‘To travel is to live.” – Hans Christian Anderson
Books, books and more books! Reading has recently become one of my passions I found myself spending countless hours on Pinterest and threw myself in bookstores whenever I have some time to spare searching for travel tips and inspirations. I have come across a wide range of books.
Here are the top 10 that really stand out!
1. The World: A Traveller’s Guide to the Planet
Whether you simply want to learn more about the world or looking for some inspirations for your next trip this book is for you! The World is a comprehensive guidebook compiling all the world’s 221 countries with the top experiences/ what to do for each country with introduction to their culture, brief history and much more!
2. Lonely Planet’s Guide to Travel Photography
Lonely Planet’s Guide To Travel Photography is for everyone who loves taking photographs or simply want to learn more about the photography world. Whether you only take photos on your family trips from time to time or trying to perfect your Instagram shots you will find this book very helpful. It is an easy read filled with all tips and tricks you need to know about travel photography with countless stunning travel photographs to inspire you along the way. There is also a section in the book ‘The Subjects’ which I find it particularly very useful as it specifically goes into details from how to take decent photographs of landscapes to those of people, urban environment, architecture, events, wildlife, food and drinks as well as cameras/lenses and editing tools.
3. The Ultimate Travelist
This book is everything! The Ultimate Travelist is a compiled list of 500 top voted experiences and places voted by avid travellers over the past few years. Though the description and brief history of each are also provided, purchasing this book to just view the photos inside alone already worth your money. Every photos in this book are absolutely breathtaking as they were shot by Lonely Planet and Professional travel photographers from all around the world. It is a like a mini-bucketlist for you to see where you have been/what you have done, it really inspires you to go out and tick off those lists even more.
4. The ‘Great- Series’ (Great Journeys / Great Adventures / Great Escapes) by Lonely Planet
The ‘Great- Series’ by Lonely Planet is designed to really suit your interest. All of the three are worth collecting filled with great photos and concise and interesting descriptions.
‘Great Journeys: Travel the World’s Most Spectacular Routes’ provides comprehensive and complete itineraries for all the amazing short/long journeys you can take from all around the world, example includes small journeys in Italy to Route 66 to the world’s famous Trans-Siberian railway.
‘Great Adventures: Experience the World at its Breathtaking Best’ as the name suggested showcases all the fun, challenging and extreme adventures you can and you should take in this lifetime. It divides into different categories such as Hike, Dive, Bike, Above & Below, Climb, Water, Ice & Snow, Drive etc.
‘Great Escapes: Experience the World at Your Leisure’, sections in the book include Family Travel, Culture Travel, Romance Travel, Luxury Travel, Cruise, Wildlife, Food & Drink, Party etc. therefore it is for those who are more into a chill and laid-back kind of travelling (and with a little bit more money to spare).
5. Transit Maps of the World: Every Urban Train Map on Earth
This book is claimed to be the ‘World’s first collections of Every Urban Train Map on Earth’. It is truly a unique book and for those who love travelling you will know how fun it is to experience and see a train line looks like for the first time in a foreign country. That first-time experience is the whole point that makes this book interesting, you can see what various train lines incl. subway/metro/skytrain etc. look like in each and different parts of the world from Fukuoka to Dubai to Bangkok to Buenos Aires and all the big and small cities this book got it all covered.
6. The World’s Great Wonders: How They Were Made & Why They Are Amazing
The World’s Great Wonders allows you to learn more about to world through a different perspective. A perspective in which you enjoy by seeing the world’s most wonderful creations in both man-made and nature wonders. You will be amazed how many incredible things existed on this earth that many people aren’t even aware of.
7. The Travel Book: A Journey Through Every Country in the World
‘817 Images, 229 Countries, One Complete Picture’ is what is proudly claimed by the author of this book. The book is an ideal gift for anyone. It is a big book containing all the countries in this World in alphabetical order. It is one of the best travel books out there which allows you to have an overview of all the main highlights and learn more about the brief culture, history and fun facts and local knowledge from every corners of the world.
8. The ’36 Hours’ Series by New York Times
There are many different volumes in The ’36 Hours’ Series dividing into continents and areas such as New York & Canada (Southeast, Northeast, Midwest, West Coast etc.); Latin American & The Carribean; Asia & Oceania but the one that really stands out the most is the ‘125 Weekends in Europe’. It goes into basic itinerary in different interesting cities from Oxford in England to Bruges in Brussels, Berlin in Germany and many other underrated cities in Europe such as Bilbao in Spain or Zagreb the capital of Croatia. This book is truly an eye-opener it gathers all the interesting cities in Europe in one place – all the intensive researches have been done for you!
9. European City Breaks (Footprint Activity & Style Guide)
This little comprehensive guide is perfect for those who are planning to do a big and small trip in Europe. It highlights all the things you need to know in all various 35 cities in Europe from big cities like London, Barcelona to Rome, Prague, Budapest and much more. It is a great book for those who are looking for inspirations and ideas for your next trip.
10. Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2016
For those who are looking for inspirations or have a big FOMO this book is for you! Specifically updated for 2016, this book ranks the Top 10 countries, regions, cities and top travelists with valid and interesting reasons of why 2016 is the best period to visit those places. It also comes with a little travel planner calendar to help you make the most of your 2016 in exploring this world.
11. Lonely Planet’s Beautiful World
One of my recent discoveries I would regret if I don’t include this one in the list. Lonely Planet’s Beautiful World is one of the most stunning Lonely’s Planet pictorial collections showcases our beautiful world. Not much explanation. Just plenty of jaw-dropping-worthy photos!
I hope you enjoy the list – please let me know of what you think, do you have any of the books on the list what do you think of them? Also, if you have any other books that really do spark one’s wanderlust please do share them down below!
Kasidit Vongvatanapuntu (Kay)