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Sunday Travel Links!

Every Sunday, we post a quick little extra for those of you who, like me, love to peruse the blogosphere on a Sunday afternoon.

You might be interested in…

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Konmari for Travellers: How ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up’ made it easier, cheaper, and more fun for me to travel

Most people who know me remember the intense phase last December when, fuelled by dreams of long-term travel, I embarked on the process of reading and then following the tenets of Konmari.

Groan, you think. Not another one of these “throw-everything-out” obsessives.

Well, yes. I am a bit crazy about this stuff, but only because it worked so incredibly well for me and played a big part in helping me to plan and afford to take a big trip in the near future.

I know you’re still sceptical, but I’ll explain the whole process and see if I can’t show you that it’s not only doable, but necessary for your life as someone who loves to travel and wants to do more of it.

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Why you should leave your books behind as you travel: J.K. Rowling on travel reading

I couldn’t agree more, on all counts.

Next time you travel, try taking a book or two that you got at a secondhand bookstore and leave it behind somewhere for someone else to find, whether you liked it or not. You never know what someone else might think of it.

I discovered so many great vintagey children’s books on my travels when I was a kid, and M. and I always try to duck into at least one used book store on our trips. Have you ever found a gem (or a stinker!) while on holiday?

On Travel & Reading: Italo Calvino’s If On A Winter’s Night A Traveller

When we were in Mongolia, I finally got around to finishing the gorgeous book that M. gave me for my birthday (*cough* two years ago *cough*), Italo Calvino’s If On A Winter’s Night A Traveller.

Why don’t English speakers read more books originally written in different languages? It’s something I didn’t considered before dating a European. Almost every other language reads Shakespeare (many countries read him more than Australian students do!), yet the only time I ever read authors that weren’t British, American, or Canadian  was in my French classes, in their original French. We English-speakers miss a huge chunk of the world’s literature by ignoring translations.

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Book Review: Lonely Planet’s A Fork In The Road

Food is a huge part of what we like to experience during our travels. Whether we’ve purchased it from a cart on the street, dined on it by candlelight, or watched it being prepared in a loved one’s kitchen, we will photograph it, savour it, and remember it for years to come.

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