Happy Thursday! I can’t believe the week is almost over which means tomorrow is Friday and only two weeks until our trip to Canada! Which also means I have got to get crackin’ on my own holiday shopping. Here I am all week giving out gift ideas when I haven’t even got all the gifts on my shopping list picked up yet!

If you’re just tuning in to my gift suggestions for the travel lovers on your list please feel free to visit my suggestions to make packing easier, electronic gadgets and goodies, and ideas to help take better photos. And then stay tuned because tomorrow will be the last part of the list which are some neat random suggestions that, well, I’d be pleased as punch to receive . (Hint, hint, Mom. Well she did ask me for suggestions and what helpful lists I’ve provided her with eh?)

Today’s list is all about books and magazines to inspire your travel lover to even greater wanderlust than they probably already have. I love looking online for ideas and travel tips but sometimes there is just something about curling up with a good book full of beautiful photos to daydream over.

The books or magazines I’ve read and can personally recommend will be marked with an *.  The ones not marked with an * are things on my list for Santa.

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Gift Ideas for the Travel Lover: Books & Magazines


  • The New York Times: 36 Hours 125 Weekends in Europe*- This is such a good book. So, so good. Can’t say it enough. I originally saw it on a trip to London but as it is quite big and heavy it had to wait until I could order it online back home. Basically I’d love to do every weekend in this book. Such a favourite that I couldn’t resist giving it to my travel buddy C so she could join me in lusting over the great weekend ideas they have. There are others in this series too that I’d like to check out. I think the next one on my list will be ‘36 Hours USA and Canada‘ so I can find some neat ideas for the kiddo and I to do a little closer to home.
  • Anything by Rick Steves*- Rick Steves is THE man in my opinion…well right after L of course :-). He is my all-time #1 travel guy. I have read several of his travel guides, Europe Through the Back Door*, Europe 101:  History and Art for the Traveler*, Mona Winks: Self-Guided Tours of Europe’s Top Museums*, you name it- if I’ve traveled there or thought about traveling there I have likely read what Rick Steves has to say about it. I also have listened to hours and hours of his podcasts on his free Audio Europe App with my favourites being his walking tours that come with maps. And to top it off he also produces travel shows that air on PBS or you can watch them on his website. Yeah, he. is. awesome.
  • 1000 Places to See Before You Die*- You know what’s better than a book about travel to me? A book about travel that is also a check list! This book has been on my bookshelf for quite awhile now and I love to peruse through it to see where I’ve been and where I need to go next. There is also an App for it, but sadly not for Android devices yet so I haven’t actually tried it out yet.
  • 1001 Natural Wonders You Must See Before You Die: The UNESCO Edition– I’d like to add this one to my travel book collection sooner than later. It has some great reviews on Amazon and will be great to help me decide which UNESCO site I should aim to see next to help me with my goal to visit 500 UNESCO sites in my lifetime.
  • Food Lover’s Europe*– If your travel lover is also a self-proclaimed ‘foodie’ they will likely enjoy this book. I’m not sure if I qualify as a ‘foodie’ but I really like trying local dishes when I travel and have found many new favourites, and some not so delicious dishes too (foie gras…not again thanks!) in different countries. This focuses on Europe and there is lots of information about food preferences and customs for different countries, along with some recipes to try for yourself.
  • Travel Magazines– There are tons of travel magazines to choose from that would be sure to please your travel lover. Some are quite region specific like Britain magazine (that yes, I, along with any other anglophile, would love to get a subscription to) or more general like Travel & Leisure* that I have subscribed to in the past. My library carries it now so I read it there or I’d likely still be a subscriber.

Now I guess I best get to some shopping to get everyone checked off on my list. Well everyone that’s been nice of course. The naughty ones get an old lump of coal! :-)

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