laws to travel by – #16


Always have something to read.

In terms of travel, reading material is often regarded exclusively as a beach necessity, but we’re here to assure you that a book or magazine should be on hand at all times while on the road. More often than not, travel is a waiting game–planes, trains, and automobiles can all take longer than expected, and there is nothing that passes the time quite like having something to read. A few of our travel-related favorites that have stuck with us? The Paris Wife (paired with A Moveable Feast, of course), The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, The Rules of Civility, and The Forgotten Garden. OH, and The Hunger Games. (duh).

But our biggest book-related advice? Buy an e-reader. Welcome to the 21st Century.


the romantic & the wino

p.s. we are in serious need of some book recommendations, and stat. suggest in the comments and we’ll love you forever.



  1. carla dado
    June 26, 2012 / 00:54

    the geography of bliss by eric weiner

  2. daryle
    June 26, 2012 / 01:02

    I just finished The Paris Wife and loved it. Oh, and of course The Hunger Games! A few other books that have inspired my recent travels were The Shoemaker’s Wife (partially set in Italy, partially NY), Juliet (Siena, Italy!), The Cellist of Sarajevo, and The NIght Circus. Happy reading and thanks for your suggestions too!

    • June 26, 2012 / 10:01

      the shoemaker’s wife keeps popping up as a recommendation! also read the night circus recently and really loved it. thanks for the list!

  3. June 26, 2012 / 03:11

    Totally agree! Sometimes though I try to pretend I am interested in reading books that I feel like I should be reading…so I’ll pack something like “a farewell to arms” and then I find myself thumbing through somebody elses copy of Nylon without actually getting around to my ‘sophisticated’ reading. ha! Book recommendations: a hybrid of magazine/hi brow, any of Lisa Hanwalt’s illustrated comix! (srsly good you wont regret).

      • June 26, 2012 / 10:13

        also, we totally do the same and download books in the hopes that we’ll read them but then get completely bored and read something absurd.

  4. the Hubs
    June 26, 2012 / 09:38

    The romantic might fight me on this one… but The Historian is an awesome travel read. It bounces around from Amsterdam to Istanbul, Budapest, Romania, and others. I’m a sucker for suspenseful historical fiction.

    • June 26, 2012 / 10:11

      oh i 100% fight you on this one. please, everyone, share whether or not you enjoyed the histo-zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. sorry, fell asleep just thinking about it.

  5. June 26, 2012 / 11:04

    The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World

    I read this a few years ago and should reread it. It’s informative and fun at the same time.

  6. Travel Freak (@FreakOutOfTown)
    June 26, 2012 / 11:40

    The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

    The subject matter is pretty dark and there is a historical aspect to it (which I gather is not entirely your cup of tea) but the descriptions of nature and daily life in a village in the Congo are awesome. And hey, it was part of Oprah’s Book Club in 1999, so there’s that.

    • June 26, 2012 / 11:41

      hahaha no no, i actually do like historical fiction. i just thought the historian was super boring. it’s a bone of contention between me and the hubs. i’ve heard great things about the poisonwood bible, though! and oprah is never wrong.

    • June 26, 2012 / 13:42

      we totally understand, but we have to say that e-readers have made our lives SO much easier. between saving us storage space in our apartments and giving us tons of options when traveling, it’s turned into a necessity! checking out your list now 🙂

    • June 27, 2012 / 22:18

      i’m just about finished with just kids by patti smith and may need a little break from bios/autobios for awhile, but that’s definitely on the list!

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