Inspiring offerings from wild wanderers
If you find the idea of a one-way ticket equally thrilling and terrifying, put yourself in the hiking boots of Cheryl Strayed who, at 22-years-old, embarked on the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail following the death of her mother and the breakdown of her marriage. Running 4,265km across the rugged mountain ranges of California, Oregon and Washington, she recounts the walk’s crushing lows and inspiring highs in Wild.
For more back-to-basics adventures, Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer recounts the journey of famous young hitchhiker Chris McCandless, who was intent on escaping the trappings of modern society and reconnecting with nature. As he writes: “The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.”