Recommended reading for 2020

“An hour spent reading is one stolen from paradise” – Thomas Wharton

March 2020 • Jules Verne

Recommended reading for 2020

Whilst we are currently unable to travel the world, we can escape into a great book. We have put together a selection of travel books so that you are full of inspiration for when you are ready to start exploring the world again.

The Atlas of Happiness by Helen Russell

“From the bestselling author of The Year of Living Danishly, an entertaining, reassuring and useful trip around the world, discovering the secrets of happiness from 30 countries.”

At Home in the World: Reflections on Belonging While Wandering the Globe by Tsh Oxenreider

“As Tsh Oxenreider, author of Notes From a Blue Bike, chronicles her family’s adventure around the world seeing, smelling, and tasting the widely varying cultures along the way - she discovers what it truly means to be at home.”

The Bucket List by Kath Stathers

“We all have things we’d like to do one day but work, family, school, money, and responsibilities get in the way. This invaluable guide to fun, fantastic, and life-affirming activities features an eclectic range of ideas such as self-improvement, sports-related endeavours, natural wonders, cultural experiences, culinary delights, and more.”

Literary Places by Sarah Baxter

“Travel journalist Sarah Baxter provides comprehensive and atmospheric outlines of the history and culture of 25 literary places around the globe, as well as how they intersect with the lives of the authors and the works that make them significant.”

Wherever You Go: A Guide to Mindful, Sustainable, and Life-Changing Travel by Daniel Houghton

“From the former CEO of renowned travel guide publisher Lonely Planet, a look at how travel can transform not only the traveller, but also the world.”

The Art of Looking Up by Catherine McCormack

"The Art of Looking Up surveys 40 spectacular ceilings around the globe that have been graced by the brushes of great artists including Michelangelo, Marc Chagall and Cy Twombly."

Destinations of a Lifetime: 225 of the World's Most Amazing Places by National Geographic

“National Geographic takes you on a photographic tour of our world in this spellbinding new coffee table travel gift book. Hundreds of Earth’s most breath taking locales are illustrated with vivid, over-sized full-colour images taken by Nat Geo’s world-class photographers.”

 A Moveable Feast: Life Changing Food Adventures Around The World by Don George

“‘A Movable Feast’ is a compilation of short stories from famous chefs, writers and foodies around the world,” she said. “They all share a love of food and the power it has to bring people together. Reading the short stories will give you a glimpse of the culture and induce a serious case of food lust.”

 Lands of Lost Borders: A Journey on the Silk Road by Kate Harris

“Lands of Lost Borders, winner of the 2018 Banff Adventure Travel Award and a 2018 Nautilus Award, is the chronicle of Harris’s odyssey and an exploration of the importance of breaking the boundaries we set ourselves; an examination of the stories borders tell, and the restrictions they place on nature and humanity; and a meditation on the existential need to explore - the essential longing to discover what in the universe we are doing here.”

Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Cape Town by Paul Theroux

“Dark Star Safari is Paul Theroux’s now classic account of a journey from Cairo to Cape Town. Travelling across bush and desert, down rivers and across lakes, and through country after country, Theroux visits some of the most beautiful landscapes on earth, and some of the most dangerous.”


Find more reading and travel inspiration in our blog series, Jules Verne Reads.