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Flightless: Incredible journeys without leaving the ground (Lonely Planet Travel Literature) Paperback – 1 Aug 2008
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This entertaining guide may give them some ideas as they ponder over and plan their journey and, of course being Lonely Planet, expectations are high.
There's a real mix here; with a the theme that 'taking to the air' doesn't have to be the answer. Great (the greatest?) adventures can be had in the strangest of places, both in exotic, far flung places, and also right outside your front-door.
I don't want to give anything away, about the details of the trips, but there's a fair selection of wheeled, paddled and foot-power; to name only a very few.
The chapters are short, but will leave you immersed, dripping with more than a little inspiration.
Yes, great overland trips seem like strange (crazy?), exotic, untangible things, but these people have done it, and with heart and head, anyone can find adventure as well.
Brilliant stuff, that's got me searching to find more tales from a spectrum of contributors.
Flightless is a collection of 26 journeys recording the delights (and sometimes the frustrations) of surface travel. There is the challenge of cyclists trying to cross borders in the Middle East, a slightly nutty pair of women driving a tuk-tuk from Thailand to Britain, Rory Stewart looking for dervishes as he hikes across Pakistan and a young backpacker hitchhiking across Australia.
I am convinced you are much more "in touch" with a country if you make your way around it overland rather than hop from one airconditioned airport to the next.
This is super collection with lots of lovely travel stories to dip into.