The Art of Travel by Alain De Botton

Any Baedeker will tell us where we ought to travel, but only Alain de Botton will tell us how and why. With the same intelligence and insouciant charm he brought to How Proust Can Save Your Life, de Botton considers the pleasures of anticipation; the allure of the exotic, and the value of noticing everything from a seascape in Barbados to the takeoffs at Heathrow.

This book is about approaching art thoughtfully and deriving more from travelling, rather than just looking at things on the surface, mindless level. For someone who writes about travel, this became life-changing.

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