The Art of Travel. Few things are as exciting as the idea of travelling somewhere else. But the reality of travel seldom matches our daydreams. The tragi-comic. A arte de viajar. Front Cover. Alain de Botton. Dom Quixote, – pages Bibliographic information. QR code for A arte de viajar. Poucas atividades estão tão associadas à busca da felicidade quanto o desejo de viajar para lugares distantes. Embora não faltem publicações que.

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De Botton recognises and reminds readers bottoh much of travel is uncomfortable, disappointing, and even boring. Shania – “that [book] don’t impress me much. Want to Read saving….

Those are moments I want to share with you. A nice contrast is world-traveller Alexander von Humboldt and Xavier de Maistre, best remembered for his Voyage around my Room see our review with de Botton correctly pointing out that de Maistre — d the fictional des Esseintes — actually also had gotten around quite a bit in the world.

The Art of Travel

This book just wasn’t my cup of tea. There too we may find ourselves anchoring emotions of love on the way a person butters his or her bread, or recoiling at his or her taste in shoes.

In that sense, The Art of Travel is not just a book about travel, but a book about seeing things in newer, more enlightening ways; a book about how to find and appreciate beauty, and through these processes, a book wrte enriching our life experience.

Reading that chapter was bottno a spiritual awakening; something akin to atte transcending experience one feels when looking at slews of massive mountaintops or stretches of distant, barren deserts.


The idea is to not just capture the scene, but to fully describe the emotional connection we have to the moment—in psychological terms even. The author is obviously very well read he even includes a bedroom photo complete with bookshelf as evidenceand the book is littered with quotes and tales from various Don’t really know what I was expecting, maybe it was some insightful ways to get more from my travel experiences.

The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton

The mind may be reluctant to think properly when thinking is all it is s “Journeys are the midwives of thought. Few places are more conducive to internal conversations than a moving plane, ship or train. Here, in his chapter on anticipation, he writes of the riding of an airplane: The second art was better – it ain’t where you go, it’s the attitude you travel with.

I found myself dog-earing the corners of so many pages as he shared insights that resonated with my own experience of travel lately. It’s a book of which many readers are still fondest. Don’t really know what I was expecting, maybe it was some insightful ways to get more from my travel experiences. Then I thought about it.

The external voyage only has an impact vuajar accompanied by an internal one. Introspective reflections which are liable to stall are helped along by the flow of the landscape.

He further alaon on what he considers the true value of art–that artists offer us the chance to see their version of what is really there. The Art of Travel is a wise and utterly original book. He is most insightfully expressive with regard to perspectives and perceptions, which, lucky for the reader, penetrate most are of the novel.


Lists with This Book. Move on Moving BBB. Much of this is quite well done: Alain de Botton is a writer and television producer who lives in London and aims to make philosophy relevant to everyday life.

The Art of Travel – Alain de Botton

Then I went back and read it again, less thoroughly, with a pen in hand looking to further unpack and appreciate the ideas and self-reflections they provoked in me. There’s a certain self-effacing charm about Alain de Botton’s writing that creeps up on you and which eventually becomes irresistible. The furniture insists that we cannot change because it does not; the domestice setting keeps us tethered to the person we are in ordinary artf, but who may not be who we essentially are.

However absurd the intense reactions provoked by such small and e, foreign elements may seem, the pattern is at least familiar from our personal lives. Our responses to the world are crucially moulded by the company we keep, for we temper our curiosity to fit in with the expectations of others Each piece focusses on a specific place or severaland is considered through the refractive lens of bototn literary or artistic guide — Ruskin, Van Gogh, Edmund Burke, Edward Hopper, among others.

This is appropriate, because the travel experience itself is subjective.