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I am an avid reader! Typically I read fantasy books with the occasional contemporary, classic and biography in there. I really struggle with reading while abroad as it’s very difficult to decide what to bring!
If you’re interested in other packing posts, be sure to check out my post on how to pack for a rural trip.
So how do I do it? A kindle!
My personal favourite is the Paper-white. It is light, back lit and easy to navigate and so perfect for travel. The battery life on this kindle is also brilliant, I have read non-stop for about 7 hours before (I can’t sleep on planes!) and it had only just started to die on me.
The Kindle Fire is very useful if you want a way of keeping in contact with the world as you can go on Facebook and use other apps, as well as reading while abroad! The battery life isn’t quite as good as it has all the apps.
Admittedly, I don’t know much about the Oasis as I have never used one, but it’s worth checking out!
The best thing about buying a kindle is that you can have hundreds and thousands of books at your disposal for the weight of half a book! If you read fairly quickly, I recommend getting Kindle Unlimited as you can have up to 10 books a month!
Buy books while travelling
Usually while I am waiting for my flight or train, I find myself in a bookshop. Every time this happens, and every time I know that I am getting ripped off because the prices are extortionate! I still do it anyway though.
If you have a long journey ahead of you, I do recommend checking out the bookshop because you can get a short book (or a long one if you’ve got time to read it!). Once you’ve finished with it, you can pass it along to someone else who might be interested in reading it or donate it to a place when you’re at your destination.
Only take 1 book with you
I always allow myself 1 book to take abroad with me. Usually I take a big fantasy book as it keeps me going for a while. Also, chose a paperback over a hardback!
There’s a multitude of things you can do with the book once you’ve read it depending on the type of journey you are doing. When backpacking, the weight of a book really influences your journey, and therefore I don’t recommend keeping the book once you’re done.
If you’re doing a beach holiday, then keeping it (if you like it of course) wouldn’t really effect you.
Check out second hand book shops!
Second hand bookshops are a beauty. They are the perfect place to explore and get immersed into the local culture!
This is also a brilliant place to give away a book that you bought with you, or bought while travelling. You can bring something back from here as a souvenir.
Keep an eye out for a blog post on Second Hand Bookshops you must visit!
Find the local library!
If there is a time when you’re waiting for a bus, or just have some time to relax, why not find the local library? You don’t need to take out any books, but you can browse the shelves and find a comfortable seat to start reading in!
Libraries also have free WiFi and computers so it’s a perfect place to get in contact with home as well.
Check out BookCrossing
This is new to me! Be sure to check out the site here if my explanation is not informative enough!
You register with the site, and you input the book you want to ‘donate’, you receive a label which you print and stick on the book. The next step is to pass on the book! They call it ‘releasing it into the wild’ whereby you leave it somewhere or give it to a stranger.
Due to the label on the book, whoever gets the book after you is able to find the BookCrossing website and claim the book, and you are able to see where in the world the book has gone!
Incredible, isn’t it!