The Antarctic Book of Cooking and Cleaning: A Polar Journey by Wendy Trusler and Carol Devine (Harper Design, May). This account of a 55-person environmental cleanup expedition on a small island off the Antarctic Penninsula is part travelogue, part photojournal, and part recipe compendium.

Around the World in 50 Years: My Adventures to Every Country on Earth by Albert Podell (St. Martin’s/Dunne, Mar.). Detailing everything from getting attacked by flying crabs to nearly being lynched in Pakistan, Podell chronicles his experiences setting the record for the longest-ever automobile trip and his successful quest to visit every nation on the planet.

The Ghosts Who Travel with Me: A Literary Pilgrimage Through Brautigan’s America by Alison Green (Ooligan, Jun.). Green, a writing teacher in Seattle, embarks with her partner on a road trip through Idaho that follows the path of Richard Brautigan’s 1967 novella, Trout Fishing in America.

Gorge: My 300-Pound Journey Up Kilimanjaro by Kara Richardson Whitely (Seal Press, Apr.). Having made one successful and one failed attempt to reach the summit of Africa’s highest mountain, Whitely makes a third attempt while battling a profound food addiction.

Kaleidoscope City: A Year in Varanasi by Piers Moore Ede (Bloomsbury, Apr.). A British travel writer recounts his stay in the Hindu holy city, known as “the city of 10,000 widows.”

The Long Hitch Home by Jamie Maslin (Skyhorse, Feb.). Making his way across desert, jungle, and mountain, an adventurer thumbs it from Tasmania to London.

Meet Me in Atlantis: My Obsessive Quest to Find the Sunken City by Mark Adams (Dutton, Mar.). Over the course of three years and visits to eight countries, Adams (Turn Right at Macchu Picchu) searches for clues to the identity of the legendary lost city.

Peaks on the Horizon: Two Journeys in Tibet by Charlie Carroll (Soft Skull, Feb.). Carroll interweaves the story of his exploration of the mountain region with that of the Tibetan-born Lobsang, an exile in Nepal.

Phenomenal: A Hesitant Adventurer’s Search for Wonder in the Natural World by Leigh Ann Henion (Penguin Press, Mar.). After the birth of her son, a journalist sets out on a global trek—to see the aurora borealis in Sweden, Tanzania’s wildebeest migration, Puerto Rico’s bioluminescent bays, and more—in an effort to reignite her sense of wonder.

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