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Recommending inspirational travel DVDs and books


Posted by koshkha on February 22, 2009

My husband and I just finished watching The Story of India with Michael Wood. It was an absolutely beautiful 6-hour long TV series that had us hooked from the first minute.

I wondered if anyone else would like to recommend DVDs (or books) that they think are really inspirational and/or really useful. Or even ones we should avoid.

I'd like to throw in one that you can easily avoid without missing anything of any note. India with Sanjeev Bhaskar is utter tosh.


Reply by actonsteve on February 23, 2009

Sanjeev Bhaskar in India is utter rot but some "comedians" doing travel programmes work ie Stephn Fry in America, and funnily enough the Billy Connolly in Northern Canada.

The Globetrekker programmes arent bad and can be picked up on Ebay for a tenner. I particularly liked the London one. Rough Guide on Channel 5 are better then I thought but not a patch on the old Rough Guide by the BBC.

There are plenty of nature programmes out there which cover travel and I do like Francesco Thingimibob (I cant remember his surnames) tours of Venice and Italy.


Reply by Idler on February 23, 2009

I'm going to be extremely lazy in my response, Koshka, and link to my GoodReads reviews of fifty-odd travelogues, though these books are basically the tip of the iceberg, so to speak. Almost all my travel is inspired by either something I've read or music I've been listening to.

(Sorry, but I haven't a *clue* how links work in this new forum... presumably they don't, so you'll have to cut-and-paste. Apologies.)

In a similar vein, here are some books on Kyoto that were inspirational, assembled into one of those Amazon "Listmania" lists:

And one on London, with particular emphasis on the Thames:

Battle of Normandy:

You get the idea.

I keep meaning to do more of these "traveler's booklists" for Norway, Hungary, and some other places, but at a certain point the project was threatening to take over my life and I stopped. But now that you bring the subject up, hmmmm....


Reply by tanseg on June 21, 2009

Hey friends,

One of the Off the Radar staffers recently reviewed a book by climber, Katie Brown (it’s an effort to teach and encourage women to really dive into the sport) - I myself have just put it on my summer book list. Because…it seems pretty awesome:

I also reviewed a documentary called Blindsight - awesome and definitely inspiriational, I keep recommending it to all of my friends:

There are other books reviewed on the site, but these are two of the more recent ones that I love.

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