These 9 Odd Travel Guides Might Change The Way You Travel (#6 Is Freakin’ Awesome)

By Dustin Walker on 25/Mar/2014

When it comes to travel, weird is good.

After all, no one takes a trip because they want to experience something that’s similar to their everyday life. True travellers crave adventure and try things that are outside their comfort zone.

So this list of 9 intriguing travel tomes are for those who prefer their vacations a little on the strange side. From a guy who toured Ireland with a fridge to a guide that helps you ID bird crap while on road trips, there’s absolutely nothing normal about these books.

Up Shit Creek

 Up Shit Creek details “fecal misadventures”.

The title really does say it all. This hilarious book details “fecal misadventures” that will teach you more than you probably want to know about removing human waste from a campsite. Written by a rafting guide, this is a good one for those who aren’t turned off by toilet humour.

Laid To Rest In California

Laid To Rest In California is a guide to the gravesites of fallen stars.

For the truly celeb-obsessed traveller. Laid To Rest In California is a guide to the gravesites of the world's most famous stars, including sports heroes, iconic actors and musical geniuses.

Murder Guide To London

The Murder Guide To London offers details on all of the city’s most famed murder sites.

After you’ve done Big Ben and Buckingham Palace, why not check out the more macabre side of London sightseeing? From Jack the Ripper to Reg Christie, the Murder Guide To London offers details on all of the city’s most famed murder sites.

Round Ireland with a Fridge

Round Ireland with a Fridge is about a man who travels with a refrigerator.

After making a drunken bet, writer Tony Hawks hitchhiked around Ireland for a month with a refrigerator at his side. And it was one of the best experiences of his life. This book, which was an international bestseller, details Hawks’ bizarre journey with his favorite appliance.

Biking to the Arctic Circle

This book details the journey of two cyclists who travel to the Arctic Circle.

It took two cyclists 51 days to bike from Ohio to the Arctic Circle. That’s more than 4,000 miles. And this book details their entire journey north.

One Wheel-Many Spokes

 Lars Clausen made a record-breaking journey across 50 U.S. states on a unicycle.

Cycling to the Arctic is impressive, but those guys had two wheels to ride on. Lars Clausen made a record-breaking journey across 50 U.S. states on a unicycle and lived to write a book about it. I think that tops the list for the most bizarre way to travel.

What Bird Did That?

 What Bird Did That? helps drivers identify

You probably thought we were done with poop books, right? Not so. This strange guide features full-colour illustrations of “splattered bird droppings” so that drivers can quickly identify what species dropped that duce on the windshield. Why not just play “I Spy” instead?

Flattened Fauna

Flattened Fauna is a “field guide” to common animals that get squished on highways.

So maybe identifying bird crap isn’t your kind of road-trip game. How about spotting road kill instead? Flattened Fauna is a “field guide” to common animals that get squished on highways.

A Traveler's Guide to Mars

A Traveler's Guide to Mars might be perfect for astronauts in a few years from now.

Just because no one has been there doesn’t mean you can’t write a travel guide about it. This book details all the must-see sights on Mars, which I’m sure will be useful for a few lucky astronauts years from now.

Do you know of a bizarre travel book that didn’t make this list? Tell us about it in the comments below.
By Dustin Walker on 25/Mar/2014
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