How to Travel

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Pub Date 08 Oct 2019 | Archive Date 22 Jul 2021

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An original and comprehensive look at what it is we seek when we set off on an adventure abroad.

Going traveling is one of the few things we undertake in a direct attempt to make ourselves happy—and frequently, in fascinating ways, we fail. We get bored, cross, anxious, or lonely. It isn’t surprising: our societies act as if going traveling were simple, just a case of handing over the right sum of money. But a satisfying journey isn’t something we can simply buy, and sadly something that should fill us with excitement can often end up being a source of angst and stress.

This is the guide: not to any one destination but to travel in general. It talks to us, among other things, about how we should choose a place to go, what we might do when we get there, how we should make good moments stick in our minds and why hotel rooms can be such liberating places… In a succession of genial essays, we become students of an unexpected but vital topic: how to understand and more fully relax and enjoy (what should be) some of the finest experiences of our lives.

An original and comprehensive look at what it is we seek when we set off on an adventure abroad.

Going traveling is one of the few things we undertake in a direct attempt to make ourselves...

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This is a fabulous travel companion. Having not stepped on a plane for almost twenty-four months, I felt compelled to read something about travel, hoping to spark some inspiration, so I decided on this one (thanks to NetGalley and School of Life for the copy).

How to Travel opens on an essay titled 'How to Choose a Destination.' This essay resonated with me a lot actually, because it led me to question why I, and others, make decisions about where to spend vacations. Depending on who you are, your idea of a vacation might be two weeks at a five star resort with access to an all-inclusive bar and a private beach. Or, perhaps you'd rather check into an old cottage in the Lake District and spend the week exploring craft stores, attending gin tastings, and eating at little restaurants. The School of Life states in the book, "the destination we find ourselves drawn to reflects an underlying sense of what is currently missing or under-supported in our lives."

It made a lot of sense to me.

This little book clocks in at only 132 pages, but those pages are filled with so much knowledge. I only covered a few of the essays in my review, but there's 30 in total, with room for notes and observations. Others include The Little Restaurant, Drawing Rather than Taking Photographs, and The Advantages of Staying at Home, to name a few.

I absolutely adored this little one, and it fired up the travel bug in me even more. I also found it deeply thought-provoking and I was relaying much of what I read to my partner Charlie as we starting to talk about our next trip together. We chatted mostly about our newfound appreciations of our home city and the advantages of staying home since COVID-19 hit, but we also talked in depth about choosing a destination, and many of the other things that came up for me in this book.

How to Travel is the perfect size to slip into your backpack for your next trip. It'll look lovely next to your passport, and boarding pass. This book is also an awesome gift for those in your life, whether they travel or not, since there's a lot of information about what staying at home can look like, and how that in itself is a form of travel.

Absolutely loved this and definitely recommend!

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