Iran

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

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…

Nicolas Bouvier's "The Way Of The World"
Afghanistan

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…

Philippe Valéry's "On The Silk Road"
Afghanistan

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…

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

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…

Odorico da Pordenone's "The Travel"
Armenia

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.

Jehan de Mandeville's "The Travels"
Afghanistan

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…

Abu Abdullah Muhammad Ibn Battuta's "The Travels"
Afghanistan

Ibn Battuta

A wagging finger.

In 1325, young Moroccan scholar Abu Abdullah Muhammad Ibn Battuta embarks on his hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca. But he doesn’t stop there…

Johann Schiltberger's "The Bondage and Travels of Johann Schiltberger"
Afghanistan

Johann Schiltberger

A (medieval) average Joe.

In 1394, Johann Schiltberger is still a teenager when he embarks on what historians have later dubbed the “Last Crusade”. He gets captured in the Battle of Nicopolis and serves as a slave to the Ottomans for six years…

Fernão Mendes Pinto's "Pilgrimage"
Cambodia

Fernão Mendes Pinto

Clogged up freshness.

In 1537, shortly after the European discoveries in the Americas, young Fernão Mendes Pinto from Portugal gets on a ship to the East…

Marco Polo's "Description Of The World"
Afghanistan

Marco Polo

The ultimate travelogue is a bit slow.

In the 13th century, Marco Polo, a merchant’s son from Venice, accompanies his dad and his uncle on a decades-long trip to China and back…