A few years ago National Geographic put out a list of the top 100 adventure books of all time. I've read several of their recommendations so far, and they were all good, so if you're looking for some Christmas gifts this year or a book to curl up with in front of the fire, you might consider these for people who like to travel.
One of my favorites so far was "Sufferings in Africa," a true story of a shipwreck of an American trade ship and the Captain and his crew who are taken hostage and marched through the Sahara desert. It was supposedly one of Abraham Lincoln's favorite books, and it's a true page turner. It was so engrossing that as I was reading it on one of my own trips to Africa I was worried I was missing out on real adventure by reading about the Captain's....so I read it at night, in the heat, under a mosquito net, hearing insects buzz and night animal calls. That may have made it even better.