Suffering from a Serious Case of Wanderlust? Read These 3 Travel Books
If you find yourself checking your inbox for the next Scott’s Cheap Flights deal, browsing Airbnb rentals in tropical locations or searching for Groupon air-inclusive trips, you may be in need of a monthly dose of travel. However, if your bank account is pleading with you to hold off on booking your next trip, heading to a local public pool with these three travel books may offer some temporary relief before your next adventure.
Bures’ memoir takes readers to Nigeria, Thailand, Borneo, Singapore, Hong Kong and China as he investigates crucial questions: What makes an entire culture in Nigeria believe that their genitals have been stolen via “magical penis theft?” Why do some people in Japan suffer from taijin kyofusho, a culture-specific syndrome that leads to fear of interpersonal interactions, especially of people’s embarrassment (rather than their own)? While traveling to various parts of the world, Bures examines a larger question as well: How does culture affect our beliefs?
“I’ve just embarked on four months in a foreign country alone… I booked two nights in a Dublin hostel before I left. Other than that, I’ve got no plan. And this greatly confounds me because I always have a plan,” Friedman begins her memoir. Shortly before starting her senior year of college and feeling directionless for the first time, the usually Type A English major decides to take a sporadic trip to Ireland. There, she meets her Australian friend and roommate, Carly, who encourages Friedman to continue her travels in Australia and South America after graduation. Readers who enjoy quick-witted observations and recent college graduates — especially liberal arts majors — will enjoy this book.
Weiner, author of The Geography of Bliss and a foreign correspondent for National Public Radio, uses this New York Times bestseller to build on Dean Simonton’s theory that geniuses often emerge in groups at various places and times. “We know it’s not genetic. So what was it? Climate? Money? Dumb luck?” Weiner asks. He describes his travels to destinations like Athens, Hangzhou, Florence, Edinburgh, Calcutta, Vienna and Silicon Valley as he combines research, interviews and humorous observations to determine why geniuses are more likely to appear in certain places and centuries over others.