Around the World in 8 Travel Books

Some days we don’t want to leave the house but still wish we can experience all that the world has to offer. Why not check out some of our new travel books to get away from Wellington and see the world from the comfort of your favourite couch? Or if you don’t want to leave the house at all (although the library should be the one exception) check out Libby and Borrowbox for ebooks, magazines and audiobooks. Let’s avoid the long-haul flights, the boring queues and save money by picking up a book!

Queer footprints : a guide to uncovering London’s fierce history / Glass, Dan
“This groundbreaking guide will take you through the city streets to uncover the scandalous, hilarious and empowering events of London’s queerstory. Follow in the footsteps of veteran activisits, such as those who marched in London’s first Pride parade in 1972 or witnessed the 1999 bombing of the Admiral Duncan pub in Soho.” (Catalogue)

The joy of wild swimming
“Dive into 180 of the world’s most enticing wild swimming spots with this joyful book featuring fascinating insights from local voices, beautiful photography, maps and essential trip planning tips. Discover the humbling effects of a wild swim and explore enchanting places where you can connect with nature or simply relax and float downstream.” (Catalogue)

History of the world map by map
“A uniquely illustrated guide to the history of our world. Witness our incredible human story unfold exquisitely charted map by map. Come on a journey through global history, told in more than 130 specially made maps that each offer a window on a key event. This updated edition contains eight pages of brand new maps, and has been reviewed and updated for diversity and inclusion.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

The gathering place : a winter pilgrimage through changing times / Colwell, Mary
“Mary Colwell makes a 500-mile solo pilgrimage along the Camino Francés, winding through forests, mountains, farmland, industrial sprawls and places of worship, weaving her experiences of the Camino with natural history, spirituality and modern environmentalism.” (Catalogue)

The life cycle : 8,000 miles in the Andes by bamboo bike / Rawles, Kate
“One woman’s journey through South America and the devastating story of our planet’s disappearing biodiversity. Eco adventurer Kate Rawles cycled the length of the Andes on an eccentric bicycle she built herself. The Life Cycle charts her mission to find out why biodiversity is so important, what’s happening to it, and what can be done to protect it. As she reaches the ‘end of the world’, she realises that to tackle biodiversity loss we all have a role to play.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Finding Hildasay : how one man walked the UK’s coastline and found hope and happiness / Lewis, Christian | ebook available
“Finding Hildasay is the life-affirming story of Chris Lewis’ epic journey around Britain’s coastline as he battles depression and rebuilds his life.” (Catalogue)

Greatest walks of the world : 200 incredible hikes of a lifetime: amazing adventures and epic trails / Butler, Stuart
“Explore the most epic walking routes of the world from the comfort of your armchair: chart the routes, read details only a local would know, and see the beautiful destinations for yourself. Greatest Walks of the World will spur your spirit of adventure and set you planning the trek of a lifetime.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

La vie : a year in rural France / Lewis-Stempel, John | ebook available
“For years a farmer in England, John Lewis-Stemple yearned to live once again in a landscape where turtle doves purr and nightingales sing, as they did in his 1970s childhood. And so he and his wife bought an old honey-coloured curate’s house and its land in the French countryside. Although their move began as a practical enterprise, it became an affair of the heart: taking two hours for lunch; sipping Pineau by the flickering light of citronella candles in the evening garden. In short, living the good life.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

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