Book Review: How to Travel by The School of Life

June 21, 2021

About:

How to Travel by The School of Life consists of short essays about traveling. The School of Life is an organization which is devoted to show people how to lead a more fulfilling life.

  • 132 pages
  • Publisher ‏ :The School of Life
  • Language ‏ : English
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : 1999917960

Book Review: How to Travel by The School of Life
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Thoughts:

This is the first “School of Life” book I have read, I figured I’d get some insights since I really enjoy traveling, as oppose to just “going places”. The difference, for me, is that traveling involves meeting people, experiencing food, and different culture. Going places is basically checking off places from a list.

How to Travel by The School of Life is sometimes interesting, somewhat enlightening but mostly pretentious. It is not the travelogue we think of when we see the “Travel” tag.  There were several essays I enjoyed “What is Exotic”, “Small Pleasures”, and “Water Towers”, to name a few.

Other essays however seem to be written as an intellectual exercise, with a self-centered perspective. There are thousands of resources from many “experts” about the joys and benefits of traveling. This book is more concerned with interaction with where you go, as oppose to simply going places.
Which, as I mentioned, is traveling.

I disagree with several of the suggestions in the book, but that’s objective. For example, I don’t think it’s necessary to travel to poor and disadvantaged countries to realize how lucky you are. Just by being able to afford to travel, or someone else to cook for you (“going out”) you’re better off than the majority of the people in the world.

This book does, however, opens one’s eyes to what traveling is all about. Not just a destination, but the way one interacts with places and people they encounter.

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Zohar — Man of la Book
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