Thursday, October 7, 2010

Booking Through Thursday: Travel


When you travel, how many books do you bring with you? Has this changed since the arrival of ebooks? 
I normally take 1 or 2 books, since I hardly get a chance to read them anyway (hey, it's vacation!)

I don't have an e-reader, but I do want one for travel. My last trip was one I took to Texas for a month-long vacation in August. I brought like... six books (which I didn't end up reading because my best friend kept me too busy), because that's normally the usual amount I can get through during a vacation. Maybe even more if I had more downtime. And don't forget the air-time travel.

So, I was coming back home from Texas and with all the souvenirs I bought, my bag was overweight. My purse and backpack were already stuffed with other things; I couldn't possibly put my books anywhere else. I did NOT want to spend $25 overweight fee's over a $7 book! I had to carry my six books in my arms (which was a total hassle during security) and onto the plane. This problem would have tooootally been avoided if I had had an e-reader. My horrible experience is pretty much what's making me really, really want an e-reader now. :(

15 comments:

Mad Scientist said...

I bought a Nook for myself as a celebration to my birth just for this purpose. I did use it quite a bit on my last time travel. I'm find myself using it more and more around the house as well. It just feels so great to be able to read and save a tree at the same time.

Mad Scientist
madsteampunkery.blogspot.com

Melissa said...

I don't really like e-readers (colour me crazy), so I usually bring 3 to 4 haha

GREYZ said...

ereaders are handy during these long trips. :) I am thinking of buying a Kindle because of this exact reason but still thinking about it. My iTouch is pretty handy, though not as big as a kindle screen can be.

annareads.com said...

Hahaha the lengths we'll go to for our books! That seems like quite the ordeal. That was me a few years ago...til the Kindle! Love it. Never thought I would, but it really did surprise me.

Actin' Up with Books said...
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Actin' Up with Books said...

On my last vacation, I took 4 books I bought 7 more while I was there (it was also my birthday). Thankfully, I packed light and saved some extra room specifically for that reason. I don't have an e-reader, but I do have an i-pod Touch, I use it to read books sometimes, but not solely for that reason. I couldn't imagine having to carry that many books through security. That is dedication!

Man of la Books said...

I normally take 1-2 books per week and usually buy one at the airport. However, now that I have an eReader all that's changed (I still take at least one book though because I don't like to take the eReader to the beach, etc.).

http://www.ManOfLaBook.com

....Petty Witter said...

I only ever read one book at a time so I tend just to stick with that, perhaps 2 books if we are going for longer than a week.
I really don't like the idea of all these digital readers but can see that they are very practical when travelling and especially when flying as the amount of hand luggage you can take on board is forever being reduced.

Anne Bennett said...

Funny. I am still a fan of book books. My friends with e-readers swear by them though. I have slogged through airports with a bag full of books, too.

Literature for Lunch said...

I absolutely love "book" books but am contemplating getting an e-reader as well. I am hoping that my husband will get me a Nook for my birthday. I once went through 12 books on vacation then went to the bookstore to buy more. Ha. That was a little excessive but I had so much free time on the beach.

Namine said...

EReader is definitely worth it!! I usually buy my books once I'm there but then I have to get them back!

dealingsofabookjunkie said...

I'm finally buying a Kindle this weekend for this exact reason. I just find it easy when I have to lug around a large amount of books. But it could never replace a book book.

Vanessa
http://dealingsofabookjunkie.blogspot.com

samstillreading said...

I usually only take one book away and then end up buying several at my destination. As I bought an ereader only last weekend, I haven't had a chance to take it for a trip yet!

mervih said...

I guess ereaders can be convenient during trips, especially if you travel by airplanes. I usually travel by train so there's no weight limit.

Jamie @ The Book Junkie's Bookshelf said...

I haven't really traveled much since I got back into reading but when I do travel to visit family or whatever I take my e-reader along...It's just easier to handle.

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