Riding with Strangers: A Hitchhiker's Journey

Elijah Wald

This fascinating tale of the author's cross-country hitchhiking journey is a captivating look into the pleasures and challenges of the open road. As the miles roll by he meets businessmen, missionaries, conspiracy theorists, and truck drivers from all ages and ethnicities who are eager to open their car doors to a wandering stranger. . . . READ MORE

Not only is he a fearless explorer, he’s a masterful explainer.
— The Boston Globe
A lot of people have tried to write books about hitchhiking, but none of them worked. This one does.
— Utah Phillips


Oddball Texas: A Guide to Some Really Strange Places

Jerome Pohlen

This amusing travel guide to the Lone Star State doesn't waste travelers' time telling them where to find antiques in the Hill Country, take breathtaking hikes through Big Bend, or gaze upon the Alamo. Instead, it guides television fans to a modern replica of the Munsters's mansion, leads the nonsqueamish to the world's only Cockroach Hall of Fame, and points the curious towards a small town filled with hippo statues. . . . READ MORE

If you hanker for offbeat adventure, this is a guidebook to stick under the front seat of your pickup.
— The Enterprise
Droll descriptions that make even Bonnie and Clyde and Lee Harvey Oswald seem comedic.
— The Chicago Tribune

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Volunteer Vacations: Short-Term Adventures That Will Benefit You and Others, 9th edition

Bill McMillon, Doug Cutchins, and Anne Geissinger (Foreword by Ed Asner)

For those looking for a way to make a difference while on vacation--simultaneously getting away and using their talents to improve the world--this guide shows you how a short-term volunteer stint can transform your life as much as the people, animals, and ecology you choose to help. . . . READ MORE

The definitive sourcebook for service-oriented escapades.
— Outside
Anyone who can’t find a dozen projects here to get excited about just doesn’t have a traveler’s soul.
— San Francisco Chronicle


External: Backpacking through Life on (and off) the Appalachian Trail

Dustin Waite

Adventure/Travel Memoir (forthcoming)