Travel Books - Biographies: Find the best true life stories - Adventure
You are looking for inspiration and true life stories of other fellow travellers? We have compiled more than 30 of the most exciting and most stunning biographies for you. Especially for backpackers, globetrotters, frequent travellers and everybody else who loves travelling.
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"Usually, Hape Kerkeling is a couch potato. But one day he decides to walk the long and mystical Camino the Santiago. An authentic book about the painful walk, which is nevertheless worth to go. Plenty of useful wisdoms and some questions about the sense of life are included. So in case you are thinking about walking the Camino the Santiago: When you read this book you definitely want to leave right now..."
Journey, Adventure, Humor, Sense of Life, Camino de Santiago, Backpacking
"India is loud, full and on top of that dirty. After she left India the first time she was sure that she would never come back again. But sometimes things come differently. Her friend gets a job offer in New Delhi. She decides to go with him. A story of a person who had to hate India first before she could learn to love it..."
Self-Discovery, Love, India, Nightmare, Illness, Happiness, Backpacking
"What does it need to be happy? Robyn Davidson wants to find an answer to that question and decides to walk trough the Australian desert. Together with a dog and a couple of camels she tries to discover her limits. This book is based on a true story. A dangerous story which really makes you think..."
Journey, Australia, Limits, Courage, Camels, Sense of life
"Another good book from J. Maarten Troost. As always, he writes with humor and straight from the shoulder about the expected paradise - which is no paradise any more once you take a closer look. The island Kiribati itself is beautiful, but at second glance there are some big surprises you would never think of. He describes the beauty and the sad in a way that makes you laugh and gets you thinking at the same time."
"On her journey through Africa a woman from Switzerland falls in love with a Massai. Back in Switzerland she realizes that she can not live without him and therefore she sells everything she owns to go back to her love. In Africa she realizes that the role of a woman there is completely different. A life she would have never been able to imagine starts. Great story!"
"Who would say No to a house in the Italian Tuscany? To living with the beauty of the Italian life style? Together with her partner Frances, Mayes moves to Tuscany where they buy an old house. After a lot of work on the house and adapting the Tuscan life style their dream comes true. A wonderful book about the Italian life, the Tuscan kitchen and hospitality."
"How would you describe a prison in Bolivia? Try to describe it before you read this book. You can be sure that you have to let go of all your assumptions because they never live up to reality. In a prison city in San Pedro the prisoners live together with their families. In this prison they have wild parties with plenty of alcohol and drugs. Estate agents who sell cells to you. An arms dealer who provides you with weapons and prostitutes. The rest you have to read by yourself..."
Corruption, Cocain, Friendship, Prison, Bolivia, Life
Wild – From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
"The life of the 26-year-old Cheryl is filled with drugs and sex with strange men. As her mother died when she was young and because of a broken marriage, Cheryl tries to fight the pain in her life. Until she comes to the point where she realizes that she can not go on like this. One day she gets a travel guide for the "Pacific Crest Trail" and she decides to start the trip of her life. On her journey she encounters plenty of challenges and surprises..."
"What would you do if a fortune-teller tells you not to fly on a plane for a whole year?! Well, we would definitely decide not to fly! Neither does Tiziano Terzani. Instead of flying he chooses to go by train, bus and by foot. Due to fortunate circumstances he wrote this fascinating book. Lucky us! We get some detailed insights into the beautiful Asian culture. Sometimes, traveling slowly can be damn sure more fulfilling."
"In 1996, a tragedy took place on the Mount Everest. This book tells you what really happened up there. Jon Krakauer, the author of "Into the Wild", writes about his experience and the difficulty to survive in the Himalayas. This time, it is his personal story..."
"Chris leaves the Navy and decides to find happiness in Hongkong. But life has other plans for him. In Hongkong, he ends up on the streets and comes in touch with the hell of a drug, crystal meth. To bring in the money he needs for that he makes a pact with the devil himself. He joins the 14K, which is a cruel syndicate. Chris is in really big troubles. It will be difficult to stay alive..."
Jennifer Baggett, Holly C. Corbett, Amanda Pressner
"They have everything they wish for. Happily in love, good jobs and in the prime of their lives. But one day they wake up and are not sure if this is it... So they make a decision with consequences. They decide to pack their bags and leave everything behind to find their true selves..."
Sense of life, Round-the-world trip, Happiness, Self-discovery, Backpacking