Monday, 3 July 2017

Taking Books on Holiday

Now is about the time that a lot of people start going on holiday, and the readers among them will be faced with an age old problem: How many books do I pack?

I'm literally the worst for this- I'll easily go over my suitcase allowance packing emergency books to ensure I don't run out of reading material on holiday. So, I've come up with a few tips on how to ensure you don't pack your entire library, but also make sure you have enough to read.

1. Go on holiday with a new book


It doesn't necessarily have to be brand new, but make sure you're not halfway through something when you go on holiday. Chances are, if you've only got about 50 pages to go on your current read, you're going to finish it at the beginning of your holiday and then have to carry it around for the majority of your time away. If you start a new book as you set off it buys you a bit more time before you finish it! I also really like the feeling of separating myself from home when I'm on holiday, and starting a new book definitely adds to this. You can also save a book you've been really looking forward to reading for your holiday, or perhaps treat yourself to a new one at the airport- make yourself excited for what you're about to read! 

2. Read long books


I'm sure that most of us have a 400+ page book sat on a shelf waiting to be read, and a holiday is such a good time to bite the bullet and make a start! You'll have plenty of free time to read it without being distracted, meaning you're less likely to forget what has happened. It also means you won't have to pack as many extra books with you!

3. Audio books!


Audio books are a great option especially if you know you're going to have a lot of travel time and tend to feel a bit ill reading on the move. I used to have an audible subscription which was really good, and you get a free audio book when you sign up as well. I really like listening to audio books, especially on long car journeys when listening to the same playlist again and again can get a bit boring. I definitely recommend getting the audio book of one of your old favourites, listening to someone read it aloud can really cast a new perspective on something you've read a million times.

4. E-Readers!


As I mentioned in my Books vs Kindles post, the main reason I bought my kindle was for travel. I'm not going to repeat myself too much here, but you can get kindles for under £60, and many classics are available for free on the kindle store. If you get worried about running out of reading material, or travel a lot, definitely consider investing in an e-reader. You can download as many books as you like to take along with you!

5. DON'T PACK EMERGENCY BOOKS

As I mentioned earlier I am the absolute worst for this. I tend to pack a couple of my favourite books 'just in case I fancy reading them'- I never ever get to them. For sure, perhaps pack one more book than you expect to read, but keep it to a maximum of 3 for your main suitcase if you're on a 2 week holiday. Be strict!!!

If you're off on a summer holiday this year have a fantastic time, and don't forget to let me know your favourite summer reads!

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