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may 22 2008

What book made you want to travel?

A popular page of Budget Travel is our masthead. Every month, we publish our answers to a particular question, which we think is a way to add a bit of fun to a page that many readers probably find dull.

A couple years ago, we were asked to name books that made us want to take trips.

Some of our answers were:

Erik Torkells...The Republic of Love, by Carol Shields

Marilyn Holstein...A Thousand Days in Venice, by Marlena de Blasi

Amy Lundeen...A Street in Marrakech, by Elizabeth Warnock Fernea

Amy Helin...The Origin of the Species, by Charles Darwin

Laura MacNeil...Paddle-to-the-Sea, by Holling Clancy Holling

Thomas Berger...Blue Highways: A Journey Into America, by William Least Heat-Moon

Kate Appleton...Birds Without Wings, by Louis de Bernières

Ruthie Kaposi...A Separate Peace, by John Knowles**

[CORRECTION 10:37 a.m.: I typed in the wrong book for Ruthie Kaposi when I first posted this. I regret the error. My advice to you: Never blog before having your a cup of coffee!]

But enough about the books that inspired us to travel. What about you?

When we recently asked what books you bring on a trip, dozens of readers posted fascinating answers, which inspired our staff to make several trips—to local libraries and bookstores!

Some examples included Bruce Chatwin's The Songlines, the Bible, Edward F. Murphy's book, "Heroes of WWII," and Janet Evanovich series of books about the Stephanie Plum character (female bounty hunter). (Full list, here.)

BUT NOW we have a different question: What book makes you want to travel in the first place?

Get Inspired with more from BudgetTravel.com


Note:This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.

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