Best Travel Books To Read Now


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If you’ve been bitten by the travel bug but won’t have a chance to set off on an exotic escape this winter, try embracing the beauty of the world’s destinations through a great read which can help you plan a future getaway. Here’s our guide to a few travel titles to read now, whether you prefer an eBook for your morning commute or a cozy paperback for the weekend.

1) Lonely Planet’s Best In Travel 2015 6th Ed.: The Best Trends, Destinations, Journeys & Experiences for the Year Ahead by Lonely Planet, Lonely Planet Publications: If you have a getaway in mind for later this year, the latest guide book from travel experts Lonely Planet features lists of special events around the world and its updated rankings of the top 10 countries to visit. Whether you’re planning a trip to Singapore or an alluring retreat to Morocco, this 2015 edition offers details on attractions, festivals and local dining.


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2) Prepare for Anything (Outdoor Life): 338 Essential Skills by Tim MacWelch, Weldon Owen: This recent tome was penned by survival instructor Tim MacWelch. With the New York Times placing it in a respectable third place on its January 2015 list of Best Sellers- Travel, this book may be worth a read for the adventure junkie. For travellers who love camping and the great outdoors as opposed to luxurious resorts, Prepare for Anything covers wilderness survival tips and advice for overcoming natural disasters.

3) How to Travel the World on $50 a Day: Revised: Travel Cheaper, Longer, Smarter by Matt Kepnes, Perigee Trade: With this new read, travel blogger and self-described nomad Matt Kepnes (or Nomadic Matt) brings cash-strapped readers tips for exploring the world on a tight budget. The book, which just hit shelves on January 6, offers insider’s advice for avoiding international banking fees, finding the cheapest airfare and hunting down discount hotels. After all, Nomadic Matt believes that spending just $50 a day shouldn’t keep anybody away from their dream adventures.


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4) Off Track Planet’s Travel Guide for the Young, Sexy, and Broke by Freddie Pikovsky and Anna Starostinetskaya, Running Press: Launched in 2010 from a Brooklyn hostel, Off Track Planet is an unconventional travel website with humble roots. Their travel guide, with a focus on party-filled and free-spirited trips, is meant for travellers in their 20s and 30s. Look out for over 100 photos and facts on over 100 locales, whether you want to dance the night away in Brazil or explore local culture in Greece.

5) The Condé Nast Traveler Book Of Unforgettable Journeys: Volume Ii: Great Writers on Great Places, edited by Klara Glowczewska, Penguin Books: If you’re one of CN Traveler’s 3.5 million readers, chances are you may be looking for inspiration for an upcoming escape. This book compiles the top travel essays from the magazine into a single collection. Look out for stories from Australian travel writer Robert Hughes, who died in 2012, and 74-year-old American author Russell Banks.

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