Slow travel in one destination can be very rewarding; it’s an opportunity to put down temporary roots and immerse in the singular vibe of a place. But sometimes circumstances demand a whirlwind tour of multiple destinations — and that can be a big adventure, indeed.
An itinerary that includes multiple stops offers many moments for the things that make great stories: surprising interactions, chance meetings, unexpected hiccups, missed connections, and curious customs. After all, a traveler with a multi-stop tour ahead of them never knows who might share their cabin on the train — or what idiosyncracies of paperwork might crop up at the border.
Plus, there’s something otherworldly and romantic about taking on an epic journey and traveling from, say, Paris to Istanbul on the Orient Express. Or following the clues of a decades-long mystery from mountaintop monasteries to the gilded shelves of library archives. And then there’s always the deliciously dangerous border-hopping challenges of espionage.
Top image courtesy of Keattikorn/Shutterstock.
Want to keep up with our book-related adventures? Sign up for our newsletter!
Strong Sense of Place is a website and podcast dedicated to literary travel and books we love. Reading good books increases empathy. Empathy is good for all of us and the amazing world we inhabit.
If you like the work we do, you can help support us through our Patreon! That'll unlock additional content, too — like Mel's recipe for Banh Mi Bowls, and Dave's behind-the-scenes notes for the latest Two Truths and a Lie.
This is a weekly email. If you'd like a quick alert whenever we update our blog, subscribe here.
We'll share enough detail to help you decide if a book is for you, but we'll never ruin plot twists or give away the ending.
This 30-page Reading Atlas takes you around the world with dozens of excellent books and gorgeous travel photos. Get your free copy when you subscribe to our newsletter.
Content on this site is © 2021 by Smudge Publishing, unless otherwise noted. Peace be with you, person who reads the small type.