In my last blog post, I lamented all the time I lost while trying to read the book “No Touch Monkey” by Ayuun Halliday. I promised that there were far better travel books out there, that were much more worth your while, so today, please allow me to introduce you to one such book: “Whatever You Do, Don’t Run” by Peter Allison.
“Whatever You Do, Don’t Run” is a wonderful travelogue that chronicles author Peter Allison’s adventures while working as a safari guide in the Okavango Delta in Botswana. Throughout the book, Allison’s clear love and respect for the world around him comes shining through, and the adventures he has while working with some of the preserve’s guests is sure to leave you laughing out loud! Each chapter reads a lot like its own short story, and the section of pictures Allison provides will leave you longing to schedule a trip to Africa yourself!
I, honestly, cannot say enough good things about this book, and it remains one of my most highly recommended reads. The book is short and approachable, and if you enjoy Allison’s work, he also has two other books that follow his experiences both in Africa and later in South America. Allison’s books are full of insight and humor, and provide a respectful glimpse into the lives of the people trying to protect and share the wonders of nature with the rest of the world.
While I had to discourage readers from picking up “No Touch Monkey”, “Whatever You Do Don’t Run” is a book that I simply cannot throw enough support behind! Whether you’re in the mood for a little armchair traveling, a few laughs, or simply looking for an out-and-out good read, this book has a little something for everyone!