Scott Stoll logo world traveler. A bicycle wheel and the globe symbolizes Scott's journey around the world on a bicycle.

Favorite travel and adventure books

Here are a few of my favorite books in the travel and adventure genre, and a few books that changed my life. These are my highest recommendations. (I’ve just started this list, so there will be more to come soon.)

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A book that changed my life

The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell
The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell

The Hero with a Thousand Faces

In part, this book fueled my quest around the world on a bicycle. When I read this book, I thought the world was meaningless, a clockwork universe that just ticked the moments until my death. This book gave me hope there was meaning to the world, so I set out to find it. Campbell compares different religions and mythologies showing how they are more similar than different, and that we are all heroes on our own adventures through life. I adapted his hero’s journey in my article What is an Adventure?

Available on Amazon.


Favorite bicycle touring books

An old copy of "The wheels of change" with red, canvas cover and gold emboss.

The Wheels of Chance; A Bicycling Idyll

H.G. Wells wasn’t just a visionary when it came to time machines or men walking on the moon, he also wrote the very first book about bicycle touring, which helped give rise to the female emancipation movement.

Read the free ebook here on our website.
Also don’t miss HG Well’s bicycle quotes.

"Taming the Bicycle" by Mark Twain book cover.

Taming the Bicycle

This humorous essay by one of America’s greatest authors gave birth to many famous quotes about riding a bicycle. (Can you spot the famous ones below?) It was written in 1884 shortly before women suffragists like Frances E. Willard, Hellen Keller and Susan B Anthony began to adopt the bicycle as an expression of freedom of movement and freedom of mind.

Read the free ebook here on our website.
Also, don’t miss Mark Twain’s bicycle quotes.


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