What do you take with you?
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Most of the time my trips involve at least a couple of hours on a train to get elsewhere so I would pretty much always have abook with me.
Usually ficton, I wouldn't want to be reading about the area I'm heading to as the inevitable trials in written accounts would put me off, and I'd never be able to complete with the major trips the authors did, which would leave me disappointed.
Hence I'd take something to escape to another different place.
Not something precious like my C J Cherryh which is also too heavy going for the repeated interuptions on a trip, but probably an easy mystery by Sue Grafton or Harlem Coban or maybe Lee Child 's latest book.
How about you?
I have learned to always always always take along something to read no matter where I go, unless it's a short shopping trip, and I'm alone. I prefer a paperback for day trips, just because of the portability issue. I rarely go anywhere for more than a day or two, anyway.
Has anyone read Poems of the Scottish Hills by Hamish Brown? Brown has published a number of books about climbing the Munros in Scotland (mountains over 3000 feet), and Hamish's Mountain Walk tells how he climbed all 279 of them in a single journey of 15 weeks. He is also a poetry lover, and he published this collection of favourite poems that evoke those beautiful scenes and rugged mountain weather. It's a good anthology, and it might be one fine book to take on a hill walking trip, or to read upon return.
I take more books than I could ever read on one trip. I'll bring something I'm currently reading that is particularly interesting. And always an old favorite. Sometimes something I haven't even started yet. I never think about whether the books I'm bringing are related to where I'm going (but usually I read fantasy, and I'm yet to go anywhere that has dragons or hobbits).
As far as bigger tips, I take several books with me. I usually try to take one fiction, and a few non-fiction on various topics. I tend to travel light, for instance on my last big trip (a month in Ireland & the UK) I had a carry-on sized suitcase and a small book bag, and I had no fewer than four books with me, and I managed to buy four more on the trip, too.
When camping for a few days, I bring at least three or four books; when backpacking, I usually only bring one (maybe two if their small). When hiking, I have at least one with me. After all, if I should get lost in the woods, I want something to entertain me (I mean really, who needs food or shelter if you have a great book with you?).
I have no problem reading on planes, trains, or automobiles—however, when reading in the car, I find that I get more out of the reading experience if I’m not the one driving ... all of that honking and swearing really detracts from a good story!
When it comes to really getting reading done on a trip, I bring something new yet familiar. I usually don't go on a trip without having two books so I will have a second option if I change my mind about what I want to read.
When I am camping, I found the Shambala mini series are usually good to have around. On my last backpacking trip I read Mount Analogue by Rene Daumal, and on my last bike trip I read Thoughts in Solitude by Thomas Merton. They have mini-versions of Zen Flesh, Zen Bones, Dhammapada, and others. I find reading Buddhist spirituality in the mountains to be quite refreshing, and the books are very small and very light!
Arctic, you are SOOOOO lucky to live in Alaska. I love it up there, and have been lucky enough to work in every part of the state except the lower Yukon. Last year I spent several days in Dutch Harbor. They had a 6.0 quake offshore just a few days before my arrival, and the tail end of a Pacific hurricane came through while I was there.
One year, I even managed to be there for the start of the Iditarod. What a thrill! I watched the ceremonial start in downtown Anchorage, then drove up to Big Lake to watch the "real" start. That was the second year that Susan Butcher won, and everyone was wearing T-shirts that said "Alaska - where men are men, and women win the Iditarod."
My retirement fantasy is to have two homes - one in Alaska, and one on the South Island of New Zealand. I don't know if I want to work long enough to finance that dream though.
He lives in Fairbanks, and I swear, it could not have happened to a nicer guy.
I can't read in cars, never could, I get the motion sickness. But I do need a book on a plane, for after I've flipped through the magazines. Also, layovers are hell without a book:)
Come to think of it, I rarely go anywhere w/o a book of some sort.
Actually, plane flights are the best for reading while travelling - there's something about that level of background noise that is loud enough to force me to actively ignore it and pay attention to what I'm reading, but not so loud that it grabs my attention away from what I'm reading. Odd.
If it's more than a day trip, yes there's a book with me. Like some others, it's whatever I'm reading at the time. I'm also a BookCrosser, so I usually take "extras" and leave a copy for someone to find. A lot of my overnight outings these days are Father / Child with a local Y group. Accommodations are hardly roughing it, but we manage to get some nice hikes in. I'll usually take one of my extras to the dinning hall and "forget it" on a table or leave one in one of the common rooms if we have a lodge.
I have two such campouts coming up over the next two weekends, one Father / Son the other Father / Daughter, at two different camps, so I'm making my list of possible donations to the cause. BTW, both kids are teens, both are avid readers and my daughter is also on LibraryThing.
I always take an environmental essay book, such as Aldo Leopold, because when backpacking I want to read about nature as well as experience it....
I usually take a fiction book as well, preferably something long enough to hold me (a speed reader) through the week or whatever.