We are staying on St. John, with a bunch of family and friends in order to celebrate my husband's brother's wedding, so there is more visiting than sight-seeing. Good thing, then, that I was able to see so much of that recently @ As the Crowe Flies and Reads! (Besides, she seemed to have used up all of November's good weather...it's been mostly rainy since we've been here, so her pictures are much better than anything I could supply!) We are in Francis Bay, and it has been a lovely time of visiting with family and journeying to other places through literature.
Which brings me to what I've been pondering. When you travel, do you like to read books that take place where you are visiting? Island books in the Caribbean? English countryside books whilst visiting the UK? Gossip and style in Los Angeles? Or do you, like me, refrain from specializing in one area? Since I've left home, I've not only arrived in tropical islands, I've also visited Japan through After the Quake, stopped over in the American Southwest in the first 100 pages of No Country for Old Men (couldn't bring myself to finish that one), as well as 1950s England in The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets, Edinburgh in The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox, a peak into Russia in Anna Karenina, and am now in Ireland/America in On Canaan's Side. It's been wonderful.
Books are my preferred method of travel, I must confess. No airports or red-eye flights. None of the grime or plugged ears that inevitably find me by the end of a long journey. I can simply open the covers of a new book and immerse myself in a new world. And I don't like to stay in any one place for too long...going other places in my reading allows me to better appreciate the place I'm at. I might get on a kick for a specific topic, but interjecting other things helps keep it fresh.
Meanwhile my 11 year-old daughter gets here and reads (& REreads) The Cay...while she's surrounded by islands and cays. What about you? Do you prefer to saturate yourself or jump around?