Originally Posted by Hamlet53
Aside for my preference for Endurance because of the fact that I have already read that, my only other wish is that the book just be travel/adventure. By that I mean, avoiding any book that is just as much about some sort of personal journey or quest to resolve issues in the narrator's life.
I have to agree. Too much current travel writing is only navel-gazing against an unfamiliar backdrop. Everything--history, scenery, interaction with others--only serves as a sieve for the writer to process himself, and usually with banalities and easily achieved epiphanies.