I am aware that I haven’t been blogging in the past few months, and it’s because I’m starting Law school in a few days! There had been a lot of preparations and there was the transferring and my actual graduation; all in all there had been so much in my plate that even this review took so long to finish. But, all that’s done and here it is!
You Can Keep Your Adventure, Just Leave Me the Toilet Paper
A Witty Guide for the Armchair Traveler
by Ben Pastore
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for anyone interested in travelling, really.
I was given a free copy of this book for review. It has, in no way, influenced my opinion on the book.
What is the book about?
You Can Keep Your Adventure, Just Leave Me the Toilet Paper is a guide book written by Ben Pastore. It features not only a lot of places that everyone should visit once in their lives but also tips and reminders about travelling—basically what to bring and what to leave behind.
What do I like about the book?
First, I like how it was planned out. As an amateur in travelling, I learned a lot without having to stop and rest from information overload. It didn’t feel like I was reading a textbook or a guidebook at all. The author dissected the big chunk of information he wanted the readers to process and spread it through the entirety of the book. The author said enough to keep the reader curious and never bored. The author even managed to talk about different brands of guidebooks and I just soaked it all up, haha.
Second, I like the author’s humor and tone. I actually finished the book in one sitting! I couldn’t put it down at all. The book was written in a very personal and in a very friendly voice; reading it felt like I was talking to a friend whom I haven’t seen for a while. How would you ask a friend whose excitedly telling you stories to stop? If it was me, I’m going to get caught up and never ask my friend to stop!
“I took great pleasure in transforming these names on a map to a real image in my head.”
The author talked about how he got into travelling and how it felt for him to be able to go places and experience different cultures. It’s a marvelous experience to see the world through stories like the ones you’ll find in this book. To be honest, I kind of want to go out and travel, if only I could. (I really can’t, law school starts in two weeks, sigh.)
Third, I like how the author included photos. It’s a good addition. I hadn’t heard of some places the book mentioned and it helped that there were photos!
Lastly, I love that the book also talks about the attitude one must have when travelling. I know a lot of people who travels for the sake of it. I like that the author emphasized on submerging one’s self in the culture of the place one visits.
“That’s a sense of place, and that’s what I am always looking for. It’s also what I would recommend you look for too regardless of where you end up on the globe.”
I think that’s part of the fun of travelling.
All in all, I will give it—
—for having a light and witty tone that gets the reader in a comfortable and friendly set-up. Honestly, the book feels like I’m talking to a real, actual friend. I think, if you’ve always been interested in pretty places and travelling, you’d love this too. ♥