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Last Updated on January 2, 2021
Are you on the lookout for some great travel inspired gift ideas for a travel mad family member or friend? There are so many beautiful books available which will make wonderful presents and in this article I have chosen some of my personal favourite travel books to inspire wanderlust.
Some of the most popular travel themes including maps, cities, food, people, train travel and history are included in my selection so there is guaranteed to be the perfect book (or more) for you or a loved one on this list.
Give a gift of wanderlust with some of these top travel books available right now!
TRAVEL BOOKS TO INSPIRE WANDERLUST
A selection of the best travel books to inspire wanderlust - perfect gifts for travel lovers!
At the top of my Christmas list this year is Lonely Planet’s “The Travel Book.” This stunningly illustrated book takes you on a journey around 230 countries and is an essential travel reference book for everyone. Each country is profiled with details of when to visit and what to do and see as well as a map and interesting facts.
This 448 page book will make an amazing gift and is my number one choice this Christmas!
A number one bestseller Humans of New York started in 2010 as a blog and soon developed a fan base of millions. This is the book based on the blog and showcases through portraits and stories the lives of New Yorkers.
An ideal gift for the newly weds or empty nesters in your life. Organised by type of destination (beach/mountain/desert etc) this is the perfect gift for those traveling couples who love exploring the world.
I think this may form the basis of new bucket list journeys for me as it includes so many amazing possibilities that I hadn’t even considered. This book also includes 22 fun Top 10 lists such as top elevator rides, ancient highways and bridges to walk across.
Who doesn’t love trying new foods when on holiday! This book lists the top 500 food experiences you can have around the world. How many have you tried and which is your number one culinary experience from your travels?
If you live in the US or are planning a trip there this book showcases the best travel experiences you can have in every state. Find out fascinating facts about every state and get planning that vacation!
I make no secret of my love of cities. I adore the cosmopolitan atmosphere and the craziness of them. This is a great choice for those who dream of visiting far off cities such as Paris, Rome, Tokyo, Venice, Cape Town, amongst others. A perfect compliment to my Insider’s Guide series this is a must-buy for me this Christmas!
Arm-chair travelers and dreamers of the world unite – this is the perfect choice for us!
Love history? Love maps? This is the perfect book. For travelers who want to understand more about the world we live in today this book is the ideal gift. Learn about how the countries we travel to came to exist – how human history has shaped the world as we know it. Containing more than 140 detailed maps this book tells the story of pivotal events and episodes in world history.
Explore the world and plan your next trip with the help of this fabulous book from Lonely Planet. Itineraries accompany maps showcasing every country on earth. For lovers of maps this is an ideal gift!
No matter if you’ve got an outdoorsman or a city girl in the family, everyone can get on board with glamping—especially when they see this new coffee-table book. Comfortably Wild: The Best Glamping Destinations in North America is the culmination of our friends at HoneyTrek’s 2.5-year, 73,000-mile, 9-country quest for the most unforgettable outdoor accommodations.
You’ll find fabulous treehouses, Airstreams, domes, teepees, and more creative structures, plus a whole new way to vacation. Organized by type of experience (farmstays, wellness retreats, safari, etc), this book is about discovering new ways to enjoy the great outdoors and reconnect with the people you love.