Eastern Europe

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…

Xiao Peng's "Ten Years Of Backpacking"
4

Xiaopeng

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…

Colette Modiano's "Twenty Snobs and Mao"
6.5

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…

Wolfgang Büscher's "Berlin - Moscow"
7.5

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…

Giovanni DiPlano Carpini's "The Story Of The Mongols Whom We Call The Tartars"
7.3

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…

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…

Karl Bushby's "Giant Steps"
6

Karl Bushby

Not just a tough cookie.

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

Heinrich Heine's "Travel Pictures"
7

Heinrich Heine

Why do these travel stories from 19th century Germany remain so recommendable?

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?

Sven Hedin's "In The Heart Of Asia"
6.3

Sven Hedin

Are we looking at a career-obsessed explorer or at a blueprint for Indiana Jones?

Michael Olbert's "Chatwin's Guru And Me"
4.5

Michael Olbert

What happened to this otherwise decent book that caused it to be so annoying?

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?