My Love/Hate Relationship With Travel Books

I have more travel books than anyone I know.  I hate to add up what I’ve spent on them over the years. As they sit and collect dust in my bookcase, I ask myself what is it with my addiction to travel books?  I mean I barely read any of them.  Sure I’ve referenced them, but to actually sit down and read them?  In my defence, I don’t believe they were ever meant to be read from cover to cover.  They’re reference material.

I have 3 collections:

  1. Where I’ve Been:
    Books Purchased When Planning a Trip

    Books Purchased When Planning a Trip

    2. Where I Might Go:

    Books Purchased in Order to Investigate Places - No Plans Yet, Just Considering

    Books Purchased in Order to Investigate Places – No Plans Yet, Just Considering

    3. And Finally, Inspiration:

    Books I've Purchased to Provide me With Inspiration and Ideas

    Books I’ve Purchased to Provide me With Inspiration and Ideas

    A little obsessed?  I think so.  I guess I keep the first group as souvenirs of my travels.  The second group is fact-finding.  The third, this is my fantasy collection.  I have all sorts of books besides travel books, but not one of them is a work of fiction.  They are all food for my fact-finding mind.

I remember a college prof telling us all after 1st year “sell your text books!” He warned us that we would be much better off with money in our pockets than musty old textbooks in our book cases – books we would never read again.  I ignored that advice.  It was about 10 years and several editions later that I realized my college text books were useless dust collectors and I finally threw them out.  It broke my heart.

So now as I peruse my travel books, I’m asking myself – why am I hanging on to these books?  The longer they stay on the shelf, the more outdated and useless they become.  In the age of computers and smart technology, I would get far superior information from Google and Youtube.

I’ve listed my used books on Amazon (but only from collections 1 and 3) .  I figure the more money I have in my pocket, the more I have to spend on travel right?  As for the 2nd collection – I still need those 🙂

You never know, someone might call me up one day and ask to buy all my travel books!  Then I’ll have to decide which backpack to load them into.  I have more backpacks than anyone I know….


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