Tuesday, September 15, 2009

What I Read When I Travel

When packing for a trip, apart from making sure I pack light, I also consider which book to bring to read along the way or whenever I have the time.

I would not know what to do if I did not have a book with me while waiting (especially in airports), I am certainly not one who can sit still and twiddle my thumbs.

Nowadays I choose only one book, as I've made the mistake of bringing along 2 books at one time and that proved a poor decision. Not only it added to the bulk in my bag, I ended up reading only one anyway and left the other untouched.

So, what do I read?

I usually - and consciously, I guess - choose travel-related books; am currently much into Bryson's works as they are vivid, detailed and hilarious at the same time. His writing style is fresh and light, peppered with punchlines where you least expect them, and easily conjures colourful images in my mind of places I've never been.

The books Long Way Round and Long Way Down, by Ewan Mc Gregor and Charley Boorman are great reads; I hope to find the DVD on sale one day. I think all real men should read these books!

And any book from good ol' Tony Bourdain, of course :)

For this weekend's trip I've decided to bring forward Bryson's A Walk In The Woods, which I had earlier reserved for another coming trip.

Will just have to find another book by then.


  1. I didn't know that Ewan's show had a book!

    Well, I'm not really a reader so instead of binging a book, I bring my iPod with some movies in it.

    Thanks for the idea of choosing a "travel" theme for your books. I'll find "travel" movies for myself instead. :)

  2. Hiya Pepin

    You've watched the whole DVD? I've just seen snippets on Youtube and the boys' adventures look awesome :)

    That's a good idea to find travel movies; I can't name one offhand though :)

  3. Recommend Dave Berry. Funny guy. His book Dave Berry is from Venus and Mars is hilarious, but is currently unavailable in the library for a few weeks at least. (because I have it!)

  4. LT Jason : Hilarious I like! So when are you going to return the book? :P

  5. I have both the DVD and books of the Long Way Down series. Really really nice! Have you tried Peter Moore's books? They're pretty great as well :D

  6. Hi Nina,

    I've got the books, and looks like I need to get my hands on the LWD DVD(or put it on my Xmas list!). Peter Moore - yes, another funny chap, I've read just The Wrong Way Home so far. Looking forward to discover his other works :)