5 travel books to get you inspired for summer
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If, like me, you're a bit of a square and enjoy reading about travel almost as much as doing the travelling itself, then boy do I have a treat for you. The smell of a new book, the intricate lines and details of a well-illustrated map, and the satisfaction of travelling to unknown lands armoured with a shield of knowledge: these are the little things that really make the adventure worth it. So before you fall headfirst into a spiral of "but where do I start?!" and end up Google-mapping and Trip-advisor-ing your way through your weekend city break, crack open one of these travel books for insights, cultural tidbits, directions and just a damn good story for the plane journey.
The Bells of Old Tokyo by Anna Sherman // Image courtesy of Stanfords1. Arabia: A Journey Through the Heart of the Middle East by Levison Wood Stanfords book seller's biggest hit of this year so far is Levison Wood's circumnavigation of the Arabian Peninsula. His words take us on a journey through some of the harshest and most beautiful environments in the world, as he challenges our perceptions of a sorely misunderstood part of the world. Consume this one in a couple of sittings, and open your eyes to the magic of the Middle East through Levison's complex, daring and stunning stories. 2. European Rail Timetable Despite rail fares in the UK climbing faster than ever before, rail travel has boomed as an economic and affordable alternative to flying, particularly within Europe. Brought together in a collection of concise rail and shipping services throughout Europe, the timetable book covers main towns and all major inter-city services, providing you with a handy go-to trip essential for wherever you end up on our beautiful continent.
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