There are less than two weeks to go until Christmas and we’ll be you’ve still got some shopping to do. No? Bravo! May we suggest you pass some time with a cruise brochure? On the other hand, if you’re still racking your brains for the perfect gifts for your nearest and dearest, we’d like to help with some suggestions for the travel lovers. Here are the travel tomes that will leave them wild with wanderlust and in love with the world again – aren’t they two feeling worth finding under the Christmas tree?

Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It

Elizabeth Gilbert

(Bloomsbury Publishing – £9.99)

It was the cult classic that inspired an entire generation to embrace adventure and this collection of almost fifty short stories sees readers of Eat Pray Love share their own tales on how it changed their life.

Eat Pray Love book

Wish I Was Here

Sebaastian Bedaux

(Lannoo – £40.00)

Let your imagination dive into the deepest blue with this coffee-table worthy collection of carefully curated aerial and underwater photographs. Featuring the likes of Micronesia, Bora Bora and the Seychelles it’s what holiday daydreams are made of.

The Rhine

Ben Coates 

(Hodder & Stoughton – £12.99)

Join Coates as he cycles along the riverside from the Netherlands through Germany, France and Liechtenstein, discovering how the mighty Rhine helped shape a continent. If you have toyed with the idea of a river cruise, this will seal the deal.

The Rhine Ben Coates book


Anna Hart

(Little Brown Book Group – £13.99)

Anna has accumulated countless stories in her ten years as a travel journalist and Departures is a witty memoir of far-flung escapes and laugh-a-minute city breaks. If you’ve ever holidayed to get over a broken heart this one will strike a chord.

Into The Wild

Jon Krakauer

(Pan Macmillan – £9.99)

More than ten years since it was published, the story of Chis McCandless and his yearning to leave civilization behind to seek out nature and solitude in the Alaskan wilderness feels as exciting, inspiring and dramatic as ever.

Into The Wild book

Islander: A Journey Around Our Archipelago

Patrick Barkham

Granta Books – £20.00

There’s treasure to be found on our home shores and this mythical journey around the British Isles unfurls local legend, rare species and a look into the life of an islander. It’ll leave you with a newfound love of the place we call home.

Which books are you running away with over the Christmas break? Let us know!