Monday, July 26th, 2010
I haven’t even begun to do my packing as I escape the winter blues and head north for a brief Asian adventure in two days, but already I am contemplating what books I should pack with me on my journey. Picking the perfect book is like choosing a meal- it needs to fit the occasion, your mood, your circumstances and of course be delicious.
So what is the perfect travel book? Beside the usual adventures involved in travelling, there are all those interminable waits at airports and langourous afternoons at hotels and beaches. In this case a good travel book must operate like a good friend.
It must provide absorbing company which enhances the pleasure and leisure of the moment but also provide relief from intolerable waits in transit and in high altitude. If possible a good travel book has some link to the destination in question, is light, breezy, personal and engrossing, although sometimes the opportunity of a 7 to 14 hour block of flight time reading can be an irresistible opportunity to tackle that classic on your shelf you’ve been wanting to get around to.