50 Great Articles and Essays about Travel and Adventure
A collection of the very best travel and adventure writing
The Books They Carried by Peter Jon Lindberg
Are guidebooks dead?
Inside the Mad, Mad World of TripAdvisor by Tom Vanderbilt
Who can you trust?
The Book by Patrick Symmes
You can't buy it in any store, can't send away for it online, and you probably won't be able to read it if you do find it: the everywhere-and-nowhere travel bible of Israel's combat-fatigued, footloose vagabond youth
Tourist Traps Worth a Visit by Peter Jon Lindberg
A destination's most popular sites got that way for good reason. So why not embrace the masses along with the monuments?
The Place to Disappear by Susan Orlean
A visit to the beating heart of the Asian backpacker trail.
The Grand Tour by Evan Osnos
Europe on fifteen hundred yuan a day
Shipping Out by David Foster Wallace
On the dubious pleasures of the cruise
Losing It at Club Med by Po Bronson
There are palm trees and pool aerobics, searching singles and satiny sands. But a week at Club Med is not what you would expect
Against Honeymoons by Charles Comey
The strange and tricky thing about a honeymoon is that even while it's happening, it's already lived as a story
Welcome to Dog World! by Blair Braverman
My job was to make tourists believe they were seeing the "real" Alaska. Then things got real.
Off the Beaten Track
The Road to Shangri-La by Patrick Symmes
According to Tibetan Buddhist teachings, paradise exists in the shape of Shambhala, a lost kingdom somewhere in central Asia...
Thanksgiving in Mongolia by Ariel Levy
Adventure and heartbreak at the edge of the earth
Operation Iraqi Vacation by Saki Knafo
Iraq is open for tourists. Er, kind of....
This Teeming Ark by Tim Cahill
A great wash of humanity carried us onto the corrugated metal deck of the barge, engines thrumming, the Flueve Congo moved majestically out into the current and began floating down the Ubangi...
In a Minivan With a Stranger in Morocco by Michael Chabon
Nothing moves me more profoundly than discovering the extent of my own ignorance...
Holy Water by Bucky McMahon
For fifty years, with cannons, Hellfire missiles, and napalm, the U. S. Navy has bombed the daylights out of Vieques, P. R., whose best-kept secret remains a bay that glows in the dark.
Home by Chris Jones
Journeys don’t get much longer than this: stuck in space and waiting for a ride home
Wedding Crasher by Gideon Lewis-Kraus
The drunken wedding speeches of Georgia
Take Nothing, Leave Nothing by Simon Winchester
How I came to be banned from the world's most remote island, Tristan da Cunha
The Golden Age of Havana Is Now by Patrick Symmes
why you should go now -- before Cuba changes, while it changes, and because you will change it yourself
On Tipping in Cuba by Chris Turner
A writer discovers the uncomfortable socio-macroeconomics of the cheap beach vacation
In Pursuit of the Wild Cohiba
by Ginger Strand and James Wallenstein
The world's best cigars straight from the source.
Where Is Cuba Going?
by John Jeremiah Sullivan
"On the plane, something odd but also vaguely magical-seeming happened: nobody knew what time it was..."
Hitchhiker's Cuba by Dave Eggers
Getting to know Cuba by picking up strangers
Up in the Air by Ben Wofford
Last year, a young man walked into the Seattle airport and took the next flight to anywhere — and he hasn't come down since
Game of Thrones by David Owen
How airlines woo the one per cent
Journey Into Night by David Sedaris
"That's Business Elite for you. Spend eight thousand dollars on a ticket and, if you want an extra thirteen cents' worth of ice cream, all you have to do is ask."
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
The story of a young man who gave up everything to answer the call of the wild, and ended up paying the ultimate price. Into Thin Air, his account of an ill-fated expedition on Everest is also great reading.
The Lost City of Z by David Grann
The deadly search for a mythical city lost somewhere in the darkest Amazon, a magnet for generations of adventurers.
The Great Railway Bazaar by Paul Theroux
Travelling the length of Eurasia on the world's greatest railways.
My Kind of Place by Susan Orlean
"Travel Stories from a Woman Who's Been Everywhere"
The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe
The octane story of the rocket jocks who conquered space.
River Town by Peter Hessler
Two years spent living in the heart of China during a time of massive social change and cultural upheaval.
Travels In Siberia by Ian Frazier
A breathtaking account of a roadtrip through the world's most fascinating frozen wasteland.
Driving Mr. Albert by Michael Paterniti
A book length version of the excellent Harper's article -- a road trip across America with Einstein's (actual) brain.
127 Hours by Aaron Ralston
A fascinatingly shocking survival story.
150 Great Articles and Essays
The best nonfiction from around the net
Mother Earth Mother Board By Neal Stephenson
In which the hacker tourist ventures forth across the wide and wondrous meatspace of three continents. An account of the laying of the longest wire on Earth.
Heart of Dark Chocolate by Rowan Jacobsen
On the trail of an ancient strain of cacao native to the Bolivian Amazon—i.e., wild cacao, unmolested by millennia of botanical tinkering.
The Lost City of Z by David Grann
For seven decades explorers have been swallowed by the Mato Grosso region, the "green hell", trying to uncover a lost civilization hidden in the Amazon, the City of Z.
Like Butterflies in the Jungle by Damon Tabor
The quest for the new El Dorado
Forbidden by Tim Cahill
It had been said that no outsider would ever see the legendary salt mines of Mali and live to describe them...
A Good Hair Week in Mongolia by Tim Cahill
The country that gave us Genghis Khan, the Attilla the Hun Show, and possibly the first Americans is rolling out the welcome mat.
The Kingdom of the Lotus by Patrick Symmes
Six weeks, I told my wife. All the way to heaven and then home. Perhaps I would fail in some, or every, way. But one must go oneself to know the truth.
After the Fall by Tom Bissell and Morgan Meis
Unlike many cities, Saigon seemed to welcome us into its secrets, not keep them from us...
The Cold Patrol By Michael Finkel
Two young Danes find out if they're tough enough for the world's only military dogsled team.
What Goes 95 Miles Per Hour for 17 Days Straight? by Jonathan Miles
The Paris Dakar Rally, is a bone-crushing off-road race through the deepest Sahara
Death of an Innocent by Jon Krakauer
How Christopher McCandless Lost His Way in the Wild
Trapped by Aron Ralston
The amazing true survival story that inspired the film 127 Hours
What I Did on My Summer Vacation by Scott Anderson
In which three American journalists try to get a little R&R in Bosnia and accidentally almost capture the world's most-wanted war criminal
Death on the Path to Enlightenment by Scott Carney
Inside the Rise of India Syndrome
The Ghost Road by Mark Jenkins
Winding a thousand miles from India to China, the Burma Road was built to defend China in World War II, but the atomic bomb made it irrelevant and the jungle reclaimed it...
The Jerusalem Syndrome by Chris Nashawaty
Why Some visitors to the holy city believe they are the messiah
The 15 Year Layover by Michael Paterniti
For more than a decade, Merhan Nasseri lived in terminal one at Charles de Gaulle airport, waiting. For what, he doesn't know anymore...
Why We Play by Eva Holland
Doing what we love, despite the risks
Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
I understood on some dim, detached level that it was a spectacular sight, but now that I was finally here, standing on the summit of Mount Everest, I just couldn't summon the energy to care
Unclimbable by Eva Holland
An expedition to the Cirque of the Unclimbables -- some of the toughest, most spectacular climbing in the world
The Mountain of Mountains by Kevin Fedarko
The afternoon I stumbled across the human leg bone at the bottom of K2, it was one of those flawless days you almost never see in the Karakoram
Point of No Return by Mark Jenkins
How a remote peak in Myanmar nearly broke an elite team of climbers
Everest at the Bottom of the Sea by Bucky McMahon
When the ocean liner Andrea Doria sank south of Cape Cod, she took fifty-one with her. Since then she's taken twelve more, five in the last two summers alone...
Out in the Great Alone by Brian Phillips
The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race pushes participants to the brink on an unforgiving trek to the end of the world
Kashmiri Extremism by Kevin Fedarko
It's 4:00 a.m., and outside the fog-shrouded windows of the Kashmir Alpine Ski Shop, the Indian village of Gulmarg sleeps in the shadow of a 13,576-foot ridge that looks directly into Pakistan
The Fast Track to Dharma by Michael Paterniti
60 Degrees Straight Down, Mind the Boulders and Avalanches. A postcard from La Grave, France - alpinism's new lost horizon
How to Spend 47 Hours on a Train and Not Go Crazy by Nathaniel Rich
A surprisingly high percentage of long-distance-train passengers are escaping something...
How to Use a Squat Toilet by Frank Bures
You're sitting at a bar in the middle of Nigeria when you feel a rumble below your ribcage...
Long Day's Journey by Elizabeth Gilbert
"The way another woman might, on a first date, suddenly picture herself having a baby with the guy across the table, what I pictured was this: me and him, eating a duck's liver together in a ditch."
Magic Mountains by Tony Judt
Expressing affection for the Swiss or their country is akin to confessing nostalgia for cigarette smoking or The Brady Bunch.
Do We Transcend Before or After We Purchase the Commemorative Eel Cakes? by Susan Orlean
"Climbing Mount Fuji, where nature, religion, sport, and schlock form the most holy of alliances."