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Travel book cover with the title 'Book cover for "An Invitation...To the Life of Your Dreams" by H. P. Carr'

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Travel book cover with the title 'Visions - Steampunk fantasy novel'

Visions - Steampunk fantasy novel

Travel book cover with the title 'Book Cover Design'

Book Cover Design

Travel book cover with the title 'The Experiential Travel Guide'

The Experiential Travel Guide

Travel book cover with the title 'Book cover'

The Travel Bog diaries

A humorous travel memoir

Travel book cover with the title 'book cover for a travel experience'

book cover for a travel experience

Travel book cover with the title 'The Tonkin Protocol - A Dan Roy Thriller'

The Tonkin Protocol - A Dan Roy Thriller

Travel book cover with the title 'Travel book'

Travel book

Travel book cover with the title 'Book cover'

I found my wings

A young girl named Shelly who, after boarding her first flight receives her very own set of flight attendant wings. She loses her wings just before her nap on the plane. Shelly dreams of her wings. And in her dream, she realizes that the wings can talk, and the wings are making sure all the passengers are happy. The wings are also serving snacks and collecting service items. Shelly awakens to the sound of the arrival announcements. Shelly laughs aloud remembering that she had taken her jacket off as she was getting settled in her seat. She quickly puts her jacket back on and sure enough the wings were still there. “My Wings, I found my wings!” If you want this style of illustrations for your future children's story. You can invite me directly through 1 to 1 project.

Travel book cover with the title '- ON THE LAM - '

- ON THE LAM -

All of us cant wait to travel on our favorite destinations. So this is a true story of one tourist - author, who wanted to share his true stories from his travels with us - the readers. So on the road sign I presented you five chapters in the book - destinations of the author's stories. You can imagine tourist that hurrying up on an airplane with his suitcase covered with tourist stamps from all over the world. :)

Travel book cover with the title 'Book Cover design'

Book Cover design

Book cover design for a travel guide.

Travel book cover with the title 'Book contest WINNER! '

Book contest WINNER!

Fun, retro, bright, imaginative, whimsical, innovative.

Travel book cover with the title 'Kallelsen book cover'

Kallelsen book cover

The book is about Brother Andrew (1928 – 2022) who were a Dutch Christian missionary and founder of the Christian organization Open Doors. He was known for smuggling Bibles and other Christian literature into communist countries during the Cold War and, because of his activities, he was nicknamed "God's Smuggler"

Travel book cover with the title 'OCEAN MONAD'

OCEAN MONAD

It a guide book for Atlantic Ocean travel. So i tried to do something playful design so i kept Yacht on Ocean which is made by coconut.

Travel book cover with the title 'Travel book'

Remember, You're the Greatest

Illustration for the cover of the book: "Remember, You're the Greatest"

Travel book cover with the title 'Being Brave Book Cover'

Being Brave Book Cover

A journey of creativity, courage, and inspiration

Travel book cover with the title 'Fiction Book Cover'

Fiction Book Cover

Travel book cover with the title 'Atonia: A Novel'

Atonia: A Novel

Atonia fits with a classic cannon of travel narratives that includes Jack Kerouc's 'On the Road' and Ernest Hemingway's 'The Sun also Rises'. In vivid, visual prose, the story follows an anonymous artist in travels across London, Paris and western France where he encounters inexplicable visions of ghosts and nightly interviews Ernest Hemingway, who visits from beyond the grave. Throughout, George Crain paints the current anomie of the West with unexpected color keyed to a feverish Van Gogh-like pitch. It's quite the colorful ride, one even Ernest Hemingway might have included in his library ... were he still alive. (Brief)

Travel book cover with the title 'Costa Rican relocation guide needs an eye catching cover'

Costa Rican relocation guide needs an eye catching cover

It was a challenge to make the design for this book because it is not a travel guide book, it is about moving to Costa-Rica. So the challenge was to portray relocating without travel theme. At the end I succeeded in making the concept which CH wanted. So at the end I won.

Travel book cover with the title 'Passports and Plum Blossoms'

Passports and Plum Blossoms

the concept was to create a cover that portrays the authors recognized light-hearted writing style, yet set it apart enough as to not be thought as part of her previously published serious of books.

Travel book cover with the title 'Autobiography of Robert Dijkstra'

Autobiography of Robert Dijkstra

Het boek Rob is semi-autobiographical novel with a lot of non-fiction.

Travel book cover with the title 'If The Poor Were Next Door Book Cover'

If The Poor Were Next Door Book Cover

Imagine if the people living in extreme poverty were your next-door neighbor. How would that change things?

Travel book cover with the title 'Book cover for hiking book'

Book cover for hiking book

From the brief: I like the idea of a bright (not alarming) background color for it to 'pop' while scrolling and searching for books on Amazon. I really don't want cliche stock images of mountains and trees that will look like every other hiking book.

Travel book cover with the title 'Tierra Del Fuego'

Tierra Del Fuego

Winning Design, I chose a simple rustic look to convey the main characters journey through Central and South America

Travel book cover with the title 'Olive in Venice'

Olive in Venice

Book cover illustration

Travel book cover with the title 'Book cover design'

Book cover design

Travel book cover with the title 'Kids Travel Journal - Andrzej Ejmont'

Kids Travel Journal - Andrzej Ejmont

Travel book cover with the title 'The people out there '

The people out there

client wanted it to be clean, modern, not too busy, but since the focus is on people and culture and travelling, perhaps something to reflect that. she liked warm colours and hues (bright reds, yellows, oranges) but also drawn to bright aqua and turquoise colours. she wanted things that 'pop' in colour over neutral tones. so i did it :)

Travel book cover with the title 'We Wanna Go Too! Tucson Tails and Trails Book Cover for Ebook ,Audible File and Paperback '

We Wanna Go Too! Tucson Tails and Trails Book Cover for Ebook ,Audible File and Paperback

The pictures were provided by the client in raw form. I made two concepts for the cover from which this one was chosen.

Travel book cover with the title 'WALKO'

Retro typographic design.

Travel book cover with the title 'Wanderlust Book Cover (Winning Design)'

Wanderlust Book Cover (Winning Design)

A travelling guide book cover for young adults broke professionals, with a custom photo synthesis.

Travel book cover with the title 'Just Travel Book Cover'

Just Travel Book Cover

This cover captures the fun and freedom of traveling the world. Illustrations of world landmarks have been combined together to give the feeling of many places to be explored. A girl with her suitcase at the top is larger than life and appears ready to conquer the world through travel. The title is professional and fun with a mix of a geometric san serif font in red to match the sun and statue. The contrasting script moves around the word travel and trails off into a curving arrow to give the cover movement and energy.

Travel book cover with the title 'Los Angeles book cover'

Los Angeles book cover

Graphic book cover for guide book to LA.

Travel book cover with the title 'Book Cover for Travel'

Book Cover for Travel

I choose this icon at the center to promote travel.. and the world map at the background..

Travel book cover with the title 'Prose and Poetry book cover design'

Prose and Poetry book cover design

Travel book cover with the title 'Custom Book Cover Illustration'

Custom Book Cover Illustration

Illustrations to a trivia-based book cover

Travel book cover with the title 'The Shy Guy's Guide to Travelling Book Cover'

The Shy Guy's Guide to Travelling Book Cover

PREMADE BOOK COVER: If you like this cover, send me 1-1 invite and make it yours!

Travel book cover with the title 'Tour Guide'

Living the Dream-Los Angeles

This straight-talking book is packed full of useful information to help you settle faster into the Los Angeles life you’re dreaming about.

Travel book cover with the title 'Book Cover Design'

Seit 14 Jahren in der weiten Welt unterwegs, 88 Länder mit allen erdenklichen Verkehrsmitteln bereist, seit 3 Jahren ohne eigene Wohnung lebend, schreibt sie als eine der bekanntesten deutschen Reiseblogger über ihre Reisen und Erlebnisse.

Travel book cover with the title 'Design the cover of the next best-seller about Paris (France)'

Design the cover of the next best-seller about Paris (France)

"My book help readers: - to better understand French Culture, Romance, Style and Cuisine and - to design a tailor-m....."

Travel book cover with the title 'Le sens de Mes Maladies - Martine Vaillancourt'

Le sens de Mes Maladies - Martine Vaillancourt

Travel book cover with the title 'Travel on a Budget'

Travel on a Budget

Travel book cover with the title 'Help RNF Europe with a new book or magazine cover'

Help RNF Europe with a new book or magazine cover

A series of e-books which they sale online about travelling.

Travel book cover with the title 'Book cover for a compilation of insightful travel narratives'

Book cover for a compilation of insightful travel narratives

This book is a captivating collection of travel narratives, where each chapter immerses the reader in a distinct destination, transforming the places into the main character of the story. The aim for the cover was to show that when turning the pages, readers will embark on a series of remarkable adventures. I created the lively panels to give the readers a sneak peek into the exciting and diverse adventures waiting for them while reading, each panel unveiling the author's extraordinary experiences, encounters with fascinating critters, and exploration of cultural landmarks.

Travel book cover with the title 'Vacation Rental Freedom Book Cover'

Vacation Rental Freedom Book Cover

This book is targeted to young millennials who desire a life of adventure and want to work from anywhere. The combination of photos with mountains and beach are blended together in the middle where the reflection of the sky in the top photo meets the sky in the bottom photo. A combination of trendy fonts have an adventurous feel and the red focuses the word freedom along the horizon line.

Travel book cover with the title 'Cover for philosophical title'

Cover for philosophical title

Client wanted bold, minimalist design that invoked open-endedness, philosophy, and a main character who is taking off on a great journey of self-discovery.

Travel book cover with the title 'How to Travel 60-90 Days A Year'

How to Travel 60-90 Days A Year

This design is available and unused. If you'd like to see it adapted for your book we can work directly.

Travel book cover with the title 'A slow tour through France'

A slow tour through France

Book written by Maire Madigan, about cycle touring for people who enjoy reading about cycling journeys.

Travel book cover with the title 'Book Cover for "The Great Ride Of China"'

Book Cover for "The Great Ride Of China"

The Great Ride of China is the story of Buck Perley and Amy Mathieson’s 21,000-mile, record-breaking trip around one of the world’s oldest and most diverse countries. What started out as an idea for a month long road trip, became a journey that took the couple from the grass plains of Inner Mongolia to the deserts of Xinjiang and up to the Rooftop of the World in the Himalayas. As the story follows Buck and Amy through all 33 provinces of Mainland China, the reader will have an opportunity to not just learn about the challenges they encountered along the road, but also about a country in transition. Experiences that include 20-mile traffic jams in the center of coal country, visits to cities whose histories span millennia, and a chat with a resident of a cave dwelling equipped with satellite TV offer a unique view into a country that today is often heard of but rarely understood.

Travel book cover with the title 'MOVING TO PORTUGAL'

MOVING TO PORTUGAL

Travel book cover with the title 'Design the cover of the next best-seller about Paris (France)'

I wanted this piece to resmeble the illustrated fashion magazines of yesteryear.

Travel book cover with the title 'Standing Out'

Standing Out

= Book description = Introduction: My life has spanned three continents. My immediate family includes three brothers, but not at the same time. There were also three weddings and three deaths. With a quiet authoritarian father and a distant mother, I have learned to keep my head down, trying to blend in, learning early to manage for myself. = Design needs = I am looking for a sparse Chinese sense of composition. Must have some Kenyan imagery. Travel iconography maybe. I am Chinese and grew up in Kenya, and my mother was a Chinese brush painter. I mention the savannah and animals and Mount Kenya in the book. I also mention blue peonies. I travel a lot in the first part of the book. 6x9 paperback.

Travel book cover with the title 'Moving to Portugal Made Simple'

Moving to Portugal Made Simple

Travel book cover with the title 'Passport to Eating Adventures'

Passport to Eating Adventures

Travel book cover with the title 'Nature Focused Book Needs Cover Design'

Nature Focused Book Needs Cover Design

"The organization focuses on outdoor hiking and swimming. The target audience is largely teens, active adults, and hikers. I have the top site with traffic in CA and the United States. See here:.."

Travel book cover with the title 'Book Cover for Sci-Fi, Time Travel Story'

Book Cover for Sci-Fi, Time Travel Story

I write novels of fantasy and magic for a worldwide audience.

Travel book cover with the title 'Thing to do in GEORGIA'

Thing to do in GEORGIA

= Book description = Things to do in Georgia is a travel guide showcasing the best family travel destinations, memory making activities, and tips and advice from travel experts to inspire families to travel more. = Design needs = An easy to read cover that can be templated for 50 States. Should show State Map, Famous Places, Things To Do While In GA

Travel book cover with the title 'Road Trip Trivia Game Book Challenge'

Road Trip Trivia Game Book Challenge

Travel book cover with the title 'inspiring cover for non-fiction book « Dare to Travel Solo »'

inspiring cover for non-fiction book « Dare to Travel Solo »

Travel book cover with the title 'Create an illustration that tells a love story'

Create an illustration that tells a love story

Travel book cover with the title 'Cover for quirky, amusing book'

Cover for quirky, amusing book

Travel book cover with the title 'Life's Great Adventure'

Life's Great Adventure

My initial idea was a lot different than this one. Although the client liked my initial design however he wanted a design which contains a desert and a mountain. It's a pretty simple design with modern typography and creative use of images made this design very pleasant to look at. Great collaboration is always the key and CH was very keen on making this design as perfect as it can be. Here is the full cover http://bit.ly/2w5HHRJ

Travel book cover with the title 'Inspiring cover for non-fiction book « Dare to Travel Solo »'

Inspiring cover for non-fiction book « Dare to Travel Solo »

Travel book cover with the title 'Inspiring cover for non-fiction book « Dare to Travel Solo »'

Travel Indefinitely - Book Cover

Travel the world independently; a young exciting book about traveling. Design based on giving the spirit of moving; fresh, youth and colorful!

Travel book cover with the title 'Where To Next?'

Where To Next?

Book about traveling around the world.

Travel book cover with the title 'The vacationer'

The vacationer

Travel book cover with the title 'Ich lebe noch! '

Ich lebe noch!

Von München nach Venedig. Ein Angsthase überquert die Alpen.

Travel book cover with the title 'Tokyo Story'

Tokyo Story

love story, travelling for love, Tokyo-Japan, Caucasian girl Available for purchase. Design available for purchase. I can change the photo, color theme, title, subtitle, author name. Invite me 1 to 1 project (I'll give you special price, and unlimited revision) package : Full cover (front, back and spine), mock up, pdf file If you want to ask me anything, just drop your message to me or invite me in 1 to 1 project directly. :) *Only for 1 to 1 project not contest*

Travel book cover with the title 'Book Cover for "Ocean Nomad"'

Book Cover for "Ocean Nomad"

"Ocean Nomad" is a comprehensive how-to guide to sailing across the Atlantic Ocean as Crew, with practical advice, stories, and essential considerations.

Travel book cover with the title 'Book for a romantic travel novel'

Book for a romantic travel novel

Travel book cover with the title 'A travel concept's book cover.'

A travel concept's book cover.

The project was to create a book cover for a travel management agency, using some concepts as: minimalism, bucholic and a chic feeling. The briefing asked for a one Chinese rice fields picture for the entire book, so I used that one, but with some adjustments on the colours and light efects, to simulate the concept feelings I desired.

Travel book cover with the title 'TRACING TIME'

TRACING TIME

The book is about finding some one in mountain glaciers.is book's main character is an women who try to find her special person. Contest holder want something very eye catching.

Travel book cover with the title '"Pathway to the Podium" Artwork (Personal Success Story)'

"Pathway to the Podium" Artwork (Personal Success Story)

"Pathway to the Podium" is a book about the author's journey of personal success and how he managed to get there. Author wanted me to included the cities that he been to since he is a public speaker and a lawyer. He wanted the design to convey his journey through all these places but he also wanted this to look original as well. So I came up with this design and working with the client we finally ended up with this artwork, which wraps around the book itself.

Travel book cover with the title 'Untold Tales'

Untold Tales

Our societies are built on stories. The tales we tell shape our thoughts and actions, creating our present and future. As we strive for a better, more equitable, and sustainable tomorrow, our stories must reflect the entire spectrum of humanity – including youth voices. Through an ever-broader range of stories, we can celebrate what we have achieved and shine a light on the gaps between the ideal and the real world. In sharing these stories, we can inspire action and continue our journey toward a tomorrow in which we can all thrive together.

Travel book cover with the title 'The Extraordinary Family Travel Guide'

The Extraordinary Family Travel Guide

The Extraordinary Family Travel Guide - Bucket List USA is a travel guide for unique travel experiences found at popular destinations around the United States. These experiences should be on every family's bucket lists.

Travel book cover with the title 'The Trailing Spouse Reimagined'

The Trailing Spouse Reimagined

Travel book cover with the title 'Book cover design concept draft'

Book cover design concept draft

Travel book cover with the title 'Hitchhike the show '

Hitchhike the show

Travel book cover with the title 'The Couch Surfing Story'

The Couch Surfing Story

Couchsurfing has become the world's largest travel community, enabling millions of people to explore the world and learn about each other.

Travel book cover with the title 'Good Bye Lehmann'

Good Bye Lehmann

Stefan Fay traveled with a motorcycle

Travel book cover with the title 'Denver Dossier'

Denver Dossier

Denver Travel Guide Book Cover Unlock the vibrant spirit of Denver with 'Denver Dossier: Themed Adventures for Urban Explorers.' Embark on a journey through the Mile-High City's diverse neighborhoods, cultural landmarks, and hidden gems with our curated-themed itineraries. From exploring historic districts to savoring culinary delights, our guide offers personalized recommendations and local insights to help you experience Denver like never before. Whether you're a first-time visitor or a seasoned traveler, discover the essence of Denver through immersive urban exploration and cultural adventures.

Travel book cover with the title 'So, You Want to Be a Travel Nurse?'

So, You Want to Be a Travel Nurse?

This is a book that aims to guide nurses and nursing students on making the transition into travel nursing.

Travel book cover with the title 'HOW TO HIKE THE APPALACHINN TRAIL'

HOW TO HIKE THE APPALACHINN TRAIL

This book about Appalachian Trail hike.Author himself hiked the Appalachian trail.It's a 2,185 mile hiking long time that's why author beard and Appalachian together.

Travel book cover with the title 'Book cover design concept draft'

Local adventures

Cover design for travel Ebook

Travel book cover with the title 'A romance novel cover concept.'

A romance novel cover concept.

This cover visualizing the story about a girl from East Europe traveling to japan to find her long distance crush, with a help of a friend she met in the journey, only to find that the relationship is not as she expected and she realized that the one she love is her new friend. Since the book is about a romance in Tokyo Japan, thus I place something related with Japan (Fuji mountain) . and pink shades to represent the the spring start time and the Hanami festivals.

Travel book cover with the title 'Book cover: The Retiree's Guide to Traveling Camino de Santiago, Spain'

Book cover: The Retiree's Guide to Traveling Camino de Santiago, Spain

Book cover contest winner for "The Retiree's Guide to Traveling Camino de Santiago" written by the #1 bestselling Amazon author Debra Tufts. https://www.amazon.com/Debra-Tufts/e/B0721QS2FJ

Travel book cover with the title 'MONSOON RISING'

MONSOON RISING

This is Book about Psychological Thriller.The book based on killer mid 30 american and Thai girl friend in Thailand.

Travel book cover with the title 'Book cover design'

Inspired by an excerpt that the CH shared, the design features a light bulb moon. The cover design conveys the title's reference to alligators with the book's theme of travel in the alligator footprints that travel across the design.

Travel book cover with the title 'The Soul Seeker's Travel Guide Ireland'

The Soul Seeker's Travel Guide Ireland

Ireland Travel Book

Travel book cover with the title 'Curiosity Adventures '

Curiosity Adventures

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8 amazing travel book cover examples to pique your wanderlust, table of content, discover few great travel book cover design ideas to make you yearn for the outdoors.

Most of us would love to drop everything and travel around the world enjoying the different cultures and people we meet. However, we often ignore the lure of this carefree nomadic lifestyle due to various responsibilities.

However, there’s nothing wrong with enjoying the thrill of such adventures vicariously. And one of the best ways to do that is via travel books. Now, there is something special about these books. It doesn’t matter if you visit a bookstore for a specific travel book, or are enticed by an amazing travel book cover while browsing that section. Despite being non-fiction, these books often portray a sense of excitement and intrigue that draws readers to it.

Now, every book has its fans. And they would happily argue in favor of their preferred book’s cover design. However, like it or not, there are a few metrics that denote whether a book cover idea is good or not. So, let’s dive in and discover some great examples of book covers designed by professional eBook design services , and see what are the elements that set them apart from the competition.

What Does a Good Travel Book Cover Represent?

Let’s start with the most important question at hand – what defines a good travel book cover? When we talk about book cover ideas for travel books, there are a few key things to remember.

One, the book is going to be non-fiction, which imposes some creative limitations on the design process. Secondly, as most of these writers are previously well known, with highly recognizable literary styles and tones, the book cover design has to address that too.

Finally, the overall design needs to be enticing enough to attract people who would otherwise have little to no interest in reading non-fiction.

Take the book cover above. That is the cover art for Robert Sullivan’s Cross Country, a travel book to read for the ages. As a journalist, Robert Sullivan was at that time known for contributing to various publications. And that style is reflected in the design. The cover design features a mishmash of letters and phrases cut out from various publications, as well as from hastily scrawled notes in a journalist’s notebook.

Overall, the combined impact of the design piques a potential reader’s interest, slowly drawing them in to pick it up and start reading, after which it’s the content that captures their attention.

Travel Book Cover Design Ideas – Representing Fact or Fiction in Its Design

As we mentioned earlier, most travel books are non-fiction. However, there are a few that are not entirely unembellished, which serve as an allegorical narrative. In any way, the design of your travel book cover, whether it fiction or non-fiction, is predicated on a few different elements, such as:

  • The right color combinations for your accents, to frame your central design

Your choice of color scheme is very important, as it allows you to define what colors would serve as accents to your primary shades. This would allow your central design to be more visible, which would help it stand out better among the bookstore shelves, drawing the eye of potential readers to it.

  • The use of visual contrast that defines how well the central element of the design pops out

Just like the right colors can be used as accents to add to the design’s overall visual appeal, so can you use colors to provide a compelling contrast that would serve the same purpose. Not only does it make your design stand out, but it also allows the central element of your design to pop out like no other technique can, making it the hero of your travel book cover.

  • The use of the right typography hierarchy that invokes the right feel

Typography is an important factor. And with more than one written element on your book cover design, it is important that you perfectly plan out the typographic hierarchy to make the central heading pop out.

  • Giving your travel book cover the right character with a handwritten font

As most of these travel books are written about the author’s experiences, the book cover design must also incorporate their vibe into it. That is why a good handwritten font is the perfect solution to give your design that raw, humanistic feel that adds to the story and its vibe.

  • The use of the perfect graphics to allude to the book’s story.

Nowadays, it’s rare that a book cover design has no visuals on it. Even if quite simple, the trend is to use some sort of graphics to make the design of the book’s cover stand out. That is why, you must use some sort of graphics in your book cover design. And there is no better choice than to use graphics that allude to or call back to your book’s central theme.

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Eight Amazing Travel Book Cover Ideas to Make You Yearn to Travel the World

Now that you know what defines a good travel book cover, let’s see a few of them in action. Listed below are some of the most highly curated travel book covers, that perfectly represent the story’s theme within.

Let’s find out what they are.

Among the Cities – Jan Morris

The first book on our list is Among the Cities, written by famed British historian, traveler, and author, Jan Morris. The book is a compendium of thirty-seven essays that Jan wrote throughout her long and illustrious career, covering her travels from Houston to Beirut.

While the book’s cover has changed across various reprints, this one featured here is the perfect representation of the story of a traveler who traveled across the world, from the West to the East. The lightly shaded backdrop, covered by depictions of famous monuments from various countries, and done in the style of watercolors, sets the perfect tone for the reader. And it is also one of the only true art book cover ideas on this list.

Along the Ganges – Ilija Trojanow

Next up, we have the eponymous homage to the deep and mesmerizing culture of Hinduism, set against their holiest of rivers, the Ganges. The author, Ilija Trojanow, is a Cold War refugee from Bulgaria, who has traveled to and lived with different cultures, including in Germany, Kenya, South Africa, and more.

Trajonow traveled across the entire length of the Ganges river, from its source in the icy Himalayas, and through the chaotic cityscapes and holy places it flows through. There, he talked to the people, understanding their devotion and beliefs related to this river. And the cover of the book perfectly captures that essence of serenity and mystic belief. Showing a dying light shot of the river with a cluster of lit ceremonial lamps, it is set against the backdrop of worshipers in a boat across the calm waters.

An Area of Darkness – V. S. Naipaul

The next book is called An Area of Darkness, written by acclaimed traveler and author V. S. Naipaul. A Trinidadian-Indian by birth, he won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2001 , and this book, part of a trilogy, shows why.

An Area of Darkness is a pessimistic story about the grim outlook of former colonies, often categorized as third-world countries, set against the background of Naipaul’s ancestral land of India. The book describes the author’s disillusionment at the corrupt officials, poverty, and inequality, set against the serene and awe-inspiring background of the magnificent Himalayas.

The cover of the book perfectly captures the pessimistic tone, with a dark red background, and the flower on it in a dark burgundy to showcase the theme of darkness.

Arctic Dreams – Barry Lopez

Arctic Dreams is a mesmerizing book about the haunting, ethereal beauty of the Arctic Circle, written by American author, traveler, and naturalist Barry Lopez. Over his long and illustrious career, Lopez traveled to and lived in over eighty different countries, with five years of that time spent in the Alaskan and Canadian Arctic as a biologist.

In his book, he explores the wonders of the Arctic and discovers why that vast, seemingly barren landscape holds such an allure over many people. He also explores the culture and history of the indigenous people and examines the behavior of exotic animals like the Musk Oxen, narwhale, and more.

The cover of the book has changed with each reprint. However, the theme of awe-inspiring ice monoliths, or the barren icy tundra, perfectly captures the essence of the book’s theme.

As They Were – M. F. K. Fisher

As They Were is a collection of essays by famed food author M. F. K. Fisher. Although a food writer, she dived into the field of travel writing with this amazing book, exploring the time she spent in different European countries.

Most of the writings explore the various facets of living the provencal life, from quaint towns in the Swiss Alps to the homely restaurants and cafes she visited or worked at in Southern France. And while many people would argue that the book is, in its essence, still a culinary book, one cannot deny that it doesn’t paint a picture of idyllic food tours through rural France. Especially when you consider that its title typography gives it an old-school vibe found in many classic typography book cover ideas .

The Baron in the Trees – Italo Calvino

This next book is a rare one in this collection and one that breaks the mold of traditional travel books. The Baron in the Trees is a novel by late Italian author Italo Calvino. It tells the story of a young man named Cosimo, who takes to living in the trees after quarreling with his parents and vowing never to step foot on the ground again.

Rather than describe the travels of the author in the traditional sentence, it describes Cosimo’s exploration of his new kingdom, and seeing the world go by in the Age of Enlightenment. The story travels through the life of the baron, describing his friendships, loves, and eventually, his passing on to the ethereal plane.

The cover of the book has changed many times since its first release in 1957, often even taking inspiration from children’s book cover ideas . But the travel book cover we have chosen today perfectly captures the essence of mystery and adventure portrayed in this book.

Black Lamb and Grey Falcon – Rebecca West

Black Lamb and Grey Falcon is a pair of travel books written by British author and Journalist, Dame Rebecca West. It covers her six-week travels through Yugoslavia and its neighboring Balkan states, providing a stark reality of this region just before the onset of World War II.

By the time the book reached publishing, Yugoslavia’s Nazi occupation had begun, and West added a foreword to the book praising the resilience of the Yugoslavians. The book itself describes her travels through this region extensively, as well as her conversations with fellow authors from the region, including Stanislav Vinaver and Anica Savic Rebac.

The cover of the book depicts the famous Stari Most bridge in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina. A popular monument, it is a rebuilt 16th-century Ottoman bridge that connects the two parts of the city across the Neretva River.

Dark Star Safari – Paul Theroux

Finally, we have the last book on this list. Dark Star Safari is a travel book written by famed author Paul Theroux. A former contemporary-turned-critic of V. S. Naipaul, the author is known for his gritty and raw style of writing, as well as the beautiful travel book cover design ideas for his books.

Describing his journey from Cairo, Egypt, to Cape Town, South Africa, it tells the story of a harsh and difficult overland journey that is nothing short of a safari. And although it takes a hard approach, it will still make you want to replicate that journey yourself.

The travel book cover for the Dark Star Safari features a steam-powered train chugging through a vast open plain, flanked on one side by sparse trees, while on the other, nothing but dust. To give the scene a vibe of difficult and harsh travels, the imagery is bathed in the stark orange-yellow light of the setting sun, which sets the perfect mood.

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Overall, finding the right travel book cover design is usually not that difficult. That is because, during their travels, these journalists often take many pictures that depict the land and its people in a way that lends to the message of the book.

However, if your book cover doesn’t feature a photograph, then you need to understand the theme of the book to come up with suitable travel book cover design ideas. In any case, your cover imagery should echo the vibe and sentiment of your book itself, as well as the personality of the author.

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This is the first is a series of articles where I review and assess the cover design elements used by the traditional and indie travel guide publishers. By reviewing how these publishing companies and indie authors combine images, fonts, color, and design elements into a cohesive design, you’ll get invaluable insight into the best approach for designing your travel guide cover.

The most important thing to remember is that your reader has specific expectations when it comes to buying a book within a niche, you only have to look at the primary book niches like romance, thriller, cozy mystery etc. to see how each niche has their own set of design styles that help to communicate the book’s content to their target audience, and travel guides are no different.

When you browse the Amazon bestsellers in your genre, you should notice patterns in color schemes, fonts, layouts, and images. You’ll want your cover to stand out by looking awesome, yet ensure it naturally fits into your genre. via Dave Chesson

Lonely Planet Travel Guide Cover Design

Nobody sells more travel guides than Lonely Planet. So when it comes to designing your travel guide cover, their covers should be the first ones you refer too for design inspiration. They have so many travel guides and other travel related books, they’ve created line-looks to differentiate their content,  and this article includes examples of their primary lines.

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  • As the #1 travel guide publisher, Lonely Planet goes for a minimalist cover design .
  • The focus of the cover is absolutely destination image , and they look to be chosen for maximum impact. Nothing too fussy, just bold colors or views.

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  • They include their logo centered at the top , just above the Travel Guide title, and in where needed, they include additional destination details.
  • They include a  unobtrusive Features box located in the same place on each cover that calls out a couple of the generic content highlights: Easy to use Maps, New Look guide, Local Secrets, Best Planning Advice, which vary by cover. These blue boxes are a recent addition to Lonely Planet covers, and do a good job of pulling your eye down the full length of the cover.

Other Lonely Planet Guide Book Line-Looks

Here’s examples of travel guide cover designs for some of the primary line-looks developed by Lonely Planet.

Lonely Planet Cover Design Phrase Book Series

Look at how Lonely Planet have differentiated their Fast Talk phrase book from their Phrasebook & Dictionary series.

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They’re still using a full-cover image and the standard positioning for their brand logo, but the Fast Talk books have a speech bubble incorporated as the primary title block.

Lonely Planet Cover Design Road Trip Series

Rather than focus on one cover image, these road trip books include a primary half-page photo, and two quarter-page photos, with the line brand title treatment in a central block.

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  • The primary photo is an iconic image of the road trip landscape.
  • One images in each cover is a classic car (to give an immediate recognition factor of a road trip).
  • The other image is a quirky, unfamiliar image to add personality and intrigue to the book’s contents.

The harmony of three on the cover is mirrored within the contents of this travel guide – each on in the series is split into three sections: Plan your trip, On the road, Road trip essentials.

Lonely Planet Cover Design Pocket Series

In the Pocket guide series, Lonely Planet are still using a full-cover image and the standard positioning for their brand logo, and have added a standard primary title block with the Pocket  branding clearly visible in red against a white background. The use of red is a design grabs attention, and with everything else going on in these covers the font color is an important element to highlight for the reader.

How are Pocket guides different from Lonely Planet’s destination guides? Each book has a subtitle of Top Sights * Local Experiences,  so it’s evident straight away that this is a more concise guide for the independent traveller. These smaller books are intended for short breaks and weekends and are concise, colourful and easy to use, getting you to the heart of a city with expert advice, neighborhood chapters, top sights, walking tours and day planners.

Lonely Planet Cover Design Discover Guide Series

These Discover series travel guides are shorter, more concise guidebooks compared to the country guide series. They focus on the top sights and most authentic experiences. Perfect if you don’t need accommodation recommendations, they’re packed with expert knowledge, local secrets and carefully crafted itineraries, as well as the most relevant and up-to-date advice. If purchasing this title outside of the Americas, this series is named “Best Of” instead of “Discover”. This series uses a tag line of Top Sights * Authentic Experiences.

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They’re still using a full-cover image and the standard positioning for their brand logo, but the Discover  books have a green primary title block with white text. The newer guides are also incorporate the publication year in the same green, on the upper right corner.

Lonely Planet Cover Design On a Shoestring Series

If you’ve read the origins of Tony and Maureen Wheeler’s  Lonely Planet origins , you’ll know that these shoestring guides where the foundation of the brand.

Lonely Planet’s first book was  Across Asia on the Cheap, and their second book was  Southeast Asia on a Shoestring (often referred to as the yellow bible). The British Broadcasting Company owned the LP brand for a while, but In 2013 they sold it to  NC2 Media for just nearly US$78 million. Not bad for a brand whose first book looked like this:

Across Asia on the Cheap Lonely Planet

The two shoestring guides on the left show the old and new design layout of these covers. Lonely Planet have moved away from a busier cover in favor of a single vertical title block that includes a centered brand logo within the panel. They’re still using a Big Trips on Small Budgets tag line, but have moved away from a collection of additional smaller images and a Features box. The simplicity of these new designs is impactful and eye catching.

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Travel Guide Cover Design Industry Comparisons

  • Most travel guide publishers feature a single destination image, which extends to each edge of the cover, except for DK guides which has the main image placed within a white border.
  • All Destination titles are White Text, except for DK guides which uses different title colors to complement the photo they’ve used.
  • Lonely Planet and Rough guides use white text directly onto the background image, whereas Rick Steves and Fodors places this information within a colored box.
  • All of the guides use text, badges or boxes to draw the readers eye down the full length of the cover, except for Rick Steves that just uses a single text box.

As you can see there are distinct niche norms for destination travel guides, although each traditional publisher has developed a branded look that readers can automatically identify with. Your role, as a cover designer, is to assess the industry norms, and create a cover that is representative of your content, your writing style, and the travel niche you want to feature in.

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