Books and Travel in 2014

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Are you looking to plan your travel adventures for the new year? Travel books can be a great way to explore destinations from the comfort of your couch. These books allow you to learn useful information that will help you get the richest experience from your travels. The problem with the mainstream travel guides is that they only tell you so much about each place. They focus on breadth rather than depth. They also don’t focus on the most important part of travel, which is the experience of the traveler. Below are three of the best travel books for those looking for literary and travel adventures in 2014.

Are you someone who just recently acquired the travel bug? Then you should check out The Art of Travel by Alain De Botton. This book is based on the author’s various experiences traveling the world and provides some great information for those who are just getting started with their travel endeavors. What really separates this book from other books on the market is that it focuses on the how and why of travel. This book is not just another big reference collection. The author writes in a tone that makes you feel like you are discussing travel with a close friend. With that being said, he covers plenty of destinations in this book. Are you a warm-weather traveler? If so, then you will love the dozens of tropical locations filed under great winter getaways. On the other hand, those who prefer cold-weather vacations will love the outlines of the world’s premiere locations for winter sports.

Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to Long Term World Travel by Rolf Potts is the one book that changed my life. This book differs from the mainstream guides in that it was written with more independent travel in mind. This book doesn’t highlight the ten best beach resorts or the world’s best ski lodges. What this book does highlight are things like how to schedule time off to travel, how to finance your travels, and how to make spending money while traveling. This book is a great companion for anyone who is looking for a more holistic and personal experience from their travels.

The third and final book you should check out is The Tao of Travel by Paul Theroux. Paul Theroux has been traveling the world for fifty years and this book is a collection of his experiences. What makes this book even better is that it features timeless travel articles that the author himself has used throughout his travels. Paul Theroux is a man who has quite literally seen and done it all, which makes this literary peak inside his mind such an excellent read.

These three books are just a small selection of the dozens of travel books in TheGlobalBookshelf. What separates these titles from the pack is that they provide intangible value that goes way beyond the scope of the mainstream travel guides. They are truly a great read for anyone looking to plan an exciting adventure in 2014.

Wishing you much travel and adventure in 2014!