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Travel Books

Find practical advice from our vast collection of Travel Books. The library hosts many useful travel guides to gorgeous travel writing & photography collections. View some of our highlighted books here, or, visit section 910-919 in the non-fiction section of the library.

100 great journeys / consultant editor, Keith Lye

Hammond’s 100 Great Journeys describes 100 ways in which we can all explore our world. From Patagonia to Tibet, following Kit Carson through the Cumberland Gap or along a journey along Hadrian’s Wall to finding a the source of the Nile with Speke and Burton, this book takes you on voyages around our planet by land,sea and air. Great for the armchair traveler or intrepid globetrotter or weekend adventurer!

Atlas Obscura / Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras & Ella Morton

Wonder meets wanderlust in an extraordinary new travel book. Created by the founders of, the vibrant online destination and community with over 3 million visitors a month, Atlas Obscura is the bucket-list guide to over 700 of the most unusual, curious, bizarre, and mysterious places on earth.

The best place to be today : 365 things to do & the perfect day to do them / compiled and edited by Sarah Baxter

Find the best thing to do every day of the year, from one-day events like India’s Holi festival or the cheese-rolling race at Cooper’s Hill in England, to seasonal events like Alaska’s caribou migration and weather-dependent adventures like completing the Tour de Mont Blanc. This vibrant, practical and addictive book covers the 365 best festivals, sporting events, adventures and natural phenomena.

The big trip : your ultimate guide to gap years and overseas adventures

Guides and instructs readers on preparing for overseas travel, with information on volunteer organizations, job opportunities for international travelers, education courses, and foreign festivals.

Epic hikes of the world : explore the planet’s most thrilling treks and trails

With stories of 50 incredible hiking routes in 30 countries, from New Zealand to Peru, plus a further 150 suggestions, Lonely Planet’s Epic Hikes of the World will inspire a lifetime of adventure on foot. From one-day jaunts and urban trails to month-long thru-hikes, cultural rambles and mountain expeditions, each journey shares one defining feature: being truly epic

Epic bike rides of the world : explore the planet’s most thrilling cycling routes

Discover 200 of the best places to ride a bike in this beautifully illustrated hardback. From family-friendly, sightseeing urban rides to epic adventures off the beaten track. Destinations range from France and Italy, for the world’s great bike races, to the wilds of Mongolia and Patagonia. These journeys will inspire – whether you are an experienced cyclist or just getting started. Each ride is illustrated with stunning photography and a map. A toolkit of practical details – where to start and finish, how to get there, where to stay and more – helps riders plan their own trips. There are also suggestions for three more similar rides around the world for each story. Each piece shows how cycling is a fantastic way to get to know a place, a people and their culture.

The un-discovered islands : an archipelago of myths and mysteries, phantoms and fakes / Malachy Tallack ; Illustrated by Katie Scott

Be prepared to be captivated by the astounding tales of two dozen islands once believed to be real but no longer on the map. These are the products of the imagination, deception, and human error: an archipelago of ex-islands and forgotten lands. From the well-known story of Atlantis and the mysteries of frozen Thule to more obscure tales from around the globe, and from ancient history right up to the present day, this is an atlas of legend and wonder, with glorious illustrations by Katie Scott.

The world’s great wonders : how they were made & why they are amazing / Jheni Osman 

Go beyond the visual spectacle of the world’s 50 greatest wonders, and discover what makes them such amazing places. With stunning images and expert illustrations, experience and appreciate the most famous sights on earth in an exciting new way.

The yellow envelope : one gift, three rules, and a life-changing journey around the world / Kim Dinan

Plagued by anxiety and a persistent feeling that there was more to life than paychecks and mortgages, Kim and her husband decide to uproot their lives and travel around the world. Just before their departure, they’re given an unexpected gift that will shape their adventures: a yellow envelope containing a check and instructions to give themoney away to those they encounter on their journey. Through Ecuador, India, Nepal, and beyond, the pair encounter problems at every step, including major challenges to their marriage. But as Kim and her husband figure out how to give to the people they meet and to each other, they learn that money does not have a thing to do with the capacity to give. The Yellow Envelope is a vividly insightful look at how travel stretches and pushes the traveler, and it tells the tale of the transformative power of giving, not just of money, but also of ourselves.

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