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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.
Some years ago this spunky author took over an olive farm in Italy and wrote about it beautifully in Extra Virgin and Ripe for the Picking; you must read them. Well now she has fallen in love with a Southern Italian and is off to meet the family. She’s a delight – so observant, sympathetic and warm.
Octogenarian Anthony Smith's journey was originally inspired by both the Kontiki Expedition of Thor Heyerdahl (who he knew) and the incredible story of the survivors of a 1940 boat disaster, who spent 70 days adrift in the Atlantic, eventually reaching land emaciated and close to death. While this might sound like a voyage no-one would wish to emulate, to octogenarian Anthony Smith it sounded like an adventure, and he placed a typically straightforward advertisement in the Telegraph that read Fancy rafting across the Atlantic? Famous traveller requires 3 crew. Must be OAP. Serious adventurers only. In his inimitable style, Smith details their voyage and the hardships they endured with a matter-of-fact air that makes his story seem all the more impressive. His advanced age allows him a wider perspective not only on the journey but on life itself, and his never-say-die attitude to the difficulty of the journey is inspirational. 'Old men ought to be explorers' said T.S. Eliot, and this book certainly gives a compelling argument in his favour. It is both a great story (a huge storm on the final night of the voyage almost wrecked them on a reef) and a call to action for the older generation - do not go quietly, says Anthony Smith, but seek out adventure as long as you are able.
A great adventure story of two girls who decided to travel from Bangkok to Brighton in a Tuk-Tuk. We follow the story from first ideas through to all their perilous, humorous and fun-packed travels. The girls did it to raise money for the charity Mind and they certainly earned every penny they raised. An inspiring read.
Being such a large city, covering Paris in a pocket guide is no easy undertaking, and yet this Insight Guide manages to provide plenty of essential information for both rewarding weekend breaks and longer stays in the city. The book’s suggested “Perfect Day” itinerary comes highly recommended - it makes for a packed and pleasing tour, taking in as it does a boat trip, heaps of historical sights, shopping and bar hopping, ending on the scenic hill of Montmartre. The brief history section offers interesting background contexts, while the arrondissement by arrondissement structure means it’s easy to plan your own days out in and around Paris, with striking photography peppering the informative text.
Before this Norwegian journalist wrote her bestselling The Bookseller of Kabul she studied the lives of thirteen Serbs for nearly a year and a half as Milosevic and civil war devastated their country. This is that extraordinary book translated into English for the first time.
The extraordinary story of one of the survivors of the infamous 1996 Everest disaster - now made into a film, Everest, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Keira Knightley and Josh Brolin. Heartstoppingly exciting and ultimately very moving, Left for Dead is a terrific read. Everest is due to be released in the UK on 18 September 2015. Click below to view the trailer.
Lovely author of romantic romps gives us a slice of her own romantic escapades. It started as a bit of a laugh and then became a challenge to visit all the sexy sounding towns in America looking for love … well … men, perhaps. I loved it, a unique travel book with lots of laughs, sticky situations and interesting people, which is highly entertaining.
May 2012 Travel Book of the Month. A brilliant, charming, engaging look at the sometimes weird world of the bicycle and bicyclist. The people who ride them (including over water), the people who build them (the revered magicians), in fact a huge cast of colourful characters and stories. A must for any fan of pedal power.
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 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 Helsinki. Whether you’re about to take a city break to super-cool Helsinki, or stopping off there during a cruise trip, this refreshed pocket guidebook makes a great travel companion. If you only have a weekend, the Perfect Day itineraries have got you covered so you won’t miss any of those must-see sights, like the incredible cathedral, or the Suomenlinna Fortress. If you have a little longer, the book’s suggested excursions to Porvoo, Tampere and across the water to the Estonian capital of Tallinn are well worth taking, and all clearly detailed. Given Helsinki’s vibrant, varied music scene, the entertainment chapter is especially useful, with venues highlighted for pretty much every taste, and the shopping tips – from local markets to up-market – cater for a range of tastes and budgets.
In a Nutshell: Iconic style, a bestselling brand, this is the quintessential pocket-sized travel guide to Budapest. This really handy guide serves up loads of top tips about city centre sights (the best spas, the best museums, the best shops), with fabulous photography that will spark your interest before you visit, and maps that are easy to follow when you’re out and about. While this is a ‘best of Budapest’ book, this guide also manages to include information about excursions to nearby Szentendre, Visegrád and Ezstergom, and even further afield to Hungary's seaside at Lake Balaton, while the Eating Out section provides plenty of great recommendations for restaurants serving delicious local dishes.
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