Travel & Holiday Speciality Travel Books

Cuba: The Complete Guide

Sometimes in Business Class

Here is a perfect book for airplane and armchair travelers; an alternative view of airlines, flying and destinations. Many people fly around the world from meeting to meeting, soaking up wine and the attention of airline stewards and stewardesses, clocking up free mileage, and working out tax breaks or how to sock away their travel allowances. But, as these stories about 1990s travel show, there is much to be learned along the way, from the airline wine tasters' ramblings, to the mystery of brown dogs in Dutch 17th century paintings, to the bus terminals beneath Rome's Augustine Gate, and possibly the real story behind the last tango in Paris.

Electric Angels and Pink Bikies: The Expatriate Life

Moving away from home, leaving the nest, could be the beginning of a voyage that ends in a faraway country we would not have even considered when we set out--until we got there and discovered its secrets, its culture, its undiscovered paradises. Half a lifetime ago, the author ended his voyage of discovery in the Philippines, a country with one foot in the world of fairies and spirits, and where every event has an unusual twist, whether wedding or funeral, kidnapping or vasectomy, getting a driver's license or getting a haircut. There are fascinating destinations far from the beaten track and a vibrant music scene that is everywhere present, even in the operating theater. Typhoons and earthquakes add a different kind of excitement. These events and experiences, sometimes comic or tragic, always compelling, are described herein.

The Purser: A Romantic Tale of Life Aboard a Cruise Ship


Discover the most intimate secrets of life aboard a cruise ship. Take part in the daily activities of the officers and crew. Meet the passengers who, for better or worse, become part of the ship's lore. Experience life at sea...!


"A cruise ship is a miniature world, a microcosm of every art and science known to humankind. We might easily assume she epitomizes our conquest over the laws of nature. Surely such an impressive being must be capable of imposing herself upon the whims of creation. We are awed by her vastness. We consider ourselves her privileged companions. We rejoice in her intimacy.

Then, one day, we go out on deck and see our noble lady humbly plowing her way across a rolling sea, fluttering like a toy boat in a pond. It is then we realize that we are but an insignificant speck at the mercy of a vast ocean." (p. 84)

"Passenger ships rarely get caught in heavy weather. Thanks to radar we can maneuver around local storms, and thanks to weather services we can keep away from the major ones--something cities cannot do. The only bad experience I've had was during a transatlantic crossing on a voyage from dry dock in Bremerhaven, Germany. We were headed for the Caribbean with an empty ship--an eerie experience in itself. Steaming out of the English Channel into the North Atlantic, we were met by a gale of sixty-mile-per-hour winds. Twenty to thirty foot seas washed over the decks and sprayed onto the bridge. They battered the Olympia as if buffeting her for pleasure. She rolled, pitched, yawed, heaved, surged and swayed for three days and three nights until we reached the Azores. Captain Strom logged more than eighty hours on the bridge without sleep. I don't think anyone slept much. I spent those three nights listening to the wind howling outside my porthole, the salt spray hitting with such force it sounded like metal pellets. I promised myself never again to set foot aboard ship. On the third morning we sighted the Azores silhouetted against the gray horizon. I recalled the words of the Roman writer Titus Plautus, 'There is no greater joy than that of a sailor sighting from the deep the distant land.' I agreed." (p. 106)

"The promenade deck is my favorite part of the ship. It is the only public area that doesn't resemble a luxury hotel. I enjoy looking at the lifeboats, the varnished wood railing, the freshly greased davits, the orange life rings with the ship's name painted in bold white letters..." (p. 108)


About the Author: Walter has served aboard cruise ships in the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Pacific and North Atlantic. In addition to ships and the sea, his interests include literature, mountaineering, physical fitness, cycling, and a lifelong passion for the fine art of tea.

Lonely Planet Kids Start an adventure with Lonely Planet Kids: Discover our growing range of childrens books

Lonely Planet Kids excites and educates children about the amazing world around them, inspiring them to be curious and discover more about our planet. In The Travel Book, they can take a journey through every country in the world, then hit the streets with The Cities Book to explore 86 of its greatest cities. Both hardbacks are packed with beautiful illustrations and photographs, as well as amazing facts and quirky humour. Kids can follow themed walking routes through London, Paris and New York in our City Trails series, discovering history, food, culture, famous buildings and lots more. Take a peek inside for sample spreads from each title.

Adventure Travel - 16 stories from a world traveller hoping to provide little inspiration for your next travel adventure

When Ian Usher put his "life" up for sale on eBay in 2008, he had no idea where life's adventure was going to take him next.

Asked many times in interviews, "What will you do once you have sold your life?", his usual glib response was, "Anything I like, really!"

But what did he really want to do next? After some frantic list writing, and last-minute planning, a two-year adventure developed - a list of 100 lifetime goals, and a challenging timeline of 100 weeks!

This book details a few of the more adrenaline-fuelled and adventurous activities found along the way. The amazing adventures chronicled here include:-

Bungee jump #1




Hawk flying


Jet boat

Horse riding

Dog sledding

Captain Zodiac

Outback 4WD

Ayers Rock/Uluru


Cheese rolling

Wall of Death

Running with the bulls at Pamplona

The book also includes photos, and links to videos of many of the adventures too.

Who could fail to be inspired to get out there and experience some of the adventure that the world has to offer?

Overlanding: How, What, Where & Who With...?

A comprehensive guide to overland travel.

The authors, Andy and Kirsty have over twenty years' experience between them in the overlanding industry. They have worked for many of the big names in over one hundred countries on five continents. Now retired from overlanding, they have dedicated their time to sharing their knowledge and expertise with other travellers. They have written two books about overlanding and group travel - Go Hard or Go Home: The Little Book of Overlanding and It's NOT a Holiday! The A-Z Guide to Group Travel.

Overlanding: How, What, Where & Who With...? does what it says on the tin. It answers all your questions about commercial overlanding - What is overlanding? What is overlanding like? Should I go on an overland trip? Where should I go overlanding? Which overland company should I go with?

It is a comprehensive guide to what overlanding is all about and how to choose the best overland company and/or trip to suit you.

Angkor Wat Temple: Discover Angkor Wat With over 35 Amazing Pictures

Discover The Amazing Angkor Wat Temple

The jungle floor gives way to your every step, as you plunge deeper into the overgrowth. A path, worn rough by thousands before you, guides you to a place of untold mystique and beauty. Light breaks through a dense thatch of leaves ahead, marking your final destination -- Angkor Wat. The world's largest religious monument stands before you, a temple of unfathomable mystery and history. A sense of reverence and awe embraces the many travelers who come to Cambodia each year. This magnificent temple is the nation's symbol, embellishing their flag, and rallying their age-old devotions to family and culture.

Magical Angkor Wat Temple sits atop a floating island and amazes more than 2 million visitors each year. Interestingly, there are more than 700 temples scattered around Angkor Wat and the nearby mountains and towns, with more than 50 temples in the Angkor Archaeological Park alone.

This book contains 37 pictures of Angkor Wat Temple, and is to serve as an introductory guide to this magnificent temple. The book will give you an excellent idea of what to expect when visiting this world-renowned temple.

Note, this book is not a full guidebook to all the temples in the Angkor Archaeological Park, but only highlights Angkor Wat Temple

Hong Kong Budget Foodie

Hong Kong: What a destination! It's totally worth visiting, but it's expensive! It doesn't have to be with some local tips from a UCLA graduate and Hong Kong resident Kevin Ung. In this BYC Microguide, he has reviewed and featured 20 awesome budget street foodie finds. Check them out, and let him Microguide you to affordable and authentic street food in Hong Kong!

25 City Adventures for Families (Lonely Planet)

Lonely Planet's team of family travel experts have explored 25 cities around the globe to find the spots that adults and children alike will love. From mind-blowing museums to picnic-ready parks, our guide is packed with tips and recommendations to help you plan your perfect city trip - plus fun facts and activities to inspire your little ones. Download your free ebook now and start planning your next city adventure. Come explore. Inside 25 City Adventures for Families: Tons of ideas and tips from Lonely Planet's community of family travel writers to inspire you to explore 25 amazing cities around the world 'Did you know?' facts about each city A fun family activity for each city Inspirational, full-colour images Everything you need to whet your family's appetite for your next family adventure! Includes: Amsterdam Bangkok Beijing Boston Cape Town Copenhagen Dubai Florence Ho Chi Minh City Hong Kong Las Vegas London Marrakesh Melbourne New Orleans New York City Paris Quebec City Rome San Francisco Seattle Singapore Tokyo Toronto Washington D.C. About Lonely Planet: Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning website, mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but also enables curious travelers to get off beaten paths to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves.

Celebrate Rio: Sport, sand and samba: a guide to the Cidade Maravilhosa (Lonely Planet)

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Whether you're travelling to Rio de Janeiro this summer to witness the Games, have a trip in the pipeline or are just plain curious, download our FREE guide to get a sample of everything the Cidade Maravilhosa has to offer. From rainforest hikes and beachfront bike rides to quintessentially Brazilian capoeira and beach soccer, this city is made for sports lovers. Get a feel for the neighborhoods and venues hosting the 2016 Games - plus essential Rio sights and activities. Inside 'Celebrate Rio': Get inspired - neighborhood highlights, expert recommendations, gorgeous photography Planning advice - transport and budget advice, plus info for travellers with accessibility needs Discover even more - local customs, quintessential flavors and toe-tapping rhythms of Rio Experience Rio like a local - up-to-date advice at a neighborhood level Essential info at your fingertips - handy phrases, health and safety info and top sights Covers: Top Things to do in Rio

World-class beaches, lush rainforests and the iconic Cristo Redentor. Neighborhoods of the 2016 Games Venues

Barra da Tijuca & Western Rio; Copacabana & Leme; Deodoro and Zona Norte (MaracanA?). Food and drink

Explore the flavours of Rio and create your own Brazilian dishes with our easy-to-follow recipes. Music, festivals and events

Must-see spectacles and a Spotify soundtrack of essential tunes. Exploring outdoors

Beautiful beaches, panoramic views, action sports and unmissable parks. Family travel in Rio

Cable-car rides, bike rides and boat trips - not to mention lots of tasty treats! LGBT Rio

Everything you need to know about the gay capital of Latin America. Accessible Rio

Tips and resources for travellers with accessibility requirements in Rio. Health and Safety

What you need to know to stay safe and well in Rio. Essential phrases

Key words and phrases to help you connect with locals in their language. There's More in Store for You: Ready to start planning your trip? Check out Lonely Planet Brazil, for a comprehensive look at the whole country,Lonely Planet Rio de Janeiro for a detailed look at all of the city's neighborhoods, or Lonely Planet Make My Day Rio de Janeiro, a unique guide that allows you to effortlessly plan your perfect day by flipping through the sections to mix and match your itinerary for morning, afternoon and evening. Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet. About Lonely Planet: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, gift and lifestyle books and stationery, as well as an award-winning website, magazines, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet's mission is to enable curious travellers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves in.

The Gambia Diaries - July 2016

The Gambia Diaries - short essays on life in The Gambia, West Africa, from the perspective of British ex-pat Mark Williams, international bestselling author writing beneath (mostly) picture-postcard blue skies in his personal paradise.

Never Pay Roaming: How to Avoid Roaming Charges and Get Free Text Messaging

The information in this new e-book is what AT&T and Verizon don't want you to ever get your hands on.

You don't ever have to pay roaming charges again the next time you travel abroad. You don't ever need to pay for a text-messaging plan again. Instead of five bucks a minute, try 2 cents a minute to call your loved ones back home.

Updated with images showing this method step-by step, this book will tell you how.

In this short e-book, you'll learn to:

1. Place and receive calls no matter where you are in the world with just one phone number.

2. Never pay roaming charges again. You simply have no reason to after reading this book.

3. Never pay for text messaging again. Why pay for a truly free service?

4. Other tips to save you money on your phone bill while traveling abroad and at home.

You don't need to buy expensive equipment. You don't need a special type of magic jack. You don't need to be tied to your computer using VOIP services. All you need is a cheap unlocked smartphone and a local sim card.

Whether you are on vacation on a budget, traveling for business, or just going overseas to visit, you can stay in touch for just pennies per minute!

You can truly be free from roaming charges and other associated fees.

Read today and say good bye to ridiculous roaming charges forever!