Feeling the desire to travel to far flung places? We have a selection of titles to satisfy your wanderlust. Whether you’re planning a great adventure or reading about your favourite parts of the world, have a browse of our Travel selection.
This is surely the most incisive and entertaining guidebook to Malaysia, Singapore & Brunei available, whether you’re planning to hike the Taman Negara rainforest, take it easy on the idyllic Perhentian Islands or explore bustling Singapore. It’s packed with all the recommendations you to select the ideal places to sleep, eat, drink, shop and visit, with countless independent reviews and options for every budget. The ‘Things Not to Miss’ section is an excellent way of making those key pre-trip plans, and the detailed regional coverage covers both un-missable top tourist attractions and excellent suggestions for finding off-the-beaten-track experiences. The extensive full-colour maps will help you navigate the backstreets of Kuala Lumpur's Chinatown, Singapore's downtown shopping streets and dozens of sights, while the stunning colour photography provides plenty of inspiration. Further Fiction Recommendations; Passage of Arms by Eric Ambler Shadow Play by Barbara Ismail Evening Is The Whole Day by Preeta Samarasan Iban Dream by Golda Mowe
With almost 300 pages of fully updated practical information, this definitive guide to Naples, Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast will serve travellers splendidly over several trips, covering everything from cliff-top towns and must-see museums to active volcanoes, unforgettable Roman ruins and outstanding islands. It’s the one and only guide independent travellers will need! The dynamic city of Naples is covered in fabulous detail, with clear and plentiful maps, excellent advice on getting around, and inspired restaurant and shopping recommendations. It’s also great on the islands of the Bay of Naples, with advice on how to reach them, and what to do, see and eat when you step ashore. If you’re heading to stunning Sorrento – easily visited from Naples in a day - this tells you how to get there, and will help you make the most of your time, while culture vultures will be impressed by the depth of detail on both Pompeii and the lesser-visited Herculaneum. As well as being able to truly trust the reviews, recommendations and practical advice, this is also an engaging read about a richly rewarding destination. Further Fiction Recommendations; My Brilliant Friend; The Story of a New Name; Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay; The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante The Talented Mr Ripley by Patricia Highsmith Burns The Gallery by John Horne Betrayal in Naples by Neil Griffiths
Whether you’re an art buff, culture vulture, foodie or intrepid explorer of the great outdoors, this fully updated guidebook provides all the information you need for multiple trips around Tuscany and Umbria across 500+ informative, inspiring pages. The extensive introduction includes an excellent section on food and drink, with a great wine guide that almost serves as a fast track to becoming a sommelier! The Florence and Pisa chapters are wonderful, with detailed information covering all the unmissable museums and galleries along with recommendations that will enrich your trips by guiding you to eat and shop like a local. This contains all the maps you’ll need too, from detailed plans of must-see churches and gardens, to comprehensible overviews of wider areas around this stunning part of Italy, while hikers and walkers will love the suggested routes for off-the-beaten track treks. Further Fiction Recommendations; The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli
From A-Z, Athens to Zakynthos, and across almost 600 pages of painstakingly researched practical information, this newly updated guide will truly enhance your exploration of dozens of dazzling islands. Indie travellers and island-hoppers will find the getting around information invaluable – this covers every mode of transport imaginable, from ferries, hydrofoils, catamarans and high-speed boats to planes, buses and going it alone along hiking routes. The in-depth area-by-area chapters take you to the heart of the islands, with a huge range of hotel recommendations and top tips on where to find the best ‘loved-by-locals’ eateries, hidden beaches and outstanding unmissable historical sites. Further Fiction Recommendations; FICTION The Island by Victoria Hislop My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres Officers and Gentlemen by Evelyn Waugh The Magus by John FowlesFOR CHILDREN Groovy Greeks by Terry Deary The Roman Mysteries by Caroline Lawrence Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan Helping Hercules by Francesca Simon
With this new edition of The Rough Guide to South Africa Lesotho and Swaziland to hand you’ll feel like you’re taking a trip with your savvy best friend and ultra-informed local guide rolled into one, with every area comprehensively covered. This feat of meticulous research and mapping will help you find perfect places to stay, whether you’re looking to splash out or working to a budget and, since this is a Rough Guide, you can truly trust the recommendations. The wildlife field guide is fabulous, with top quality photographs and notes on where to spot a host of amazing beasts, big and small, in the many reserves. The guidance on getting around will be invaluable to independent travellers, while the extensive Contexts chapter is excellent on history, music, books and language, with truly absorbing background information that will spur you to explore even further. Further Fiction Recommendations; Whiplash by Tracey Farren In a Strange Room by Damon Galgut July’s People by Nadine Gordimer Dance with a Poor Man’s Daughter by Pamela Jooste
Now in its ninth edition, the informative, entertaining Rough Guide to Nepal delivers everything you’d hope for from this outstanding range of travel guides. The introduction includes a handy suggested itineraries section, plus the editor’s top tips for maximising your exploration of Nepal, while the main bulk of the book explores every corner of this fascinating country in detail, with reliable recommendations for places to stay, eat, drink and explore. It seems that no stone has been left unturned! The cultural and historical contexts come as a great addition to the practical advice - not too dense, but providing plenty of food for thought. And the comprehensive coverage of hiking, biking, rafting and kayaking is especially excellent, with clear maps that will serve you well when you’re trekking and travelling off the beaten track. Further Fiction Recommendations; The Tutor of History by Manjushree Thapa Arresting God in Kathmandu by Samrat Upadhyay
This meticulously updated Rough Guide to Bolivia is astoundingly exhaustive - every area is prefaced by regional highlights, while the level of detail in each ensuing chapter is tremendous, featuring reliable recommendations for the likes of accommodation (for every budget), getting around, eating and drinking, shopping, and all the local contacts you’ll need. As well as providing such detailed practical information, the book is peppered with highlights that will really enhance your experiences, including sampling street food in La Paz, learning about Lake Titicaca’s Lady of the Lake, dancing with the devil at Oruro Carnaval, following in Che Guevara’s footsteps, and forest ecology, to name but a few. Special mention must be made of the maps – they appear every few pages and are easy to follow, whether you’re looking for an area overview, or trying to find your way around a village, national park or ancient site. Further Fiction Recommendations;FICTION The Fat Man from La Paz - Rosario Santos (ed) NON FICTONErnesto “Che” Guevara The Motorcycle Diaries
With over 900 pages of detailed practical guidance, this fully updated 16th edition will serve you trip after trip after trip. With a generous sprinkling of colour photography and many maps throughout, you’ll feel fully armed to explore independently. The chapters covering Madrid and Barcelona brim with inspired information about cool cultural highlights you won’t want to miss, and those travelling with a young family will really appreciate the recommended child-friendly activities and sights around the entire country, and beyond - the holiday hotspots of the Balearic Islands are covered here too, with information on what to do and see in Ibiza, Formentera, Mallorca and Menorca. Exhaustively informative, invaluable practical and written with real panache, this is a veritable bible to discovering Spain. Further Fiction Recommendations;Various books by Carlos Ruiz Zafon Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell As I walked Out One Midsummer Morning by Laurie Lee
Norway rewards travellers with an enticing mix of tradition and modernity, from spectacular natural wonders to super-cool urban hubs, and this 300+ page guidebook covers all aspects of this dramatic destination. There are excellent insights into history - Ice Age origins, Vikings, Kings and Christianity - plus inspiring area-by-area information that will help you plan the perfect trip, with detailed maps of all major cities and sights, among them Oslo, Stavanger, Bergen, Trondheim and Svalbard. The thorough features on fjords, folklore and ‘Wild Norway’ are particularly fascinating, and the coverage of nature is first class. Included in the guide is a free app with travel tips and practical information which is regularly updated - find out more. Further Fiction Reading Recommendations: Hunger by Knut Hamsun Peer Gynt by Henrik Ibsen Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson In the Darkness by Karin Fossum The Sun by Jo Nesbø Wolves in the Dark by Gunnar Staalesen
Hot on history, and packed with cool recommendations courtesy of the Editor’s Choice section (which highlights must-see museums, best beaches, best thrill rides and best outdoor experiences), this is a fabulous 300+ page feast of Florida’s finest sights. There’s in-depth information on un-missable Miami, including full-length features on the city’s stunning art deco architecture. Staying south, the book also offers excellent overviews of Vizcaya, the Everglades, Florida Keys and Key West, while the Atlantic Coast section covers Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach, Lake Okeechobee, Daytona Beach to Jacksonville, and Cumberland Island. Naturally, Orlando and the Walt Disney World Resort are well represented, as are the area’s natural beauty spots. Included in the guide is a free app with travel tips and practical information which is regularly updated - find out more. Further Reading Recommendations: To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemmingway Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston Florida Roadkill by Tim Dorsey Razor Girl by Carl Hiasson Hoot (kids) by Carl Hiasson
With almost 300 pages of insider knowledge, this great-looking guidebook will serve you well for several trips. This thoroughly revised edition covers vibrant Seville, gorgeous Granada, magnificent mountaintop city Ronda, Cordoba, Las Alpujarras, the Costa del Sol, and more, with interesting articles on the likes of flamenco, sherry and Andalusian food peppering the practical information. The cultural contextualisation of the region is excellent, and travellers are sure to find the free app and Travel Tips chapter (which includes a concise dictionary section) invaluable. Included in the guide is a free app with travel tips and practical information which is regularly updated - find out more. Further Reading Recommendations: Rose for Winter by Laurie Lee The Barefoot Queen by Ildefonso Falcones For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway Winter in Madrid by C.J. Sansom
This gloriously presented guidebook takes in a huge geographical range, including California and the Pacific, Hawaii and American Samoa, Death Valley, The Rocky Mountains, and the Southwest gems of the Grand Canyon, Capitol Reef and Bryce Canyon. Across 400+ pages, there are photographs to inspire, maps to guide, and dozens of features that will inform and inspire your decisions about where to go and what to see. It’s excellent on historical context, from 1832 to 2017, with great insights into the set up of the National Park system in the US, and special features on Native Americans, geology, flora and fauna, and more. The breath-taking photography certainly does justice to the extraordinary landscapes, while the free accompanying eBook and app are excellent additions for when you’re on the road. Included in the guide is a free app with travel tips and practical information which is regularly updated - find out more.
This superbly visual guidebook is a glorious goldmine of inspiration for anyone planning a trip to awe-inspiring Peru, with a wealth of cultural contexts on everything from daily life in the Andes, to shamanism. The excellent Editor’s Choice recommendations will have you pencilling in trip after trip to see un-missable sights and experience activities of every kind, from witnessing natural wonders firsthand (the rainforest, The Andes, Lake Titicaca, the Coastal Desert, the Cotahuasi Canyon), to enjoying new cultural experiences like llama-trekking and seeing a shaman. There are clear colour maps throughout and intriguing features on key topics, including birds of the Amazon, wildlife of the Sierra, crafts, and music and dance. And naturally, there’s plenty of information about trekking the incomparable Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Included in the guide is a free app with travel tips and practical information which is regularly updated - find out more. Further Reading Recommendations: Death in the Andes, The Time of the Hero by Mario Vargas Llosa Inca Kola by Matthew Parris Touching the Void by Joe Simpson
It’s quite a feat to cover this country in one book, but this vibrant book manages to do just that across almost 400 pages. There are dozens of in-depth articles on culture and politics - Zulus, traditional religion, historical greats, emerging artists and musicians, to mention a few - and the coverage of wildlife is excellent, with features on everything from elephants and birds, to amphibians and arachnids. In terms of areas, the book offers excellent overviews of Cape Town, the Garden Route, the Eastern Cape, Zululand, Durban and the Kwazulu-Natal Coast, and Swaziland and Lesotho, with detailed maps of many key locations, among them Johannesburg, Pretoria and Kruger National Park. Included in the guide is a free app with travel tips and practical information which is regularly updated - find out more. Further Reading Recommendations: Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee No Time Like the Present by Nadine Gordimer Welcome to Our Hillbrow by Phaswane Mpe
Whether you’re visiting Thailand’s awe-inspiring islands as a honeymooner, family or intrepid backpacker, this gorgeous guidebook will guide you around the region, from your stop-over in Bangkok, to your exploration of ancient temples, and all the way to your chosen paradise island. This new edition contains over 240 pages of updated in-depth insider information about the region, from fresh features on history, food, culture, nature and underwater exploration, to top tips on must-see sights and untouched idylls. Oh, and the free app is an excellent way of accessing up-to-date info on nightlife options and local events. Included in the guide is a free app with travel tips and practical information which is regularly updated - find out more. Further Reading Recommendations: The Beach by Alex Garland Bangkok 8/Bangkok Tattoo/Bangkok Haunts by John Burdett Sightseeing by Rattawut Lapcharoensap
With fascinating features on everything from yaks and the yeti to World Heritage Sites, this 300+ page book offers excellent insight into all Nepal has to offer both intrepid explorers and culture-minded travellers. The in-depth regional coverage is extensive, providing insider guidance around Kathmandu, Patan, the road to Tibet, the Everest region, and more, including the remote west. Throughout, the photography is absolutely stunning, with fabulous images of evocative street scenes and awe-inspiring natural landscapes. And, if you’re planning to climb Everest or to embark on similarly adventurous exploits, the free eBook provides the same invaluable content digitally, so you can leave the print book back at base camp! Included in the guide is a free app with travel tips and practical information which is regularly updated - find out more. Further Reading Recommendations: Mountains Painted with Turmeric by Lil Bahadur Chettri Nothing to Declare by Rabi Thapa
At once an invaluable planning tool and a provider of practical travel tips, this gorgeous book (it features full-colour photography throughout) will guide you through what might seem like a daunting range of options. The Top Attractions and Editor’s Choice chapters will help you focus on what you want to get from your trip, while the travel tips and maps provide practical support. Of special note are the detailed features on politics, cuisine, art and the area’s volcanoes. Places covered in detail include Manila, Luzob’s islands, Palawan, Mount Apo, and Zamboanga and the Sulu Islands. And, if you’re planning to travel around, the accompanying free eBook and app will come in very handy. Included in the guide is a free app with travel tips and practical information which is regularly updated - find out more. Further Reading Recommendations: Dusk: A Novel by F. Sionil José Ghost Soldiers by Hampton Sides
This visually stunning guidebook is perfect for travellers who are planning an adventure around Central America. Covering the entire region (Southern Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama), it provides excellent overviews of the cultural and natural hotspots of each country, with inspirational features on the likes of local crafts, flora and fauna, and the region’s rich Mayan past. There’s also great coverage of the region’s cities (with easy-to-follow maps), so if you’re planning to explore the cosmopolitan urban hubs alongside going off the beaten track, this is an inspirational tool for your entire trip. Included in the guide is a free app with travel tips and practical information which is regularly updated - find out more. Further Reading Recommendations: The Mosquito Coast by Paul Theroux The Jaguar Smile A Nicaraguan Journey, by Salman Rushdie (non-fiction about Nicaragua)
Here. There. Everywhere
We all love to travel. We all love escape. Granted, some are more adventurous than others, hankering to cross vast plains of unchartered territory, while the rest of us just want to find a nice hotel somewhere by a crystal blue sea. Whatever your level of wanderlust, there’s something here to inspire, inform and invade your senses. Follow in the footsteps of pioneers, heroes or trusted raconteurs; visit the real settings of favourite works of fiction (See our Reading on Location guide and read great novels set in the place you’re sitting in!); discover off the beaten track getaways; ponder the history of travel itself, laugh at anecdotes of the hapless. In short, by using our Book of the Month recommendations and taking a little stroll around the section, you can discover the world without leaving your fireside chair. Free your mind, they say, and the rest will follow.
“We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” T.S. Elliot
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