Travels with Michael Palin

Travels with Michael Palin

Travel books by Michael Palin: Around the World in 80 Days, Pole to Pole, Full Circle, Hemingway Adventure, Sahara, Himalaya, New Europe, Brazil, Erebus, North Korea Journal

Michael Palin is an English comedian, writer and actor best known for Monty Python’s Flying Circus show and his traveling series, which has had a big impact on travelers around the world and has drawn so much attention to exotic destinations that the process has been named as the ‘Palin impact’. In addition to the tv series, the stories were also published as books.

Although he has previously contributed to a series of BBC travels, his first real big adventure was “Around the World in 80 Days” in 1988. 150 years after Phileas Fogg, he traveled around the world on the route and means of transport Verne dreamed of. Surprisingly, this type of voyage (without airplanes and cargo ships) is not significantly shorter today than it was in 1872.

The series proved so successful that there was no stopping after that. On his next trip, he went around the Earth from the Arctic to the South Pole (Pole to Pole), and then his longest adventure “Full Circle” lasted nearly a year and he visited 18 countries. In the “Hemingway Adventure” series, he traveled to the scenes of the great writer’s life, this journey was followed by the “Sahara” in 2001. This is my favorite book from him. It illustrates this vast area with the people who live on it very well. Then he wanted to relax, but instead he visited the Himalayas, and then he visited the former socialist countries of Europe (New Europe), during which he also traveled to Hungary. In 2012, he presented Brazil in a four-part series (Brazil) and then in the book “Erebus”, he followed the story of the Arctic research ship, which mysteriously went missing. North Korea Journal and its accompanying two-part mini-series was published in 2018.

He has been keeping a diary since 1969.  These writings were published in three volumes. He wrote novels and children’s books as well. He is one of today’s most famous travel writers for his travel descriptions written in a witty, immersive style.