With the pandemic still banning flights and trips, travel books are the perfect gifts to give this Christmas.

100 Hikes of a Lifetime: The World’s Ultimate Scenic Trails by Kate Siber

Our list begins with hikes. Kate Siber’s wonderful compilation of hikes and treks 

is a great gift for anyone who loves short trips and cheap travels. From one day hike to California’s Sierra High Route to a countryside excursion spanning few days to Mt. Meru n Tanzania, 100 Hikes of a Lifetime provides not only picturesque sceneries, but also useful guides, need-to-know travel information, and wildlife-spotting tips from expert hikers like Andrew Skurka. Other spots featured in the book include Egypt’s Sinai Trail, Bhutan’s Snowman Trek, and the Bibbulum Track in Australia. For those who long for the great outdoors, this is a great substitute this Christmas.

Family Trip to Magical Madagascar and Beyond by Nicki Collins Geigert

Published in 2014, Nicki Collins Geigert’s photobook features some of the most stunning photos during their family trip to Madagascar. Madagascar is the fourth largest island on the planet is home to majestic animals, rare plants and flowers, and magnificent scenery including the famous Baobab trees, the jaw-dropping view of the Tsingy, a natural rock formation that can only be seen in the region, and of course, Madagascar’s famous yet rarely captured rivers and beaches. Geigert, a professional travel photographer, takes us on a unique adventure of this silent yet bountiful African country. Family Trip to Magical Madagascar and Beyond is a great gift to those who are into African scenery and wildlife.

For the Love of Europe: My Favorite Places, People, and Stories by Rick Steves

Europe is home to many great landscapes and sceneries both ancient and modern. Therefore, it is only proper that we include Rick Steves’s collection of Europe’s most fascinating places, people, and stories. Aptly titled For the Love of Europe: My Favorite Places, People, and Stories, Rick Steves shares with his readers his vast experience and knowledge about the great continent. With over 40 years of experience writing about Europe, the book presents great adventures covering England, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and more. Anyone grabbing a copy will surely be inspired to travel. To say that Rick Steves’s For the Love of Europe is a magnificent travel book is a huge understatement.

Dame Traveler: Live the Spirit of Adventure by Nastasia Yakoub

If you are familiar with the Dame Traveler Instagram account, then you will be pleased to get a copy of Nastasia Yakuob’s photo travel book, Dame Traveler. With over 200 amazing images and inspiring captions organized into various sections or categories, Yakoub’s book is set to capture the hearts of readers. Sections include architecture, culture, nature, and water. Each entry contains travel information and tips. Nastasha’s solo adventures have brought her to sixty-three countries. Dame Traveler is proof that one can travel alone and still enjoy the trip. This is great for those who are into solo adventures and international trips. 

Through the Lens: National Geographic’s Greatest Photographs (2003 Edition)

Last and certainly not the least on our list is the 2003 edition of National Geographic’s Through the Lens: National Geographic’s Greatest Photographs. We all know that NatGeo has archived the most amazing photos of wildlife, travel, and culture. In this edition, however, Nat Geo presents 250 rarely seen photos spanning over 100 years and gathering some of the world’s master photographers including Frans Lanting, David Doubilet, David Alan Harvey, Jodi Cobb, William Albert Allard, Nick Nichols, and Annie Griffiths Belt. Subjects are divided into unique people, wildlife, archaeology, culture, architecture, and environment. This is a powerhouse photo compilation that you would want to be on your bookshelf.