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16 Great Travel Books To Gift Globe-Trotting Friends + Family This Christmas

Christmas Countdown

We’ve all got that one friend, family member or significant other who is particularly hard to buy for every time Christmas rolls around. To tick these names off our shopping list, we normally turn to an old faithful from our gift-giving repertoire – books!

So we’re excited to be partnering with one of Australia’s most famous travel publishers, Lonely Planet, to offer TDF readers a special 20% off select titles from iconic Melbourne bookseller Readings. It’s on until Sunday 20 November as part of our exclusive Christmas Countdown gift guides!

We’ve picked out some of our favourite titles from their line-up of iconic travel guides to help you find the perfect read for any loved one with a sense of wanderlust.

8th November, 2022

From left: ‘Offbeatby Lonely Planet ($44.99). ‘Wine Trails: Australia & New Zealandby Lonely Planet ($34.99). ‘Epic Surf Breaks of the Worldby Lonely Planet ($44.99). ‘The Digital Nomad Handbookby Lonely Planet ($29.99). ‘The Sustainable Travel Handbookby Lonely Planet ($29.99). ‘Epic Hikes of Australia and New Zealandby Lonely Planet ($44.99). ‘Eat Italy by Lonely Planet ($29.99). ‘The Islands Book’ by Lonely Planet ($49.99). Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files. Styling – Lucy Feagins. Art Direction – Annie Portelli. Styling assistant – Sarah Hendriks.

The Digital Nomad Handbook

Lonely Planet / $29.99

Eat Italy

Lonely Planet / $29.99

The Digital Nomad Handbook

Lonely Planet / $29.99

Eat Italy

Lonely Planet / $29.99

Clockwise from top left: Epic Hikes of Australia and New Zealandby Lonely Planet ($44.99). ‘The Islands Bookby Lonely Planet ($49.99). ‘Epic Surf Breaks of the Worldby Lonely Planet ($44.99). ‘Armchair Explorerby Lonely Planet ($24.99). Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files. Styling – Lucy Feagins. Art Direction – Annie Portelli. Styling assistant – Sarah Hendriks.

Armchair Explorer

Lonely Planet / $34.99

The Islands Book

Lonely Planet / $49.99

Armchair Explorer

Lonely Planet / $34.99

The Islands Book

Lonely Planet / $49.99

From top: ‘The Digital Nomad Handbookby Lonely Planet ($29.99). ‘Wine Trails: Australia & New Zealandby Lonely Planet ($34.99). ‘Epic Surf Breaks of the Worldby Lonely Planet ($44.99). ‘Armchair Explorerby Lonely Planet ($24.99). ‘Ultimate Australia Travel List’ by Lonely Planet ($39.99). ‘Ultimate Travel Listby Lonely Planet ($39.99). Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files. Styling – Lucy Feagins. Art Direction – Annie Portelli. Styling assistant – Sarah Hendriks.

Epic Surf Breaks of the World

Lonely Planet / $44.99

Offbeat

Lonely Planet / $44.99

Epic Surf Breaks of the World

Lonely Planet / $44.99

Offbeat

Lonely Planet / $44.99

From left: ‘The Travel Book’ by Lonely Planet ($60). The Islands Book’ by Lonely Planet ($49.99).  Epic Hikes of Australia and New Zealandby Lonely Planet ($44.99). ‘Epic Surf Breaks of the Worldby Lonely Planet ($44.99). ‘Armchair Explorerby Lonely Planet ($24.99). ‘Ultimate Australia Travel List’ by Lonely Planet ($39.99). ‘Ultimate Travel Listby Lonely Planet ($39.99). Eat Japan’ by Lonely Planet ($29.99). ‘Experience Tasmaniaby Lonely Planet ($34.99). ‘Experience New Zealand’ by Lonely Planet ($34.99). ‘Wine Trails: Australia & New Zealandby Lonely Planet ($34.99). ‘Offbeatby Lonely Planet ($44.99). ‘Eat Italy by Lonely Planet ($29.99). ‘Eat France by Lonely Planet ($29.99). ‘The Sustainable Travel Handbookby Lonely Planet ($29.99). Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files. Styling – Lucy Feagins. Art Direction – Annie Portelli. Styling assistant – Sarah Hendriks.

The Travel Book

Lonely Planet / $60

Ultimate Travel List 2

Lonely Planet / $39.99

Eat Japan

Lonely Planet / $29.99

The Travel Book

Lonely Planet / $60

Ultimate Travel List 2

Lonely Planet / $39.99

Eat Japan

Lonely Planet / $29.99

From left: ‘Wine Trails: Australia & New Zealandby Lonely Planet ($34.99) ‘The Travel Bookby Lonely Planet ($60). Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files. Styling – Lucy Feagins. Art Direction – Annie Portelli. Styling assistant – Sarah Hendriks.

Ultimate Australia Travel List

Lonely Planet / $39.99

Experience New Zealand

Lonely Planet / $34.99

Ultimate Australia Travel List

Lonely Planet / $39.99

Experience New Zealand

Lonely Planet / $34.99
Christina Karras
Tuesday 8th November 2022

When it comes to travel guides, you can’t go past the expertise of Lonely Planet. The trusted travel publisher has been around since 1973, and their titles make the best gifts! Everyone is hanging out for a holiday this time of year – and no matter what part of the world they’re dreaming of, Lonely Planet has a guide for it.

For those budding travellers who’ve been talking non-stop about an extended overseas trip (but don’t really know where to start), the second edition of the Ultimate Travel List is the perfect present. The bestseller reveals the 500 best places to visit on the planet, as ranked by Lonely Planet’s global family of writers, editors, and industry experts.

While gifting friends and family a trip around the world is a bit out of our budget, flipping through the beautiful pages of The Travel Book is arguably the next best thing! The hardback offers a journey through EVERY country in the world, with detailed profiles on when to visit, what to see and do and incredible photography that captures the everyday life.

Those who love to relax by the water will find new inspiration in the tropical destinations explored in The Islands Book, while Experience New Zealand, from Lonely Planet’s new Experience Guidebook series is also filled with must-do experiences, written by local experts!

You can also impress the foodie in your life with picks like Eat Japan, Eat France or Eat Italy. These complete companions to each country cover all the dos and don’ts of ordering etiquette, traditional dishes and the best neighbourhoods to experience the food scene like a local.

There’s plenty of inspiration for some adventures closer to home too. The Ultimate Australia Travel List is a must-have coffee table book filled with 500 amazing experiences that’s sure to inspire some special road trips this summer, while Victoria’s very own Bell’s Beach makes it into Lonely Planet’s Epic Surf Breaks Of The World ­– featured alongside legendary beaches in Mexico, Morocco and Namibia!

But for your parents or any travel veterans who want to do something a little different (or just to get away from the tourist crowds), Offbeat will help them explore hidden gems they’ve probably never ever heard of, from a secret mountainous kingdom in Africa, to a medieval fairytale town in Europe. It’s full of bucket-list material!

Lonely Planet Christmas Countdown offer:

20% off select Lonely Planet titles at Readings! Offer only valid for the TDF edit. Not in conjunction with any other offer. Ends Sunday 20 November, 11.59pm AEST. 

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