Are you a planner or a last-minute traveller? I am definitely a planner, although 2020 has forced me to explore the advantages and joys of last-minute trips, and adapt to the constant change of plans even 24 hours before departure. I did not think I could just look up a destination the night before, book, pack leave on a whim and actually enjoy it. I thought everything had to be meticulously thought through and carefully planned to avoid disappointment. But hey, 2020 forced us to revisit and reevaluate our habits on the path to self-rediscovery. Nevertheless, I could not give in to the temptation to look up 5 travel guides because if anything, this year managed to acerbate my wanderlust and desire to escape to far-flung destinations. In no particular order...five of the best luxury travel guides. Destinations of a Lifetime by National Geographic 225 of the world's most amazing places to visit. Not just a nice hard cover coffee table book but a source of inspiration. Full of stunning photos taken by National Geographic photographers. Perhaps many of the places mentioned are not that hidden gems, but definitely a very comprehensive list of destinations one must absolutely travel to at least once. https://amzn.to/3nZrZj7 Slow Travel-Reconnecting with the World at Your Own Pace By Penny Watson This is not a book for the fast paced. The clue is in the title. If you are in search for a soulful guide to places, activities, tours and experiences inspire you to take in the world at your own pace and in your own time, this is for you. This beautifully designed manual will take you off the beaten track, both spiritually and in flesh, unveiling journeys will inspire you through a path of self-discovery. You could decide to cruise down Egypt’s Nile on a 19th-century steam ship, visit ancient dzongs and temples in Bhutan or learn the art of sourdough baking in Venice. There are features on the world’s best wellness escapes, digital-detox destinations and places that encourage escapism. https://amzn.to/34U0IHv Great Escapes - Yoga By Angelika Taschen A great collection of soul-soothing yoga retreats carefully curated by the talented Angelika Taschen. Great Escapes Yoga showcases the world’s most exquisite restorative spots, from the Parmarth Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh, the place of origin of yoga, to Santani, a 48-acre former tea plantation in Sri Lanka where bliss meets the highest sustainable and eco-standards. https://amzn.to/37WpUPx Louis Vuitton City Guides Paris, NY, San Francisco, Beijing, Lisbon, Tokyo, Singapore Rome, ...since 1998, Louis Vuitton City Guides have established themselves as the ultimate travel companions, bringing to life the world's most fascinating cities. Journalists, writers, artists, businesspeople and major figures in the world of art and letters contributed to make each City Guide a publication like no other. From five-star hotels to boutique concepts, gourmet restaurants to neighbourhood bistros, antique shops to designer hubs, museums and monuments, each Louis Vuitton City Guide is a treasure trove of invaluable information, which reveals the pleasures each city has to offer. This will be the most luxurious guide in your collection. http://bit.ly/2L8r5CA Living on Vacation by Phaidon That's more our style! Living on vacation, in a dreamy villa. A meticulously curated collection of exquisite, unusual, remote and secluded heavens, by the lake, on a private island, in the desert or on top of a mountain. The world's most desirable, architect-designed villas and retreats with stunning photography and detailed descriptions. https://amzn.to/38GDLZn Disclosure: this blog post contains affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, we will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase.