14 books that will inspire you to travel

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From a tale of the great all-American road trip to a colourful memoir of life in Mexico City, nothing gets our imaginations running wild like a good book.

If you're finding yourself in a travel rut this summer, look no further than our edit of wanderlust-boosting books that'll soon have you sipping Aperol Spritz on a piazza in Venice or navigating the streets of Rio.

Even if travel isn't on the cards this summer, gorgeous recipes like black cuttlefish risotto or buttery pear and ricotta ravioli are all the encouragement you need to jet set from the comfort of your own kitchen. So what are you waiting for?

Whether or not you've had the privilege of sipping an Aperol Spritz while in Italy, Aperitvo Hour has become a much-loved tradition around the globe. This narrative-led book reveals the history and reasons behind the revival of the bitter and bubbly Spritz (a wine-based drink served as an aperitif) with 50 classic and modern recipes for you to enjoy, even if you're staying home this summer.

Spritz: Italy's Most Iconic Aperitivo Cocktail by Talia Baiocchi and Lesie Pariseau, £14.99; Available at Fenwick of Bond Street

For more cocktail inspiration, check out The 3 Summer Cocktail Recipes You Need To Try from Mark's Restaurant

Is there a better way to travel in style than with a City Guide from Louis Vuitton in hand? Designed with a specific Pantone for each city and featuring exclusive photography and themed itineraries to explore cities on foot, each destination in the range is created to make the reader feel like an insider. Browse the finest selection of hotels, restaurants, bars, fashion houses, galleries and secret museums - as well as a guide to the art of packing, of course.

Louis Vuitton City Guides, £29; Available at Fenwick of Bond Street

This collection of recipes and photographs drawing from the author's time spent living in Florence truly capture the beauty (and beautiful cuisine) of Tuscany's capital. After exploring the streets, pastry shops, wine bars and trattorias of the city in this food tour, you'll be picturing yourself sitting in a piazza enjoying buttery pear and ricotta ravioli in no time...

Florentine: The True Cuisine of Florence by Emiko Davies, £25; Available at Fenwick of Bond Street

Considered by many to be one of the Great American Novels, this classic tale, narrated in first person by Huckleberry "Huck" Finn, is known for its colourful descriptions of the people and places along the Mississippi River.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Clothbound Classics) by Mark Twain, £14.99; Available at Fenwick of Bond Street

The men behind the famous Ottolenghi and Nopi restaurants tell the story of the city they were born in through the language and love of great food in this gorgeously shot recipe book. Packed with inspiring yet accessible dishes from the diverse city such as spicy frikkeh soup with meatballs, chicken with caramelized onion and cardamom rice and clementine and almond syrup cake, there's truly something for everyone.

Jerusalem by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi (Ebury Press), £27; Available at Fenwick of Bond Street

Known for the classic 'On The Road', this series of poems and short stories celebrates the diversity of human life through tales of Kerouac's journeys through the US, Mexico, Morocco, Paris and London.

Lonesome Traveler by Jack Kerouac, £8.99; Available at Fenwick of Bond Street

Perfect for those with big dreams, Grand Adventures will give you the inspiration you need to get over whatever is stopping you from taking the biggest adventure of your life. Whether lack of time, money or a committed relationship is what's holding you back, Humphreys will encourage you to 'dream big, plan quick and go explore'. Our favourite takeaway: If you saved up £20 a week for a year, you'd have £1000 - more than enough money to cycle all the way to Japan!

Grand Adventures by Alastair Humphreys, £16.99; Available at Fenwick of Bond Street

There's nothing like a classic travel memoir to inspire the wanderlust in you, and this colourful and lively narrative, set against the backdrop of one of the world's most dangerous cities, will certainly do that.

Oh Mexico! Love and Adventure in Mexico City by Lucy Neville, £9.99; Available at Fenwick of Bond Street

Author Judith Schalansky was born on the wrong side of the Berlin Wall, meaning that as a child her only method of travel was through the pages of books. Now she has created her own, a journey of maps and cryptic tales across the oceans to fifty remote island full of animals, explorers, sailors and castaways.

Pocket Atlas of Remote Islands: Fifty Islands I Have Not Visited and Never Will by Judith Schalansky; Available at Fenwick of Bond Street

Record every detail of your travels with this luxurious yet functional travel log, the perfect size for packing away.

Travel Life Log & Store Handy Memo, £3.50; Available at Fenwick of Bond Street

We can't get enough of Italy (if you couldn't tell), and Laura Zavan's 'Venice' is as much a book of dreams as recipes - our mouths are watering over black cuttlefish risotto, grilled squid, and the perfect bellini. Top that off with commentary and maps for guided walks around Venice and you'll be ready to experience it all first hand...

Venice Cult Recipes by Laura Zavan, £20; Available at Fenwick of Bond Street

With children spending less and less time outdoors and more hours logged in front of screens, getting them excited about a family holiday can be a challenge. 100 Family Adventures provides a bank of tried and tested ideas for activities they're sure to be on board with - from hills and mountains to something closer to home, you're sure to find something to help those summer holidays pass by with ease.

100 Family Adventures by the Meek Family, published by Frances Lincoln, £14.99; Available at Fenwick Tunbridge Wells

Whether you're constantly chasing the waves or a few days hiking in the country is more your style, there's an idea for every type of  weekend getaway (and every budget) in Brigid Benson and Craig Easton's guides. Think sunset picnics in Wales and wild camping on a remote Scottish beach...

52 Weekends by the Sea or 52 Weekends in the Country by Brigid Benson and Craig Easton (Virgin Books), £25; Available at Fenwick York

Made in collaboration with local creatives, these handpicked lists of architecture, art, eating and entertainment hotspots in some of the world's most exciting cities are sure to lead you to to the best possible insider experience.

CITIx60 City Guides, £8.99; Available at Fenwick York

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By Alison Millington