Travel books to read before you go

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Strangely, one of the best parts of travel can be before you leave. Then you may have months to concoct what it is you're going to do with those 2 weeks in Costa Rica, 2 days in Paris, 2 months in Africa.

You can luxuriate in the possibilities, swimming around in a place's past, present and future, before you even touch down.

To help you in the research phase of your journey, we've put together travel reading musts (both fiction and non-fiction) for some popular destinations:

Africa

Americas

Asia

Caribbean

Europe

Middle East

Pacific

And, of course, Lonely Planet has a few books that could be helpful.