My Perfect Travel Companion

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“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.

― Oscar Wilde

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My Perfect Travel Companion

Travel companion is referred to a person who accompanies another on his/her travels. However, for me my travel companion has for the longest time, been a book. Although at times in the recent past, I had not indulged in books as passionate reading, I am now beginning to fill that gap by revisiting some I had read previously. My strong desire, craving to read get my hands on a book even stronger now as I plan my travels.

I must admit, I do like the feel of books, the ability to turn the pages, sometimes reading the last line in the chapter, having a pretty little bookmark to mark the pages and to actually see the colours on the front page. If you are anything like an old school like me, you know what I am talking about.

On the other hand, if you are not and much prefer eBook readers such as Kindle, you may wish to visit my Amazon shop for the latest offers. I understand perfectly why Kindle and the like are popular among travellers – it’s light! Simple! You can have access to a great many selection of books which you could download and read as many or as few as you like. Makes perfect sense! So, click on the link below and have a go – see if there’s anything you like.

My Travel Companion in My Amazon Shop

For me, a book in its physical form is what I look for – at least one in my handbag or hand-luggage. There are a great many selection lately on books to choose from. I have selected a few which you may want to look at by clicking the link below:

My Travel Companion in My Amazon Shop

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A book is my perfect travel companion for the following 5 reasons:

1 | Simply because it relaxes me.

Reading relaxes me because it helps me to slowdown from the normal hustle and bustle of city life and gets me into the mood to enjoy places I am heading to. After the Pre travel Planning checklist is completed, I ensure I have a book to read. It does not matter if I do not have the time to complete the book while on travel, but the idea that I will have the bliss of being able to do so is what counts. Moreover, reading a book need not start when I arrive at my destination – often it starts prior, which leads to my second reason.

2 | Keeps me entertained/occupied

Usually, I start reading on my train journey to the airport. Sometimes, it is a good hour before I get to the chosen airport and I rather read and listen to music than to be distracted by other passengers. Being lost in my own world with what I am reading places me in a relaxed frame of mind.

Being occupied with a book is also a good idea when you are waiting to board or when experiencing delays. Delays are frustrating but a good book always helps to distract frustration to something more positive, accepting the situation gracefully.

3 | A break from Social Media

Sometimes, I spend too much time on social media which has become a norm. Social media can be exhausting at times – just the mere fact of keeping up with it. Being away on vacation is a welcome break and not taking onto the social media is a discipline I have begun to cherish these days. Reading gives me the opportunity to breakaway from the virtual world and appreciate life in its simplistic form. It gives moments to relax, to imagine and be lost in a different world of imaginary fiction.

4 | Reading inspires me to write

Reading has and continues to inspire me to write. Writing has been something that I had wanted to do for a long time, hence starting on this travel blog is a great way for me to share my love of travel and to engage with my audience. There are so many books out there that fulfils my interests and in some ways, it tells me what is expected of a writer. It gives me various perspectives and approach to writing. Suspense and thrillers of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series and reading some of the comfort books such as Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling helps me to appreciate fiction and imagination. Fiction books allows me to relax. Reading other people’s travel stories and how-to guides helps me connect to and imagine how beautiful this world is. These travel stories helps me to travel more. Travelling more just brings about my aspirations to write more.

On the how-to guides that I found fascinating is a book by Matt Kepnes, titled “How to Travel the World on $50 a Day”. Now, I am not a budget traveller and am not a backpacker either but his account of living on a budget, how to and experience the world on $50 a day was more than just fascinating – what drew my attention to the book was that I was not sure if it was doable! However, but after reading his book, his tips and tricks, it seems it could be!

The book is on it’s 3rd Edition.

Matt is more famously known as “Nomadic Matt”, a travel blogger and a travel expert, whose blogs I began following many years ago, well before his book was published.

You can read more about Nomadic Matt here.

Travel more and writing more on travels is not only about just going places and describing my experiences. There is something more personal that travel “does” to me – it makes my moments really meaningful, really special and makes me appreciate my life. I am reminded of Maya’s quote below:

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away”

Dr Maya angelou

I find this particular quote of Maya’s to inspire me to embrace the adventurer in me. To travel, to see places beyond my imagination is what I want to do. To cherish in the beauty of this world is an amazing experience. I feel encouraged and very much love to share my experiences with my readers. Maya’s writing is so inspirational that I have several books of hers, one in particular which I have read and reread many times before is “I know why the caged bird sings”

When I first read “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” I was captivated from the start. This autobiography of Maya describes her childhood with her grandmother in the American south during the 1930s. It is an honest account of racial prejudices endured in the United States during that time. What is captivating about her story is how her love of literature helped her to overcome racism and trauma. Her strength within speaks volume of her character and her desire to make a difference in the world.

Another of her book which I read recently is a collection of her poetry, published in 2015 which brought out the poetic in me.

5 | Reading travel stories inspires me to travel more

One of the many travel stories which I have read in the past is a book called “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho. This book is special to me because it helped me to think about my desires in life and what I should do about realising my dreams.

The Alchemist is a novel written by a Portuguese author, originally written in Portuguese but later translated and became an international best-seller. It is a mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of treasure. His adventurous quest takes him on journeys to the markets of Tangiers and the Egyptian deserts but at the end, he finds himself. This is a powerful book on courage, chasing your dreams and life’s lessons. If you haven’t read it, I would strongly encourage that you do.

To consider what may interest you, and to choose your Perfect Travel Companion, you can always search My Amazon Shop by clicking the link below in the comfort of your own space and time – for both Kindle reads and physical books.

My Travel Companion in My Amazon Shop

My Thoughts

While I enjoy reading and cherish the opportunity to escape from the everyday hum-drum, I realise there’s nothing like reading a book when you are on vacation. It is relaxing, takes my mind off the routine and social media plus it inspires me to travel and write more of my travels. So, if you are ever looking for a companion when on vacation, look no further than a humble book, which for me is my perfect travel companion.

Happy Adventures!

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2 Responses

  1. Georgina

    Creative non fiction sounds like my kind of travel companion also. Totally understand about listening as opposed to physically holding a book while on a train or plane. Thank you so much for sharing. Appreciate it.

  2. Jay Artale

    I like reading books. But when I’m traveling I much prefer to listen to them. I find it easier to pop in my earplugs on a train or plane and lose myself in a book. Couldn’t imagine traveling without a selection. Mainly nonfiction. But sometimes creative non fiction.

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