During a couple recent international flights, I finally got some solid reading time in – which meant I had time to dig into two ebooks released by a pair of long-term travelers we at BootsnAll happen to adore, Betsy and Warren Talbot. Travelers know the Talbots as Married with Luggage, but since setting off on their RTW trip more than a year ago, they’ve become evangelists for something bigger than just travel. Their focus is now on what they call “Living the Good Life,” and while their own personal “good life” is about traveling the globe, they’re cheerleaders ready to help you achieve whatever the “good life” means for you.
If you’re an avid traveler and even an occasional reader, chances are you’ve read a book that was set in a particular place in the world and thought “I would like to go there.” It may be the history of a place, or the way the author describes the landscape or the feeling, or maybe you just love the book and its characters so much that you just want to see the place that inspired them, but something in the book gets you thinking about travel. But do you ever follow the trail in the opposite direction, seeking out books – other than guidebooks – that relate to your next destination? No matter how much you study your guidebook, there’s a lot left to learn about a country before you go, and checking out a few different types of books can help give you more insight into the destination, it’s history, culture and people. Which book you choose may depend on how much you already know, where you’re going and why, but here are a few ideas for different types of books to read about a place before you go. A history book Seems like a no-brainer, right? You can’t really understand why a place is as it is unless you know the story of its past. In some places, [...]
Many passionate travelers are also passionate readers. The same quest for knowledge and experience that compels us to go out and explore the world we live in also keeps us exploring the worlds – both those real and imagine, now and in the past or future – created by our favorite authors. And sometimes, all those worlds collide. We read novels set in places we love, we learn about our next destination by reading about the lives of people who call that place home, we visit the homelands of our favorite authors or seek to recreate the journeys we followed in the pages of a book. This week on BootsnAll, we’re exploring the intertwined worlds of literature and travel. First up, we’ll tour some of the most famous literary watering holes and show you where you can drink like your favorite author. Then we’ll see some of the most beautiful libraries you can visit on your travels and show you how a literature lover can plan a trip based on some of the most famous authors and books. But first, check out these other ideas for literature lovers who love to travel: World Travel Through Literature: 8 Authors Who Take You Places 9 Trips Inspired by Travel Books that are Probably Too Crazy to Take 8 Great Travel Reads that [...]
Fall is coming, along with back to school, so it seems fitting that this week is literary week around BootsnAll. We’re kicking off the week with World Travel Through Literature: 8 Authors Who Take You Places — for when you’re short on time and money but still aching to travel the world — from Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist to Turkish author, Orhan Pamuk. In Tuesday’s How I Travel feature, we’ll learn why one famous travel author (hint: she’s published seven books, one of which was turned into a Spike Jonze movie) is so in love with life on the road. We’ll also take a peek at kid-approved literary locations and a guest post about your travel fetishes and obsessions. And if you missed last week’s How I Travel feature with author Anthony Bourdain, it’s a must read! What is your favorite literary destination? Sherlock Holmes in London? Hemingway in France and Spain? (photo by: arcsi)