One for the Road: Whatever You Do, Don’t Run

Australian Peter Allison is a safari guide who has spent much of the last twelve years leading eco-tourism trips in Africa. This past summer, The Lyons Press published his memoir, a collection of hilarious True Tales of a Botswana Safari Guide: Whatever You Do, Don’t Run recounts Allison’s stories of “…face-to-face encounters with big cats, angry elephants and the world’s most unpredictable animals — herds of untamed tourists and foolhardy guides.”

Allison set off for Africa at the age of nineteen and had originally planned to stay for only a year. After six months he was broke, but found work tending bar at a game reserve. He eventually became a guide and taught others how to do the same. More than a dozen years later he’s still leading tours and educating folks about life in the bush. Allison’s book shares insight about the difficulties of keeping tours minimally invasive for the animals, as well as humorous tales of tourists gone wild. Read with caution and remember — only food runs!

One for the Road: The Year of the Goat

Here’s a heads up about a unique road trip memoir hitting shelves next month: The Year of the Goat: 40,000 Miles and the Quest for the Perfect Cheese. The title alone suggests that if you can tell a good story, you can write a travel book on just about any topic these days!

In 2003, six months into the Year of the Goat, Margaret Hathaway and her then-boyfriend Karl Schatz left New York in search of greener pastures. Part food memoir and part travel narrative, the book tells the story of the couple’s fascinating food obsessed journey, introducing a cast of characters that they encounter along the way. Readers can follow along with the “goat mobile” as Margaret and Karl meet with farmers, breeders, cheese makers and chefs, learning everything there is to know about the goats and cheese. Slow food advocates should enjoy this one too, since the story focuses on getting back to the land.

It actually sounds quite charming, and even though goat cheese does nothing for me, I’d consider reading this one. If you can’t wait for the book, there’s a nifty DVD called Goat Love that captures the journey on film. Margaret and Karl are married now, so I guess goat love got to them too!