5 coffee table travel books to inspire for World Book Day

By: Virgin Atlantic

March 2, 2017

Today is World Book Day © Germán Poo-Caamaño / Flickr Creative Commons CC by 2.0

Today is World Book Day © Germán Poo-Caamaño / Flickr Creative Commons CC by 2.0

To celebrate World Book Day 2017, we recommend five great coffee table travel books that’ll leave you itching to book your next flight

Skylines: A Journey Through 50 Skylines of the World’s Greatest Cities

Written by Jan Fuscoe and Yolanda Zappatera with illustrations by Jenny Seddon, Skylines presents a set of 50 atmospheric architectural drawings of the world’s greatest skylines – from Istanbul to Mexico City, Berlin to Beijing – accompanied by an informative history that conjures the essence of every city.

London: The Information Capital

Our modern penchant for infographics shows no sign of abating, and that’s a good thing because London: The Information Capital is one of the best, most beautiful, and most informative examples we’ve laid our hands on. Written by geographer Dr James Cheshire and illustrated by visual journalist and designer Oliver Uberti, the tome interprets complex social data from the capital in the most varied, compelling ways, covering topics as diverse as London’s ghost stories, its police helicopters, and its most prescribed pharmaceuticals.


If you’ve just about had your fill of rain, wind and leaden skies, LA-based photographer Gray Malin’s latest work Beaches is the perfect antidote. Featuring joyful images from more than 20 aspirational beach destinations across the globe – including Cape Town, Dubai, Capri, Rio de Janeiro and The Hamptons – the book brings together a collection of the panoramic aerial images for which Malin has become known and will have you packing your suitcase within minutes.

Rarely Seen: Photographs of the Extraordinary

The daddy of coffee table travel book publishing, National Geographic have hit the mark again with Rarely Seen: Photographs of the Extraordinary. A perfect gift for armchair travellers, this oversized hardback features arresting images of phenomena, places and moments only witnessed by the privileged few, from volcanic lightening and supercell storm clouds to the caves of Papua New Guinea and Bahamian tiger sharks. One of the most wanderlust-inducing page-turners we’ve seen.

Airline Visual Identity 1945–1975

If like us, you consider yourself an aviation geek, then you’ll adore this beautiful tribute to mid-20th century airline graphic design, typography and branding. Written and curated by Harvard graduate, art collector and author Matthias C. Huhne, Airline Visual Identity 1945–1975 is crammed with photos, illustrations and iconic aviation posters from the so-called golden era of commercial air travel, evoking a sense of wonder, sophistication and nostalgia.

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