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Best Location-Based and History-Based Books to Read While Traveling

A trip to another place can often be enhanced by reading a book set in your destination. Whether it is fiction or non-fiction, set in the past or present day, it imbues travel with extra sensory information that makes the experience all the more memorable.
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message 1: by Donna (last edited Jun 10, 2013 09:02PM) (new)

Donna Davis This is intriguing. There are 3 ways to look at this list. Are you going somewhere with the plan of laying around on the sand or in a comfy, air-conditioned hotel room, with lots of time to read and relax? That's one kind of traveling book.

The next is for people who expect to be busy doing other things, and just want something to fall asleep with. For that sort of traveler, maybe short stories or non-page-turners that will NOT keep you up all night are better.

The third type is the advice for travelers. These are trip-specific books, whether you are traveling to Australia, a country in Europe, a hot spot in the States, or some other location, there's a good chance someone somewhere has written a travel book you may (or may not) find useful.

Curious to see which type the users of this list most prefer. And, are there other types I haven't considered?


message 2: by Sherry (new)

Sherry Donna wrote: "This is intriguing. There are 3 ways to look at this list. Are you going somewhere with the plan of laying around on the sand or in a comfy, air-conditioned hotel room, with lots of time to read an..."

Very true. When I created the list, this was my vision for the list, which is also the list's description at the top:
A trip to another place can often be enhanced by reading a book set in your destination. Whether it is fiction or non-fiction, set in the past or present day, it imbues travel with extra sensory information that makes the experience all the more memorable.



message 3: by Mhairi (new)

Mhairi Simon May I propose a fourth type of travelling book?
An inner journey that parallel's your geographical travel - a voyage of personal discovery/change/growth? Such is my own 'Old Magic in Everyday Life': a spiritual find-yourself-again journeybook that includes autobiography, humorous stories and meditations for you to try on your own journey towards peace, happiness and health.


message 4: by Stop33 (new)

Stop33 Donna wrote: "This is intriguing. There are 3 ways to look at this list. Are you going somewhere with the plan of laying around on the sand or in a comfy, air-conditioned hotel room, with lots of time to read an..."

A grammatical correction - it's 'lying' around, not 'laying'.


message 5: by Birce (new)

Birce I really like reading about my next destination. I am not talking about city guide like reading; what I mean is reading books that are set there. I've just published a blog post including 13 books set in some of the world's most fascinating cities. I think it includes some not so famous gems. If anyone interested you can find it on the link.

http://eventegg.com/blog/detail/13-bo...


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