Is a trip to somewhere new enhanced by reading about it before you go – or should you keep preconceptions to a minimum? Besides reading the guidebooks, I love to read novels set in the location I’m visiting – either while there or as part of my preparation.
Perhaps my interest in travel was sparked very young by Rumer Godden’s Miss Happiness and Miss Flower – because for as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to visit Japan. (My lifelong love of Hello Kitty might have something to do with that too.)
Hmm… what to read next?