Our Favourite Travel Books

You would think that reading books, that is, actually turning pages, would be dying out. What with e-books on your Kindle and a never-ending supply of information and videos to see on the internet, actually buying a book from a bookshop seems a bit passé now. But strangely enough, after an initial downturn in real books, they have made a surprising return. Sure, the e-books have carved a bit of a hole in that market but the rumour that paper books are dying is definitely misplaced.
Cast your mind back and try to remember one of your most relaxing moments and there’s a strong possibility that a book might figure in that memory. I love to lie on my beach towel or lounge chair on a sandy bay somewhere and enjoy the perfect ambience of the moment reading a book. Or what about the times you are lolling about in bed or on the sofa doing nothing but reading a book? A cuppa, some biscuits and an excellent book. Mmmm…
Books about travel have two varieties. Firstly, the kind of book or magazine you might read that depicts the beauty of a particular place. Maybe a story or two there. Secondly, the novel that might be a romance, a thriller or a murder mystery that takes place in some city, island, town, village or region, and the writer was able to transport you there with great imagery. So, taking all that into consideration, here’s a few of my favourite reads that you may or may not have leafed through in the past.
Wild Coast by John Gimlette covers the countries in South America. That continent has always been a mystery to me and I would love to go there. This book is the next best thing.
As I walked Out One Midsummer Morning by Laurie Lee takes the reader back 80 years ago when travelling the continent was no mean feat and at times almost impossible. We have all the modern technology of communications these days, so reading about how they did it then is a real eye-opener.
The Journals of Captain Cook, the title says it all. Explorers of centuries ago would have seen continents and countries that would be nothing like they are today. Refreshing.
The Turk Who Loved Apples: And Other Tales of Losing My Way Around the World by Matt Gross is a great read about a guy that actually loses himself in the places he visits. Go with the flow is the theme in this book and he takes you from Europe to America to Asia.
Unlikely Destinations: The Lonely Planet Story covers the history of a book that probably sits on your bookshelf today. The growth of the company and the business over 40 years will take you to some places that were unknown then but are popular today. The Lonely Planet started the whole thing about travel tips and diaries.
These are just 4 books out of literally hundreds. Grab a pillow, a cuppa, and have a good read!

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