Travel Books

Our choice of some of the travel books around today. You never know… they could be the inspiration you need for your next trip.

To buy these books, seek them out at Waterstones, Blackwell Books and WHSmith online. For conventional city and country guidebooks, try our favourites at Lonely Planet.

Bikers’ Britain: Great Motorbike Rides
By Simon Weir

  • Featuring an introduction by adventurer and motorcyclist Charley Boorman, this is a fine guide to some of the best motorcycling routes in Britain, tried and tested by RiDE magazine and described by its writer Simon Weir. Each ride is ridden, reviewed and includes a route map.

Short Walks From Bogota
By Tom Feiling

  • For many years, Colombia was known for drugs, powerful criminal gangs and violence. But things have been changing and more and more people are travelling to the country. Tom Feiling, who’s written about the drugs war, travels the country to see whether the changes are skin deep or fundamental. It makes for an interesting mix of travel, current affairs and history.

Brazil
By Michael Palin

  • The former Monty Python star has made a separate career as a TV travel guru and his latest series for the BBC sees him visiting one of the world’s rising economic powers, Brazil. He finds himself at the Venezuelan border and the forests of the Lost World where he encounters the Yanomami and their ongoing territorial war with the gold miners. He also follows Teddy Roosevelt’s disastrous expedition of 1914.

Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time
By Mark Adams

  • Author Mark Adams recreates the expedition of 1911 when Hiram Bingham III rediscovered Machu Picchu high up in the Andes mountains of South America. Not an easy task for a man who’d never slept in a tent before setting out but Adams does his best and with humour.

Billy Connolly’s Route 66: The Big Yin on the Ultimate American Road Trip
By Billy Connolly

  • The comedian has become something of a TV traveller in his later years and this book accompanies his British TV series about one of the most famous highways in the world. He calls in at some of the obvious landmarks but also meets some of the characters who live and work on Route 66.

Dividing the Great
By John Metcalfe

  • A couple of mountain bikers race from Canada to Mexico. It’s a punishing, wild and relentless ride and pushes the cyclists to the limits – especially when they cycle at altitude. However, Metcalfe takes a light-hearted approach to telling their story.

The Queens’ London: The Metropolis in the Diamond Jubilee Years of Victoria and Elizabeth II
By Jon Curry and Hugo Simms

  • Compares the London of today with the city that marked the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1897. Great pictures of London back in those days feature alongside photos taken in 2012 from the same vantage point. In colour and black and white, the books reveals how much London has changed, and how much it has stayed the same.

In Search of King Solomon’s Mines: A Modern Adventurer’s Quest for Gold and History in the Land of the Queen of Sheba
By Tahir Shah

  • Solomon is, of course, one of the most famous kings in the Bible and in this book Tahir Shah tries to uncover the story of his famous mines. Inspired by a map, he gathers together a number of clues pointing to their location and suggesting Ethiopia. So off he goes to see whether the clues will bring success.

To buy these books, seek them out at Waterstones, Blackwell Books and WHSmith online. For conventional city and country guidebooks, try our favourites at Lonely Planet.