I love nothing more than a good book, I always have, I love losing an hour or two reading a fiction book or glancing through the colourful pages of coffee table book. Luckily for me, there are some fantastically beautiful travel inspired coffee table books out there, ones you can dip in and out of, instantly being filled with inspiration and further sparks of wanderlust.
So in case you are looking to build your own collection, here are my favourite coffee table travel books.
Fifty Places to Dive Before You Die
You may be aware (or maybe not!) of my love/hate relationship with scuba diving, despite this I still find my self making lists of all of the places I want to dive across the world, and one of the reasons is due to this book. This book is full of beautiful imagery and packed full of dive site information alongside it.
I would go as saying this book is my favourite coffee table book, the imagery is stunning. All images were captured by a secret camera placed in the Serengeti, capturing curious Baboons, Lion prides, Elephant families and a whole host of other African wildlife. This book will do down with any animal lover and it is the book I pick up when I want to reminisce about being on my favourite continent.
Humans of New York
Humans of New York is collection of candid photos of the city residents alongside captions which celebrate both the hardships and the little victories in an often unforgiving city. This is one of those books you need to read when you need a little reassurance of the kindest of humans.
Behind the Food Carts
I was incredibly happy when I found out this book existed, Behind the Food Carts is a road trip across America, except the intention of this road trip is to eat from food carts and meet the people behind each one. The book also contains a selection of recipes from the carts. These guys are the inspiration behind mine and DJ’s side project London Food Trucks and you can read more about their travels on their blog Behindthefoodcarts.com.
A Journey Through Every Country in the World
Pretty self explanatory, but colourful book takes you on a journey through every country on our planet, as well information such as the best time to visit, what to eat, famous sayings and other titbits of information. I like this book purely because it helped me to discover countries I did not even realise existed.
Atlas of Adventure
One for when I am feeling brave, which to be honest does not happen to often, but I like to pretend every so often. Another brilliantly informative Lonely Planet guide, this time detailing the different action lead activities highlights from every country, from horse riding to volcano surfing. This comprehensive guide is perfect for adrenaline junkies.
What are you favourite coffee table books?
Let me know in the comments so I can add to my ever growing collection.