One of the easiest ways I’ve found to enrich my travel experience is to find some trip-specific reading material that I read before my trip or that I take along for the long flight or my evening reading pleasure. I’ve found some great books that have enlightened me about the history of the place I am visiting and have given me a new appreciation for my chosen travel destination. And of course, the books make me start thinking about new adventures that I’d like to have in the future.
When we went to Australia (including Tasmania), I took along “English Passengers.” Longitude Books’ description of the book: “An accomplished novel, funny yet wrenchingly serious, of cultural collision and rebellion in Tasmania in the 19th century. Its English settlers — opportunists in a land at the edge of the world — coexist less and less easily with Tasmania’s Aborigines. Winner of the UK’s Whitbread Award.” While visiting islands in the Pacific Ocean, I read “The Bounty Trilogy” which gave me some insight into early adventurers in the area and had me really wanting to visit Pitcairn Island some time in the future.
If you’re interested in finding interesting reading material relevant to your next travel destination, I recommend visiting the Longitude Books website. There you can input your travel destination and the website will recommend an outstanding book list. You can order books and hard-to-find maps directly from the website. At Longitude Books you will find a much more extensive reading list for travelers than just about any place else.
Happy reading and happy travels!