Inspired by words

Words and images can stir the spirit and drive your imagination.  I know they did for me once I connected traveling was exploring rather than switching off.  Plus when I have moments of doubt and indecision about my trip then I only need to read a travel quote or a country guide book.

My traveling inspiration massively changed gear when I thumbed through Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travelist: The 500 Best Places on the Planet…Ranked (Lonely Planet General Reference).  A vibrant, image heavy countdown of the top 500 sites and countries as voted for by the Lonely Planet readers and fans.  I’ve bought for a couple of friends who love traveling; fun for a bathroom read and definitely a quality glossy coffee table book.  Each time I read through, my destination bucket list changes.

Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travelist: The 500 Best Places on the Planet…Ranked (Lonely Planet General Reference)

Amazon is to be the best source of travel guides with all the well known publishing brands and variety of price for used and new copies.  Everything is subjective and depends on your preference of content – snapshot or details, images or text, touristic or ‘off piste’.

You’ll find all locations and destinations with Amazon travel books however I highly recommend the following top 5 guidebook brands

Lonely Planet


Marco Polo


Rough Guide

Don’t let me put you off visiting a bookshop or library local to you.  There are many possibilities on the UK high street such as Waterstones, Foyles Bookshop, Blackwell’s, The Works not forgetting the independent bookshop.  You will have shelves of destination guides to choose from and daydream.

Plus who doesn’t like a positive inspiration quote….

“Just because my path is different to yours, doesn’t mean I am lost.”

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs