The Joys of Travel: And Stories That Illuminate Them by Thomas Swick

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The Joys of Travel awakens readers to pleasures that, as travelers, they may be taking for granted, and shows non-travelers what they’ve been missing. It offers tips on how people can get the most out of their trips, including strategies for meeting locals, and examines how various modes of transportation affect a traveler’s experience. Throughout this enlightening memoir, Swick also supplies readers with the titles of travel classics that will not only prepare them for the places they visit, but make those places more meaningful once they arrive.

Before your next trip, be it a family vacation or a backpacking tour of Europe, read The Joys of Travel. It will inspire you to get the most out of your time away from home—and to get away more often.

Title : The Joys of Travel: And Stories That Illuminate Them
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ISBN : 1634508211
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 208 pages


Dave rated it ★★★★★

June 02, 2016

If you're the kind of perceptive traveler who likes to ride trains, strike up conversations with strangers and go to places that aren't mentioned in your guidebook, meet Thomas Swick, a traveler writer you will surely love. It was a pleasure to spend 300 pages or so with him, revisiting places th...

David rated it ★★★★★

February 23, 2017

Short but great read. The book consists of three sections, The second consisting of actual travel writing, which was quite interesting (although I am really not into short travel stories). The third section consisting of stories of the tribulations of being a travel writer, with book signings etc...

Nan rated it ★★★★☆

August 11, 2016

Travel writer Thomas Swick richly describes seven joys connected to travel-- anticipation, movement, break from routine, novelty, discovery, emotional connection, and heightened appreciation of home-- and then illuminates each with a story from his own journeys. If you're not currently planning a...

Pilgrim Traveler Books rated it ★★★★★

May 14, 2017

A Joy to Read As a fellow traveler if often only through Books I enjoyed Thomas's perspective on travel. I do hope we American's Fund the joy of travel and reading. What a shame so few do.

William rated it ★★★★☆

July 30, 2016

An Inspiration to Travel Get out of your comfort zone and catch wanderlust. This is what the author has done and explains eloquently. Join him on the road.

Corinne rated it ★★★☆☆

May 28, 2017

3.5 stars Thomas Swick is a traveler's writer - if you already enjoy travel, chances are you will feel like he is articulating ideas you had but never had words for. The anticipation before a journey, the way just being somewhere new can heighten the senses and make you feel more alive, the consta...

Caroline rated it ★★★★☆

December 30, 2017

An unusual format... First a series of (insightful and enjoyable) essays on aspects of travel and the joys to be found. Not just in the travel itself, but in the anticipation, the change in language, food and culture. And the changed view of home. And then a series of travel stories illustrating t...

Charles rated it ★★★☆☆

September 23, 2017

First half on travel in general was great and different than anything I've read. The second half of actual travel stories were hit or miss. I'd consider reading his other books in the future to form more of an opinion. Overall a good read.

Abigail rated it ★★★★☆

October 22, 2017

Thoughtful essays about travel and experiencing different cultures. A fun read.

BV rated it ★★☆☆☆

October 06, 2017


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