How to Travel by The School of Life
"Through travel, you're freeing yourself from your inhibitions. You're growing up — and into yourself. Our journeys can teach us a vital skill: that of not minding so much if we occasionally look a fool. They may be the best conduits for developing into the more confident, less self-conscious people we crave to be."
HOW TO TRAVEL
How to Travel opens on an essay titled 'How to Choose a Destination.' The book states, "our societies are not shy about presenting us with options, of course, but they are also content to leave us alone with the many complexities beneath the business of choosing."
Another essay I really loved, and took a lot away from was seeing travel as a cure for shyness. To sum it up, this essay talks about how perhaps you're in a foreign country, and you have to purchase something at a store but neither you, nor the shopkeeper can understand on another.
The last essay I wanted to touch on was the pleasure of the airport. The book states, "the problem with the airport is that we tend to go there when we have a plane to catch. As a result, we are panicked, argumentative, stressed and entirely unable to notice that we're passing through one of the most rewarding and interesting zones in the modern world. We should make it a destination in its own right."
This little book clocks in at only 132 pages, but those pages are filled with so much knowledge. I only covered a few of the essays in my review, but there's 30 in total, with room for notes and observations. Others include The Little Restaurant, Drawing Rather than Taking Photographs, and The Advantages of Staying at Home, to name a few.
About The School of Life
The School of Life is an organization built to help us find calm, self-understanding, resilience and connection - especially during troubled times. They place an emphasis on the need to understand ourselves better, so that we can secure serenity and make optimally reliable decisions, particularly around love and work.