Books for Mature Teens and Adults

Theme: Unusual Travel Adventures

Betty in the Sky with a Suitcase: Hilarious Stories of Air Travel by the World's Favorite Flight Attendant - (ISBN: 978-1606390115)

by Betty N. Thesky

Betty’s travel adventures, originally introduced as podcasts, detail flight from a different point of view, that of the stewardess seeking to serve and keep safe an endless variety of passengers. Her droll observation style keeps her in her job for over 20 years. Would you consider this profession if you were in the job market?

Bike Snob: Systematically & Mercilessly Realigning the World of Cycling - (ISBN: 978-0811869980)

by Christopher Koelle

The observant author of this book is anything but a snob, revealing the ups and downs of a life spent cycling as a means of transportation. With great humor and attention to detail, Koelle is the great comedian of bikers, mocking everyone with interests similar to his. His discussion of biking history, outfitting, and most importantly, the riders does reveal a great deal of fascinating information laced with humor. Have you ever ridden a motorcycle?

Leave the Lipstick, Take the Iguana: Funny Travel Stories and Strange Packing Tips - (ISBN: 978-1609520533)

by Marcy Gordon

Not your typical travel guide, this book offers travel advice and recounts a myriad of hysterical adventures the author has experienced using a variety of travel types. What is your favorite method of travel?

Tracks - (ISBN: 978-0679762874)

by Robyn Davidson

Robyn Davidson chooses to walk across the mostly desert Australian continent with only camels and a dog as her companions. She experiences great beauty and ugly racism, independence and vulnerability. Her similarity to the temperamental camels makes for a riveting read!

Travels with My Donkey: One Man and His Ass on a Pilgrimage to Santiago - (ISBN: 978-0312320836)

by Tim Moore

Tim Moore’s “pilgrimage” to Santiago in modern-day Spain turns out to be more than a simple trip on a donkey. Instead, he educates us on the ups and downs of traveling with and putting up with a donkey at night. His observational style includes fascinating anecdotes as well as attempts to find meaning in his trek. His humor keeps the reading light as well. How apt are you to embark on a similar trip?

A Walk in the Woods - (ISBN: 978-0307279460)

by Bill Bryson

Life of Pi - (ISBN: 978-0547848419)

by Yann Martel

Skywalking: An Astronaut’s Memoir - (ISBN: 978-0060884369)

by Thomas Jones

The Alchemist - (ISBN: 978-0061122415)

by Paul Coelho

Activities for this Theme

Ask older relatives to share photos of amazing trips they took. Record their voices along with looking at the photos and create a digital record by scanning the photos. Use a tool such as Storybird.


Get a part time job or, if you already have one, save 25% of your earnings to build up funds for your dream trip or an adventure travel opportunity.


Keep a travel diary. Why not use a wiki as your diary. Not familiar with wikis? Visit the Wiki Walk-Through.


Take neighbors, children, or grandchildren to ride donkeys and camels at a local zoo. Or if you are more adventurous, try a family excursion in a hot air balloon!