GoodReads: Your Perfect Travel Companion

I read, I travel, I become

The season of travel is here. Whether you’re heading home or to a loved one’s for the holidays, you’ll likely need a gripping, plot-heavy book to while away the hours cramped on a train, bus or a car. You might not even need a book that can distract you from all the holiday goings-on — but that’s really your call.

I would never have become a traveler if I hadn’t been a reader first. I would read and experience both together. The world would zip by outside my bus windows, but I fell in love with travel in the pages of books.

Reading a book needs a relaxing ambiance and what better than lounging in a hammock on an island or while sipping coffee witnessing the snowfall through the window, a good book can complement any scenario. Even if you are at the airport or between transit, a book can transport you to another world and revive your thirst for adventure.

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Although travel and books both demands engagement, I have found a middle path to keep my both hobbies happy. While my reading habits kept evolving all these years, let me share my tips to best enjoy the books while traveling –

I used to love the smell of actual books and liked the feel of turning the pages. I recently turned to Kindle by Amazon. So even if you are a member of old guard, I suggest getting a Kindle, Nook, or a Kobo solely for the purpose of travel. The space you save and the weight your bags lose alone is worth the investment.

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Take long journeys. You can take your time, put your book down, ponder the passage you’ve just read, maybe write a few notes on it.

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If you are on a backpacking trip or a leisure trip, you can choose to find your own time and perfect spots to read a few pages while visiting the place. Chill at some café’s, talk to the locals, know more about their literature and share your book reading experience to strike a conversation.

Reading is a therapy. Always choose books that would make you happy, inspire you or a fiction that would in a way help you escape the chaos in the real world.

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A journey from lost to found, ‘Wild‘ – gripping and truly honest book by Cheryl Strayed this book has pushed me to travel solo which I always refrained from. Another starkingly amazing read was the book called Hippie by my favourite Paulo Coelho which again gave me a different perspective of this wonderful world that talks about freedom, finding the new you and sometimes flowing with the life.  Books when matched with travel make a perfect combination of a perfect date. Tell me more in the comments if you have gone out on a date with a book.

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As St. Augustine said, “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.

Psst. – Travel Massive is doing an event on 16 December at Book Talk, Delhi. Do drop by and share your love for books with us. For details click here.

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One thought on “GoodReads: Your Perfect Travel Companion
  • Great article! Reading books while journey is a great experience, it'd giving relaxation Thank you for share. ...

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