"Exploration is the physical expression of the Intellectual Passion."
“And I tell you, if you have the desire for knowledge and the power to give it physical expression, go out and explore. If you are a brave man you will do nothing: if you are fearful you may do much, for none but cowards have need to prove their bravery. Some will tell you that you are mad, and nearly all will say, “What is the use?” for we are a nation of shopkeepers, and no shopkeeper will look at research which does not promise him a financial return within a year. And so you will sledge nearly alone, but those with whom you sledge will not be shopkeepers: that is worth a good deal. If you march your Winter Journeys you will have your reward, so long as all you want is a penguin’s egg.” – Apsley Cherry Garrard
The above quotes are from "The Worst Journey in the World", a book that National Geographic Adventure magazine rated as the best adventure book ever written.
While I'm not one for rating books, other than the general categories of dislike, like, really like and will re-read, I do find rating lists by others useful to help point me in the direction of what to read and the National Geographic list has introduced me to some entertaining books and many an escapist daydream.
With summer fast approaching, add a few of these books to your reading list. They can and likely will inspire you to travel far, or take up a micro-adventure, exploring your own backyard.