The 43 best travel books to read in 2018

If you made it your New Year’s Resolution to read more this year then I have some fabulous travel book suggestions for you. These are the books shortlisted for The Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards 2018. Yes, Stanford’s – that gorgeous store selling maps and books. There’s one in Covent Garden and one in Bristol and any travel book lover needs to check them out!

I used to work in Covent Garden and my office was above Stanford’s so I’d spend many a lunch time whiling away my free 30 minutes getting lost in beautiful maps and books while dreaming about far-off lands.

There are 43 titles shortlisted for The Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards 2018 and you these travel books will whisk you off to over 150 countries…

Happy reading..


Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year, in partnership with The Authors’ Club


Hayes & Jarvis Fiction, with a Sense of Place


Wanderlust Adventure Travel Book of the Year 



Food and Travel Magazine Travel Cookery Book of the Year


  •  by Zoe Adjonyoh & Nassima Rothacker
  •  by Reem Kassis
  •  by Jackie Kearney
  •  by Martin Morales
  • by Bart van Olphen & photography by David Loftus


Destinations Show Photography & Illustrated Travel Book of the Year



  •  by AA Publishing
  •  by Derry Brabbs
  •  by Chris Fitch
  •  by Simon Jenkins
  •  by Lonely Planet
  • by Piotr Wilkowiecki and Micha? Gaszy?ski


Marco Polo Outstanding General Travel Themed Book of the Year


  • by Per. J. Andeon translated by Anna Holmwood
  •  by Chris Arnot & AA Publishing
  •  by Matt Goulding
  •  by Joshua Jelly-Schapiro
  •  by Alistair Moffat


London Book Fair Children’s Travel Book of the Year

  •  by Simon Holland
  •  by Oliver Jeffers



Monica is the founder and editor of Fujiidenki. She began the blog in 2009 when she left the UK to travel around Asia and Australia for two years. She's now a professional blogger and has travelled around the world in search of stylish adventure travel.Monica has recently had her second baby and is determined to prove that travelling with a baby is possible!

SHOWHIDE Comments (7)
  1. I love Stanfords! I can spend hours in the one in Bristol. I always come away with so many books that I want to read so this post is perfect. Looking forward to going away and researching some of these books now.

  2. Yess I’ve been looking for more travel books to read! There’s so many on here I don’t know where to start. Which ones have you read and which do you recommend?

  3. All of them look so good, even though I shouldn’t judge them by cover but can’t help it. Thanks for this awesome post. Can you also do a book list for romantic novels…

  4. Love the list, but your children’s selection – the Oliver Jeffers book “Here We Are” – has the wrong book cover (an adult fiction book my Michael Marshall “We Are Here”)!

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