Why You Should Read Travel Books
Books are a window to another world. A way to experience things, events, places and people that we may never have even imagined.
I learnt to read from the passenger seat of my mum’s car. We lived out in regional Melbourne at the time, and it would take about 40 minutes to drive to my grandparent’s house. In that time mum would teach me how to read (looking back it wasn’t the safest way to teach a kid!) There were no kids around where we lived so I had to learn to entertain myself, and books became my friends.
Everything from fantasy, science fiction, history, action and even the sneaky romance or two snuck into my reading list… I loved reading because it was an escape, another world where I could picture myself as whoever I wanted to be.
Travel books can do the same thing, I’m not referring to the Lonely Planet travel guides full of facts and figures. I’m talking about travel books written by normal people who decided to share their experiences with others.
You could argue about why it is worth reading about travel when we could just do it or go onto Instagram and follow a heap of travel photos…. But the reality is, most of us will only get to see a tiny fraction of the world, and photos only show an image at one point in time.
Books however, especially when well written, allow us to really explore and delve into a place and experience it through the authors eyes.
So, what do we want from a good travel book? Well, like any book that depends on you!
Some travel books read like fiction, a snapshot of certain experiences (food, romance, finding peace), whereas others a more a mix of fiction and fact (the realities of moving to a new city and all that it entails).
What makes these stories worth reading though, it that they give away details about places and cultures that you won’t find in a travel guide or by visiting a place for a week. These are experiences that give us a window into another world that may be similar, but completely foreign to our own. Ideas, inspiration
Each story also resonates differently with each person. I’ve read books that I personally thought were amazing but had terrible reviews, and others with rave reviews but I personally struggled to read. It depends on what you are expecting from the story and whether it resonates with you.
Which leads me back to here, and this site. I managed to grab a box of books I had stored away in my parents garage before this Stage 4 lock down happened in Melbourne (they live outside the 5km zone from me), and thankfully I grabbed the one with some of my travel books. I found myself sitting on the carpet in my living room, surrounded by these books and I thought it would be a great idea to share some of them with you.
As I re-read my books, and read some new ones, I will share my thoughts about them here so you can add to your reading list, or if you have read them, please share your thoughts and recommendations in the comments.