Travel Loot

12 New Travel Books to Fuel Your Wanderlust

by Berit Baugher
Travel Photo by Daniel Schwartz.

We're celebrating the release of Popupla’s new book, , with a roundup of the other great new travel books hitting the shelves of your local bookshop this season. Some are written by pals, like Popupla contributors Katie Parla and Emily Nathan, while others are sequels to old favorites or new-to-us finds. Either way, you can’t go wrong with any of the titles in this wanderlusty collection.

This book pulls together years of recommendations, stories from our vast network of travelers, thoughtful suggestions, and inspiring imagery for travel to places both known and off the beaten path. You’ll find everything from how to go off-grid and where to go for a once-in-a-lifetime meal to cool ways to give back and learn more about other cultures. Whether you’re getting on a plane or sitting on the couch, we hope this book is one that you’ll return to again and again.

We got to know photographer and Popupla contributor Emily Nathan through her expertly curated, wanderlust-inducing Instagram account, website, and magazine. The pages of her new book are packed with the same authentic and inspiring photographs (including from Popupla co-founder Jeralyn Gerba) alongside stories from far-flung locales and tips for experiencing new places. ($19)

Environmental awareness feels more and more important, which is why we’re looking forward to digging into this new collection of incredible getaways that offer great design, delicious food, and eco-friendly experiences. ($40)

Another Popupla pal, Rome-based food and travel journalist has turned her attention to the mouth-watering cuisine of the Italian South. In her second cookbook, she delves into the rustic and romantic dishes of Southern Italy with recipes, both original and reimagined, historical and cultural insights, and descriptions of the area’s unique culinary traditions. (If you want to learn more, listen to the .) ($19)

If you’re in search of solitude or simply want to be inspired, look no further than this 400-page tome packed with 1,000 wanderlusty ideas for places that offer peace and quiet. ($22)

A companion piece to the , this striking coffee table book is the kind of resource you’ll go back to many times. Filled with photographs of the world’s rarest creatures and previously unseen parts of the Earth, it addresses the ongoing impact of humankind on our beautiful planet. ($35)

From the crystal blue waters of the Amalfi Coast to the dramatic landscapes of Cinque Terre, photographer Gray Malin’s latest book captures the best of the Italian coastline in his signature whimsical style. ($25)

One of our favorite Instagram s has been transformed into a nicely designed city guide that calls out NYC’s most photogenic spots. From boutique hotels to coffee shops, you’ll want to nab a copy of this book for your next visit to the Big Apple. ($20)

The author of has written a follow-up for young foodies, filled with interesting info, maps, and more about the melting pot of American cuisines, including a recipe for every state, Washington, D.C., and three U.S. territories. And just like that, you turned family dinner into an entertaining (and educational) road trip. ($19)

The pull of nature feels stronger than ever, thanks to an onslaught of technology and the stresses of a fast-paced, modern-day life. Forest bathing, a Japanese tradition from the 1980s, is making a resurgence and is being practiced at many hotel spas. This bite-sized book takes a closer look at the practice, showing you ways to connect with nature — and the benefits of slowing down. ($12)

Traveling on your own is one of our favorite ways to experience the globe. This helpful book addresses all of the essential questions, with tips on how to prepare, planning and safety, the best cities for solo travelers, and anecdotes from the writer’s own journeys. ($25)

A collection of more than 200 beautiful photographs celebrating the nomadic lifestyle made famous by the blog and Instagram account, this book will have you rethinking conventional housing in favor of the wide open road. ($17)

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