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Summer escapes are what many of us look forward to all year. For those in need of a little travel inspiration, we’re highlighting five books that speak to a range of interests—from Yoga to mountain climbing. First off, “Beaches", by photographer Gray Malin, is a must for any sun worshipper. Malin’s seductive birds eye view over the world’s sexiest beaches is bound to seduce with these rich and colorful images.

Yoga is a way of life for many, and with retreats all over the world, it can be tricky to find the right one for your next trip. In this beautiful guide, Taschen gathers the most exquisite and inspirational yoga retreats, from an exotic luxury hotel in Bhutan to a spiritual ashram in India, a farmhouse in Tuscany to a beach resort in Mexico.

National Geographic continues to inspire and educate with this incredible compendium of 225 of the world’s most memorable destinations. From the rugged to the isolated, ancient monoliths, scenic islands, cityscapes, seashores, rain forests and more are captured here along with the user-friendly service information you’ll need to get there.

Assouline has brought us around the world with its “In the Spirit of” series of books. Pick up one—or several—of these titles that will serve as your guide from Rio to Capri to St. Barths, Venice and many more.

Flights are a means to an end for most of us. But “Skyfaring: A Journey with a Pilot” reminds us to take a moment to be present on the plane and recognize the great journeys we take—no matter the flight time. Mark Vanhoenacker, a 747 pilot, helps us to reimagine what we—as pilots and as passengers—are actually doing when we enter the world between departure and discovery.


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