5 Great Travel Books To Get You Inspired

Second to my love of travel is my love of reading.  Holidays used to be my prime reading time but as any parent will tell you, that goes out of the window once you have kids.  Recently I’ve tried to ditch aimlessly surfing my phone (I’m looking at you DailyMail and Instagram) and pick up a book instead. I’ve been reading some fantastic non-fiction travel books, mostly procured from my wonderful local library.  For any of you looking for a summer read, here are my recommendations!


  1. Alone In Antarctica by Felicity Aston
    At 34, Briton Felicity Aston became the third person to cross the Antarctica solo.  This is a gripping tale of courage, determination and the freezing cold!  After reading this I became a bit obsessed by all things ice and am desperate to get on an Antarctic Expedition Cruise. Next on my reading list is Felicity’s ‘Chasing Winter: A Journey To The Pole Of Cold’.
  2. The Dark Tourist; Sightseeing In the World’s Most Unlikely Tourist Destinations by Dom Joly
    Dom Joly, often remembered as the guy with the mobile phone in Trigger Happy TV, is a very funny writer.  I love the concept of this book and devoured the tales of visiting unlikely tourist spots such as Iran and Chernobyl.
    The Dark Tourist
  3. Better Than Fiction: True Travel Tales From Great Fiction Writers
    This is a wonderful collection of travel tales from writers such as Isabel Allende and Alexander McCall Smith.  I found it quite refreshing to read travel stories by some of the world’s most amazing authors.  As it’s a collection of essays it’s quite an easy book to dip in and out of – in fact a great book to take away on your travels.
    better than fiction
  4. Shark’s Fin and Sichuan Pepper: A sweet-sour memoir of eating in China by Fuchsia Dunlop
    Award-winning food writer Fuchsia Dunlop went to live in China in 1994. This book follows her apprenticeship as a Sichuan chef, travels throughout Sichuan and of course, mouthwatering and fiery descriptions of all that she eats.  It was this book that inspired my trip to Chengdu in 2015!
  5. How To Be A World Explorer by Lonely Planet Kids
    I couldn’t conclude the list without a book for the kids! Lonely Planet Kids are really upping their game and have a super selection of books (including activity and sticker books).  My 7 year old loves this explorer’s guide which features articles on how to find food and water in the wild etc.  Non fiction, especially travel inspired books make for an interesting break to the usual lineup of Roald Dahl and Enid Blyton!
    Lonely Planet World Explorer Daisy
    Do you have any travel book recommendations for me?  Please leave suggestions below!

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