Books that Ignited My Dreams of Travel

During Victorian times, young adults from wealthy families in England went on a Grand Tour. They traveled for extended periods of time as an essential part of their education - an essential part of their passage into adulthood.

They spent weeks or months in Paris, Switzerland, Italy - actually, anyplace that beckoned. The more adventurous traveled further than Europe and weren't actually on a Grand Tour. They were explorers. Many spent extended time in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. 

Here are some of the books about people who went on extended travels when traveling wasn't nearly as accessible as it is today. Here are some books that ignited my dreams. Some of them are not in electronic form, but are available in paperback at Amazon.

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    Passionate Nomad: the Life of Freya Stark by Jane Fletcher Geniesse. Freya Stark was considered by many to be the last of the great travelers. This book chronicles her travels in remote and dangerous regions of the Middle East. Lawrence of Arabia once called her "a gallant creature."
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    Desert Queen: the Extraordinary Life of Gertrude Bell: Adviser to Kings, Ally of Lawrence of Arabia by Janet Wallach. Gertrude Bell explored, mapped, and excavated the Arab world during the early 20th century.
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    Hero: the Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia by Michael Korda. T. E. Lawrence was the legendary British soldier, strategist, scholar, and adventurer whose exploits as “Lawrence of Arabia” created a legacy of mythic proportions in his own lifetime.
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    My Journey to Lhasa: the Classic Story of the Only Western Woman Who Succeeded in Entering the Forbidden City by Alexandra David-Neel, who disguised herself as a beggar with yak hair extensions and inked skin and tackled some of the roughest terrain and climate in the world - an amazing feat for anyone in the 1920's.
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    The Great Game: the Struggle for Empire in Central Asia by Peter Hopkirk, who weaves a spellbinding tale of the competition between Victorian England and Tsarist Russia for supremacy in Central Asia.
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