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Feeling the desire to explore closer to home or 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 pocket-friendly, practical guidebook makes it easy to discover the delights of the Cotswolds, with eight inspired walking routes to guide you around the region - Gloucester and the Vale of Berkeley, South Cotswolds, Stroud, Cirencester to the Churn Valley, Cheltenham, the North Cotswolds, Stow-on-the-Wold, and the Coln and Windrush Valleys. Each route is clearly mapped, and enhanced by superb colour photography that will make you want to visit right away! There are some great snippets of information about local wildlife, and the Active Pursuits section provides lots of excellent ideas for more energetic travellers, especially those with lively children, including recommended gliding, horse riding, cycling and watersports providers.
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
With over 320 riverships rated and reviewed in unbiased detail by the world’s foremost independent authority on cruising and cruise ships, this updated third edition of Berlitz’s bestselling guide to river cruising is the only guide travellers need to decide which cruise to choose, and how to make the most of their time aboard.
This smartly designed Insight pocket guide to splendid Salzburg makes exploring the city’s top attractions easy, from the un-missable fairy-tale Festung Hohensalzburg fortress and Mozart's birthplace, to hidden gems like the Augustinerbräu, a brewery run by monks. The generous number of full-colour photos are a real bonus, as are the excellent suggestions for easy out-of-town excursions, such as a day trip to Königsee lake, and an epic drive along the grand Grossglockner High Alpine Road.
The main attractions of this stunning city of a thousand spires can be easily explored on foot, and this handy guide is perfect for doing just that, with expert-curated, inspirational content that gets to the heart of the city. With a convenient area-by-area layout, the guide covers key sights in enough detail, including Prague Castle and St Vitus Cathedral, the Jewish Quarter and the atmospheric Lesser Town, with extra information on museums and churches of note. The accompanying full-colour photographs are a treat and will help you plan what you most want to see, while the pull-out map makes finding all those must-see sights a breeze. One thing’s for sure, you’ll definitely want to return to explore more of this charming city, and this handy guide will surely serve you well for a number of visits.
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
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.
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
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
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
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