In recent years I have enhanced my travel experience and built up the excitement and anticipation about the trip by researching and then reading books written about the city, state or country. I also read books written about the artist before I experience a particular new exhibit at an art museum. Reading about the place or the person beforehand, just brings the entire travel experience to a new level. Sometimes I read the book again after I get back home and generally, I take away different thoughts than I had when I read it before the trip. Here are a couple of book recommendations, based on my experiences.
Maine – visited in July 2013
The Peninsula, written by Louise Dickinson Rich in 1958
Saltwater Farm, written by Luthera Burton Dawson in 1993
Falcon Guide to Best Easy Day Hikes, Acadia National Park, 2011
Moon Coastal Maine by Hillary Nangel, 2010
Our Point of View – Fourteen Years at a Maine Lighthouse, Tomas Mark Szelog and Lee Ann Szelog, 2007
Monhegan – The Artists’ Island, By Jane and Will Curtis and Frank Lieberman, 1995
New Orleans – travel plans are for Thanksgiving 2013, visited twice before.
The Accidental City – Improvising New Orleans, Lawrence N. Powell, 2012 – reading this now!
New Orleans, The Official Visitor’s Guide for 2013, from the New Orleans Convention and Visitor’s Bureau
Frommer’s New Orleans, 2011 by Diana Schwam
A Streetcar Named Desire, Tennessee Williams, 1948
The Awakening, Kate Chopin, 1899
London – visiting December 28-January 4 for the first time.
Travel as a Political Act, Rick Steves, 2009
Hidden Europe and Europe Through the Back Door, Rick Steves, 2012
Top 10 London, DK Eyewitness Travel, 2012
The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, 2012
The Casual Vacancy, JK Rowling, 2012
Abbey Cooks Entertain, Pamela Foster, 2012
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, 2009
The Forgotten Garden, Kate Morton, 2008
Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, Helen Simonson,
Innocents Abroad, Mark Twain,1869
Please let me know if you have travel book recommendations to add to the list.
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” Mark Twain from Innocents Abroad