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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 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.
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
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
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
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
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 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.
The Wainwrights Pocket Log and Tick List is a handsome little book, small enough to pop in your pocket and take up into the Lakeland fells. Conveniently grouped in accordance with the famous Wainwright Pictorial Guides, the pocket log has a dedicated page for each of the 214 Wainwright Fells to record details of your walks and keep a tally of your achievements. With a velvet-like cover and gilded pages it has a quality feel and would be a welcome addition to any walker's Christmas stocking.
In a Nutshell: Iconic style, a bestselling brand, this is the quintessential pocket-sized travel guide to Menorca. Despite being small in size, this series is big on inspiration with so much information - and so many stunning photos - packed into 144 pages. The Brief History section provides a fascinating glimpse into Menorca’s past, from pre-history, through the Roman-era and beyond, while the Where to Go overviews guide travellers around specific areas of the island, including the protected Parc Naturel de S’Albufera in the Northeast, and Ciutadella in the South. Throughout, top historical sites are highlighted, and foodies will find much to tantalise their taste buds in the Eating Out section.
In a Nutshell: Iconic style, a bestselling brand, this is the quintessential pocket-sized travel guide to Bangkok. This is surely the most useful pocket guide to cosmopolitan Bangkok on the market. Essential practical information about what to see, where to go and how to get there sits alongside interesting potted overviews of history and culture, and tops tips on where to eat, sleep and shop. Given the sprawling size of this fascinating city, the getting around recommendations and maps are especially useful, as are the plentiful colour photos, which help travellers get a fulsome flavour of places before they head there.
In a Nutshell: Iconic style, a bestselling brand, this is the quintessential pocket-sized travel guide to Bruges and Ghent A twin break to Bruges and Ghent makes the perfect trip – they’re two of Belgium's most attractive cities, and both have much to enthrall and entertain short-trip travellers. This perfectly formed pocket guidebook covers both destinations in the right amount of detail, with the Perfect Tour section providing an itinerary of both cities. The What to Do chapters offer activity suggestions for all interests, from history buffs who won’t want to miss the stunning 10th-century Gravensteen Castle in Ghent, to thrill-seekers who’ll be fascinated by Boudewijn Seapark, an old world theme park in Bruges. Throughout, the maps and directions are incredibly clear, while the new dictionary section provides an extra layer of practical guidance.
In a Nutshell: Iconic style, a bestselling brand, this is the quintessential pocket-sized travel guide to Oman. Offering a fascinating overview of Oman’s rich history and heritage, plus plenty of practical information, this compact guidebook is a veritable goldmine of essential travel tips. The Where to Go chapter details key sights in different areas, including Muscat, Nizwa and the Mountains, and the Batinah coast, with clear colour maps that make exploration easier, including a fold-out map on the cover flaps. There are also fascinating features on subjects as diverse as frankincense and dive sites. All in all, this pocket guide packs a lot into its compact format.
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