If you can’t get away very far this summer, here’s some good travel books!
John Muir’s journal of My First Summer in the Sierras.
The Englishwoman in America is the account of one lady’s travels in the US and Canada in the 1850’s. She visited the Queen City of the West, so obviously this is a must-listen. 🙂
The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim: A novel about four women who spend a month as vacation housemates, when they rent an Italian castle to get away from the dismal English weather. (To be sure, this is really best enjoyed in late winter, but it’s still a good vacation book.)
Here are other Librivox travel audiobooks. It’s a nice collection: Stanley’s How I Found Livingstone (okay, not entirely truthful), Kipling’s American Notes, Amelia Edwards’ books on the Italian Tyrol mountains and the Nile, Ellen Clacy’s experiences in the Australian gold rush, Darwin’s Voyage of the Beagle, Amundsen at the South Pole, and many more.
For another kind of travel, consider listening to indigenous music of a different culture. This album of Mongolian folk music is full of variety and interest. (It mostly uses scales that don’t sound too weird to Western ears, interestingly enough.) You can also see a video of a man throatsinging while playing the horsehead fiddle. (And there’s a ton of Mongolian language and cultural material on the Internet Archive, too. Go Mongols!)
And don’t forget to listen to my reading of Egeria’s travels to the Holy Land and Egypt during Early Christian times.