Inspiring Destinations

Inspiring Destinations

Go further this year

You'll never be stuck for ideas with our inspirational planner giving the low-down on where's hot to go, what's fun to do, and when. Whether it's tropical climes, mountain treks or cultural tours you're dreaming of, we match up the best destinations with the best range of maps, guidebooks and travel literature from our unrivalled stocks..

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  1. Travel in January

    Travel in January

    After all the festivities, January can feel like an anticlimax, especially if you live in the northern hemisphere. Escape the gloom to warmer climes such as Thailand or Cuba, or embrace the chill at the South Pole on your very own Antarctica expedition. And if you still haven't done enough celebrating, join the festivities in Ethiopia, where they celebrate Christmas on 6-7 January.

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  2. Travel in February

    Travel in February

    It's carnival month! Catch the world-famous carnival in Brazil. Closer to home, see a different sort of carnival in Venice. If you’d rather chill out in the sun than all this partying, then head for the Canary Islands, with our extensive range of guides and maps to each and every isle. Or investigate the sights of Egypt, which is also presently baking under glorious sunshine.

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  3. Travel in March

    Travel in March

    March is the perfect time for those city breaks, with cool strolling weather and crowd-less streets. So check out our selection of the best maps, guides and travel literature to each of the cities we think are top destinations for this month. Catch the popular St Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City, spend a weekend in London, see how East meets West in Istanbul or get some sun in Cape Town...

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  4. Travel in April

    Travel in April

    Find the spring in your step as April is the month for walking, trekking and canyoning… see our selection of the destinations we think are great for these activities, and more. Head to the Sierra Nevada of southern Spain, the High Atlas of Morocco, or stay closer to home with a break in the Lake District…or for something completely different, Jordan offers amazing canyoning opportunities.

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  5. Travel in May

    Travel in May

    May is an exciting month for travel, with the weather warming up around the northern hemisphere, making many destinations appealing once more, yet still cool enough for exploration. So embark on a journey of a lifetime across Japan in a bullet train, or rev up for a USA road trip. Closer to home, take a city break in cultural Liverpool, or the German capital, Berlin.

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  6. Travel in June

    Travel in June

    Summer is really beginning now so head to Athens for a mix of culture and island-hopping. Further afield, this is the best time of year to spot tigers in India. Jet off to the beaches of Mauritius or Malta while temperatures are pleasant. Head to Barcelona for the Sonar music festival. Avoid flying and take the train down to Devon to explore its traditional seaside villages or up to the Scottish Highlands.

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  7. Travel in July

    Travel in July

    School’s out! Get those summer holidays sorted. July is the month to make the most of the short Mongolian summer, catch the Tour de France in the French Alps, or the July Festival of flowers in Valencia, Spain, or for something completely different,go skiing in South America. We've got maps, guides and travel literature to them all.

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  8. Travel in August

    Travel in August

    The long summer nights of August provide the perfect setting for Ireland's and Italy's stunning landscapes and annual festivals. Why not camp on Cornwall’s spectacular coastline and enjoy night-long beach parties, and this is the month when Bristol’s legendary International Balloon Fiesta comes to town. Elsewhere, party at the Edinburgh Festival or in Iceland’s 24-hour daylight.

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  9. Travel in September

    Travel in September

    The chance for a summer holiday isn’t over yet! With the kids back at school, take advantage of lower prices and crowd-free destinations. If you’re looking to absorb some last rays of sunshine before winter, head for Madeira or Bulgaria. Or enjoy the change of the seasons in Canada’s laid-back Vancouver. Meanwhile, Peru is just coming into season with good, dry and mild weather – perfect for trekking

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  10. Travel in October

    Travel in October

    October is the month to enjoy the autumn scenery in New England, take bracing walks in Northumberland, and celebrate beer at the Oktoberfest in Munich. Or set off on the adventure of a lifetime to the Central Asian ‘Stans, where the weather is good for exploration this month - Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan offer diverse experiences.

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  11. Travel in November

    Travel in November

    Take a break this November, before the Christmas flurry, in one of these dazzling destinations. Head south for sun and adventure in Argentina or the Cape Provinces of South Africa. For a shorter break, choose Germany’s delightful Nuremberg, or picturesque Prague, and start stocking up on Christmas gifts.

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  12. Travel in December

    Travel in December

    Get Christmassy this December with a city break to Stockholm, and stock up on presents in Dubai. Or if you’d rather escape it all, head for the warm shores of New Zealand or the high hills of Patagonia. Wherever you want to go and whatever you’re interested in, we’ve got maps, books and guides to them all. Have a very Merry Christmas, and here’s to a Happy New Year of travels!

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