5 Top travel books to get stuck into

Nick Watkins
Mar 29, 2020

These travel books will satisfy your wanderlust while staying safe at home.

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the travel industry hard and unprecedented measurers are being taken in the UAE, and around the world, to keep us safe and the virus from spreading.

Commercial flights to and from Dubai have been completely grounded and with the lockdown now in place, people are staying home for the foreseeable making this the perfect time to get stuck into reading a book.

This year may not have got off to the best of starts; however, some fantastic new travel books have been released recently, and they are well worth your time. Here’s our pick of the best:

Wherever You Go by Daniel Houghton

If there’s anyone qualified to write a book on travel, it’s the former CEO of Lonely Planet who, at the age of 24, found himself travelling the world and reporting back on it.

His new book, Wherever You Go: A Guide to Mindful, Sustainable, and Life-Changing Travel, is all about getting more out of your travels than likes, shares and memories. It’s deeper than that. Houghton is encouraging travellers to develop more cultural awareness and empathy in order to, as the title suggests, change your own life.

Houghton uses tales from fascinating people such as Kevan, a young man of determination who was carried across Europe in a home-made backpack by his friends so he could fulfil his dream of seeing the world.


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If you’re an adventure-seeker, Donny Dusk’s story will inspire you to get out and be at one with the elements.

Earthroaming is the ultimate in letting nature lead the way if you’re not sure in which direction you’re headed. This book lets you learn survival bushcraft and self-reliance skills that’ll allow you to roam free to your heart’s content.

The author of EARTHROAMER: Let Curiosity Guide You is a United States Marine Corp veteran and Professional Cavemen and now an expert in primitive survival; he runs survival schools in Colorado for those looking to live a life of adventure outdoors.

1,000 Places to See Before You Die (Deluxe Edition) by Patricia Schultz

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While it’s not the newest release on our list (having hit bookstores in October 2019) it’s certainly a must read for any avid traveller.

In which is her third rendition, veteran travel author Patricia Schultz has gone with a more visual approach than ever before in 1,000 Places to See Before You Die (Deluxe Edition): The World as You’ve Never Seen It Before, using magnificent images of the penguins on Boulders Beach in South Africa to the famous cherry blossom viewing in Yoshiro, Japan.

The New York Times, Associates Press, Forbes, Business Insider and others named it the Best Travel Book of 2019, so it’s worth stopping scrolling on your phone for.

The Family Travel Handbook 

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It’s fair to say when the Covid-19 virus passes all the family will be looking for a break, wherever you are in the world.

The latest instalment from Lonely Planet offers you practical advice for how to make the most going away with your family. Curiosity is encouraged for all the family, ranging from new food, to new ways of travelling to which new countries to explore.

The Family Travel Handbook is a useful guide is packed with tips for keeping the kids entertained on your journey and along with recommending new experiences, sights and activities to take them, and yourself, out of the comfort zone.

Around the World in 80 Trains by Monisha Rajesh

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This timeless adventure follows Monisha Rajesh as she covers 45,000 miles in eighty train journeys – that’s almost twice the circumference of the globe.

The journey begins in London and sees Rajesh and her fiancé embark on an epic trip, which sees them riding the rails in Mongolia, North Korea, Canada, Kazakhstan and beyond. Constantly on the move, the pair strike-up unlikely friendships with fellow travellers as they quite literally watch the world go by.

Around the World in 80 Trains: A 45,000-Mile Adventure is the tale of an unforgettable trip that’ll have you reaching for your backpack as you’ll be inspired to embark on a journey of your own. Rajesh’s work has been published inTime magazine, the New York Times, the Guardian, and the Sunday Telegraph.

Once you have finished reading these books, keep that wanderlust alive with more travel tips and inspiration from World Traveller Middle East. For the latest health updates regarding coronavirus, ensure that the information you are consuming is from an official source