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1. Posted by fussy (Inactive 208 posts) 7y

... is a book, not an Ipod, mobile or laptop.

2. Posted by eroltoksoy (Full Member 173 posts) 7y

Quoting fussy

... is a book, not an Ipod, mobile or laptop.

same here. especially a novel which takes place in my travelling point. for example I ll read a book in English and takes place in NY when I fly there.

3. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 7y

Second that. During my last trip (which wasn't to St Petersburg, although it might have been), I finally got round to reading War and Peace, a book that had been standing on my shelves for ages.

4. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 894 posts) 7y

Cash. Passport. Bag. Pants. Shirt. Underwear. Soap. Shampoo....I got five dollars, all those beat the book.

I am often aghast at how many people don't read. I am also fascinated at what people do read when they are out there.

I love reading...but I would participate in a book burning before I would leave without my multitool. That is the first thing I pack.

And by what evidence do you say that more people take a book than a music device?

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[ Edit: Edited on 30-Jul-2009, at 19:20 by Piecar ]

5. Posted by fussy (Inactive 208 posts) 7y

In reply to Piecar, I read this:

http://www.traveldailynews.com/pages/show_page/30181

On a recent RTW we became dismayed seeing so many travellers 'plugged in' to their various music and communication devices. It almost seemed that the race was on to get one's adventures onto facebook as an end in itself, rather than a fun sharing facility.

As for the multitool tool how we would have loved to still have ours (stolen in transit whilst flying into Kathmandu).

Fussy

6. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 7y

Yep, a book (but there's nothing worse being stuck with a bad one), an iPod, earplugs, vitamin tablets, etc.

7. Posted by alpha_005 (Budding Member 7 posts) 7y

I always pack a couple of books....and never read them!
On planes I'd rather sit back, relax and watch a movie. On buses and trains what could be better than just sticking the old ipod on and watching the world go by. There's far too much to be missed by having your nose stuck in a book.

8. Posted by fabyomama (Respected Member 560 posts) 7y

I take whatever text book I'm struggling with. They just seem easier to read on a journey.

9. Posted by BedouinLeo (Inactive 698 posts) 7y

A good quality lightweight set of top and bottom waterproofs. How often have you sat in a cafe for over an hour while in a wonderful country looking out the window at the rain? If Im stuck in a town for a week abroad then I leave my rucksack in the room, put on my day pack and on top of the pile in the back is a little bag with my waterproofs in. The whole pack weighs less than 1/2 a kilo. Once theyre on I can walk anywhere in any degree of rain or hailstones as long as they arent the golfball sized monsters that can knock a person to the ground. Isnt it great when youre in somewhere like Southern Turkey or inland South America and its blazing sunshine at 10am yet by 11 the roads are flooded.
Waterproofs, good ones, a must every time regardless of the probable drought ahead.

10. Posted by baluba (Respected Member 407 posts) 7y

Quoting alpha_005

On planes I'd rather sit back, relax and watch a movie. On buses and trains what could be better than just sticking the old ipod on and watching the world go by. There's far too much to be missed by having your nose stuck in a book.

Don't you think you can also miss a lot by having your ipod on? I personally love to hear the conversations going on in buses etc., even if I can't understand them, plus I like to enjoy the noise of life in another culture or country going on around me. I also feel that donning a pair of headphones is almost shutting yourself off, a sort of 'don't speak to me, I would rather listen to my music'. Having said that, I always take one with me because there are times when other peoples conversations can become irritating, or for drowning out noise when I am trying to sleep.

As for books, sometimes I dont read anything other than Lonely Planet and other times I can go through loads if there really is nothing better to do, but I try to keep them topical to the country I am in.

As for what I would not leave home without..bottle opener, corkscrew and a sewing kit. I ripped the arse out of my trousers getting off a bus once, I have never been so grateful for having a needle and thread!: