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The Art of Travel

Written by: Alain de Botton
Narrated by: Nicholas Bell
Length: 5 hrs and 22 mins

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Aside from love, few actvities seem to promise us as much happiness as going traveling: taking off for somewhere else, somewhere far from home, a place with more interesting weather, customs, and landscapes. But although we are inundated with advice on where to travel, few people seem to talk about why we should go and how we can become more fulfilled by doing so.

©2002 Alain de Botton (P)2013 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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  • quiltbrain
  • 10-12-17

Hard to read

I m glad I read it because it opened my eyes to traveling with intention, but I can’t say I liked it. I would not have read this except for school. Wouldn’t recommend it either.

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  • J. Natael
  • 07-08-13

Dull, suggestions for better alternatives

I listened to about forty-five minutes of this book (almost a fifth of it) only to hear several long lists of what various characters ordered in restaurants and a long description of the basis of the opinion that imagination is better than travel. After that I gave up.

If you were drawn in by the title, like I was, I would recommend skipping this actual book and instead going for The Art of Pilgrimage or Vagabonding, either of which delivers much better what this one's title promised than it does.

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  • jean
  • 05-04-19

A different sort of guide

Travel guides: not the Fodor's or Lonely Planet, but a different perspective: the perspective of poets and writers against the background of what is personal, immediate. I enjoyed listening to this in the audio format.

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  • dana
  • 25-04-16

a terrible book

if you want to waste your money and time, buy this book. i like alan de botton's speaks and already had seen a lot on youtube. so instead of buying this book and wasting your money and time, go to youtube and see his speaks for free. this book is about everything, but the art of travel.

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  • Phoebe
  • 29-06-15

Good for room travel

Insightful and beautifully read, with some moments of gentle humour. Sometimes seemed to wander off the topic of travel but always came back to the point eventually - often in a thought-provoking way.

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  • Mauro CALO'
  • 19-03-19

thought provoking lucid analysis

through his elegant prose, the author analyses the drivers of our usually superficial travel choices and makes us ponder on the deeper motives that move our lives.

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  • Thomas
  • 21-11-16

Great book... better to read than listen though.

Great book... better to read than listen though. The pace is just a little quick for an audio book.

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