Throw Away Travel Books

I am in Spring cleaning mode already at home. This means going through each room by room deciding what we really need to keep and what can go.  It can be a daunting task but afterwards it is freeing to just have less and feel like you have gained ‘more’.  More space.  More time.  More contentment.  More happiness.  Yet despite the growing boxes of books marked for the charity shop, there are certain books I just cannot seem to part with yet.
To throw away travel books seems to be an easy task.  Is it an outtdated book?  Has the trip already been taken?  Would it be a trip we would be taking in the next year?  Any of my travel books could have been easily given or tossed away many times since in the  last few years.  Yet these books have made the cut through each spring cleaning task.
I love my travel books.  I have only gotten rid of one, from Hawaii, and not before I cut up many of the maps inside for a heart inspired art piece of a few canvases I had to put up on our walls.  The books are from past trips and ones yet to be taken.  These books are like friends.  I should probably explain.
In the decade I lived in the US (from age 17 onwards) I was dealing with issues of being an undiagnosed Third Culture Kid (TCK), culture shock, and home sickness.  I would often fill up hours of my day by going to a bookstore, getting lost in the travel section, and then reading about places where I had once called ‘home’ through the eyes of a travel writer.  It was the one way I dealt with being landlocked in the US and missing all the places I had left pieces of my heart.
Now that I finally live overseas again I find I still like picking up and rereading these books.  Reading the notes I wrote in the books while on travels, in pencil scribbled in the margins.  Reading about the places I traveled too after spending many hours organizing every detail of the trip.  Still also reading about the places I have spent significant parts of my life, places I long to return ‘home’ to one day.
So maybe I will not be throwing away my travel books this time around, but right now that suits me okay.  Probably helps that I have a travel & map themed living room for these paper weights to be displayed.
Q: Do you keep your travel books, how long for, or what do you do with them?
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  • Abby |

    I know that sadly, books are a dying breed, but travel books are the one actual book I will purchase these days. I highlight them and carry it around in my bag when I travel to new cities and am always glad I have it with me! After I visit a place, my notes/highlights are always very helpful to friends or family who ask to borrow the book if they’re visiting that city and if not, they look impressive on my book shelf 😉

  • Chloe Logan

    Maybe this makes me a bad traveler, but I’ve never purchased a travel book! My favorite resource for travel tips is National Geographic’s travel section online, though. Maybe one day I’ll buy a book, but I’m still a broke young post-grad traveler who could use the money elsewhere. That’s probably why I’ve never gotten one lol.

    Chloe | Wanderlust in the Midwest

  • Holly Hollyson

    I keep mine and I stick in tickets and journal snippets and circle the places that I went to. I love them so much!

  • Sara

    Those sound like they are special to you – definitely hold on to them! I love physical books, though for ease of carrying them around on a trip if I do buy any travel guides, they’re on my Kindle nowadays. Though I am acquiring a little collection of Paris/Europe travel books that house guests have been leaving behind in order to make more room in their suitcases for souvenirs and wine! I’m going to have to do some cleaning of my own one of these days and donate those books!

  • Yvonne

    I’ve kept my travel books. I might not have a lot since I only started to collect them now. But I love reading about these destinations even if it’s a bit outdated. It’s also amazing to see how much tourism has changed year to year.

    (PS. I have no idea how I posted two links on to your link-up of the same post, I wanted to give you a heads up if you need to take one down! Thanks)

  • Megan @ Semi-Charmed Kind of L

    I get my travel books from the library, so this isn’t an issue for me, but I think I would be inclined to keep them as travel decorations in my apartment. :)

  • Christina McCall

    I only have a few travel guide books and so far have kept them all — granted I also have a ton of travel photography books that take up way more space than the guidebooks!

  • Malinda

    I always keep my travel books on my bookshelf – top shelf of course! They serve as a nice reminder of where I have been, I can lend them out to people planning their own trips, and use them to plan my next one.

  • Rachel

    I don’t have too many at the moment, but I have had them for a while – reminders of where I have been and what I still want to do and places I want to visit.

  • Setarra

    I have a few travel books that I purchased in preparation of my trip to Europe last year and plan to keep them as souvenirs. They now hold so much sentimental value that I can’t even imagine throwing them away.

  • Steve Oliver

    Great question!

    I **always** keep my travel books. Most of them end up being souvenirs in their own right, with lots of sticky notes, dog-ears, and scribbles in the margins.

    In fact, I still buy a lot of travel books despite always having my iPhone with all its travel apps.

    Thanks for hosting #TravelTuesday


  • Camila

    Same thing here – I would never throw away my travel books, they are memories of the trips and who I was back then!