Despite the world being full of exciting, amazing destinations and experiences (or perhaps because it is), it can be hard to choose, or even hear about, the places that you would love the most.
Of course, there’s inspiration all around but you but sometimes a book holding all the information you need to find the best locations between its two covers is worth its weight in gold; that’s what we had in mind when we put together this list of books with bucket list locations, weird places you’ve never heard of and even where to experience the best food, so have a look and get ready for wanting to go on an adventure straight away!
Pro tip: We have loads of travel inspiration for you if you have a look around!
What better way to start this list than with a book by the very well-traveled National Geographic? This book really seems to have it all: it’s packed with large, gorgeous photographs from destinations all over the world, including sandy beaches, beautiful islands, rain forests, ancient cobbled streets and all sorts of fantastic architecture. Is that’s not enough, there’s lots of info about each place, such as where to stay, what to eat and what to do to get the most authentic experience. You’ll definitely find some absolute gems here, and then some!
We promised you weird, and here it is: a collection of over 700 of the strangest, most curious places on earth including both natural and manmade locations and experiences. How about a cave full of sparkling glowworms or a tree so large that it fits a whole pub inside, or a ship graveyard or bone museums? It’s all in this book, and so is lots of info about the places, maps and photos that will make you want to visit every single one of the weird locations; if this tickles your fancy, why not have a look at our post about the 7 least known wonders of the world as well?
This book combines great travel destinations with amazing experiences to have in each one of them, and they can be done in two weeks or less. These 40 fantastic adventures include searching for pearls in Tahiti, experience the snowy landscapes of Sweden, exploring the rain forests of Belize and sailing down the Nile, and if you’re looking for a more relaxing activity there’s always wine-tasting in Bordeaux or an opera visit in ancient ruins in Verona. Either way, you’ll find all sorts of awesome experiences in this book.
This book has ‘saying yes’ written all over it: it’s not only a collection of some of the most fantastic places to visit and things to do, but it also encourages you to make the decision to live life to the fullest, just like us! It’s full of photos, illustrations and infographics and wants you to reignite all the desires you’ve forgotten about, as well as create new ones so that you can get past whatever it is that’s stopping you from doing that thing that you always wanted, whether it’s learning a new language or move to France for a year. And seeing as it contains 1000 experiences, you’ll definitely find something that fits you perfectly!
This book highlights the fact that many of our most amazing treasures, whether it’s historic monuments or unique nature, are threatened by the way humans live our lives. Wars, natural disasters, climate change and destructive behavior on our part put many places at risk and you can read about some of them in this book. They include archaeological remains in Afghanistan, Denali National Park in Alaska and the Kiribati Archipelago in Oceania, but despite the dark message this book also has a message of hope, and we sure hope that it’s right.
The title isn’t trying to deceive you, this is indeed a book filled with some of the best walks in the world! If you’re a big fan of leaving everything behind for a bit and just bathe in nature’s fantastic scenery, then you’re most likely gonna love this little gem. You’ll find all sorts of walks, short ones for the beginner that will take about an hour, as well as more challenging hikes that you’ll need weeks to finish. They all have lots of info about distance, difficulty rating, and start and end points and the book covers walks from all around the world, from Jamaica to Germany. So lace up them hiking boots and get walking!
Here it is – finally! – the book with all the food. A word of caution, though: reading this will make you hungry, there’s no way around it. But, it’s worth it because it helps you find the most amazing, delicious delicacies that the world has to offer. You’ll read about the farm-to-table scene in Tasmania, Vietnamese and Malaysian street food, sushi in Japan and cozy, wintertime French Canadian cuisine, all while getting all the info you need to follow the food trails where you’ll find all this great grub. Other cuisines include those of Italy, Argentina, Spain, Iceland, India, and Australia – don’t forget to pack your comfy pants!
I don’t know about you but I got a pretty severe travel itch just from writing about these books, so imagine what reading them all in their glory will do to your travel bug! Hopefully, you’ll find lots of inspiration in these books, and if you have other ones that have been great for you, don’t hesitate to share them!