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Reading is like traveling in itself. You open the pages and someone you’ve never met takes you far away. Actually, that makes it more like hitchhiking but anyway here are some reviews of Road Junky’s favourite travelogues.
In Case There Is No Doctor is advertised as ‘The Medical and Survival Guide for Travels On and Off the... Read more » When I was 20 I hitchhiked to England to India with no money. I passed through England, France, Luxemboug, Germany,... Read more » What travel books have most inspired you and kept your feet moving while you wandered? What got you out the... Read more » Somewhere Under the Rainbow is the new book from Tom Thumb.Read more » Perhaps the greatest travel novel, a masterpiece on the inner journey that accompanies the outer travels.Read more » How do you find out whether you’re Irish or not? Well, driving around Ireland and stopping in every bar with... Read more » “Then he poured benzene on me, because here they burn people in benzene: it guarantees complete incineration”Read more » The tale of working 100 hour weeks in the kitchens of Paris and surviving as tramp on the streets of... Read more » He doesn’t know what hashish is yet but is determined to smuggle it from Greece to Egypt in his small... Read more » A Scotsman who heads to California to become a used-car salesman. The original American dream.Read more » What profit a man if he hitchhike the entire world but lose his soul?Read more » The world is full of boring, tedious, and predictable travel books. Matthew Stone reviews one which isn’t a Lonely Planet... Read more » From Amsterdam to Ouagadougou… An Auto-Misadventure Across the SaharaRead more » The gritty journalistic investigation into one of the world’s largest mafia organisations.Read more » The new media is free.Read more » It took 6 years to write…Read more » Traveling the world like the poor do.Read more » Eating the Flowers of Paradise is that real treat – a travel book written about somewhere you’ve probably never been... Read more » An exceptional, dreamy journey through Egypt, Sudan and the frontiers where words meet reality.Read more » In a parody of the Lonely Planet’s rather pathetic Experimental Travel, Road Junky got drunk and came up with 101... Read more » The best introduction to modern Iran, its tragedy and its beauty that you’re likely to find anywhere.Read more » The Road Junky Handbook is everything that the Lonely Planet won’t tell you. Guaranteed to be worth it’s weight on... Read more » Poetic diary of a Canadian girl living for a year in a village in Thailand.Read more » “No, I am not rich. Sometimes I have money, and sometimes not. One becomes lean sometimes, and then fat. One... Read more » An Indian anthropologist made fun of by the Egyptians.Read more » A wry, insightful and comic China memoir.Read more » Another world awaits.Read more » Is restlessness the human condition? Or not?Read more » Support your Road Junky editor so he doesn’t have to hitchhike to India again.Read more » The great traveling circumcision operator of the Iraqi reed beds.Read more » Understanding the other side of the fence.Read more » Late at night, over a spliff and candlelight, travelers everywhere find themselves in deep conversations about how to save the... Read more » A brave publishing venture.Read more » A decade after Jack Kerouac travelled across America in On the Road, American author John Steinbeck, a little older and... Read more » Showcasing body art of one of the world’s most aesthetic languages.Read more » One man, one bike, all the way from Pune to Ledakh and Kashmir.Read more » One of the classics of travel journalism, John Berendt takes us deep into the life of an isolated Georgian town,... Read more » A tragic-comic tale of an Englishman growing up in India in the time of colonial rule.Read more » A year spent in Russia at the climax of Perestroika – funny, poignant and tragic, a gem of travel writingRead more » The autobiography of a displaced Sudanese man fleeing civil war and his rocky path to emigrating to the US. An... Read more » Arabia by Jonathan Raban is still in the canon of good travel writing though it tells us more about ourselves... Read more » Kauffman is a real Road Junky and he gets gonzo and academic at the same time when writing about his... Read more » Dark Star Safari is one of Paul Theroux’s best travel books to date. He sets out to journey from Cairo... Read more » Thumbs Up Australia, a travelogue about hitchhiking across Oz by Tom Parry.Read more » The Road Junky Travel Handbook – the guidebook for the traveler who knows where it’s at.Read more » A poet on the road – self-indulgent rambling or a journey to the soul of humankind?Read more » Compelling reading that offers windows onto Brazil’s culture, history and sexual mores.Read more » The Places in Between by Rory Stewart is an excellent book as it takes the reader on a journey few... Read more » By Henri de Charriere The epic true story of a man who escaped from the penal colonies in South America... Read more » Travels in the 1940’s with the Bedouin. Your starting point for books about Arabia.Read more » Just your average boat trip.Read more » Further Up the Road is the tale of a young freak hitchhiking from San Francisco to Argentina and halfway back... Read more » The definitive motorcycle travel book.Read more » Holidays in Hell is something of a crossover between a travel book, political reportage and P.J O’Rourke telling the world... Read more » Witty, if a bit pointless. The Irish like him.Read more » By Richard Burton A 19th century travel legend, Burton endeavours to become the first white man to enter the forbidden... Read more » The best book on Africa you’re likely to read. Acid commentaries on modern African culture and corruption from the ground... Read more » Classic tale of a fur trader in the 1880’s who hangs out with the Blackfeet Indians and marries into the... Read more » The only book about Vietnam you’ll ever need to read.Read more » Travel stories from conquistadores, missionaries, beatniks and wanderers from all corners of the world.Read more » The Old Man of the Mountains, Kublai Khan’s concubines and the birth of sex tourism?Read more » Travels around the Mediterranean through the vulgar, the war-torn and the beautiful.Read more » 12,000+ mile canoe journey from Canada to the Amazon River in Brazil. The classic Idiots Abroad. Inspirational.Read more »
Here are some of our favourite movies and documentaries that open up windows into world culture.
Here are the films…Read more » Fear and loathing is a choice.Read more » Bollywood is almost as famous as Hollywood now but since when did the Africans make movies?Read more » Not many feel-good movies open with a torture scene.Read more » Possibly the ultimate jail movie.Read more » Matt Dillon’s cool Cambodia flick.Read more » More like a school documentary than something you’d want to see at the cinema.Read more » The classic comic directed by the author opens the eyes of the world to the human story of modern Iran.Read more » Just in case you wanted to know in what conditions of slavery your jeans were made in…Read more » An astonishing film about the kids of brothels in Calcutta who take up the camera to document their world. Images... Read more » Into the Wild is Sean Penn’s tribute to one of the most powerful tales of modern times.Read more » A film depicts young Che Guevara touring South America on an ancient Norton motorbike.Read more »
Some say that love makes the world go round. Others put it down to self-interest. Still others believe it’s something to do with gravity and orbits.
At Road Junky, we think it’s music.
Speaking at a recent TED conference Shereen El Feki talked about the increasing use of western innovations in the Arab... Read more » That old palm wine music..Read more » The voice of Pakistan.Read more » Why did no one think of playing the blues like this before?Read more » One soul wouldn’t be enough to sell to the Devil for Paco Lucia’s talent.Read more » “Music is the weapon of the future….” -Fela Anikulapo Kuti, 1938-1997Read more » Palestinian Culture at its funnest.Read more » Take a bunch of amateurs and session musicians from Youtube and make something amazing.Read more » Egypt’s greatest singer and a legend throughout the Arabic world.Read more » The barefoot African diva.Read more » Got rambling, rambling on my mind, Hate to leave you, pretty baby, but you treats me so unkind..Read more » If there’s one thing Brazilians do well, it’s dance.Read more »