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Travel books are a great escape, even if you're just an armchair traveler. (Photo by John McDonnell/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

A couple of years ago, I discovered bibliotherapy, defined in a >New Yorker article as “the ancient practice of encouraging reading for therapeutic effect.”

In these surreal times, this resonated strongly with me, and I gratefully accepted a generous offer from my Facebook friend, Rachel Stevenson, who volunteered to be my bibliotherapist.

Rachel is an award-winning librarian in northwestern Pennsylvania. Her passion is finding the perfect book for each reader, and she nails it every time. Whatever you’re feeling, whatever you need, she will recommend the literary solution.

I asked Rachel to choose a travel topic so we could share some great suggestions for those planning trips, creating bucket lists or just armchair traveling, and she decided to focus on modes of transportation.

When I asked her why, she said that she had once participated in a workshop where, after discovering her Myers-Briggs type, she was put in a group with other ENFJs (extraversion, intuition, feeling, judgement) and told to plan the perfect vacation. Although no one agreed on where they wanted to go, they all agreed on how they were going to get there.

The instructor said that’s exactly what ENFJs do, and that, to them, the journey really is as important as the destination. Having written a piece on journeys that were destinations in themselves, I was all for this idea.

Whether you want to travel by foot, car or plane, here are the books you’re going to want to order now:

Walking

Walking is one of my favorite past times and I recently came across an amazing book called >A History of the World in 500 Walks by Sarah Baxter. The book, which obviously focuses on the entire world, gives wonderful tidbits for each walk mentioned. It’s ordered in time periods starting with the ancient world and ending in the 20th century. Each walk has helpful tips as well as the history behind it, but my favorite parts are the little asides about some of the folklores and legends of the place.

For me, walking is a form of meditation where I can focus on the beauty of my surroundings and think about my life. Henry David Thoreau delivered his “Walking” lecture ten times – more than any other lecture – and it is as important in 2018 as it was in 1862 when it was posthumously published. Today we are so caught up in our phones, social media, work, etc. that we forget to stop and smell the roses. Both books can help turn back time and take you to another century where you can appreciate nature.

Hiking

Lonely Planet released >Epic Hikes of the World this month and it is worth the $35 price. As a librarian, I adore beautiful books and this guide is beautiful inside and out. It is also unique because it features 50 first person narratives, telling you the best time to go, how to get there, where to start, where to stop, and how long the hike will take.

In between hikes, I strongly recommend reading >A Woman’s Place Is at the Top by Hannah Kimberley, which recounts the story of mountaineer, Annie Smith Peck. After reading the preface, I knew that Annie would become a favorite person of mine. At the age of 14, in 1864, she began asking people to mail her letters back to her along with their responses so her future biographers would have a complete picture of her correspondence. I see a lot of myself in the 14-year-old Peck and may have done something similar myself. It’s refreshing to find out about a woman who broke so many rules in times when women didn’t do that. I’m happy that Kimberley was able to finish a biography of Peck while two others have failed.

Flying

Patrick Smith’s updated 2018 >Cockpit Confidential is almost as good as having a pilot with you every step of your trip. (I have firsthand experience in this as a good friend of mine is a pilot). All the questions you have about safety, rumors you’ve heard, and reasons why there are regulations about tray tables, seats, and windows are answered.

I’ve always preferred Boeing planes personally and I think it is because of the book, >The Man Who Ate the 747 by Ben Sherwood. I know. It sounds ridiculous, but this novel isn’t just about planes and world records. It’s about finding love in unexpected places and having a journey lead to the place you will end up calling home.

Driving

Recently I came across a Facebook post talking about how the family car trip vacation was becoming a thing of the past. Being from Pennsylvania, where we measure distance by hours and not miles (Erie is one hour from Titusville. Philly is five hours from Pittsburgh), makes me love the family vacation car trip more than anything. It also reminds me of our family car trips to the eastern part of the state for renaissance fairs and pretzel making diplomas.

So what could be more American than >Road Trip USA by Jamie Jensen, which will take you through the two lane highways all over the United States. The newly revised book features six road trips and no interstates. Jensen is convinced that the interstate is soulless, with all of its cookie cutter restaurants, and it’s the two lanes highways that will show you the real America.

Our highway system amazes me every time I’m on it. We, Americans, love our cars because they bring about the adventure and the freedom that represents our country. In 1913, Henry Ford began mass producing his Model T Ford, and Paul Ingrassia’s >Engines of Change starts there and tracks the history of the American dream in 15 cars. Reading it is a unique experience that will make you eager to hit the road.

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Travel books are a great escape, even if you're just an armchair traveler. (Photo by John McDonnell/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

A couple of years ago, I discovered bibliotherapy, defined in a >New Yorker article as “the ancient practice of encouraging reading for therapeutic effect.”

In these surreal times, this resonated strongly with me, and I gratefully accepted a generous offer from my Facebook friend, Rachel Stevenson, who volunteered to be my bibliotherapist.

Rachel is an award-winning librarian in northwestern Pennsylvania. Her passion is finding the perfect book for each reader, and she nails it every time. Whatever you’re feeling, whatever you need, she will recommend the literary solution.

I asked Rachel to choose a travel topic so we could share some great suggestions for those planning trips, creating bucket lists or just armchair traveling, and she decided to focus on modes of transportation.

When I asked her why, she said that she had once participated in a workshop where, after discovering her Myers-Briggs type, she was put in a group with other ENFJs (extraversion, intuition, feeling, judgement) and told to plan the perfect vacation. Although no one agreed on where they wanted to go, they all agreed on how they were going to get there.

The instructor said that’s exactly what ENFJs do, and that, to them, the journey really is as important as the destination. Having written a piece on journeys that were destinations in themselves, I was all for this idea.

Whether you want to travel by foot, car or plane, here are the books you’re going to want to order now:

Walking

Walking is one of my favorite past times and I recently came across an amazing book called >A History of the World in 500 Walks by Sarah Baxter. The book, which obviously focuses on the entire world, gives wonderful tidbits for each walk mentioned. It’s ordered in time periods starting with the ancient world and ending in the 20th century. Each walk has helpful tips as well as the history behind it, but my favorite parts are the little asides about some of the folklores and legends of the place.

For me, walking is a form of meditation where I can focus on the beauty of my surroundings and think about my life. Henry David Thoreau delivered his “Walking” lecture ten times – more than any other lecture – and it is as important in 2018 as it was in 1862 when it was posthumously published. Today we are so caught up in our phones, social media, work, etc. that we forget to stop and smell the roses. Both books can help turn back time and take you to another century where you can appreciate nature.

Hiking

Lonely Planet released >Epic Hikes of the World this month and it is worth the $35 price. As a librarian, I adore beautiful books and this guide is beautiful inside and out. It is also unique because it features 50 first person narratives, telling you the best time to go, how to get there, where to start, where to stop, and how long the hike will take.

In between hikes, I strongly recommend reading >A Woman’s Place Is at the Top by Hannah Kimberley, which recounts the story of mountaineer, Annie Smith Peck. After reading the preface, I knew that Annie would become a favorite person of mine. At the age of 14, in 1864, she began asking people to mail her letters back to her along with their responses so her future biographers would have a complete picture of her correspondence. I see a lot of myself in the 14-year-old Peck and may have done something similar myself. It’s refreshing to find out about a woman who broke so many rules in times when women didn’t do that. I’m happy that Kimberley was able to finish a biography of Peck while two others have failed.

Flying

Patrick Smith’s updated 2018 >Cockpit Confidential is almost as good as having a pilot with you every step of your trip. (I have firsthand experience in this as a good friend of mine is a pilot). All the questions you have about safety, rumors you’ve heard, and reasons why there are regulations about tray tables, seats, and windows are answered.

I’ve always preferred Boeing planes personally and I think it is because of the book, >The Man Who Ate the 747 by Ben Sherwood. I know. It sounds ridiculous, but this novel isn’t just about planes and world records. It’s about finding love in unexpected places and having a journey lead to the place you will end up calling home.

Driving

Recently I came across a Facebook post talking about how the family car trip vacation was becoming a thing of the past. Being from Pennsylvania, where we measure distance by hours and not miles (Erie is one hour from Titusville. Philly is five hours from Pittsburgh), makes me love the family vacation car trip more than anything. It also reminds me of our family car trips to the eastern part of the state for renaissance fairs and pretzel making diplomas.

So what could be more American than >Road Trip USA by Jamie Jensen, which will take you through the two lane highways all over the United States. The newly revised book features six road trips and no interstates. Jensen is convinced that the interstate is soulless, with all of its cookie cutter restaurants, and it’s the two lanes highways that will show you the real America.

Our highway system amazes me every time I’m on it. We, Americans, love our cars because they bring about the adventure and the freedom that represents our country. In 1913, Henry Ford began mass producing his Model T Ford, and Paul Ingrassia’s >Engines of Change starts there and tracks the history of the American dream in 15 cars. Reading it is a unique experience that will make you eager to hit the road.

Source : https://www.forbes.com/sites/loisaltermark/2018/08/14/these-travel-books-will-fuel-your-wanderlust/

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