Travel Books are Good for the Soul

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I have an insatiable wanderlust. That need to venture out in the world and explore every corner possible. Of course, a little thing called money often gets in the way. Add a full-time job into the equation and it’s not always possible to wander to your heart’s desire.
A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies… The man who never reads lives only one.
It’s one of my favorite quotes by George R.R. Martin, and it is true of travel books in particular, because, while nothing can replace the actual experience of visiting a place, reading about it can transport your mind there.

Travel books are good for the soul. No matter what you may be experiencing in your life, you can escape to Africa, Bali, Europe or where ever you decide.
While I’m normally not a short story reader, I thoroughly enjoy short-story travel compilations. A good one is A Woman’s Europe, which I have a review of, as well as the one pictured above.
The Best American Travel Writing is a compilation of stories that are released every year by a different editor who hand picks the stories. The one above features stories chosen by author and television host, Anthony Bourdain and it also features a personal introduction. It’s not an absolute favorite, but it is a nice mixture of adventure, feel-good and the not so great side of travel.
I’m a lover of literature, but every once a while, it’s nice to take a break in between novels and escape to a faraway land, even if it’s only in print.
You’re always talking about escaping, aren’t you? Always thinking about it. Always dreaming about it. – The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus
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