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Books about Traveling, Questing and embarking on a Sojourn or Sabbatical

I love to travel. And one of the beautiful things about traveling is not that you get to see new things and new sights - which is wonderful in itself. But that you can get a broad set of experiences.

I mean you can learn about people, cultures, and all kinds of things by travel. And most importantly, you can learn about yourself.

This page doesn't have your typical travel books. If you were looking for that I also have a page with some of those books right here: Travel Books.


We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring
will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.
-T.S. Eliot (Little Gidding)


Some of these books are in the public domain so any time there is a version available for free I have provided a link for you to download it. Some even have a free audio version. I have linked those for you too!

A note from Will: I could give you a summary or synopsis of all these books, or even a review. But.... to me that defeats the purpose. I say pick one based on as little information as possible (Cover and title) And then go on the journey with the author with no preconceptions.... let it unfold before you.


The Odyssey - Homer


On the Road - Jack Kerouac


Journey - James Michener


Into the Wild - Jon Krakauer


The Hero's Journey - Joseph Campbell


The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien


Going After Cacciato - Tim O'Brien


The Man Who Would be King - Rudyard Kipling


The White Company - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle


Sir Gawain and the Green Knight - Anonymous with various translations


Le Morte D'Arthur - Thomas Malory


Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance - Robert Pirsig


Thus Spake Zarathusthra - Nietzsche


The Hero With a Thousand Faces - Joseph Campbell


Life of Pi - Yann Martel


The Unbearable Lightness of Being - Milan Kundera


Don Quixote - Miguel de Cervantes


The Epic of Gilgamesh - Anonymous


For Whom the Bell Tolls - Ernest Hemingway


Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad


The Pearl - John Steinback


Ulysses - James Joyce


The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho


The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck