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Real Life Stories of Travel & Adventure

Inspiring stories to indulge in of distant lands and exciting adventures, by people who have gone and done it!



Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Alaskan Dog Racing by Gary Paulson

An inspiring and very entertaining read, it’s the real life story of a man who through happen-stance finds himself in charge of a team of sled dogs and decides to enter the stunningly brutal Iditarod race across Alaska. The book follows how he came to own the dogs, the months of training (with some frankly hilarious moments to enjoy!) and of course the incredible challenge and battle for survival that is the Iditarod race itself.

Warning: Despite his hardships, reading this book will very likely result in you yearning for the snowy wilderness, and wanting to sell up and move North with a dog team of your own!


Long way round by Ewan McGregor & Charley Boorman

Ewan McGregor & Charley Boorman ride over 20,000 miles, London to New York the long way. Treacherous roads, exhaustion, injury and accidents, and even men with large guns, Long Way Round is a fascinating read of two good friends realising their dream together and riding round the world!

We do love a good road trip, though for this particular route we’d rather make do with completing the journey vicariously through these two instead, for now... If you watched the accompanying TV program, you’ll still find plenty more to enjoy in the book as the two plucky Brits find themselves way out of their comfort zones.


The Long Way Down by Ewan McGregor & Charley Boorman

After their fantastic trip round the world in 2004, fellow actors and bike fanatics Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman couldn't shake the travel bug. And after an inspirational UNICEF visit to Africa, they knew they had to go back and experience this extraordinary continent in more depth.

They set off on their 15,000-mile journey with two new BMWs loaded up for the trip, from John O'Groats at the northernmost tip of Scotland to Cape Agulhas on the southernmost tip of South Africa. Riding through spectacular scenery, often in extreme temperatures, Ewan and Charley faced their hardest challenges yet. With their trademark humour and honesty they tell their story - the drama, the dangers and the sheer exhilaration of riding together again, through a continent filled with magic and wonder.


Wild: a journey from lost to found by Cheryl Strayed

With nothing to lose at twenty-six, Cheryl Strayed made the most impulsive decision of her life: to walk eleven-hundred miles of the west coast of America - from the Mojave Desert, through California and Oregon, and into Washington state - and to do it alone. She had no experience of long-distance hiking and the journey was nothing more than a line on a map. But it held a promise - a promise of piecing together a life that lay in ruins at her feet.

Strayed's account captures the agonies - both mental and physical - of her incredible journey; how it maddened and terrified her, and how, ultimately, it healed her. Adapted for the big screen, Wild is a brutal memoir of survival, grief and redemption: a searing portrayal of life at its lowest ebb and at its highest tide, read the book first… ;)


Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

Who hasn’t, at some point in their life, wanted to drop everything and head off into the wilderness for good?

Into the Wild examines true story of Chris McCandless, a young man, who in 1992 walked deep into the Alaskan wilderness and tragically whose SOS note and emaciated corpse were found four months later.

Internationally bestselling author Jon Krakauer explores the obsession which leads some people to explore the outer limits of self, leave civilization behind and seek enlightenment through solitude and contact with nature.


Endurance: Shackletons Incredible Voyage

One of the most inspiring and unimaginably difficult stories I think I’ve ever come across, the strength of the human spirit with a will to survive is truly astonishing. After reading what these poor men had to bear you’ll possibly never consider yourself as having ‘a bad day’ again!

Bound for Antarctica, where polar explorer Ernest Shackleton planned to cross on foot the last uncharted continent, the Endurance set sail from England in August 1914. In January 1915, after battling its way for six weeks through a thousand miles of pack ice and only a day's sail short of its destination, the Endurance became locked in an island of ice. For ten months the ice-moored Endurance drifted northwest before it was finally crushed. But for Shackleton and his crew of twenty-seven men, the ordeal had barely begun...


Sarah is an artist and writer with a lifetime interest in camping and survival techniques.

Living the #vanlife since before it was a hashtag and touring on two wheels with her husband Ryan, they have a wealth of camping and motorcycling knowledge to share, and know a thing or two about packing light! read more

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