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20.11.2020- On my Bookshelf: The Best Reads for Armchair Travels

With life looking like it's going to take a fair few months yet to re-adjust back to some semblance of anything familiar to us in a pre-Covid world, it looks like any grand travel plans which we might have made for the imminent future are set to be curtailed for a while longer. As a true Sagittarius at heart, I've more or less always found myself planning my next adventure, and letting go of the instinct to look ahead has been one of my 2020 lessons. Whilst I've still got trips to Florence and Skye postponed from this year, for now at least I'm contenting myself with travelling from my armchair via a stash of beautiful books which take in classic corners of the world:

I was very kindly gifted this copy of Pretty City London a few years ago now, and I love it just as much now as I did when I picked leafed through the beautifully curated pages of some of the most photogenic parts of the capital. It's been strangely comforting to look through corners of the city in lieu of exploring them myself, and has made me keener than ever to explore more of the parts of London I don't visit enough as an when it's safe to do so. Raynor Winn's The Salt Path is a book which has been on my wish list for as long as I can remember, and on the last Tuesday before lockdown two I treated myself to a copy from Foyles. I can't wait to explore the South West Coast Path through these pages over the next few weeks, and hopefully explore some of it for myself next summer too (crossing all fingers!)

The New York Times, 36 Hours: World is a tome which has been merrily sitting on my bookshelf since I was about eighteen years old, and it's a much loved, much thumbed guide to exploring some of the most popular, as well as some of the least known corners of the planet. Full of brilliant recommendations, this is a great book for some serious wanderlust-inducement, and if you're feeling optimistic about making future plans then this is a brilliant place to start. Finally, Findings by Kathleen Jamie, borrowed from my lovely friend Katharine. After postponing our trip to Scotland this year, perusing these pages is the next best thing- and serving up some serious inspiration for the trip when we do make it there. 

Which travel books are your favourites?

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