The Art of Travel

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Nov 19, 2008 - Philosophy - 272 pages
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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User Review  - dbsovereign - LibraryThing

An deceptively slim book of essays on travel in all its aspects. The author uses literature and art to broaden his perspective on travel - trying to capture what it is that keeps us moving around and ... Read full review

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User Review  - RajivC - LibraryThing

This is a very good book, and one that all travellers must read. As he starts - it is not just about where you wan to travel to, but why and how. I also like the gem at the end - be like a traveller ... Read full review


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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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