While borders continue to be restricted and travel seems just out of reach to most, there are other ways to feed the travel bug while we wait for the world to reopen. Whether your travels are to learn about other cultures or escape from the daily routine, books offer a fantastic outlet. Below are 4 books that have kept me energized and excited for future travels that I think you’ll enjoy reading this Spring.
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Super Sushi Ramen Express: A Culinary Adventure Through Japan – Michael Booth
The author and his family move to northern Japan and work their way down the country exploring local food dishes to show that there is more than just sushi and ramen. The author is a food writer more educated in French and western cuisine, so you can pick up the excitement when he gets to nerd out on new ingredients and their sourcing. The chapters are super bite-size and independent of one another, so it’s a great book to pick up and progress a little bit at a time if you’re on a time crunch. I stopped at least once every couple chapters to look up pictures of some of the food and it made my mouth water.
Ten Years a Nomad: A Traveler’s Journey Home – Matt Kepnes
Written by my go-to travel blogger, Nomadic Matt, this is a chronicle of his introduction to travel and how his wanderlust helped him figure out who he was and where he would call home for over a decade of travel. His site is still one of my first stops when researching a new destination and, in the book, it’s really interesting reading about how each stop revealed more about both himself and his understanding of travel.
The Damage Done: Twelve Years Of Hell In A Bangkok Prison – Warren Fellows
Unfortunately relevant to current global affairs as 22 political activists recently started trial for the accused crime of sedition against the Thai monarchy. The book is a memoir of an Australian man who got caught trafficking heroine out of Thailand, a crime he doesn’t deny. However, the following imprisonment and decade-plus of confinement has you internally balancing the concept of crime punishment vs human rights. The book is gripping and leaves you wanting more of the humbling story.
The Way Of Wanderlust: The Best Travel Writing of Don George – Don George
This is what I’m currently reading. Having been writing for over 40 years, the author has finally collected his most memorable articles and stories into one publication. Though the introduction is a bit pretentious and privileged , once you understand his view on travel and wanderlust, the mood changes. One sentence begins explaining how travel “teaches us to embrace our vulnerability” and that really sticks out as a belief I share.
Have you read any of these?
What are you reading this Spring? Let me know in the comments below.