10 Best Adventure Travel Books

10 Best Adventure Travel Books

My 10 favourite books about outdoor adventures and travel.

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00:49 The Worst Journey in the World: https://amzn.to/3rQFuUg
01:53 Into the Wild: https://amzn.to/3vqca9w
02:38 Touching the Void: https://amzn.to/38G2RZg
03:18 Dark Star Safari: https://amzn.to/3vmFSfp
04:35 On the Road: https://amzn.to/3eGtTDt
05:24 The Beach: https://amzn.to/3qGMpy1
06:10 The Alchemist: https://amzn.to/3thlESj
07:04 Microadventures: https://amzn.to/3rLYsex
07:52 The Sun Also Rises: https://amzn.to/3rMLo8Z
08:45 The Salt Path: https://amzn.to/2NdWl4r

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Here is my list of essential adventure travel gadgets for 2010. Now I first went on a big round the world trip just over 10 years ago and didn’t take any of the below, I didn’t even have a mobile phone and, amazingly, I got by just fine. So I know the word ‘essential’ may be a bit over the top, but times are changing and embarking a long adventure holiday today I wouldn’t leave home without any of the following.

My one caveat with this article is whilst you may be a flash-packer don’t be flash, travel safe and get adequate insurance. Giving the locals of a Rio Flavela the run down of your latest Iphone Apps may seem like a good idea at the time but is not always conducive to longevity of ownership. And before any Rio Flavela locals comment on this article about how nice their neighbourhood actually is and question what exactly I’m insinuating the ‘Rio Flavela’ was just used as an example of a place that being ‘flash’ is not necessarily always wise.

THE gadget of 2009 and still the best smart phone on the market.
Ipod, great browser, 000’s of Apps, camera, video, 3G, maps….you get
the idea. I recommend you also buy a battery charger case aswell, there
are a few on the market (CaseMate, Ipow etc). As we all know that the
last thing you want to happen when you are about to beat your opponent
at Scrabble or email the office to tell them you need another month off
is run out of juice.

The Amazon Kindle is an E-book reader (in case you didn’t already
know). They were just being sold in the US but are now available
worldwide with a smaller screen and free global wireless through
Amazon’s 3G Whispernet. So you can now download the latest Mills &
Boon bestseller direct to the depths of the Amazon jungle.

The latest version has a text to audio feature aswell so you can
have your book read to you if you are too lazy or busy to read. I
suggest you also get a Patagonia case for protection and in a attempt
to make yourself a little less ‘flash’ looking.

I’m not talking about taking a Tom Tom that would just be silly. My
suggestion is a pocket GPS, there are a number of these gadgets on the
market (Garmin eTrex is a good one) that allow you to do all kinds of
useful (some would say pointless) calculations. With a waterproof case
you can take it kite surfing or windsurfing and find out exactly how
fast you went and how many kilometres you have covered. What would you
do without one?

Watch the videos and you will see why this little device is on my
top 10 list. Go Pro have been making small sports cams (for helmets
etc) for a number of years and the HD version is their latest and best.
The different versions allow you to attach it to handle bars, helmets,
boards and more. We all know that its very difficult to get any decent
footage.

The key if you are going to take a laptop with you (which I think is
a great idea) is to take a small light one and get a second battery.
I’d also recommend you get a ‘non-flash’ crap looking durable case. Not
recommended is a bright red ‘Ferrari’ Acer laptop – whilst the envy of
the office at home it will very soon be someone else’s bright red
Ferrari Acer laptop if you take it travelling with you.

Anybody who has bought these (and especially if they have kids)
swears by them. I bought some expensive Shure ones and I think they are
excellent. They work really well when you have a constant background
noise such as on a Plane. My suggestion would be to buy some that are
ear plugs rather than the Bose style massive headphones – again being
slightly more discrete pays dividends and reduces potential tears and
insurance claims.

An oldie but a goody. The small pocket shortwave radio will allow
you to hear the dulcet tones of the BBC world service from pretty much
anywhere in the world. Whilst some of your other neat gadgets may have
an FM tuner its unlikely they have shortwave which is really what you
need unless you just want to listen to the local crooners belting out
their latest hits continually.

Obvious but essential. The question here is whether to take a decent
Digital SLR or a small pocket sized digital camera. On my next trip I
will be taking a Canon Eos 40D Digital SLR. My philosophy here is that
you only tend to do these big trips few and far between and when you
get back all you have are memories and photos. I want to take the best
photos I possibly can. The downside is that taking such a bulky camera
may mean you don’t use it as often.

One of the few things on my list that were around 10 years ago. Both
the Swiss Army knife and the Leatherman are excellent and useful in a
massive array of situations from the all important stick whittling to
picking things out of your teeth and making sandwiches (not necessarily
in that order).

There is nothing worse than having all these gadgets and no power so
my recommendation is buying a solar powered charger with all the
necessary adapters. There are a number of good ones on the market so I
won’t recommend any specific brands or models.

A universal power supply is also a good idea so that you don’t end
up with a bag full of chargers as big as your bag of clothes.

I know this is a top 10 list but I’m adding an eleventh ‘general’ point as I feel its important.

I like to live by the motto ‘you can never have enough kit’. My
personal pleasure is kite surfing so I wouldn’t debate leaving home for
a potential kite surfing destination without my 2 boards, 2 kites, 2
bars, harness, pump & wetsuit. Remember being somewhere with
rubbish conditions for your sport of choice but with all your gear is a
lot better than being somewhere with perfect conditions for your sport
of choice but with no gear. With that pearl of wisdom I will finish my
list.

The image is of some friends of mine  – Steve and Brian Kellner with
all their ‘gear’ in Australia. They share my philosophy of never having
enough kit (in fact I just spotted a radio controlled airplane in their
photo – now I want one of those!)