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Harald Braun

Are other authors’ ideas off-limits or is this just a bad book?

In 2011, German journalist Harald Braun feels inspired by Michael Holzach and comes up with his own version of the idea of walking pennilessly through Germany…


Ma Jian

Is this just a Chinese stream of consciousness or is it more?

In 1983, aspiring artist Ma Jian works as a photographer for the propaganda department in Beijing. His life is becoming difficult, and he decides to leave it all behind and go on a trip through the country…


Richard Halliburton

This author has been called the “grandfather of travel writing” – but is he really that good?

In the early 1920s, young American graduate Richard Halliburton feels bored. He decides to go traveling on a shoestring budget, so he hops on a ship to Europe and takes it from there…


Nadine Hudson

Why does too much often mean too little?

In the early 1990s, Nadine Hudson from Switzerland is struggling with mental health issues, most notably an eating disorder. She decides to embark on a backpacking trip through Asia…


Apsley Cherry-Garrard

Does this one deserve to be ranked at the top of a list of travel books?

It’s 1910, and young Brit Apsley Cherry-Garrard is a member of Robert Falcon Scott’s expedition to the South Pole. He doesn’t go all the way to the actual Pole, which is why he lives to tell the tale…

Outer Space

Neil Armstrong

Is it worth wading through layers of dust just to find a few gems?

This book chronicles the NASA project that put three men on the moon on July 20th, 1969. It’s made up of interviews, background information, historical texts, citations, and photos…

Alec Ash "Wish Lanterns"

Alec Ash

What went wrong when a book can’t exist by itself?

In the late 2000s, young British journalist Alec Ash arrives in Beijing. He makes friends with several young people (all of whom were born around the end of the 1980s) and decides to write about their life stories…

Fabian Sixtus Körner - "Journeyman"

Fabian Sixtus Körner

Do photos, a lot of countries and a slick design make for a good book?

In the early 2010s, German designer Fabian Sixtus Körner decides he wants to see the world. He draws inspiration from the German tradition of the “journeyman years”…

Charles Bukowski - "Factotum"

Charles Bukowski

If all the idiots love it, does that mean that this is an idiotic book, or worse, a book for idiots?

it’s the early 1940s, the world is at war in Europe and the Pacific, and Bukowski (the protagonist’s name is actually Chinaski) is apparently considered unfit for duty. He roams about the United States (mostly Los Angeles), looking for work, getting fired, then looking for work again…

Henry Rollins - "Get In The Van"

Henry Rollins

Is this book going to be any good for you even if you’re not a fan of hardcore punk?

it’s 1980, and a young punk enthusiast called Henry Lawrence Garfield from DC gives himself a new last name, thus becoming Henry Rollins. When his favorite band Black Flag asks him to become their new lead singer, he accepts…

Eric Newby - "A Short Walk In The Hindu Kush"

Eric Newby

Why is this book so legendary when it comes to travel literature?

it’s the year 1956, and Eric Newby is an Englishman in his thirties who works in the fashion business. One day he decides that he’s sick of it all, and so he sets his mind on a mountain climbing expedition to Afghanistan. His friend Hugh Carless, who speaks a bit of Persian, comes along…

Jürgen Todenhöfer - "Inside IS"

Jürgen Todenhöfer

Why should you read this book now, and why is there no English edition?

Jürgen Todenhöfer is a German journalist with a background in politics and law who takes a strong interest in the Muslim world, especially in Iraq and Afghanistan. In the winter of 2014/2015, he decides to contact members of the so-called “Islamic State” (IS) in Syria in order to do some on-the-ground reporting…

Ding Haixiao - "Ten Years Of Hitchhiking"

Ding Haixiao

What happens to a travel story when you get caught up in old books and theories?

in 2003, twenty-something Chinese travel writer Ding Haixiao embarks on a trip to the Chinese Northwest. He hitches rides most of the way, sometimes alone and sometimes together with different travel companions whom he either already knows or gets to know on the road…

Huang Nubo - "Herr Huang in Deutschland"

Huang Nubo

Can this be a new way to write travel literature, or will it always turn out terrible?

in the early 2010s, Huang Nubo, a Chinese billionaire who climbs mountains and writes poetry, gives to charity, and supposedly tries to protect cultural relics in China, decides to embark on a mission that is supposed to last him ten years: a visit to each and every World Heritage Site on the face of the earth…

Stephen Spender's "China Diary"

Stephen Spender

Is this a coffeetable book or a regular travelogue, and is it worth a read?

at the beginning of the 1980s, ageing English writer Stephen Spender decides to visit China. He takes two friends along, one of whom is a painter (co-author David Hockney). They start their tour from Hongkong, and they get to see Beijing, Xi’an, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Wuxi, Shanghai, Guilin and Guangzhou, then they return via Hongkong…

Brian Dawtrey's "Voyage To Wild Africa"

Brian Dawtrey

What’s the difference between telling anecdotes and writing a book?

we’re at the end of World War II, and Brian Dawtrey is a young man from England who is crazily in love with a girl. He writes her a ton of letters…

Evan Osnos' "Age Of Ambition"

Evan Osnos

Is there a better book to get to know modern China?

it’s 2005, and American journalist Evan Osnos arrives in Beijing. He is well educated, knows a bit of Chinese, and he takes his job seriously…

Rob Lilwall's "Walking Home From Mongolia"

Rob Lilwall

What’s wrong with adventure travel writing if we get bored by it?

in 2011, British adventurer Rob Lilwall has just finished a bike ride from Siberia to the UK. This time, he decides to take a buddy along (Irish adventurer Leon McCarron) and walk from Mongolia to Hongkong, which is his new home…

Mitch Moxley's "Apologies To My Censor"

Mitch Moxley

Does the expat experience really keep people from ever growing old?

in the mid-2000s, young Canadian Mitch Moxley decides to go to China. This seems be a rather spontaneous decision. He arrives in Beijing, takes a job at an English-language newspaper…

Nicole Roetheli's - "Nicole's Diary: Running the World... Losing Our Marbles"

Nicole Roetheli

Is this in any way comparable to the works of Ella Maillart?

remember Serge Roetheli, the guy who fabulously ran around the world and wrote a book about it? Well, Nicole Roetheli is his wife, and she kept him company on her motorcycle during the trip. This is the book she wrote, which is supposed to tell the story from her perspective. Obviously, we are reminded of Ella Maillart and Peter Fleming, both of whom were very good writers…

Erwin Wickert's "China Seen From Within"

Erwin Wickert

What’s wrong with the diplomatic approach to writing about a foreign culture?

in the mid-70s, German diplomat Erwin Wickert gets transferred from Romania to China. He has been there before (as a tourist in the 1930s), and he seems excited about it…

Serge Roetheli's - "The 25,000 Mile Love Story"

Serge Roetheli

How can a book about a man running around the whole world be so… bad?

we’re in 1997, and Swiss Athlete Serge Roetheli has just returned from running all the way from South America to Alaska. He was accompanied by his wife on a motorcycle, and now that this “American Challenge” is now behind them, they decide to embark on a world tour…

Hans Ulrich Kempski's "Red Sun Over Yellow Earth"

Hans Ulrich Kempski

Are these just some minor slip-ups or are we looking at an expert exposing himself?

we’re in the mid-1950s, and the world has just entered the Cold War. Hans Ulrich Kempski is one of the best known journalists in West Germany. He visits Japan and China, both of which are on the periphery of the two main political blocks. He talks to politicians there, wanders about, and comes up with a bunch of articles describing and analysing the things he has seen. This book is a collection of those articles…

Heinrich Schliemann's "China And Japan In The Present Age"

Heinrich Schliemann

Is this guy more than just a worthy rival to Albert von Le Coq?

We’re in the mid-19th century. Heinrich Schliemann is a German businessman with a gift for languages and a passion for history who will later go on to discover the ruins of Troy. But first, he decides to go on a journey to China and Japan, both of which are currently struggling with the challenges of modernity and western imperialism. This book is about his journey…

Xiao Peng's "Ten Years Of Backpacking"


If this guy writes so well and goes to so many cool places, then just why is this book he wrote so bad?

in the early 2000s, Xiaopeng is a young Chinese white-collar worker who decides to see the world. He travels around China, then ends up as an exchange student in the Netherlands. From there, he sets out to do the Grand Tour of Europe…

Tony Hawks' "Round Ireland With A Fridge"

Tony Hawks

How far can British humor carry a story that otherwise revolves entirely around itself?

We’re in the late 1990s, and Tony Hawks is a British music composer and comedian who frequently gets mistaken for a pro skater. In 1997, he sets out to lug a refrigerator around Ireland. You might have already guessed it: he is trying to win a bet…

Stuart Stevens' "Night Train to Turkistan"

Stuart Stevens

Does this book do anything right except exposing Mark Salzman’s attitude towards China?

in the mid-1980s, aspiring American travel writer Stuart Stevens, who is a huge fan of Peter Fleming, sets out to retrace Fleming’s and Ella Maillart’s route from Beijing to the Northwest of China. And he doesn’t go alone…

Lois Fisher-Ruge's "Go Gently Through Peking"

Lois Fisher-Ruge

Why should young people from China read this today, more than one generation later?

In 1973, the People’s Republic of China is slowly starting to open up to “imperialists” from the West. US-President Nixon and his aide Kissinger have been warmly received, and now a select few foreign journalists are being invited to live in Beijing for a while…

Edgar Snow's "Red Star Over China"

Edgar Snow

Why is this book so tragic, and what is the author’s role in the history he helped create?

in 1936, the Communist Party of China has just finished the so-called “Long March” into northern China. Amidst increasing Japanese aggression, the Chinese civil war keeps dragging on, and the blockade policy of the Nationalist government doesn’t permit foreign journalists to get the Communist side of the story.

Good thing American journalist Edgar Snow has been in China for several years after washing up on its banks during what was supposed to be a journey around the world. He has taken up work as a journalist, so in 1936 he decides to visit the Communist base in Northern Shaanxi and get the word out…

Egon Erwin Kisch's "Secret China"

Egon Erwin Kisch

What does 1930s China look like through the eyes of a European Communist?

it’s the year 1932, and we are reaching the bitter end of the Weimar Republic. Egon Erwin Kisch is a German-writing journalist from Prague who embarks on a fact-finding mission to China. He is widely known in Germany for being a “raging reporter”, because of his rash persona and his witty writing style. And he is a Communist…

Ernst Cordes' "The Lotus Lantern"

Ernst Cordes

An author trying to get his points across?

in the early 1930s, Chinese-born German Ernst Cordes lives in China. It remains unclear what exactly he is doing there, but he is fluent in Mandarin, and he keeps quite a few contacts to the Chinese elite. He is what some call an Old China Hand…

Wang Yuxi's "From West Coast To East Coast"

Wang Yuxi

Could this talented artists have done more with the material he had at hand?

in 2011, Wang Yuxi, a young visual artist from Beijing, decides to cross the United States by car. He overcomes a few initial visa difficulties and gets two buddies to come along. It’s a classic road trip…

Mark Salzman's "Iron & Silk"

Mark Salzman

What made this “Karate Kid” type collection of stories turn into one of the 1980s classics on China?

in 1982, American university graduate Mark Salzman decides to move to the People’s Republic of China. His plan is to teach English and pick up some Wushu skills right at the source. He ends up in Changsha and, being one of the few foreigners there, is received with great welcome by the population…

Yu Ying's "Go Out And Talk To People About Their Dreams"

Yu Ying

Does the Chinese literary world need to train tougher editors?

in the late 2000s, Yu Ying, a 20-something woman from Southwest China, works as a personal assistant for a fashion model in Beijing. She applies for the Best Job In The World, a project that places an individual on the Great Barrier Reef as a spokesperson…

Colette Modiano's "Twenty Snobs and Mao"

Colette Modiano

What happens when a fashion-conscious European woman visits China at the height of socialism?

in 1966, Colette Modiano is working as a travel coordinator in France when she decides to assemble a group of wealthy Europeans and take them on a trip to China. This is a rare opportunity, as the country is pretty much sealed off from the outside world at the time…

Ben Donald's "Springtime for Germany"

Ben Donald

Who came up with the idea to spoil an otherwise fine travel book with a bunch of nonsense?

in the mid-2000s, British journalist Ben Donald has grown sick of traveling. This changes when he runs into a guy who claims to be a travel coach and who sends him to Germany. Germany doesn’t sound like fun at first, but Donald starts enjoying it after a while, and he returns for some more visits later on…

Matteo Ricci's "China in the 16th Century"

Matteo Ricci

Is this book more than just a treasure chest for those who are enthusiastic about China?

in 1582, Italian Jesuit Matteo Ricci arrives at the Portuguese outpost of Macao. His mission is to carry Christianity into China. Ricci is among the first foreigners to seriously study Chinese, and he masters it well…

Carol Kloeppel's "Dear Germany"

Carol Kloeppel

Is this author trying to show us how to alienate ourselves from our surroundings?

in the early 1990s, American journalist Carol Kloeppel works for German foreign correspondent Peter Kloeppel. The two get into a relationship, and in 1992 she returns home with him. Home to Germany.

They settle down in Cologne, get married and have a daughter. Peter goes on to become one of Germany’s best-known anchormen, and Carol works as a journalist. Then she writes this book about her life in Germany…

Cem Gülay's "No Döner Country"

Cem Gülay

If migration basically means people moving from one place to another, can it really be a bad thing per se?

Cem Gülay is a German of Turkish descent who has published an autobiography about his abortive attempt at a “career” as a criminal. While promoting his book, he travels all over Germany, reading mostly at schools and

Gunther Plüschow's "The Adventures of the Aviator of Tsingtao"

Gunther Plüschow

Can we read about warfare as if it was just an adventure?

at the outbreak of World War I, Gunther Plüschow, a young pilot in the German air force, gets dispatched to the German colony of Qingdao (they call it “Tsingtau” back then). He is supposed to be one of only two pilots on guard against the Japanese and the British there…

George, Earl Of Macartney's "Our First Ambassador to China"

George Macartney

Was this book meant for those interested in the history of Sino-European relations?

Today, George, Earl Of Macartney is most widely known for his role as the first official envoy of Britain to China. He arrived there in 1793, apparently refusing to kowtow before Emperor Qianlong, and when he tried to establish trade relations, he eventually failed…

John Pomfret's "Chinese Lessons"

John Pomfret

Is being critical a bad thing, or does “loyal advice jars on the ears” still hold true today?

in 1980, John Pomfret is a young American student who decides to enroll at Nanjing University. At this point in time, China is in the early stage of its new policy of “Reform and Opening Up”. Pomfret stays for a while, starts a career in journalism, leaves China and returns, covers the June-4th protests of 1989, gets deported only to eventually return and work as a journalist again…

Achill Moser's "The China Adventure"

Achill Moser

Is it still a good book if we have to dig through poetic wordiness and outdated travel advice?

it’s the mid-1980s, and German adventurer Achill Moser is in his early thirties. He embarks on two different trips through China. One is going to take him on foot from Turpan to Dunhuang in the Gobi Desert, the other one is a boat ride along the Yangtze River…

San Mao's "Stories From The Sahara"


Was she just a traveler, or did she become a sort of archetype of all female Chinese travel writers?

in 1974, Chen Mao-ping (陳懋平) a young woman from Taiwan who has adopted the pen-name Sanmao (三毛) and the English name Echo, spends some time in the Western Sahara. She lives there with her Spanish husband, whom she calls José…

Liao Yiwu's "The Corpse Walker"

Liao Yiwu

Is this book still banned in China, and if so, can this decision be at all justified?

in 1994, Liao Yiwu, a Chinese writer and political activist, gets out of prison. He decides to travel all over the country and talk to the less fortunate, recording their stories. He interviews people who clean toilets and people who wash corpses, he talks to gangsters, to prostitutes, to beggars, to monks, and to fugitives…

Helge Timmerberg's "Shiva Moon"

Helge Timmerberg

Is it a good thing or a bad thing when travel writers start to write about writing?

in 2005, Helge Timmerberg is a German travel writer in his fifties who ventures into India to follow the flow of the Ganges river. He takes trains and cabs into the mountain area around the source, smokes some weed, stops over in a few cities along the river, talks to some people, smokes some more weed and eventually makes it down to the delta, where he watches the Ganges empty itself into the sea…

Christian Y. Schmidt's "Alone Among 1.3 Billion"

Christian Y. Schmidt

Once we have finished this book, will we then know what being a fan-boy is all about?

in 2007, German journalist and satirist Christian Y. Schmidt, after having lived in China for two years, decides to embark on a journey. He sets out in Shanghai and follows highway 318 all the way to Katmandu. He is not very fluent in Chinese but he likes China very much. The journey takes him three months…

Albert von Le Coq's "Retracing Hella's Marks In East-Turkestan"

Albert von Le Coq

Was this dude the most educated of all 19th-century explorers?

in 1902, German archaeologist and explorer Albert von Le Coq ventures into Central Asia. Much like Sven Hedin or Nikolai Mikhaylovich Przhevalsky before him, he wants to find ruins and sunken treasures…

Karl Boy-Ed's "Beijing And Its Vicinities In The Year 1900"

Karl Boy-Ed

Can this book be interesting to anyone except China-enthusiasts?

it’s 1900, the first year of the 20th century, and Karl Boy-Ed is stationed as a lieutenant with the German army in Beijing. He sees a bit of the city and of its surroundings, and he takes part in the defence of the foreign quarters against the Chinese troops during the Boxer Uprising…

Otto Braun's "Chinese Notes"

Otto Braun

Will having the correct ideology improve your writing, or is this totally irrelevant?

in 1932, German communist operative Otto Braun gets dispatched from Moscow to China. He is supposed to help the Chinese communists establish themselves politically and militarily. Braun adopts the Chinese name Li De (李德), goes to Shanghai, and later moves to the communist base in Jiangxi to meet up with Bo Gu, Zhou Enlai, Mao Zedong and the rest…

Tuvia Tenenbom's "I sleep in Hitler's Room"

Tuvia Tenenbom

What happens when a cynic get outsmarted by an even bigger cynic?

in 2010, Jewish American author and theater guy Tuvia Tenenbom gets invited by a German publishing house (Rowohlt) to travel around Germany and write about his experiences. They know he is a cynic, and they invite him anyway…

Rewi Alley's "Travels in China"

Rewi Alley

Did this guy just hate China or did he want to satirically show how much can you brown nose a dictator?

in the mid-1960s, Rewi Alley from New Zealand has been a friend of Communist China for some decades, living comfortably (and rather overweight) in a special compound in Beijing. From 1966 on, he starts embarking on several trips through the country. His aim is to document the glorious advancements brought about by Chairman Mao’s “Cultural Revolution”…

Yu Chunshun's "A Hero's Travels Through China"

Yu Chunshun

Is this one of the great adventure stories of our time or rather just a huge editing fail?

in the 1980s, Yu Chunshun is just a regular dude from Shanghai. In 1988 he decides to say goodbye to his family and start walking all over China. The reason for this endeavor: it has come to his knowledge that an Englishman has announced the same plan. And Yu, being a good patriot, wants this honor for himself. So he walks…

Oliver Lutz Radtke's "Welcome to Presence"

Oliver Lutz Radtke

Is China absurd, or does absurdity really reside in those who are always looking for the absurd?

in the early 2010s, German sinologist Oliver Lutz Radtke has been in and out of China for almost a decade. During this time, he’s had some intercultural experiences, and now he’s here to tell us about them: Radtke in an airplane seat surrounded by Chinese travelers, Radtke in language class, Radtke in a hospital in Beijing…

Andrew McCarthy's "The Longest Way Home"

Andrew McCarthy

Listen to your heart.

In the early 2010s, American actor Andrew McCarthy decides to get married a second time. The problem is that besides being an actor, he’s also a travel writer and a bit restless…

Volker Häring's "A Bus Called Wanda"

Volker Häring

Clumsy guide.

In the early 2000s, German businessman Volker Häring offers bicycle tours in China, mostly to foreigners…

Dennis Gastmann's "Walk to Canossa"

Dennis Gastmann

A forced adventure.

In the early 2010s, German TV journalist Dennis Gastmann decides to walk from Hamburg to Canossa in Northern Italy…

Graham Earnshaw's "The Great Walk of China"

Graham Earnshaw

Closed questions.

In the early 2000s, British journalist/entrepreneur Graham Earnshaw has been staying in China not only for a couple of years, but for a several decades…

Fritz Mühlenweg's "Strangers on the Path of Pensiveness"

Fritz Mühlenweg

Open clarity.

In the late 1920s, 28-year-old German accountant Fritz Mühlenweg embarks on a trip with Swedish explorer Sven Hedin…

Nicolas Bouvier's "The Way Of The World"

Nicolas Bouvier

A sophisticated mind.

In 1953, Swiss law student Nicolas Bouvier and his friend, the painter Thierry Vernet, decide to go on a road trip to Afghanistan…

Polly Greeks's "Embracing the Dragon"

Polly Greeks

The better half.

At some point in 2001, Polly Greeks does an interview with Nathan Hoturoa Gray, falls in love with him and decides to tag along…

Régis Evariste Huc's "Travels in Tartary, Tibet and China"

Régis Evariste Huc

An adventure – sometimes.

During the first half of the 19th century, French Catholic priest Régis Evariste Huc is working as a missionary in China…

Wolfgang Büscher's "Berlin - Moscow"

Wolfgang Büscher

The weight.

Wolfgang Büscher is a German journalist who has a thing for walking. So naturally in 2001 he decides to venture into Eastern Europe on foot…

Nathan Hoturoa Gray's "First Pass Under Heaven"

Nathan Hoturoa Gray

A fan of dung.

In the early 2000s, Nathan Huturoa Gray from New Zealand, along with four other men, decides to walk the entire length of the The Great Wall…

Reginald Fleming Johnston's "From Peking to Mandalay"

Reginald Fleming Johnston

The Emperor’s tutor.

In the early 1900s, British diplomat Reginald Fleming Johnston, who is stationed in China, decides to travel up the Yangtze and then on through Yunnan into Birma…

William Lindesay's "Alone on the Great Wall"

William Lindesay


In the mid-1980s, British oilfield worker William Lindesay has a thing for jogging and for maps. He sets his eye on The Great Wall of China…

Gregor Sieböck's "Wanderer Of Worlds"

Gregor Sieböck

Bono sucks.

In the early 2000s, Gregor Sieböck, a banker from Austria, decides to walk around the world in order to promote environmentalism…

Vikram Seth's "From Heaven Lake"

Vikram Seth

An Indian novelist in China.

In the early 1980s, Vikram Seth, a student from India in his late twenties, is enrolled at a university in Nanjing…

Edwin John Dingle's "Across China on Foot"

Edwin John Dingle

Walks with coolies.

In the early 1900s, right before the downfall of the Qing Dynasty, British journalist Edwin John Dingle works in Singapore…

Alexandra David-Néel's "My Journey to Lhasa"

Alexandra David-Néel

The macho lady.

In the early 1920s, Alexandra David-Néel, a French explorer and enthusiast in all things East Asian, is already over fifty years old when she embarks on a trip to Lhasa…

Giovanni DiPlano Carpini's "The Story Of The Mongols Whom We Call The Tartars"

Giovanni da Pian del Carpine

The papal spy.

In the mid-13th century, a few years after the Mongol attacks on Eastern Europe, Italian cleric Giovanni da Pian del Carpine gets a mission from the Pope…

Ferdinand von Richthofen's "Expeditions In China"

Ferdinand von Richthofen


In the mid-19th century, German geographer Ferdinand von Richthofen becomes one of the first foreigners to scientifically evaluate larger parts of China…

Philippe Valéry's "On The Silk Road"

Philippe Valéry

Not personal enough.

In the late 1990s, French manager Philippe Valéry is in his thirties when he decides to walk from Marseille to Kashgar…

Laurie Lee's "As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning"

Laurie Lee

Poetic, but…

In the early 1930s, Laurie Lee is a man of just about twenty who he steps out of his door in Southwest England and decides to walk to London…

Joachim Fest's "Contre-jour"

Joachim Fest

The big head.

In the early 1980s, Joachim Fest is considered one of Germany’s finest intellectuals…

Yan Changjiang's "Three Gorges Diary"

Yan Changjiang

Pictures from oblivion.

In the early 2000s, Yan Changjiang, a photographer from the Southern Chinese Three Gorges region, lives and works in Guangzhou…

John Ross Browne's "Adventures in the Apache Country"

John Ross Browne

Too much about mining.

In the mid 1800s, Irish-born American writer John Ross Browne sets out on several trips from California to the areas that would later become Nevada, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona…

Heinz Helfgen's "I'm Cycling Around The World"

Heinz Helfgen

The modern traveler.

In 1946, Heinz Helfgen, a former journalist from Germany turned Wehrmacht soldier comes from a POW camp, only to find out that things are pretty bad at home, especially money-wise…

Theodor Fontane's "Walking Tours Through The Mark Of Brandenburg"

Theodor Fontane

Impersonal realism.

In the second half of the 1800s, German poet Theodor Fontane likes to go for extended walks in the area around Berlin…

Guillaume de Rubrouck's "Account of the Mongols"

William of Rubruck

For the king.

In the middle of the 13th century, a Franciscan monk called William of Rubruck gets dispatched to Mongolia by his king, Louis IX of France…

David Livingstone's "Travel Diaries"
Democratic Republic of the Congo

David Livingstone

A heart in Africa.

During the mid-1800s, Scottish missionary David Livingstone sets out to explore East Africa…

Karl Bushby's "Giant Steps"

Karl Bushby

Not just a tough cookie.

In the late 1990s, Karl Bushby, a former paratrooper from Britain, sets out to do something extraordinary…

Peter Hessler's "Country Driving"

Peter Hessler

Getting involved.

In the early 2000s, American journalist Peter Hessler works as a correspondent in Beijing…

Johann Gottfried Seume's "Stroll To Syracuse In The Year 1802"

Johann Gottfried Seume

Across time and space.

In the early 19th century, Johann Gottfried Seume, an editor from Leipzig, decides to embark on a trip to Italy…

Bill Bryson's "The Lost Continent"

Bill Bryson

Time to take stock.

In the mid-1980s, Bill Bryson, an American writer who lives in the UK, goes back to his hometown of Des Moines, Iowa…

Richard Wilhelm's "The Soul Of China"

Richard Wilhelm

China’s friend.

At the turn of the 20th century, Richard Wilhelm, a lutheran theologian from Stuttgart, moves to China in order to take up a job as a missionary…

Matsuo Basho's "The Narrow Road To The Deep North"

Matsuo Basho

The poet.

In the late 17th century, Matsuo Basho, a Haiku poet who likes to walk around and compose poems, goes on several journeys through his homeland of Japan…

Odorico da Pordenone's "The Travel"

Odoric of Pordenone

Brief old school.

In the early 14th century, Odoric of Pordenone, a Franciscan monk from Italy is being sent on a mission to proselytize the people of Asia.

Sun Shuyun's "Ten Thousand Miles Without A Cloud"

Sun Shuyun

A contemplative story.

In the late 1990s, UK-based Chinese writer Sun Shuyun returns to China, driven by stories told to her by her grandmother, a devout Buddhist…

John Muir's "A Thousand-mile Walk To The Gulf"

John Muir

Lover of plants.

It is the year 1867, and the American Civil War has only been over for about two years, when young botanist John Muir decides to take a walk from his home in Indiana to Florida…

Tim Moore's "Travels With My Donkey"
Camino de Santiago

Tim Moore

Funny, but…

In the early 2000s, British travel writer Tim Moore decides to purchase a donkey and take him on a trip along the Camino de Santiago, from Southern France all the way to Santiago de Compostela…

Heinrich Heine's "Travel Pictures"

Heinrich Heine

Dirty Harry.

In the early 1820s, Heinrich Heine is already a pretty successful German poet/journalist. He goes on several journeys to Berlin, Poland, the Harz, the North Sea, Italy and England…

Jack Kerouac's "On The Road"

Jack Kerouac

The meta travelogue.

In the early 1950s, French-Canadian writer Jack Kerouac, who is based in New York City, undertakes a few road trips around the USA…

Karl Friedrich August Gützlaff's "Journal of Three Voyages along the Coast of China"

Karl Friedrich August Gützlaff

The missionary.

In the early 1830s, German lutheran missionary Karl Friedrich August Gützlaff boards a British ship and goes on a few trips around the shores of China…

Reinhold Messner's "Everest Solo"

Reinhold Messner

Tyrolean obsessions.

In 1980, Reinhold Messner, a German speaker from South Tyrol and one of the most famous mountaineers in the world, decides to scale Mount Everest alone…

Jehan de Mandeville's "The Travels"

Jean de Mandeville

The real Baudolino.

In the 14th century, English knight Jean de Mandeville claims to have traveled around much of the known (and unknown) world…

Andreas Altmann's "The Price Of Lightness"

Andreas Altmann

Preaching to whom?

In the mid-2000s, German travel writer Andreas Altmann undertakes an overland trip around some parts of Southeast Asia…

Roald Amundsen's "The South Pole"

Roald Amundsen

The professional.

In the early 1900s, Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen has his eye set upon the North Pole. But when someone else reaches it before him…

Michael Wigge's "To The End Of The World, Without Any Money"

Michael Wigge

Trivial fun.

In the mid-2000s, Michael Wigge, a young German TV-host, wants to go to Antarctica without spending any money…