We launched The Travel Club in May 2020, during the early months of the Covid-19 crisis – borders were closed, travel was on hold, and a Patreon campaign seemed a good way to enable those who admire our guides to support us through a difficult time. We’ve been overwhelmed by the support shown so far; it’s made a real difference to our chances of survival.
Despite the light at the end of the tunnel, times remain tough – arguably tougher than ever – so if you love travel and you value independent guides, do please consider taking out a subscription.
But that’s not the only reason to join! We’ve been striving to make the Club the perfect resource for travellers even once we’re all on the move again. All members receive our monthly magazine, The Travel Club, packed with features, quizzes, recipes and tales from our authors’ travels. Members of The Travel Club are also entitled to a range of exclusive discounts; see details below.
Members of the Globetrotter tier receive a free book each month – if you’re a regular purchaser of our guides, this is unbeatable value. First Class Traveller members, meanwhile, get a free book each month and access to our exclusive concierge service – the opportunity to have a bespoke travel itinerary personally curated by a Bradt expert.
Become a member today:
The Travel Club magazine
All members get our monthly e-zine delivered straight to their inbox, featuring inspirational travel stories, interviews with authors, photo essays, quizzes, competitions and more.
The e-zine is available only to Club members, but click the button below for a sneak peek of a recent issue:
Free event tickets
Members of the Travel Club also enjoy free access to our online and in-person events, featuring talks with authors and social gatherings. See some of our upcoming and previous events here:
Exclusive partner discounts
Our aims for The Travel Club are not only to entertain and inspire, and to bring together like-minded travellers, but to save our members money!
Books and magazines
National Geographic Traveller: 3 for £3
With a reputation for compelling storytelling and a focus on off-the-beaten-track travel, National Geographic Traveller (UK) is a favourite with intrepid travellers.
Its ten issues a year contain longer feature articles than you find in most travel magazines, allowing the writers to explore a destination in real depth. And of course the photography is stunning.
Tonic: 10% off
Tonic is a brand new biannual drink and travel magazine. Its founders pooled their passion – and life savings – to send award-winning writers around the world to find the most interesting stories for its readers.
The result is a 144-page journal packed with long-form travel-drink-adventure tales.
Travel Africa: 20% off subscriptions
Travel Africa remains the only international magazine dedicated to exploring Africa’s attractions, wildlife and cultures.
Founded in 1997, it is published four times a year, and features work from some of the world’s best travel writers (many of whom are Bradt authors) and photographers to give readers inspiration and advice for future trips.
Wanderlust: £10 off subscriptions
The wonderful Wanderlust magazine was founded in 1993 by Paul Morrison and Lyn Hughes, who came up with the idea while on a flight to Ecuador.
Nearly 30 years later, it’s still going strong, with ten issues a year packed full of articles on wildlife and cultural travel, accompanied by top-quality photography.
Travel and tours
The Adventure Creators: 10% off
The Adventure Creators are a niche tour operator specialising in tailor-made, year-round, outdoors and adventure holidays in the Pyrenees mountains.
They focus heavily on sustainable tourism principles, which include using only local guides and instructors, showcasing local food producers and craftspeople and raising awareness of the unusual mountain wildlife in the Pyrenees, which includes the brown bear!
Aardvark Safaris: 5% off
Since 1999, Aardvark have led the way in responsible tourism across Africa and the Indian Ocean, with an ever-growing catalogue of small, locally run camps and lodges.
They also work with a ranger-training programme in Kenya, which provides guides the support and training they need to lead tours safely in the bush.
Bidroom: free Plus membership
Founded with the mission to make the hotel industry fair for both travellers and hotels, Bidroom is the first membership-based marketplace for travel lovers. Hotels get bookings with no commission, and instead, they offer discounts and added perks to members.
Members can save up to 25% on hotels compared with other online travel platforms, but also enjoy additional benefits such as free room upgrades, complimentary welcome drinks, free parking and discounts on spa treatments and dining experiences.
Inertia Network run immersive expeditions that support local communities in remote and threatened regions, including forthcoming trips to Socotra and the DRC.
Lupine Travel are a UK tour company specialising in unique destinations and travel ideas at affordable prices.
Launched in 2008 with tours to North Korea, Chernobyl and on the Trans Mongolian Railway, the company now runs trips to over 30 off-the-beaten-track destinations.
Muddy Boots: 10% off Discovery Walks
Living and working in the Dales, Helen and Matt Coppin are a fountain of local knowledge, and their walks are designed to discover the paths less trodden and uncover the stories and characteristics that define this remarkable area.
Native Eye Travel: 5% off
Native Eye specialise in small-group tours to some of the world’s most adventurous destinations from Chad and Congo to Saudi Arabia and Iraq.
Natural Britain: 10% off tours
Natural Britain are a new UK-focused tour operator with a focus on slow and sustainable travel, and are the first operator in the country to introduce carbon labelling for every trip. Their hand-picked selection of exciting adventures and unique accommodation is designed to inspire active travellers to discover the best of Britain through the eyes of passionate people keen to showcase their local area.
Safari Drive: 10% off vehicle and hire
Safari Drive are a UK tour operator who have specialised in creating bespoke self-drive safari holidays in Africa since 1993.
All itineraries are tailored to your requirements, so whether you’re looking for an adventure, a family holiday or a honeymoon, they have the tools and expertise to deliver the perfect self-drive safari.
Sunvil: 5% off Portugal bookings
Award-winning holiday specialist Sunvil has pioneered many fascinating destinations in its 51-year history and is committed to providing expert travel advice and thoughtfully crafted holidays.
From remote Greek island trips to once-in-a-lifetime wildlife holidays in Costa Rica, Sunvil will take you to the lesser-known, authentic regions of the world, while ensuring that sustainable travel is practised to protect its destinations and that local
people benefit from tourism.
Untamed Borders: 10% off
Adventure travel company Untamed Borders run bespoke trips and small-group adventures to some of the world’s most interesting and inaccessible places, including Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Middle East, East Africa, former Soviet Central Asia and the Caucasus.
Their mission is to add positive benefit to the communities they visit. Whether you are staying with Mundari cattle herders in South Sudan or sipping tea in Pakistan’s Hindu Kush, you are guaranteed not to see many other tourists on an Untamed Borders adventure.
Wild With Consent: 5% off
Wild With Consent are a new UK-based platform that allows campervanners to browse and book privately owned sites with full landowner permission.
Only one campervan is allowed in each spot per night, and locations (14 at present, predominantly in Northumberland) are chosen for their scenic beauty, lack of light pollution and noise, and sense of isolation.
HÔRD: 10% off
gifts and apparel
Born in the bleak rolling moors of Yorkshire, HÔRD create meaningful and high-quality gifts and apparel for the adventurous and wild among us. They specialise in illustrated and personalised leather and cork goods, rugged hip flasks, wallets and more, all inspired by the outdoors.
The Cook’s Place: 10% off cookery courses
Yorkshire-based cookery teacher Gilly and team have a full calendar of fantastic half- and full-day courses designed to suit a range of skill levels: those who fancy mastering the art of butchery should opt for a ‘Fur’ class, while those who want to improve their pastry skills should go for ‘Beat and Whisk’.
Feast Box: 30% off and a free bottle of wine
Taste the world in your kitchen with Feast Box, the UK’s top-rated recipe box specialising in over 50 of the world’s tastiest cuisines. Feast Box delivers weeknight-friendly recipe cards with straightforward instructions and ingenious tips, along with all the necessary pre-measured and authentic ingredients needed to create the recipe at home.
To receive these discounts, sign up to the Bradt Travel Club on Patreon.com:
Membership of the Bradt Guides Travel Club comes in three tiers, each unlocking a range of benefits and rewards:
Exclusive discounts and content including our monthly magazine delivered to your inbox.
Build your own library of fantastic travel books with one free book a month (average price over £15).
Enjoy direct access to Bradt’s travel experts via our exclusive concierge service.