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Stuck for ideas on what to get the jet-setter in your family for Christmas? Try these new travel books for size…

Rio de Janeiro
Mario Testino
£27.99, Taschen

Fashion photographer Mario Testino’s latest offering captures the Brazilian city at its sexiest. Co-authored by supermodel du jour, Gisele Bundchen – dubbed ‘the boobs from Brazil’ – this gorgeous coffee table tome features plenty of tanned, toned flesh as well as the city’s favela slums.

Clean Breaks: 500 New Ways to see the world

Richard Hammond & Jeremy Smith
£18.99, Rough Guides

Make your next trip count! Written by eco-writers Richard Hammond – The Guardian’s green travel correspondent) – and Jeremy Smith (former editor of The Ecologist), Clean Breaks highlights 500 ways to see the world without harming it.


Travel: Where to Go When
Consultant Editor: Craig Doyle
£19.99, DK Eyewitness Travel

There’s a whole world out there just waiting to be explored but where to start? Step forward this sumptuous coffee table book by travel specialists DK Eyewitness Travel which not only tells you where to go and when, but gives you the low-down on each of the 130 unforgettable destinations featured. Don’t book your trip without having read it!

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Right to the Edge
Charley Boorman,
£19.99, Little Brown & Co. Ltd.
In Right to the Edge Charley Boorman returns with a brand-new adventure, travelling from Australia to Japan, from Sydney to Tokyo by the tried and tested, though unpredictable manner of any means available. Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, the Philippines and Taiwan are all ports of call en-route as Charley uses quad bikes, hovercrafts, wooden scooters, canoes, paragliders and of course his favourite mode of transport : a motorbike. Boorman fans will love reading about his latest escapades in some of the world’s most exotic and exciting countries in the world.


Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel Collection: Australia/ New Zealand
£19.95, Spy Publishing

The latest guidebook in the bestselling series from the world’s boutique travel experts showcases 33 extra-special properties down under. The glamour strewn guidebook also includes original images from leading Australian photographer Earl Carter as well as an exclusive Smith Card, which entitles holders to hotel discounts, exclusive on-arrival gifts and other life-enhancing extras.

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Lonely Planet’s 1000 Ultimate Experiences
£15.99, Lonely Planet
Been there, done that? 1000 Ultimate Experiences brings together 1000 ideas, places and activities to inspire and entertain for travellers and lovers of life-lists alike. Accompanied by inspirational images and practical information, this book will have you ticking off those boxes of places you’ve always wanted to see and things you’ve always wanted to do in no time!

£24.99, Rough Guides

Showcasing the best of Rough Guides’ evocative travel photography and featuring all your favourite locations, this beautiful book will appeal to budding Baileys and travel enthusiasts in equal measure.

The Road Less Travelled: 1,000 amazing places off the tourist trail
Foreword by Bill Bryson
£25, DK Eyewitness Travel

Want to get off the beaten track? Then this is the guide for you. Featuring a foreword by bestselling travel author, Bill Bryson, The Road Less Travelled showcases exciting alternatives to hundreds of well-known tourist destinations and sights. The perfect present for world weary travellers…

Going away over the Christmas and New Year break? Get your hands on all the guides, maps and novels you’ll need at these specialist sites:

If you’re planning on walking or cycling in any corner of the planet, you’ll need a decent map – and Stanford’s stock plenty. Be sure to check out their cool globes and huge maps for the wall as well.

The Travel Bookshop
Ok, you might not pick up Julia Roberts a la Hugh Grant in Brit flick Notting Hill, but what you can come away with is a huge selection of travel literature, guides and photography books.

Daunt Books
Has an enormous travel section – a real find.

Africa Book Centre
Reckon Africa is where it’s at? Then this is the site for you…

Grant & Cutler
Wanna learn the lingo? Look no further than these guys who have been selling foreign language phrasebooks and dictionaries since 1936. They also stock foreign films on DVD.

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