Bibliophile Alert: New Must-Read Travel Books For You

Delve into these 7 travel books from 2023 as you religiously follow their trail for some of the most adventurous experiences
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Travelling is not just about exploring new places but also discovering new perspectives, cultures, and stories. While nothing can replace the thrill of embarking on a journey yourself, books can transport you to far-off lands and immerse you in the experiences of others. If you're a travel enthusiast or simply seeking inspiration for your next adventure, here are seven new must-read travel books that will ignite your wanderlust and expand your horizons.

"Black Ghosts" by Noo Saro-Wiwa

Black Ghosts: A Journey Into the Lives of Africans in China
Black Ghosts: A Journey Into the Lives of Africans in ChinaConongate Books

Noo Saro-Wiwa takes us on a captivating journey to uncover the lives of African economic migrants in China, who are commonly known as the "Black Ghosts." These individuals live in distinct communities and actively engage in cross-continental trade. Her enthralling encounters span a diverse spectrum, including a Ghanaian cardiac surgeon, a narcotics trader, a visa violator, a Nigerian pop star who sings in Chinese, and men married to Chinese women who communicate in English with unmistakable Nigerian inflexions.

"Tender Maps" by Alice Maddicott

Tender Maps
Tender MapsSeptember Publishing

Travelling with the intention of experiencing locations that have inspired art, literature, or film can be challenging. In such cases, the actual destination might not align with the vivid descriptions or personal emotions drawn from the source material. In this essay, Maddicott tackles this uncertainty by actively searching for the specific scenes or sentiments evoked by cultural creations. Whether drawing inspiration from the visual artistry of Ana Mendieta or the literary genius of Italo Calvino, the author encourages us to approach our destinations with fresh perspectives and greater contemplation.

"Fodor's London 2024" by Fodor's Travel Guides

Fodor's London 2024
Fodor's London 2024Fodor's Travel Publications Inc.,U.S.

If you're looking to take a memorable photo in front of the iconic Elizabeth Tower of Big Ben, explore the historical depths of the Tower of London, or perhaps catch a glimpse of the royal family at Buckingham Palace, Fodor's team of travel experts in London are ready to assist you. In the pages of Fodor's London guidebook, you'll find meticulously crafted recommendations, comprehensive maps, and all the essential tools to streamline your trip planning, ensuring you make the most out of your visit. The latest edition features an effortlessly navigable design, updated insights, and stunning full-colour photographs, which will enhance your overall experience.

"Windswept" by Annie Worsley

Windswept: Life, Nature and Deep Time in the Scottish Highlands
Windswept: Life, Nature and Deep Time in the Scottish HighlandsWindswept, Annie Worsley

Annie Worsley decided to leave her academic career and move to a remote Scottish croft on the west coast. There, she could experience and learn from the incredible forces of nature, such as light, wind, and water. In her book "Windswept", Annie documents her experiences in the croft, including activities like luring salmon with quartz stones, observing otters, and waking up to the calls of stags. The book also explores the geological and historical forces that have shaped the region and Annie's deep connection to it.

"SOLO" by Jenny Tough

SOLO: What running across mountains taught me about life
SOLO: What running across mountains taught me about lifeAster

Jenny Tough is a well-known endurance athlete who has accomplished many impressive feats in challenging events. In her book, "SOLO," she shares her journey, which goes beyond her athletic achievements and delves into her mission to overcome inner obstacles. Jenny embarks on an exciting adventure, running solo across the mountain ranges of six continents, starting in Kyrgyzstan. "SOLO" describes her experiences across the Tien Shan range in Asia, the High Atlas in Africa, the Cordillera Oriental in South America, the Southern Alps in Oceania, the Canadian Rockies in North America, and the Transylvanian Alps in Europe. The book offers valuable lessons in self-esteem, resilience, and courage. Jenny's story highlights the empowerment and joy of solo endeavours, motivating us to find strength and self-belief in everything we do.

"The Farthest Shore" by Alex Roddie

The Farthest Shore: Seeking solitude and nature on the Cape Wrath Trail in winter
The Farthest Shore: Seeking solitude and nature on the Cape Wrath Trail in winterVertebrate Publishing Ltd

Award-winning writer Alex Roddie embarked on a solitary 438 km walk through the Scottish Highlands in February 2019, seeking solitude and answers to his anxiety. His journey along the secluded Cape Wrath Trail is chronicled in "The Farthest Shore." Amidst the profound silence, he found clarity, but also discovered threats to Scotland's wilderness.

"Mother, Nature" by Jedidiah Jenkins

Mother, Nature: A 5,000-Mile Journey to Discover if a Mother and Son Can Survive Their Differences
Mother, Nature: A 5,000-Mile Journey to Discover if a Mother and Son Can Survive Their DifferencesConvergent Books

Jedidiah Jenkins took a poignant trip with his mother, Barbara, to commemorate her 70th birthday and to remind them of life's fleeting nature. They retraced Barbara's remarkable "Walk Across America" from the 1970s, covering thousands of miles from New Orleans to the Oregon coast, while enjoying true crime podcasts, the one form of media they both enjoyed. During their adventure, Jedidiah reflected on Barbara's past as a 30-year-old writer, her struggles as a wife dealing with infidelity, and her present as a mother with particular beliefs about her son's sexuality. This journey prompted reflections on universal themes of family duty, navigating difficult conversations, and finding meaning in life's unexpected twists and the differences that can sometimes separate us.

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