A Really Great Travel Tip

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Anthony Bourdain wrote about his best travel tips and one of them was absolutely genius…

On the plane, read a fiction book set in the place you are going to visit.  Here is his quote:

On the plane, I like to read fiction set in the location I’m going to. Fiction is in many ways more useful than a guidebook, because it gives you those little details, a sense of the way a place smells, an emotional sense of the place. So, I’ll bring Graham Greene’s The Quiet American if I’m going to Vietnam. It’s good to feel romantic about a destination before you arrive.

It’s so true and I am absolutely going to do this the next time I go somewhere.  It could even be fun to read books set in the place I live so I can feel romantic about it as well.  If fact, I just happened to pick up Jeannette Walls’ book Half Broke Horses at the library.

If you are travelling to New Orleans, I would suggest The Feast of All Saints written by Anne Rice.  It is not about vampires, it is one of her books that is not about the supernatural.  I think it really conveys the mood and mystery and dark magic of the city.  You will get a whole new education on the history of racial relationships as well.

While you are at it, watch A Love Song for Bobby Long which will give you a new perspective on Scarlett Johansson, John Travolta and Gabriel Macht (of the show Suits) and lure you seductively into the musical and boozy ambiance of the Big Easy.  There is a beautiful song by Theresa Andersson in the movie called “Lorraine’s Song” and it always takes me right back there with the first note.

The next trip I plan to take is to Big Bear, California, and the only book I found set there so far is Gold Mountain Girl.  I’m going to give this a whirl!

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Have a glorious weekend!

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