I recently received a review copy of a new book called Le Road Trip – A Traveler’s Journal of Love and France by Vivian Swift. It’s a beautifully produced travelogue filled with funny (and quirky) travel tips and sketches & illustrations from Swift’s countless travels. Instead of serving as a guidebook, the book’s beauty lies in its disorganization and seemingly random splattering of stories, lists and quotations.
Swift writes personally and honestly about the art of travel. The book tells a million little stories from WWII histories to food and wine. Her illustrations capture the artful nature of travel, but also provide little snippets of insight into a personal traveler’s journey. For example, I liked her list of “things to do while waiting for a train:”
Train Station Meditation:
1. Sit or stand, and relax.
2. Be aware that you are waiting for a train.
3. Pay attention to your waiting for a train experience.
4. Pay no attention to your spouse, who is drinking cider from the bottle and eating a tomato and having a much better waiting for a train experience than you.
Just lovely! Much of the book reads as if you’re flipping through Swift’s personal diary. I know my Moleskine travel notebook is filled up with similar stories, lists and ramblings. If you’re looking for a bit of wanderlust escapism, this book does its job.
More of Vivian Swift’s illustrations and travel stories can be found on her blog. Her book, Le Road Trip — A Traveler’s Journal of Love and France can be purchased on Amazon here. If you’re looking for quaint travel illustrations or just curious to browse through someone else’s travel diary & journal, then this is the book for you!