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The Art of Travel

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The Art of Travel By Alain de BottonThe thought of taking a holiday, spending time away from work and home – the scenes we know well, fills most of us with excitement and pleasure. We look forward to visiting places we consider more beautiful or which offer a more appealing lifestyle than our everyday experiences. Television programmes, holiday brochures and guidebooks offer a wealth of recommendations on where to go and what to see when we get there. In “The Art of Travel“, Alain de Botton considers why we chose those destinations in the first place, why we are often disappointed by the reality of our travel experiences and what we can do to avoid this degree of disappointment.

As well as personal observations made on his own travels, de Botton uses examples from classical writers and thinkers such as Flaubert and Wordsworth as well as paintings by Van Gogh and Turner (amongst others) to illustrate his arguments.

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