Not going to lie, I’m a bit of a nerd and I love a good book. I especially love books that make me want to travel to another place, I’m not talking about a Eat Pray Love situation but instead some books that I read when I’m feeling I haven’t seen enough of the world. There are a few favourites that are almost like comfort books, and I thought it might be useful to share these with you. Hopefully you can find something to inspire your travels in here if you’re feeling a bit stuck or want to feel some kind of escape.
The whole world in one book. This is one that I absolutely love to read cover to cover. I can sit down and read about 20 countries I’d never heard of before. I love that is is the whole of our planet and also that there are maps, facts and figures, as well as pictures for every single country. Some countries have more pages then others due to how much there is it to do there. If you’re heading somewhere new and not really sure where to begin, this book makes a great starting point. If you’re planning a longer trip and want to know what countries to stop at along the way, this book would be so helpful. I will warn you though, once you start reading, you do want to travel absolutely everywhere!
My parents bought me this book for Christmas and at first I didn’t read it. It took me a while to dip into and once I did, it really made me happy to read. It’s one of those books that you might not read cover to cover but it’s really nice to open on a random page. Humans of New York basically is a photographic journal of people that Brandon Stanton met and photographs, in New York. On facebook he shares their stories or parts of their stories and other times he leaves just a caption or title to the picture. In the book each photo has a caption but it really makes you feel small in the sense that you want to meet more people in the world. It not only made me want to head to New York but just all over to spend time listening to people’s stories.
Not a book but it has to be included in this. SUITCASE Magazine is the magazine that constantly makes me want to travel. It was started by an incredible woman called Serena Guen whilst still at University. Each issue there are beautiful stories about people’s experiences travelling the world. They also explore places that aren’t really well known. They have advice posts as well as ideas on hand luggage products as well as travel stories. I love picking up the latest issue whenever I’m at an airport to give me all the travel inspiration. When I first started buying them they were around £5, but I think they’re around £9 at the moment. You can buy old issues on their website too, which you can find here.
You may think your travel bucket list is long, wait until you read this book. It will make you want to re-evaluate everything on there and possibly add 500 new things. They’re all ranked in the book and it’s a total dream to visit so many of these. Lonely Planet is known to be the best in the business when it comes to Travel guidebooks. You know the Ultimate Travelist is one you know you can trust. It’s quite a hefty book so lovely to leave out on a coffee table too.
My copy is the second edition and I believe that Rough Guides are now on their third. My favourite thing about these books is you can search by activity as well as country. If you’re planning a trip, it’s worth looking up the country you’re going to and seeing what the best things to do are. The books also have a Need to Know section and a Good to Know section at the end of every chapter. These are packed with useful tips and tricks as well as contact info and websites for the things they detail. The experiences all sound incredible and just one would make any trip worth it. There are over 1000 experiences in this book which is why I love it so much.
These books are a great place to start if you want to travel but don’t know where to start. I love knowing about the places I am going to and I think it’s respectful when you meet people from different cultures too.
Do you have any books that you love reading about travel?
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