Why would I want to read a book of travel short stories? I recommend it. I can tell you what it did for me.
When I was an undergraduate student, I attended classes, participated in a few school-sponsored extracurricular activities, worked at a job and studied. It seemed that travel was something in my distant past. Had I turned into an adult? There was no time to think about travel, let alone the time or money to travel. In graduate school, I still seemed to find no time after classes, study and work.
But one day, I got lucky.
I stumbled upon a book, Linda Ledray’s The Single Woman’s Vacation Guide and purchased a copy. In and around my time-consuming school activity, I read it chapter by chapter and then again, page by page. While it was far from feasible in the present, solo travel was what I wanted to do with my life. I considered the trips that Ms. Ledray described in her book. That is how I came to go dogsledding in northern Minnesota! (See Tattoo’s Chapter 9: The Howling)
This book was a great link for me to start thinking about travel and be ready once I was able to travel. After 6 months of professional work, I took a mini vacation to St. Louis, Missouri. I walked through the green gardens, admired the Gateway Arch, and tried a breakfast of biscuits and gravy. That short trip gave me confidence. I could afford it; I could handle it; and there was still a job for me when I returned home. Soon after, my post-school travels began in earnest.
Reading a book of travel stories can serve as a stopgap or a jumpstart. It is my hope that Tattoo—Journeys on My Mind might serve such purpose. —-TMLL
Buy it. Read it. Let me know what you think. –TMLL