By Brazen Edwards

I love to read. It is such a wonderful pastime that can be enjoyed anywhere, anytime. Indulging your bookworm side on vacation is one of the best ways to catch up on all those books on your must-read list that you have been too busy juggling everyday life to get to. 

Reading while travelling is also a great way to explore new ideas and perspectives and, if you choose the appropriate books, can help you learn about the culture and history of the places you plan to visit. And, of course, it makes time just slip away, which is always a good thing while you’re making your way to your vacation hotspot. 

We all know how travel days can suck, right? So, whether you are stuck in traffic, waiting in an airport lounge, or sitting on a train for hours on end, diving into a good book immerses you in a new world and keeps your mind occupied in a productive and enjoyable way. It helps reduce stress by providing a mental escape from the chaos allowing you to focus on something entertaining instead of just drinking overpriced drinks in the airport bar!

Expand Your Horizons

Reading while travelling is a great way to expand your horizons and learn about new cultures, places, and people. Whether reading a travel destination guide, a novel set in your new location, or a non-fiction book about the history of the place you are visiting, you can gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the world around you. Just imagine exploring the ruins of ancient Rome or wandering through the streets of Paris with valuable insights and information about the places you see in reality after reading about them!

Travelling often inspires creativity and reading while doing so can amplify this effect. Whether you are a writer, artist, or musician, devouring a great novel can help to spark your imagination and inspire new ideas. It’s a great way to get your creative juices flowing. It’s also a meaningful way to exercise your brain and improve cognitive function, something that is particularly important while travelling. 

The whole travel process can be mentally exhausting, so reading can help keep your brain active and engaged, improving focus, memory, and concentration.

Excellent For Stress Relief

In today’s fast-paced world, it’s essential to disconnect from technology and the constant barrage of notifications and distractions. One of the best things about long-haul flights is how you can disconnect for hours without anyone getting annoyed at you!

Getting lost in a book helps you to disconnect from the digital world and focus on something more tangible and rewarding. It’s also a great way to unplug and unwind while on an aeroplane, giving some respite from travel worries or fears of flying. 

Yes, travelling can be a stressful, hectic or even boring experience, especially when you have long layovers, flights or train rides. Reading a good book can help to reduce this stress by providing a mental escape from the chaos and allowing you to focus on something enjoyable and entertaining.

 When you’re reading, especially an engaging book, it just makes your journey feel shorter. By getting lost in excellent writing, you can forget about the many hours you’re stuck in a metal box and enjoy the journey itself.

Helps Connect You With Others

Reading a book someone else has read and loved or something that piques their interest, can be a great way to connect with fellow travellers and generate interesting conversations. It can also help you connect with the locals in the places you visit, either because you are reading a novel by a local author or a book about the local history and culture. These connections can help make your travels more meaningful and rewarding. 

While in a foreign country and trying to learn the language, reading books or magazines in the local language can improve your vocabulary, grammar, and comprehension and make you feel more confident and comfortable with speaking.

It also helps you foster a sense of empathy and recreates a feeling of social engagement as you find common ground with others. Bibliotherapy, or book therapy, emerged as a potentially powerful tool for helping people with anxiety and depression due in part to the connections books can help create.

So, the next time you are on the go, be sure to pack a good book or an eReader full of them and enjoy the benefits of reading while travelling. It will create lasting memories that you will cherish for years to come, whether it’s a book that you read while sitting on a beach in Thailand or a novel that you picked up in a small bookstore in Paris, they can help remind you of the places you visited and the beautiful experiences you had.