THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN READING & TRAVELING
by Mac Candee
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Posted: Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Section one: Reading travel guide books

Reading has been around for thousands of years and it’s still a beloved way to get new information, explore the world through stories, learn about ideas and so many more. Some might argue that reading has been in vogue ever since Gutenberg invented the printing press more than 600 years ago. But how does it tie into a nomadic lifestyle? Of course, there are countless books about starting your location independent journey, but that’s not the only thing. You can dive deep into your destination’s culture, habits, cuisine and many more, all from the comfort of your own home, with a lit candle nearby, while a cozy blanket keeps you warm. In this way, you can not only expand your knowledge, but also make more of your opportunities, because learning about the place you’re visiting can make it that much more interesting. Our tiny world is full of so many surprises, it will make you fall even more in love with its fascinating history, nature, culture and every little aspect of being human and living on Earth.

What’s the relationship between travelling and reading you might ask?

Well, let me tell you, that just a few minutes of reading up on the culture you’re visiting can totally change your experience. There are just some things you can’t pick up on just by visiting all the overcrowded tourist areas. The beauty of travel can sometimes be in the nuances you pick up, like local phrases, norms, traditions and history that you can’t see from just the attractions alone. Also think about how cool it would be to strike up a conversation with a local and know a few words! Sometimes, you might just miss some exciting native experiences if you don’t take the time to learn about what your destination can offer.

So, how can you make sure you make the most out of every trip, while not breaking the bank or having to spend several hours reading about each and every little thing? This is just one of the things I actually talk about on my YouTube video regarding how to be informed about where you are going, which helps me turn traveling into an adventure, instead of a boring vacation. You can watch it here.

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Section two: How reading country related books can be useful

As a YouTuber & Content Creator, being able to expand my knowledge through reading has improved the quality of my videos so much. I know that my viewers don’t want only the beautiful photos and videos, they also want to know what it’s like to be on that exact corner of the planet that I’m filming. This is something I can’t convey if I don’t know every little unique thing about where I am. And I can definitely tell you, being anywhere is more exciting when you know what makes it special. It’s also a way for me to better my itinerary.

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Section three : What the internet can offer

While being informed is just a part of it, having a great itinerary is important wherever you’re going. In the beginning, I wasn’t so sure how I can create a good one, but as I got a bit more experienced in travelling, it started to make sense. Of course, there is always that incredibly interesting thing down the corner that you just don’t have the time to cram into your schedule, but as long as you make sure you check all the boxes for things that inspire you, you’re on the right path! But at the same time, you’d be amazed at just how much a few quick things can improve the quality of your stay. If you want to learn some useful tricks on how to make the most out of your itineraries, I’ve also covered that in dept in a short and sweet YouTube video. You can watch it here.

I hope this helps you in expanding your worldview, as well as making the most out of each opportunity that presents itself. In my YouTube channel, you can find many other useful tips on how to structure your travel so that you have the best time. If you’ve ever dreamed of traveling the world full time, I have just what you need- I’ve included everything I’ve learned from my experience, and I guarantee it can save you a lot of stress starting out. Another tool that will help you is my guide, which will not only give you all the details in a comprehensive format, it will also help you tackle difficult situations like telling your workplace. I’ve also covered all of my trips in dept, so if you feel like visiting New Zealand, Aruba, Australia, South America, Uruguay and many others, don’t hesitate to check it out!





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