At a time like this, what could be better than a place to come and lose yourself?

Travel, the act of going from one place to another, has been limited this year. We’ve all been bound to home with escape being left to memory and imagination. 

It’s been frustrating, draining and heart-breaking for many, but this year has also given us time to think.  To take stock of what matters most and, fortunately, it’s given us hours on end to read.  Old favourites and new titles written by those who change the definition of travel from the act of going to the art of going. 


For a Life of Travel

We’ve been lucky to travel across the globe.  Childhoods in USA, Zambia, New Zealand and years working in some remarkable parts of wild Africa set us up for a nomadic life. And through our sister company Natural High Safaris we’ve got to know areas of the world as diverse as Svalbard and Madagascar.

We certainly haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on our list.

What we’ve learnt, in this uncertain and increasingly polarized world is that Mark Twain was right.  Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness… broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth.  

 For a while we’ve wondered about creating a space where we could share our passion for travel.  A space to lose yourself.  Where John Steinbeck’s Russian Journal rubs shoulders with Abba’s Guide to Stockholm.  Where Jonathan Raban tips his hat to Martha Gellhorn.  Where Richard Scarry’s Busy Busy World tries very hard to sit still next to William Grill’s Shackleton.

And at the same time a space where people can talk about travel plans over a cup of coffee with experts.

 That’s why we’ve opened The Travel Book Company. We want to help you get lost.

Come and see us

We have a beautiful shop just outside Shaftesbury in Dorset.

Come and get lost in the world of travel.

Chaldicott Barns
Dorset SP7 9AW

Ready for Travel?

If you're planning your next escape do talk to our sister brand, Natural High. They are experts in creating life changing trips in some of the most wild corners of the globe. For over 20 years they have been specialising in tailormade safaris and wilderness travel throughout Africa, Asia, the Arctic and the Americas.