20 Travel Books That Will Give You Critical Wanderlust
We can only hope that 2021 will be the year we can travel again and explore this amazing world we live in. For now, we’re going to need books – both fiction and non-fiction – to help us decide which places to go first.
150 hot spots in Canada, the best parks, nature reserves, and wild places
It is more likely that we will travel within our country first. If so, this Firefly book has 150 Amazing Places in Canada that you must see! These include Labrador’s newest national park, the Akami-Uapishk-Kakkasuak-Mealy Mountains National Park Reserve, or the Spruce Woods Provincial Park in Manitoba, which is home to the province’s only native lizard, the Prairie Skink. There is also a section of special interest that includes the best multi-day hiking trails and tours, as well as the best aurora viewpoints.
Firefly Books also offers a variety of other Hot Spots books, including 110 Nature Hot Spots in Ontario; 125 nature hotspots in Alberta; and 110 nature hotspots in Manitoba and Saskatchewan to add to your trip lists.
A paddler’s guide to Algonquin Park
The amazing thing about Algonquin Park is that it’s big – 4,741 square miles with 2,400 lakes and 1,200 kilometers of streams and rivers -. So if you want to travel and avoid the crowds, this might be the place for you.
And a paddlers’ guide to Algonquin Park by Kevin Callan of Firefly Books has stories and photos from the author, as well as the maps and information you need to start your own adventure trip in this beautiful piece of nature.
The Toronto Book of the Dead
Whoever said Toronto wasn’t interesting has never read Adam Bunch’s The Toronto Book of the Dead by Dundurn Press. The book features short stories full of information and connections with the city, including Lucy Maud Montgomery, written by Anne of Green Gables, and Frank Sinatra’s I’ll Never Smile Again.
You’d think Northern Alberta wouldn’t be an inspiration to travel in the middle of winter, but Elinor Florence’s book Wildwood about Molly, who, to claim her legacy, has to live in an abandoned farmhouse for a while. We experience the beauty of all seasons, including Alberta winter, through the eyes of Molly, who grew up near a desert. And just like Molly, we celebrate this time of ice and snow melt when spring comes back. Wildwood is from Dundurn Press.
Once we can push our boundaries a little, it is important to know the best times to travel to certain places. Fortunately we have DK’s where to when?.
This beautiful coffee table book offers more than 100 destinations and the best travel time based on a “natural wonder”, festival or adventure. There are lots of beautiful photos and important information such as the closest airports, how to get around and the average temperature.
DK Smithsonian also celebrates the trip itself.
in the DK Smithonian’s Journey, An Illustrated History of TravelTravelers can learn more about the history of the people who traveled for the first time, as well as how they traveled in sections like Age of Discovery to Taking Flight. There is no shortage of information and beautiful photos and interesting illustrations to guide you through people’s desire to explore the world.
DK Smithsonian also helps you add a number of places to travel to thanks to his book. Natural wonders of the world. There are stunning photos of the places, creatures and plants that call this planet home. Although we can’t travel right now, this book will help you add new places to travel and in the meantime allow you to relive the pages on behalf of yourself.
DK Smithsonians large city maps celebrates the cities, landmarks and maps of some of the best places in the world to travel.
Each card is spread over a double page and offers a visual tour of landmarks like the Cairo Pyramids and Old London Bridge. “See how certain cities and cartographic techniques have changed over time. This irresistible book is more than just a bird’s eye view. It tells the stories behind the cities, from the hubs of ancient peoples to modern megacities, and introduces the legendary cartographers and artists who created each map. “Quebec City appears in this book.
You may need a map of Japan, but you should read too DK Eyewitness’ Be More Japan, the art of Japanese living.
This book will encourage you to put Japan on your travel list. The book gives a brief overview of the history of this country and is then divided into sections: A Look at Japan; Timeless Japan, including a focus on Ikebena, Bonsia, Origami; Innovation (including a love of vending machines); Creative; Entertaining; and healthy Japan. There is a lot of pictures and information in this book without feeling overwhelming.
Traveling cat chronicles
Travel and see Japan through the eyes of a cat named Nana, who explores this beautiful country with her person Satoru, visits friends and sightseeing such as Mount Fuji, which Nana herself describes as “damn impressive”. Traveling Cat Chronicles is by Hiro Arikawa and Penguin Random House.
in the The woman in the white kimonoWe travel between the present, when a young woman takes care of her dying father and finds a letter that changes everything, and in 1957, when Naoko Nakamura, 17, falls in love with an American sailor against her parents’ wishes. Through this beautiful book we learn more about the country, past and present and how the two stories connect. The woman in the white kimono is by Ana Johns and HarperCollins Canada.
The next stop on our travels is India courtesy of the Secret daughter of Shilpi Somaya Gowda. Here we see India through the eyes of Somer, who goes to this country for the first time in 1985 to see her husband Kris’s family and to adopt a little girl named Asha. We also see India in 2004 when Asha, now a young adult, returns to the home of her birth and meets her family for the first time.
During this part of the world, and before heading to Europe, we will stop in Cyprus, a Mediterranean island between the Middle East and Europe.
Author Nadia Marks puts many of her books in Cyprus, telling stories from families about the secrets they have. In secrets under the sun Three childhood friends from PGC Books come back to the island for a funeral and learn from each other. I learn that I would like to visit many of the places Marks talks about in this book. I want to feel the heat of summer, see the beauty of its beaches and smell and taste the citrus fruits that seem to grow there in abundance. And eat: everything they talk about.
The little Parisian bookstore
Having a floating library (there is one) and exploring France on the Seine sounds fantastic. But in Nina George’s The Little Paris Bookshop, the reason for the adventure is sad. Mr. Perdu finally opens a letter he received from his lost love more than 20 years ago. Determined to find her, he takes the book barge from the bank of the Seine and sets off on a journey through France.
My Oxford year
My Oxford year from Julia Whelan enables us to represent the American Ella Durran, who at the age of 24 achieves her goal of visiting the historic campus on a Rhodes scholarship and at the same time taking a position in the presidential campaign of an emerging political star experience. Through Ella we can see the beautiful and historic Oxford University campus where we can dream of browsing the library and hanging out in a pub or two. My Oxford year is from HarperCollins Canada.
Life by the sea sounds fantastic and In the house of new beginnings by Lucy Diamond, you will meet some wonderful women who all appreciate the ocean they are happy to be around. This book will inspire you to head to the UK coast, stroll along the ocean coast and soak up the beauty. The House of New Beginnings comes from PGC Books.
The beach house Not in Great Britain, but on Nantucket Island off Cape Cod, Massachusetts, where the title alone makes you wish you were in a house by the sea. “Open the doors in your living room and step on the sand. “We meet a lot of wonderful characters at the beach house and watch them get to know each other and each other.
Whenever you are on a beach, look for sea glass, a lovely and relaxing hobby.
In Teri Halls A sea glass trip ebb and flowYou will learn what sea glass is and what it looks like afterwards, including jewelry. The images make me wish the ocean was close enough that I, too, can look for more sea glass to add to my collection. A Sea Glass Journey comes from Nimbus Publishing.
Sea glass is also important to the two main characters of Miranda Dickinson Somewhere across the sea. The two main characters use the beach and sea glass to bring magic back into their lives. It is clear that the author loves the ocean and her enthusiasm makes me want to be there too. Somewhere Across the Sea is from PGC Books.
There is no better place than the Galapagos Islands. I can’t say for sure, but I know it is true in my heart – there is no other place I want to be right now. Galapagos, Introduction of a Traveler by Wayne Lynch and Firefly Books firmly cemented this as my # 1 destination and I’ll get there before we ruin it as a species. Gorgeous pictures of the animals, birds and reptiles that call this amazing place home and lots of information. This is the place I dream of when I’m out and about in the armchair.
We hope 2021 will be a time of adventure and travel in our own backyards and beyond.
A copy of these books has been made available for honest review by DK Canada, Dundurn Press, Firefly Books, HarperCollins Canada, Nimbus Publishing, Penguin Random House, and PGC Books. The opinions are my own.