Recommended Once-in-a-Lifetime Books

Eccentric America - Travel Guide
This wacky travel guide is a little bit guidebook, a little bit of trivia and a lot of fun. It takes you to offbeat sights, attractions, tours, museums and hotels all around America.
Walking the World’s Most Exceptional Trails by Eloise Napier
Presents a diverse array of hikes for people of all ages and abilities. All regions of the world are covered including the Atlas Mountains in Morocco and the West Highland Way in Scotland.
Adventure Travel in the Third World: Everything You Need To Know To Survive in Remote and Hostile Destinations by Jeff Randall
Helps you recognize and minimize the risks of venturing way off the beaten path.
Worlds to Explore: Classic Tales of Travel and Adventure from National Geographic by Mark Jenkins and Simon Winchester
Fifty National Geographic articles about adventures made by railroad, steamship and automobile before the jet airliner.
Travels Along the Edge: 40 Ultimate Adventures for the Modern Nomad--From Crossing the Sahara to Bicycling Through Vietnam by David Noland
Forty adventure-travel trips offered by English-speaking outfitters with something for everyone. There are logistical details of each tour, the weather, perils and challenges.
The Big Book of Adventure Travel by James C. Simmons
Even if you don’t want to spend your life savings on something like trekking Everest you will appreciate the exploits described in this book. More than 400 organized adventure trips are listed around the world and neatly divided into land and water Adventures.
Unforgettable Journeys to Take Before You Die by Steve Watkins
Thirty awe-inspiring journeys that are a wonderful way to inspire you for your next vacation.
National Geographic’s Ultimate Adventure Sourcebook by Paul Mcmenamin
Ultimate experiences in 25 categories of adventure world wide with everything from hot air ballooning above France to cycling through Belize.
1,000 Places to See Before You Die: A Traveler’s Life List by Patricia Schultz
A hefty volume with a page per entry about exactly where to find the spot, when to go and more.

Useful Once in a Lifetime Websites

Weird Wanderings (
Strange odd and unusual travel destinations including hauntings, UFO sightings, ghosts, kitsch and just plain strange places.
Where in the world (
Unusual travel destinations and events.
Go Europe (
Links to odd and unusual travel sites and tours.
Incredible Adventures (
Fly a Russian MiG-29, train for space, fight terrorism, experience zero-g with Incredible Adventures, the world’s premier adventure travel company.
Unusual Hotels of the World (
The fantastic, wow and unusual of the hotel world from ice hotels to windmills.