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1. Posted by aidanari (Budding Member 15 posts) 11y

Not travel books but taking books with you.Obviously you can't take that many with you, so I think I will have most of mine in a week or two. What's the best way to go hold of new books on your travels? in my native english tongue.Any ideas or suggestions welcome.

Thanks Aidan (planning to go round Europe)

2. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

English book shops are not always easy to find. Big cities usually are better to find them. When you find one, grab two or three books. That way you'll be covered for the smaller places when you get there.

Many hostels and hotels have a book shelf with books left by other travellers, or some sort of book exchange service. Leave the last book you finished, and pick up a new one.

And always take paperbacks. The weight of hardcovers is too much for travelling.

3. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 11y

When I was in France last summer I found an English bookshop that you could sell your own books and buy used ones. I don't know if that is common, but you could check out something similar.

4. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 11y

There's normally an English bookstore (or section of Eng Lang books in major stores/book shops) in Europe at least, but can be quite expensive.

Some second places exist, but can be harder to find. Some are even straight exchange. You leave a book and take another, and i agree that hostels are also a good place to eitehr swap with travellers, or from their shelf/collection. Be aware that what you get inhostels is rarely overly exciting though [depending upon your literary tastes]

Best bet is get 2 or 3 second hand thick/small text paperbacks which your happy to exchange with something else, as oppsoed to new books etc which you may not want to part with.

5. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

This is something I started thinking about recently. The Rough Guides are bulky enough affairs and I already have the one for South East Asia, one for New Zealand, and apparently someone has the one for India for me also. Carrying all 3 will take up a good bit of room in my rucksack, but having them will be invaluable. I am a Rough Guide devotee.

What to do....

Does anyone have any suggestions? Am I better off just leaving them at home?

Plus, I cant get by without at least 2-3 other books to read as well....

Thanks,
Ev;)

6. Posted by billieg (Budding Member 26 posts) 11y

eve - before i left on my trip i went through my guidebooks and figured out what info. i really wanted with me or thought i might need. i then made photo copies of those sections and folded them up and kept them in my address book. you would be surprised how much of those books you can eliminate.
billie

7. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

I don't usually like to destroy my guide books, but when I've gone on long trips, I've ripped out the chapters that I needed and left the rest at home.

Also I've usually had good luck finding books in English. You'd be surprised. For example, one of the best book stores I've even been in is in Khatmandu, Nepal (in the area known as Thamel).

I always seem to take too many (non-guide) books on my travels. I have some well traveled books, that haven't been read.

8. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 11y

Quoting billieg

eve - before i left on my trip i went through my guidebooks and figured out what info. i really wanted with me or thought i might need. i then made photo copies of those sections and folded them up and kept them in my address book. you would be surprised how much of those books you can eliminate.
billie

yeah that is a really good way to do it! As far as reading books, I generally take a few smaller ones and trade with other travellers as I go.. though I traded one that I wish I didn't