Inspiring adventure, exploration and fun, it is not surprising books and travelling often go hand-in-hand.
The following five books are not only ideal for poolside, they are also perfect if you are looking for ideas for your next holiday destination.
Venice for Pleasure by JG Links
If you are heading to Venice then this is the book for you. It will guide you through the not-so-touristy places to visit and shows off the beautiful Italian city via its beautiful imagery.
The Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Not surprisingly this made it to the big screen, although the book does the story a lot more justice. The tale is full of adventure and will open up your eyes to the magic of the sea and the creatures that live beneath it. While it might put you off travelling by boat, it will certainly keep you enthralled right through to the very end. 
The Beach by Alex Garland
If you dream of nothing more than lying by the beach, exploring a new culture and going on adventures then this is ideal. While the story has a sinister twist, it will take you on a journey through Thailand that you would never dream of doing yourself.
Notes From a Small Island by Bill Bryson
Written with a humorous tone, this book is full of British nostalgia and is ideal if you are looking to learn and explore the country from the comfort of your own house.
Coasting by Jonathan Raban
A book for inspiring sailors, Jonathan Raban takes you on an adventure of a lifetime as he travels 4,000 miles around Britain in a 32-foot ketch.
If you love books you are sure to love our top five picks. 



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