I’m a sucker for a good coffee table book. I probably need multiple coffee tables at this point actually. Most of my coffee table books are full of travel inspiration.
Today’s list is all about inspiring yourself to get off that couch, put the coffee table in storage, and go explore the world.
Pilgrimage by Derry Brabbs
I have always had a special place in my heart for the idea of long distance hikes. The longest hikes I have done have been 4 – 5 days hikes in New Zealand, but I have always wanted to do something a little more extended. Featuring high on my bucket list is the Camino de Santiago. The camino has several routes and is well known as one of the best long distance hikes in the world. The hike actually follows traditional pilgrimage routes, which is what this book is all about. Pilgrimage covers some of the best best long distance hikes in Europe, with several of the camino routes featuring. This isn’t a guide to the camino, it is an inspirational coffee table book, full of history, stories, and of course, gorgeous photographs. If this book won’t inspire you to dig out your hiking shoes, nothing will.
Seeing Saltwater Country by Sally Mayman and Dale Kentwell
The Dampier Peninsula in Australia’s north west is home to many remote Aboriginal communities and is a part of the world not often visited by tourists or Australians alike. The book combines stories, portraits, photography and artwork to tell the story of life in these remote aboriginal communities. All royalties from sales of this book go back to help the communities it details.
Lonely Planet – The Best Place To Be Today
Got a couple of free days and itching to buy a plane ticket? This super inspirational book is full of bucket list worthy things to do, and when is the best time to do them.
Lonely Planet – You Only Live Once
In a similar vein to the “Best Place To Be Today”, this book is also full of bucket list filling inspiration. What is helpful about this book is that all the items are divided into items you can complete in one day, one week, one month, or one year. Examples such as spend a week hiking in New Zealand, or spend a day meeting artisans at local markets, with details on how to make each thing happen, will certainly get you planning your next adventure (or ten).
Lonely Planet – The Travel Book
I first came across this book when I was couchsurfing many many years ago, and I have always wanted to add it to my collection. Now that I have a permanent address (and a coffee table) I can! This is a beautiful hardcover tour through every country in the world. Each country has two full colour pages of photographs, and a bit of summary about the country. My favourite part of this book is the book and movie suggestions for each country. Whenever I am planning a trip, I refer to this book and buy the books it recommends to help get me in the travel mood!
Lonely Planet’s Beautiful World
If it’s beautiful photographs that you are after, then look no further than Lonely Planet’s Beautiful World. This book wont tell you what to do, or when to do it, but it will deliver a feast for your eyes.