Turkey

4.8

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…

Eric Newby - "A Short Walk In The Hindu Kush"
6.5

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"
7.3

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"
6.5

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"
5.5

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…

Guillaume de Rubrouck's "Account of the Mongols"
8.5

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…

Jehan de Mandeville's "The Travels"
5.3

Jean de Mandeville

Why is it so much fun to read Medieval travel stories that are at least partly untrue?

Abu Abdullah Muhammad Ibn Battuta's "The Travels"
5.3

Ibn Battuta

Did conservative ethics turn this great adventure story into such a slow read?

Marco Polo's "Description Of The World"
5.5

Marco Polo

Why is this one still so good today, even though a lot of it is untrue?