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  1. Rebecca West's 1941 classic Black Lamb and Grey Falcon is an account of her journey through this erstwhile country that has now balkanized.


  2. This author of Between the Wood and the Water and A Time of Gifts was called "Britain's greatest living travel writer" during his lifetime.

    Patrick Leigh Fermor

  3. This Indian author of A Suitable Boy wrote the award winning little gem From Heaven Lake.

    Vikram Seth

  4. Jon Krakauer's two best-known books that both start with Into ... - one a Himalayan adventure and the other about an idealistic young man who goes to live alone in Alaska.

    Into Thin Air and Into the Wild

  5. Bruce Chatwin's 1977 account of a region of South America that is a mix of anecdotes and history and that had its origins in him seeing a map and wanting to go there.

    In Patagonia

  6. What would travel writing be without mentioning Marco Polo? His account called in English simply as The Travels of Marco Polo has this title in Italian.

    Il Milione ("The Million")

  7. The prolific Graham Greene wrote Journey Without Maps about his jaunt through Liberia and Lawless Roads on his journey through this country.


  8. Title of American writer Ian Frazier's account of his travels through the North American prairie lands.

    Great Plains

  9. The Narrow Road to the Deep North is the 17th century travel diary of Matsuo Bashō who is the preeminent poet of this form of verse.


  10. George Orwell's account of his experiences during the Spanish Civil War was published with this title in 1938.

    Homage to Catalonia

  11. Coasting by Jonathan Raban and Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson are both accounts of this country.

    Great Britain

  12. Walter Raleigh mixed fantastical elements with real-life facts in The Discovery of Guiana and helped spread the legend of this fabled city of riches.

    El Dorado

  13. The Histories which not only established the study of the titular subject but is also the first travelogue ever written. It was penned by this Greek called "The Father of History."


  14. Sailing Alone Around the World was written by this man credited with being the first to sail around the world alone.

    Joshua Slocum

  15. This company, familiar to globetrotters, awarded well-regarded prizes in the genre of travel writing from 1980 to 2005.

    Thomas Cook

  16. This Moroccan explorer was a contemporary of Marco Polo and recorded his extensive journeys in Rihla.

    Ibn Battuta

  17. Title of the 1978 contemplative work of Peter Matthiessen that tells us what what elusive creature of the Himalayas he was tracking.

    The Snow Leopard

  18. Name of the narrator in Jack Kerouac's On the Road, the paean to the beat-generation. Bonus points if you can name the narrator's companion.

    Sal Paradise; Dean Moriarty

  19. Travel writer Paul Theroux wrote several books and his best work probably is this account of his rail journey through Europe and the Orient.

    The Great Railway Bazaar

  20. Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods describes his attempt to hike this famed trail of America.

    Appalachian Trail

  21. The name of the French standard poodle that accompanied John Steinbeck on his trip around the US in 1960. Steinbeck gave this name to his camper, after Don Quixote's horse.

    Charley; Rosinante (Travels with Charley)

  22. Most of us can relate to the inexperienced Eric Newby who tried to climb Mir Samir in Afghanistan and published this whimsical 1958 account.

    A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush

  23. William Least Heat-Moon gave his account of travels through America this title, from how rural roads were depicted in the atlas.

    Blue Highways

  24. Alexis de Tocqueville and his companion Gustave de Beaumont traveled America in the 1830s and produced this classic that offers fascinating insights into the country as it existed then.

    Democracy in America

  25. Scottish writer William Dalrymple who published several well-regarded travelogues wrote City of Djinns on this historic Asian city.


  26. In the title of the 1937 work by Robert Byron, considered the first example of great travel literature, this word is used for Afghanistan's northern area.

    Oxiana (The Road to Oxiana)

  27. Wilfred Thesiger's classic Arabian Sands is an account of his travels in the foreboding Rub' al Khali and describes his encounters with these nomads of the region.


  28. A recent hit in this genre is The Lost City of Z by David Grann that attempts to trace the route of explorer Percy Fawcett who disappeared in 1925 in this lush part of the world.


  29. Norwegian adventurer Thor Heyerdahl travelled across the Pacific on a balsa tree raft and published his accounts with this name, also what he called his boat.

    The Kon-Tiki Expedition

  30. Polish reporter Ryszard Kapuściński's The Emperor focuses on this ruler of Africa.

    Haile Selassie

  31. American journalist Hunter S. Thompson's best-known work is a drug-infused account of his two trips to this city.

    Las Vegas (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas)

  32. The first full-length work of George Orwell describes his life and times in these two cities, evoking Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities.

    Paris, London (Down and Out in Paris and London)

  33. Acclaimed writer Jan Morris' classic 1960 account that opens with "... the navigator, sailing up the Adriatic coast of Italy, discovers an opening in the long low line of the shore ..." was about this city.


  34. Evocative title of Mark Twain's best-selling travel book that detailed his experiences as he traveled through Europe and the Levant on the vessel Quaker City.

    The Innocents Abroad

  35. Author of Video Night in Kathmandu, The Lady and the Monk, Falling off the Map and The Global Soul.

    Pico Iyer