Guidebooks, along with cookbooks, are my chosen souvenir for every big trip I take. Even when the guidebook becomes out-of-date, I like to have a keepsake to remind me of the place and the time I went on each adventure.
M. reminds me that if we stick entirely to the guidebook we’ll just end up taking the same path as every other Lonely Planet-buying tourist, and he’s right. But when it comes to getting the lay of the land and finding some good spots, it’s helpful to have a guidebook along.
Thanks to our awesome travel agent, we’re making a quick 2-day stop in Hong Kong on our way to Mongolia in just a few weeks. It seemed like the perfect way to get a little of everything from a short trip– the wild expanse of Mongolia, but first, a cosmopolitan shopping-and-eating side-trip.
I’m a big reader. This is great for travelling; I rarely get bored. But the weight of books, and the space they take up in my luggage– sometimes it’s just not practical.
And while I don’t get carsick easily and can happily read in a moving vehicle on a highway or stable street, there are many roads in this world that even I couldn’t handle reading through without the risk of severe nausea.