Writing 2005

bwtw_s“Travelers’ Tales books luxuriate in that complicated, beautiful, shadowy place where the best stories begin, and the most compelling characters roam free.” —Foreword Magazine Since the publication of A Woman’s World in 1995, Travelers’ Tales has been publishing award-winning books by and for women. We continue this tradition with The Best Women’s Travel Writing 2005, the first collection in an annual series guaranteed to inspire women to take their first trip—or to continue exploring the world with wit, soul, and verve, as so many adventurous women do each and every day. These 30 stories cover the globe, from kayaking 600 miles of the Niger River to Timbuktu to encountering the devil in Malaysia to finding your ancestral home in China. The perspectives are global and themes encompass spiritual growth, high adventure, romance, and encounters with exotic cuisine.

The Best Travel Writing 2005

The-Best-Travel-Writing 2005“Travelers’ Tales books luxuriate in that complicated, beautiful, shadowy place where the best stories begin, and the most compelling characters roam free.” —ForeWord Magazine The Best Travel Writing 2005 is the second volume in the annual best Travelers’ Tales series launched last year to celebrate ten years of publishing the world’s best travel writing—from Nobel Prize winners to complete unknowns. These 27 stories cover the globe, from recreating the “Rumble in the Jungle” in a makeshift boxing ring in Malawi to discovering the secret to life and chicken in a humble Parisian restaurant to encountering the ghost of Odysseus and your own past in the Aegean. The points of view and perspectives are global, and themes encompass spiritual growth, high adventure, romance, women’s solo journeys, absolute hilarity and misadventure, stories of service to humanity, family travel, and encounters with exotic cuisine.

Women in the Wild

wild_s"A spiritual, moving and totally female book to take you around the world and back." —Mademoiselle Building on the phenomenal success of A Woman's World, Women in the Wild shares the adventures of renowned women as they foray into the wilderness—kayaking, flying, swimming, hiking, camping, and climbing their way around the globe. Notable authors include: Alice Walker, Jane Goodall, Robyn Davidson, Gretel Ehrlich, and Annie Dillard.

The Best Travelers’ Tales 2004

Best2004_s“Here in these pages is wonder and delight writ large—and a series of affirmations of a magnificent world…This book is a vivid and delightful testament to just why the world is in essence a wonderfully pleasing place, how its people are an inseparable part of its countless pleasures, and how travel is not so much hard work as wondrous fun….” —From the Introduction, by Simon Winchester

Trader Horn

trader_s.gifThe latest addition to the popular Travelers' Tales Classics series, Trader Horn is one man’s account of his wild youth as an ivory trader in Central Africa. Stories of thrills and danger abound, as do wild beasts, serpents, and savages. The book was a best-seller in 1927 and was also released as an MGM major motion picture. Follow Trader Horn as he journeys into jungles teaming with buffalo, gorillas, and man-eating leopards, frees slaves, meets Cecil Rhodes (founder of Rhodesia) and liberates a princess from captivity.

Kite Strings of the Southern Cross

kite_s Read an interview with Laurie Gough. This is a passionate journey of love, discovery, and serendipity that radiates from a remote beach in Fiji to the far reaches of the globe. Author Laurie Gough boldly embraces the pilgrimUs road with wisdom beyond her years. Her story is heartwarming, funny, and wise...a profound testament to the lessons of the road. Related Titles: Travelers' Tales: A Mother's World, Travelers' Tales: A Woman's World, Travelers' Tales: Gutsy Women, Travelers' Tales: Gutsy Mamas, Travelers' Tales: Women in the Wild, Safety and Security for Women Who Travel, A Woman's Passion for Travel, Visit Laurie Gough's web site at www.lauriegough.com.

The Fire Never Dies

danger_sIn these wide-ranging tales from a life on the road, Vietnam vet and "adventure eater" Richard Sterling takes the reader deep into the heart of cultures from Asia to Africa to North America. Whether breaking bread with a murderer in the Baja desert, or enjoying a shipboard dalliance with a mysterious new acquaintance on the South China Sea, Sterling's faith in humanity is continually renewed through the sharing of food, drink, and passion. Provocative and testosterone-edged, his writing is also poignant and hilarious.

The Way of the Wanderer

wow_sAward-winning author David Yeadon uses the world as his catalyst for inner exploration, reflecting upon those experiences that have deeply opened him to life and led him to discover his many hidden selves. Whether it's the hero, the coward, the clown, the warrior, the gourmet cook for the dancer, all are unveiled through travel and serendipity.

The Royal Road to Romance

royalroad_s"When Richard Halliburton graduated from college, he chose adventure over a career, traveling the world with almost no money. The Royal Road to Romance chronicles what happens as a result, from a breakthrough Matterhorn ascent to being jailed for taking forbidden pictures on Gibraltar.

Take Me With You

storm_sThe uplifting, hilarious, and poignant story of Newsham's fulfillment of a promise made to himself two decades earlier. He believed that the best way to share his passion for travel was to invite a stranger to come to the U.S. for a one-month, all expenses paid adventure. Who does Newsham invite? Follow in his footsteps as he meets the candidates on a 100-day journey to the Philippines, India, Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, and South Africa.

Storm

storm_sBegun as a grand adventure, Storm tells the story of a trip that quickly became a tumultuous test of endurance. This is a riveting tale of love, struggle, and ferocious weather, as the author and his girlfriend travel by motorcycle around the Baltic Sea.

Testosterone Planet

tplanet_sMen. You've encountered them before—the most foolhardy, annoying, courageous, and dangerous creatures on the planet. Share the madness and the laughs as you:

  • Scuba dive the world's deepest cave
  • Visit the world's most dangerous girlfriend
  • Set traps for bad guys in Central Park
  • Fly a plane through a cyclone
  • Feel the perfect punch in the face

Danger!

danger_s Here are 28 awe-inspiring stories of danger and survival, guaranteed to get your adrenaline flowing. Whether trapped in an underwater cave, escaping an avalanche, fending off a thug, or surviving a storm at sea, each author faces moments of raw terror and finds deep reserves of courage. Notable authors include: Sebastian Junger, Eric Hansen, Peter Maass, Bill Buford, Janine Jones, and William T. Vollmann.