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The inevitable January blues can be crippling, making it the perfect time to start planning the year’s adventures. Of course, SUITCASE Magazine will be your first port of call, but we’ve picked out some of our favourite travel books to get you off the sofa and exploring your way through 2017. From useful guide books to personal accounts of daring journeys to the end of the earth, these will have you rummaging through your drawers for your passport in no time – if it’s not already waiting in your bag, that is.
Miss Adventures: A Tale of Ignoring Life Advice While Backpacking Around South America by Amy Baker, £9.99
For laugh-out-loud relatable anecdotes, journalist Amy Baker’s account of travelling around South America is an easy winner. Fellow women contemplating a solo trip will benefit from and enjoy her frank insights as, after swimming in croc-infested waters and dodging cocaine con-artists, she begins to wonder whether her mother, boss and numerous other ‘in-the-know’ people were onto something with their over-the-top advice after all. Out in March.
Canada ranks number one in this ultimate guide by one of the world’s leading travel authorities. Featuring hit lists of countries, cities and hotels, as well as the tourist attractions and festivals you simply can’t miss, it’s an oracle for those wanting to visit to the best places before the crowds converge. Fear not if your budget is limited – North Wales and Ireland’s Skellig Ring both feature on the list of top-ten regions. In stores now.
Explorer Lois Pryce’s 3,000-mile journey across Iran was sparked by a note left on her motorbike outside the Iranian Embassy in 2011, when political tensions were high. “I wish that you will visit Iran so you will see for yourself about my country. Please do not think of what has happened here. These are our governments, not the Iranian people” it read, urging her to come to Shiraz, the city of poetry, gardens and wine. Ignoring official warnings against travel, Lois set off alone to lift the veil on a misunderstood country and tell the fascinating story of its people and beauties as they are today, despite living under strict Islamic rule. In stores now.
This full-throttle ride follows friends Reza and Steven as they ditch their comfortable London lifestyles to cycle 11,000 miles across the world in a bid to reach Cape Town in just 100 days. It’s an intensely compelling story of self-discovery and triumph, as the pair battle punishingly primitive roads, malaria, food poisoning and heat stroke to discover that there’s more to life than a secure job in the city. Out 9 February.
Described as “Bill Bryson on two wheels”, ambitious travel writer Tim Moore decided it was time to give into his big idea of cycling the 9,000km-old Iron Curtain route on a tiny two-geared shopping bike. This gripping story follows him on his journey from the northernmost Norwegian-Russian border in the depths of Arctic winter through 20 countries, before he finally ends up on a (much warmer) Black Sea beach in Bulgaria. From Romanian landslides and Russian hostility to kind reindeer farmers and nights spent in imperial palaces, it was one hell of a ride. In stores now.
Technology may have gifted us with the likes of Google Maps, but the world never fails to surprise us, with hidden gems found in every corner of the globe. Travis Elborough has done the digging for us – with help from cartographer Alan Horsfield – and produced this fantastic compendium of obscure and awe-inspiring places to go and see for yourself. From architectural oddities and floating worlds to otherworldly spaces and deserted destinations, these places all have fascinating stories to tell. In stores now.
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