The most important books while travelling: you’ll regret not packing these paperbacks

It’s not just potion apprentice Sam Kemi that travels the world, it’s her creator Amy Alward too! Amy has been on an epic tour of South America this year. And she even kept reading!


We’ve got some essential reads you need to pack into your case if you’re off on a royal tour this year, too.

A travel guide

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Choose wisely. You could get a 400 page tome of places listed in a quick Google search, or you could score under 200 pages packed full of essential, under the radar spots to visit.

A phrase book


Heading somewhere where they don’t speak your language? A phrase book sounds old school and there’s def an app for that, but imagine you’re phone is dead and you’re desperate for a wee. You’ll be able to ask where the toilet is! (Boring but necessary.)

Travel writing

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City guides just don’t cut the mustard sometimes. So how about a book from an actual writer about the travelling they’ve done in the same part of the world you’re visiting? Think of how much you’ll learn!

A journal


So you’ve read the words of other travellers and now it’s time to document your own adventures. Where did you go? What did you eat? What went wrong? Write it all down on those long travelling days. You’ll be so glad you did in a few years when that tiny little village you fell in love with is a vague memory.

Some pleasure reading.

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I mean, it’s got to be ‘The Potion Diaries’ and ‘Royal Tour’, right? You need real and fictional adventures in your life, otherwise you’re just not going to know what to do when you come face to face with an abominable.

Grab your copy of ‘Royal Tour’ here.

Read it already? Tell us what you thought at @maximumpopbooks

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Written by Sophie Waters

Sophie is the Head of Commercial at Maximum Pop! Having studied English Lit and Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, she came to MP! to satisfy her passion for books. Sophie is a diehard Hufflepuff and feminist. She's also a huge cat lover, and can often be found rocking her socks off at a gig.

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