When German-born Renate Belczyk set out in 1955 to tour the world with her childhood friend Sigrid, two young women travelling alone was considered revolutionary. They stayed on the road for three years visiting England, France, Spain, Portugal, Mexico, Canada, Japan, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Egypt, Turkey, Macedonia, and Greece. They went back to Germany in 1958 and the following year Renate returned to the Canadian Rockies to work in the backcountry but she stayed, marrying mountaineer Felix Belczyk and settling in Castlegar. She recounts her youthful tour in, Our Trip Around the World (RMB $22), a snapshot of the postwar era when adventure travel -- mountaineering, hiking, hitchhiking, and cycling -- was just gaining wide public acceptance.

Our Trip Around the World (RMB Sept. 2020) $22 9781771603775

[BCBW 2020]