The 43 best travel books to read this year


A compilation of the best travel books – as shortlisted by Stanfords!

If you made it your New Year’s Resolution to read more this year then I have some of the best travel books for you. These travel books were all shortlisted for The Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards. Yes, Stanford’s – that gorgeous store selling maps and books. There’s one in Covent Garden and one in Bristol and any travel book lover needs to check them out!

I used to work in Covent Garden and my office was above Stanford’s so I’d spend many a lunch time whiling away my free 30 minutes getting lost in beautiful maps and books while dreaming about far-off lands.

There are 43 titles shortlisted for The Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards 2018 (although still as relevant today as they ever were!) and you these travel books will whisk you off to over 150 countries…

Happy reading..


Stanford Dolman Best Travel Books of the Year, in partnership with The Authors’ Club


Hayes & Jarvis Fiction, Best Travel Books with a Sense of Place


Wanderlust Adventure Travel Book of the Year 



Food and Travel Magazine Travel Cookery Book of the Year

Best travel books for cookery



Destinations Show Photography & Illustrated Travel Book of the Year

 Best travel book with illustrations



Marco Polo Outstanding General Travel Themed Book of the Year

Best travel books



London Book Fair Children’s Best Travel Books of the Year

Best travel book
Best travel book for children


  1. Nicola 4 years ago

    I love Stanfords! I can spend hours in the one in Bristol. I always come away with so many books that I want to read so this post is perfect. Looking forward to going away and researching some of these books now.

  2. Julia Thompson 4 years ago

    Yess I’ve been looking for more travel books to read! There’s so many on here I don’t know where to start. Which ones have you read and which do you recommend?

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  4. Kartik 4 years ago

    Thanx for this comprehensive guide!!

  5. Moumita Mallick 4 years ago

    All of them look so good, even though I shouldn’t judge them by cover but can’t help it. Thanks for this awesome post. Can you also do a book list for romantic novels…

  6. Andy 3 years ago

    Love the list, but your children’s selection – the Oliver Jeffers book “Here We Are” – has the wrong book cover (an adult fiction book my Michael Marshall “We Are Here”)!

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