With Christmas quickly and surely getting closer, many of us are starting to think about gifts. Unless you’re one of those people who waits until December 24th to run to the stores and buy everything at once, the start of December usually starts the gift buying. However, that’s not per se an easy thing to do. Some people have everything, others love nothing. Either way, you want to get them something but you don’t know what. sadly, we can’t help you to find something for everyone but we can give you some tips for the traveller in your life. We selected five travel related books that were published in 2023 in order to increase their wanderlust even more.
The times during which we wanted to get somewhere as quickly and efficiently as possible when travelling lay far behind us. In 2023, travel is all about the journey. The destination matters too, of course, but if you can make the journey worth your while you’ve really won at life. ‘Unforgettable Journeys Europe: Discover the Joys of Slow Travel’ is the perfect book for those who want to dive into the subject of slow travel en discover all the alternative ways of travelling within Europe. With maps, practical information and a bit of wanderlust-inspiring text, you’re sure to hop on your next train, boat or anything else very soon.
Anyone who appreciates a bit of aesthetics is very well acquainted with the concept of Kinfolk. The magazines are a great start, while their books allow for you to really get into a specific subject. ‘Kinfolk Wilderness’ concentrates on journeys through the wilderness, whatever that may mean. Thanks to the beautiful photography and the luxurious feel of the book in general, this publication is perfect for anyone who appreciates a bit of refinement in their lives. ‘Kinfolk Islands’, which appeared at the end of 2022, is another great travel coffee table book.
Even though clearly, wildernesses and slow travel are having their moment, not everyone’s keen on leaving the inhabited land behind. Some of us prefer culture, city life and everything that comes with it. If, on top of that, the person you’re buying for happens to be a bit of a history geek, ‘Heritage: A History of How We Conserve Our Past’ might be their perfect fit. James Stourton explores the concept of heritage, what it means, what it entails, what’s its place in the future… A different way of looking at travelling but one that’s certainly worth your while if you’re remotely interested in the British heritage, from national parks to churches.
When the Belgian-Dutch couple Olivier van Herck and Zoë Agasi left for their travels in 2016, they weren’t very experienced when it came to travel. However, they packed their antique bikes and their courage and left for an undetermined period of time. Now, in ‘Leaving the Comfort Zone: The Adventure of a Lifetime’, they talk you through a 40.000 kilometer long journey with everything that entails. From making friends on the road to what to mentally expect from such a trip, from practical tips on where to stay to what (not) to eat. Warning: the person you’re buying this for might leave for a while after reading this…
The ocean is a truly mythical, frightening and inspiring place. It’s without a doubt the place on earth which we know the least about and maybe also the part that sparks our imagination the most. In ‘Ocean Wanderlust’, you read all you’ve ever wanted to know about that mysterious place:submarines, mythology, exotic marine species and ocean-inspired fashion all get covered in the book. Readers are not only taken on a fascinating underwater journey, they also get to realise how important it is to fight against climate change and thereby protect this oh-so-fragile ecosystem.