One thing we know for certain is that both traveling and reading triggers in humans a better comprehension of themselves by creating new mind paths and presenting new routes to follow in life.
Reading keeps our brains active, helps us to have better focus and concentration in life, decreases stress, improves our mental power and our imagination. And traveling, well… Traveling is such a delight for our social skills, auto confidence and gain of perception of how relative some certainties we have in life are. We learn new cultures, new languages, get to know new people and all of that decreases the stress we feel in our daily routines too.
So, what if we add one thing to the other and read about traveling? It seems like the perfect combination, most of all during this time when the whole world is temporarily limited to daydream about it. You have now loads of time to feel inspired and plan your next getaway!
#1. ‘The Sinner’s Grand Tour: A Journey Through the Historical Underbelly of Europe’ by Tony Perrottet
With his unique and original research, romping through hilarious anecdotes, the celebrated historian and travel writer Tony Perrottet brings us an exciting travel adventure through the scandalous backrooms of historical Europe. In The Sinner’s Grand Tour he explores a string of legendary sites and relics that are still kept far from public view. Whether he’s finding the lost “sex chair” of King Edward VII in Paris or he’s talking his way into a banned room in the Vatican where the walls are covered by 16th-century pornography painted by Raphael, award-winning Perrottet offers a page-turning experience and great cocktail party conversation.
#2. ‘Travel Everywhere (and Avoid Being a Tourist)’ by Pavia Rosati and Jeralyn Gerba
This treasure piece of off-beaten paths gathers recommendations and stories from a network of interesting travelers who share how they unveiled the unknown side of the cities that we are used to traveling to. Through anecdotes, interviews, and mental images, you’ll find a clever approach to better explore the off-grid together with tips on where to go for a once-in-a-lifetime meal, how to contribute to the local cultures and learn more about their lifestyles.
#3. ‘Rediscovering Travel: A Guide for the Globally Curious’ by Seth Kugel
Seth Kugel unveils the wisdom he gained about the world when he was strolling around the planet to write the Frugal Traveler column in The New York Times travel section for nearly six years. He pours much of that earned insight into this fun and fascinating book. Some of the best portions of the “Kugel Traveler’s” are when he disclosure the ugliness of the travel industry, taking it to task for being manipulative or overly brazen in its desire to fleece travelers.
#4. ‘Vagabonds in France’ by Michael A. Barry
If you are tired of “how-to” books and idealistic travel tales, then this is the book for you. Vagabonds in France is the story of a family who dared to leave the conventional life behind taking off from Florida to France, passing by Portugal and Spain. Through pictures and a lot of humor, Michael Barry narrates their adventures through an entertaining and yet still informative tone.
#5. Daytripper by Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon
Daytripper is a classic of DC Comics featuring Bras de Olivias Dominguez in important periods of his life while strolling exotic Brazil. it’s a visual animation of traveling that touches our heart while is makes us consider his and therefore our own existence. Each chapter is filled with infinite possibilities of happiness and sorrow, good and bad, love and loneliness, rediscovering the many varieties of daily life, in a story about living life to its fullest.
Reading may not be the perfect replacement for travel, for seeing natural wonders or exotic animals, for tasting local cuisine or learning traditional dances, but you can learn a lot about life for different people in different places.