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.

Year We Seized The Day: A True Story of Friendship and Renewal Walking the Camino

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.

One Step Beyond: How an Ordinary Man Took on the Ultimate Running Challenge and Won

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.

Into the Wild

Unholy Pilgrims

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.

Unholy Pilgrims: How One Man Thought Walking 800 Km Across Spain Would Sort Out 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.

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

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.

Wild: A Journey from Lost to Found


A lone walker, Paula Constant takes on the Sahara Desert. A journey of love, loss and survival.

Sahara: My Journey of Love, Loss and Survival in the Desert

True Spirit

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.

True Spirit: The Aussie Girl Who Took on the World

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