Best travel books to read during lockdown

So I’ve written quite a bit recently about virtual travelling during lockdown. And with the news that the lockdown in the UK has been extended for another three weeks today I thought I’d share another way in which you can “travel” without leaving the house – by reading some of the best travel books.

You know the saying a picture paints a thousand words? Well the opposite is true for me – I think that words create an amazing picture when added to your imagination and there’s nothing better for escapism than to get lost in a good book.

I’ve taken some of your recommendations, added my favourite travel books and come up with this list of the best travel books to keep us busy at this time – and to inspire out future adventures!

Best fiction

Girl Gone Greek

Girl Gone Greek by Rebecca Hall

Girl Gone Greek follows the story of Rachel, a free spirit who takes a TEFL course and decides to go and teach in Greece because of fond memories of family holidays in the country. This is not your typical beach read as I was expecting – there’s no leading man here, instead it’s a love story between a woman and a country. Discover the real Greece – not the islands that you usually see on holiday, but a typical Greek village and the city of Athens, even the not so desirable parts. The story also dips briefly into the interesting politics and history of the country. I enjoyed the book on the whole and it definitely make me put Greece firmly back on my list of places to visit again once everything’s back to normal.

You, Me and Italy by Sue Roberts

This comes recommended by my wonderful Auntie Ang who has recently read a trio of travel tales by Sue Roberts. This one is romantic, following the story of Maisie who has just caught her husband cheating on her and decides to go on a girls trip with her besties to Italy. The setting of beautiful Tuscany has me dreaming of pasta and prosecco from the terrace of my farmhouse overlooking miles of rolling Italian countryside – ahhhh.

I Hate That You Bloody Left Me by Heather Hill

Three bereaved elderly ladies take a road trip to the islands of the Southern Hebrides, embarking on madcap adventures and a kidnapping to boot. Full of comedy, fun and plenty of touching moments this book comes highly recommended by my blogger pal and self-confessed book worm Samantha Smith and has the backdrop of the amazing islands of Jura and Islay.

The Salt Path by Raynor Winn

Although I’ve popped this under fiction, The Salt Path tells the true story of Moth and Raynor a couple in their 50s who lose everything and decide to walk the 630 miles of the south west coastal path, wild camping along the way. I absolutely loved this book because of its setting in Cornwall and Devon and the depth of the story – there’s hardship along the way but also great experiences. I could not put it down and would definitely recommend The Salt Path to anyone who loves adventure travel.

Best non-fiction

Lonely Planet Best in Travel

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel

Lonely Planet releases this guide to the best places to go and things to do around the world every year and it’s put together by their staff, writers and online community – plenty to add to your bucket list and get dreaming about here. I’ve got 2018’s on my bookshelf so I’ll be dipping into that during lockdown.

Searching for Unique by Nancy O’Hare

This is one is a travel memoir for the real adventurers. Searching for Unique explores over 25 incredible destinations and focusses on lesser known cultural sites and hikes, far away from crowded tourist spots. For on the ground travel advice and anecdotes, this is one for when you start to plan your next trip.

501 must visit wild places

501 Must-Visit Wild Places

If you love getting off the beaten track and taking adventures in the great outdoors then this one is for you. From the Antarctic Peninsula to the vastest national parks in North America, there’s lots in here from every continent to inspire you for future expeditions and it has been put together by some of the best travel writers in the world.

There are my picks of the best travel books. Let me know yours in the comments.

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