A popular page of Budget Travel is our masthead. Every month, we publish our answers to a particular question, which we think is a way to add a bit of fun to a page that many readers probably find dull.
A couple years ago, we were asked to name books that made us want to take trips.
Some of our answers were:
Erik Torkells...The Republic of Love, by Carol Shields
Marilyn Holstein...A Thousand Days in Venice, by Marlena de Blasi
Amy Lundeen...A Street in Marrakech, by Elizabeth Warnock Fernea
Amy Helin...The Origin of the Species, by Charles Darwin
Laura MacNeil...Paddle-to-the-Sea, by Holling Clancy Holling
Thomas Berger...Blue Highways: A Journey Into America, by William Least Heat-Moon
Kate Appleton...Birds Without Wings, by Louis de Bernières
Ruthie Kaposi...A Separate Peace, by John Knowles**
[CORRECTION 10:37 a.m.: I typed in the wrong book for Ruthie Kaposi when I first posted this. I regret the error. My advice to you: Never blog before having your a cup of coffee!]
But enough about the books that inspired us to travel. What about you?
When we recently asked what books you bring on a trip, dozens of readers posted fascinating answers, which inspired our staff to make several trips—to local libraries and bookstores!
Some examples included Bruce Chatwin's The Songlines, the Bible, Edward F. Murphy's book, "Heroes of WWII," and Janet Evanovich series of books about the Stephanie Plum character (female bounty hunter). (Full list, here.)
BUT NOW we have a different question: What book makes you want to travel in the first place?