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If you are looking for inspiration to start your travel blog then here it is.

Launched in 2015, the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards seek to celebrate the best travel writing, and travel writers, in the world.

With 43 titles whisking readers to over 150 countries across seven categories, these awards celebrate both multi-award-winning authors and inspirational debuts from over 15 countries. The shortlist, which was announced today, recognises the escapist, ingenious and inspirational qualities of travel writing in all its forms, including fiction, nonfiction and memoir, children’s books, cookery books, illustrated non-fiction and travel blogs.

Independent publisher Granta have two titles in the running for the Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year, in partnership with The Authors' Club: Islander by journalist Patrick Barkham and Border by Bulgarian poet and travel writer Kapka Kassabova; whilst Canongate dominate the General Travel Themed Book of the Year with Island People: The Caribbean and the World by Joshua Jelly-Schapiro and The Hidden Ways by award-winning Alistair Moffat.

In Fiction, with a Sense of Place, the shortlist whisks readers from the blustery landscape of Cumbria to a summer in Paris, from an opulent resort in Montego Bay to a lake in the northern Canadian wilderness, from early 20th century Korea and Japan to a small fishing village in Kerala, conjuring lands some of us could never have imagined.

The thrill of the journey itself, as well as the lands visited, is championed through the Adventure Travel Book of the Year shortlist: taking to their motorbikes, Lois Pryce rides a solitary 3,000 miles from Tabriz to Shiraz in Revolutionary Ride, whilst Land of the Dawn-lit Mountains takes Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent 2,000 miles through the far north-eastern corner of India encountering shamans, opium farmers, and little-known stories from the Second World War. Levison Wood, on the other hand, hitch-hikes from England to India through Russia, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan in Eastern Horizons; and Leon McCarron wild hikes pilgrimage routes through the Middle East in the The Land Beyond, a journey through time and geopolitics, people and seemingly insurmountable connections.

Food transports readers from Peru to Palestine, from Ghana to the four corners of India, and celebrates everything from the relationship between food and culture; the producers of our food from around the world and recipes inspired by them; and vegan food around the world in the Travel Cookery Book of the Year shortlist. Complimented by vivid images and background, the list includes recipes from the “standard bearer for West African food” Zoe Adjonyoh, MasterChef finalist Jackie Kearney and Great British Bake-Off finalist Chetna Makan to introduce readers to the vibrancy of our world’s cuisine.

The full shortlist can be found here.Do have a look and vote for your favourite book.

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