From slow adventures across Britain to tips for solo travellers and beautiful boutique hotels in Iran, we round up the most inspiring travel books of 2021
The final work from the late chef, writer and TV presenter gets a helping hand over the finishing line from his friends, supplementing Bourdain’s typically sharp-scribed rough guides to some of his favourite places.
After being the victim of a race-hate crime on a train, Anita Sethi sets out to explore the rugged Pennines’ wildlife, geology and history, as well as Britain’s undergrowth of racism and misogyny – reclaiming her rightful place not only in the UK but also in its wild places.
Spain’s train service doesn’t get much attention but, as Tom Chesshyre finds out in the latest of his slow-railing travelogues, it’s a fine way to get beyond the beaches. Taking an ‘S-shaped’ route through Spain’s little-visited centre, he finds a country at a crossroads and wondering which track to take.
One of the joys of visiting Japan is seeing millennia-old artisanship in action. Taking us through the regions and highlighting the handicrafts associated with them – pottery in Ishikawa, fishing boats in Gifu, embroidery in Kyoto – we get an insight into one of travel’s great cultural experiences.
With people reconsidering how they journey around their home, former Wanderlust-staffer McIntosh creates 36 inventive itineraries across Britain that encourage you to not only get outside but to do so at a pace that allows you to rediscover its phenomenal nature, too.
The concept of the pilgrimage has found itself back in vogue, even as the original religious purposes of these journeys have become blurred. Here, Stanford walks us through the history behind 12 of the most celebrated treks – from Mecca to Machu Picchu – and why they still resonate with travellers today.
The adventurous publisher’s new (and updated) title is perfectly timed to help those looking to try something different – and dodge the crowds – in those Euro-staples. Watching whales in the Gulf of Cadiz? Yes, please.
All-in-one slow travel facilitator and isolation-bubble? Bradt successfully capitalise on ‘glampervanning’s’ post-Covid makeover with this practical guide to getting your show on the road, steering you through some of Western Europe’s most striking and dramatic routes, taking you right to the Polish border.
Exploding the myths about solo travel, Wanderlust’s new book is full of tips on everything from suitable destinations and packing to ways to combat loneliness. You’ll discover that you already have all the resources to take the plunge and strike out on your own.
Want to do some real good in the world as you travel through it? Putting our 28 years of responsible travel to good use, Wanderlust has compiled 100 essential tips to make sure your next adventure is a ‘good’ one.
Well, you had us at penguins. However, as well as dramatic imagery, this coffee-table book by the acclaimed photographer Christmann also provides an insight into the uphill battle facing the Antarctic charmers, from predators to climate change.
John Gimlette’s latest thoughtful study sees him explore the relatively recent human history of the world’s fourth largest island. He travels across Madagascar to discover that the people who live there are every bit as extraordinary as its unique flora and fauna.
Using food as her window into the lives and culture of the people of Central Asia, Caroline Eden once again successfully mixes travel writing with recipes, providing a tasty insight into this wild sweep of land.
Wanderlust’s regular medical expert has updated her guide to staying clean and avoiding illness while on the road. Often just as funny as it is plain speaking and practical, it’s much more than just a bathroom read.
You don’t have to head to Spain, Italy or the Holy Lands to enjoy a spiritually minded wander. These detailed guides to 20 one- or two-day walks from across Britain provide some great getaway ideas to let you become a weekend pilgrim.
A beautifully crafted coffee-table book celebrating the endangered King of the Plains from top photographer Logan. All proceeds go to Born Free’s Last Lions of Meru conservation programme in Kenya.
This hardback book packs 240 colour and black and white photographs of Buddhist culture across Asia into its 192 pages, which include Buddhist monasteries, temples and sacred mountains.
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