We’ve all read Ted Simon, Sam Manicom, Lois Pryce, and countless other adventure travel authors, and it’s been awesome to live vicariously through them as they traversed the world on two wheels and shared their experiences. New adventure travel books crop up every year as more and more riders set out on their epic journeys, and that’s fantastic news.

But there are other books that can not only take you along, but also change the way you look at adventure travel. Here’s a list of my five favorites.

The Natural Navigator by Tristan Gooley

Can you find North by looking at a puddle? What natural navigation methods can help you wind your way both in the open ocean and a busy city? How to read desert dues like a Tuareg.

Maps and GPS devices have made life easy, but Tristan Gooley’s “The Natural Navigator” brings back a lost art that is incredibly fascinating to remember and learn, even if you don’t plan to head out into the wilderness. You will never look at the world the same after reading this amazing book!

The Lost City of Z by David Grann

A true adventure story mixed with fact, myth, and culture: The Lost City of Z follows the real-life story of British explorer Percy Fawcett who ventured out into the Amazon in 1925. Fawcett set out on an expedition to find the lost City of Z – and never returned.

World Walk by Steven Newman

Think riding a motorcycle round the world is tough? Think again: at the age of 28, Steven Newman packed his bag and left to walk around the world for four years. He walked across five continents and twenty two countries, and lived to tell the tale.

In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson

If you want a hilarious read about adventure and travel, In a Sunburned Country is all that and more. Bryson is hilarious, curious, and adventurous. You will not be able to put this book down!

Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders

This is a beautiful travel book packed with the world’s most curious destinations. If you love getting off the beaten path, this book will help you discover the undiscovered!

Need more ideas? Check out this Forbes’ list of the best travel books out there.

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