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- If you didn’t feel like hopping on a train, plane, or car to a new, unexplored destination before now, you will after reading one of these 18 travel books.
- Their eye-catching photographs, romantic descriptions, and useful travel tips will inspire you to pack your bags and book a ticket ASAP.
- The books cover domestic and international adventures alike, advising you on the can’t-miss things to do and eat.
Surrounded by beautiful Instagram feeds, bite-sized travel clips, and deep-dive shows focusing on one country or even one city, we’re reminded again and again that there’s a world outside our immediate purview.
Before the TV and internet, books were a prime way to learn about the unexplored places a walk, drive, or plane ride away from us. Even though their use and popularity has been usurped by that of online travel guides, we still think books are a useful, tactile, and romantic way to gather travel inspiration.
More than a simple coffee table decoration to flip through carelessly, travel books offer both aesthetic and functional appeal. Alongside full-page photographic spreads, you’ll learn more about the histories, stories, things to do, and dishes to eat in different destinations around the world.
These 18 travel books are full of so many interesting, exciting, and unique ideas that you’ll feel like you have no choice but to transform from armchair traveler to real-life traveler. If you need help or inspiration to figure out where to travel next, read one of the books below.
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For the outdoor explorer: ‘100 Parks, 5,000 Ideas: Where to Go, When to Go, What to See, What to Do’ by Joe Yogerst
National Geographic turns to the United States’ and Canada’s most pristine and adventure-filled national, state, and city parks with 5,000 ideas for the ultimate vacation. Showcasing the best experiences, both obvious and unexpected, each entry in this robust guide provides an overview of the park, detailed travel advice, fascinating facts, insider knowledge about wildlife, and expert tips for hiking, biking, camping, and exploring.
For the international foodie: ‘Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Eats’ by Lonely Planet Food
The world’s top 500 food experiences — ranked. We asked the planet’s top chefs, food writers and our food-obsessed authors to name their favorite, most authentic gastronomic encounters. The result is a journey to Mozambique for piri-piri chicken, Japan for bullet train bento boxes, San Sebastian pintxos bars, and a further 497 of the most exciting eateries anywhere on Earth.
“Ultimate Eats” is the follow-up to the best-selling “Ultimate Travel” and is a must-own bucket list for foodies and those who love to travel. You’ll discover the planet’s most thrilling and famous culinary experiences, the culture behind each one, what makes them so special, and why the experience is so much more than what’s in the plate, bowl or glass in front of you.
For the young traveler thinking about going solo: ‘The Solo Travel Handbook’ by Lonely Planet
Don’t let the idea of travelling alone stop you from living out your dreams. Packed with tips and advice for before and during your travels, “The Solo Travel Handbook” gives you the confidence and know-how to explore the world on your own, whether you’re planning a once-in-a-lifetime adventure or short city break.
Developed with Lonely Planet’s expert travel writers, it explains how and why individual travel is such a valuable and rewarding experience. It also ranks the best destinations for road-tripping, food, nightlife, culture, island escapes and more, as well as how to fund your travels while you’re away.