The Art of Travel (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Nov 19, 2008 - Philosophy - 272 pages
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Any Baedeker will tell us where we ought to travel, but only Alain de Botton will tell us how and why. With the same intelligence and insouciant charm he brought to How Proust Can Save Your Life, de Botton considers the pleasures of anticipation; the allure of the exotic, and the value of noticing everything from a seascape in Barbados to the takeoffs at Heathrow.

Even as de Botton takes the reader along on his own peregrinations, he also cites such distinguished fellow-travelers as Baudelaire, Wordsworth, Van Gogh, the biologist Alexander von Humboldt, and the 18th-century eccentric Xavier de Maistre, who catalogued the wonders of his bedroom. The Art of Travel is a wise and utterly original book. Don’t leave home without it.

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Lovely writing on a lovely topic. - Goodreads
Some insights, but not great overall. - Goodreads
Educational soul food for travellers. - Goodreads
Alain de Botton is a better speaker than he is a writer - Goodreads

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User Review  - Billie Pritchett - Goodreads

Alain de Botton here writes a book called The Art of Travel, which explains some of the benefits of traveling. I've been reading this book over a long period so I won't pretend to remember all the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Calvyn - Goodreads

A different way of looking at travel: photos or paintings woven with the words of writers and poets, connected by the author's observations. Whether discussing modes of travel, or places along the way ... Read full review


IOn Anticipation
IIOn Travelling Places
IIIOn the Exotic
IVOn Curiosity
VOn the Country and the City
VIOn the Sublime
VIIOn EyeOpening Art
VIIIOn Possessing Beauty
IXOn Habit
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About the author (2008)

Alain de Botton is the author of On Love, The Romantic Movement, Kiss and Tell, How Proust Can Change Your Life, The Consolations of Philosophy and, most recently, Status Anxiety. His work has been translated into twenty languages. He lives in London. More information can be found at

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