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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.
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.
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 Crete. If you’re heading to Crete, and don’t want to waste valuable sunbathing time trawling through a huge, wordy guidebook, this treasure trove of essential information is exactly what you need! It highlights the main attractions of this history-rich, sun-kissed island, and offers top tips on where to buy the best local leather sandals, or listen to the best Cretan music. The Perfect Day Itinerary suggestions deserve special mention - they’re really excellent for when you (eventually) decide to explore further afield. From enjoying a seafood lunch in postcard-perfect Hani, or trekking out-of-this-world Samaria Gorge, this compact guide will show you the way without weighing you down.
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.
In a Nutshell: Iconic style, a bestselling brand, this is the quintessential pocket-sized travel guide to Munich and Bavaria. This compact full-colour guide comes highly recommended to anyone planning to spend a few days exploring magnificent Munich and the wider area of Bavaria, with lots of interesting snippets of information on history and culture. But this guide really comes into its own in its provision of pertinent information about must-see sights – what to see, how to get there – and the clear maps. Another great bonus is the new dictionary section and regional expansion – this fresh edition covers top out-of-town treats like the Romantic Road.
In a Nutshell: Iconic style, a bestselling brand, this is the quintessential pocket-sized travel guide to Stockholm. This full-colour pocket guide to Stockholm is perfect for a weekend away in this fascinating Scandinavian city. The maps are clear and easy-to-follow for even the most navigationally challenged travellers, and the Top Ten Attractions and Perfect Day sections are incredibly handy when time is tight. And, if you’re feeling brave and fancy trying the local lingo, the dictionary section is a great bonus to this recently re-vamped edition.
Ordinary women doing the extraordinary. This book is testament to following your dreams and that you can do anything you put your mind too if you work hard enough. Four middle aged friends who met at a local Saturday morning rowing club decide to take on The Talisker Whiskey Challenge – also known as ‘The World's Toughest Row’ - across 3,000 miles of treacherous ocean. All four are mothers, wives and professional women but athletes? No, not athletes, yet they had a dream to follow and follow it they did. This is a story of determination, of pushing past the overwhelming feeling of failing, letting everyone down and of course of silencing the doubters, the people who say ‘You can’t do this’. This is an incredible story about an amazing experience by four amazing women. There were moments that sent shivers down my spine as I followed their journey from the very beginning when even getting to the start line was a massive undertaking. The story is told by all four women, all four friends and it feels like that too. Their warmth and love for each other shines through as they share ever moment, every fear, every failure and ultimately their success. By the end I felt so proud of the achievement and so emotionally engaged with these four ordinary mums who just happened to row an ocean.
Munich’s markets and magnificent old-world charm make it a top choice for pre-Christmas breaks, and this pocket guidebook is pretty much all you’ll need to explore the best of the city with ease, with inspired “perfect day” itinerary suggestions, clear maps covering the city centre, transport information, and top tips on where to find the best beer and food of the region. With the city itself served so well by trains, the suggestions for out-of-town excursions around Bavaria were brilliant too. Much like Munich itself, this guide was really impressive in terms of how much was packed into such a small package.
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