Nicolas Bouvier (1929-1998), writer with “soles of wind”, travelled all his life in a search for world’s diversities. Lover of slowness and encounters, his work makes us discover countries where he found new tones outside of the West. Since his first book, L’Usage du monde, published in 1963 in which he was recounting his founding travel from Geneva to Afghanistan, each of his book expresses the singularity of every place discovered. Without ever idealising travel, he reveals to us its dark side in Le Poisson‐Scorpion (1981) where he experienced the possibility of his own disappearance. From Japan to the Aran Islands, Nicolas Bouvier converses with cultures that he tries to understand without pretending revealing their “true”. This face‐to‐face with the other gave him the opportunity to build a body of work where he has renewed contemporary travel narratives.