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  • The Best Travel Books and Recommended Travel Guides for Backpackers

    Skip to: Regional Guides > Country Guides > Destination Inspiration > Planning Guides > Travel Writing

    There is so much information in regards to travel it is always good to look at multiple sources for your advice and inspiration. Below are some of my favourite, and the best travel books and guides around.

    Regional Guides

    Which is better Lonely Planet or Rough Guides? Well they both do great budget (backpacking) guide books to the 4 most popular travel regions. There isn't much to choose between them in terms of content, it just depends which layout you prefer. You can sample them (and all the links below) through Amazon by clicking on the book.

    Individual Country Guides

    You can view numerous recommended travel books for individual countries in the sidebar of our applicable destination pages. Click on a country below to see.

    New Zealand
    South Africa


    Destination Inspiration

    If you are unsure about where you want to go, or want some inspiration to get going, here are some great books to get yourself excited and some ideas flowing.

    Planning Guides

    The below books are great for planning before you go, covering things like what you need and how to arrange things, such as mobile phones and jobs in other countries.

    Travel Writing

    The below are some of the best travel stories out there, fantastic to read on a long flight or bus journey, and great to get your wanderlust going.

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