Books are a great way of having an adventure without leaving home. Here are some of the books that have inspired me to plan my adventure walk. Click on any of the book pictures, it you wish to purchase through Fishpond and get inspired yourself.
The Year We Seized the Day
Two writers set off to walk the Camino de Santiago, an 800km hike. They end up battling their pasts and each other. A tale that shows endurance and what happens to your feet when you walk long distances.
One Step Beyond
Running seven Great Walks of New Zealand in seven days. A story of following an idea through and challenging yourself to do more than you think you can.
Into the Wild
Surviving in the wilderness and living off the land. Chris McCandless leave civilization behind to seek enlightenment through solitude and contact with nature. A moving book that is also a movie.
Tom Trumble is at one of life’s crossroads so decides to walk the Camino. A comedy of adventures on the trail while he tries to figure out what to do with his life.
Robyn Davidson’s perilous journey across 2735 kms of Australian desert to the sea. With her she has only four camels and a dog for company. Now a great movie too.
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
Harold a retired man, one day goes to post a letter and doesn’t stop walking. This book explains why and what can happen when you take a leap of faith.
Wild: A Journey from Lost to Found
An honest and very well written book. With her life crumbling and nothing to lose, Cheryl Strayed made the most impulsive decision of her life: to walk eleven-hundred miles of the west coast of America – and to do it alone.
A lone walker, Paula Constant takes on the Sahara Desert. A journey of love, loss and survival.
Not about walking but about solo voyage and the following of an adventure blog. Jessica Watson’s story about her preparation, her journey and her adventure as she becomes the youngest person to sail around the world.