Best Travel Books - Christmas 2009

These are our choices for the best travel books from the year. See which books made it onto our Christmas lists.

A Year Of Watching Wildlife

My favourite book of the year. Fantastic pictures with a vast choice of places and animals to see across the World. Perfect for inspiration for that next wildlife holiday.

Lonely Planets Guide to Travel Photography

If you are already a keen photographer this guide probably won't teach you very much. If however you are new to taking pictures  or want to do more than just point and shoot this will help you bring back some magical images.

The Cool Camping Guide To Festivals

There are lots of guides to festivals. This one concentrates on mainly music festivals across Europe and gives a good idea of what each one has to offer. Use it as a first step to planning where you go next year.

Weird World (Bradt Travel Guide)

Full of pictures taken by Wanderlust magazine readers of those whacky things you won't find in the tourist guides.

Right to the Edge. Sydney to Tokyo by Any Means

Of all the Charley Boorman journeys this for me has been the best. Far more relaxed his natural effervessence and inquisite nature come across in both the series and this book.

Where to Ski and Snowboard 2010

Latest version of this invaluable guide to Ski and Snowboard resorts. Resort ratings at a glance at the front makes it easy to select those that might suit you followed by detailed pages to help you make your final choice.


The World's Heritage: A Complete Guide to the Most Extraordinary Places.

A stunning book and authoritive guide from UNESCO.

Kevin McCoud's Grand Tour Of Europe

I loved the series. This book is great to relive it with fabulous photos and Kevin McCloud's narrative fills in all the detail I missed the first time round.

The Broons Day Oot

This book is brilliant. It's both informative and funny with 52 ideas for days out in Scotland. You just need to be able to read it with a Scottish accent or you may not understand a word.

How Low Can You Go

Although this book has been out for a while I have only just come across it. It's full of Tom Chesshyre's experiences around those odd places on the 'No Frills' airline routes of Europe. Perfect for dipping in and out of and planning that next trip for a £1.

The 10 Best of Everything: An Ultimate Guide

This is a lists book. Some are just plain daft (10 best steakhouses) some are controversial and others will cause disagreements amongst your friends. Either way it will get you talking on Christmas day. 

AA Hotel Guide 2010

When travelling in the UK I find this guide invaluable both for planning and keeping in the car. I certainly prefer it to peering into an Iphone. 


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