Travel Quote Tuesday | Go Beyond Textbooks

“We must go beyond textbooks, go out into the bypaths and untrodden depths of the wilderness and travel and explore and tell the world the glories of our journey.” ~ John Hope Franklin

I used to be a true devotee of the travel guide book, buying multiple titles for every destination and pouring over their pages before making our travel plans. The best ones covered both the most famous (and crowded) sites plus lesser attractions of the destination – though by dint of being included in the guide book, they were never ‘untrodden‘. I never minded that – I’ve never felt I need to be breaking new ground the whole time, forging out a previously untaken path – I just appreciated a break from the biggest crowds to enjoy more esoteric aspects of the history, culture, cuisine, architecture, or art. The downside of guide books was the lead time in writing and publishing them, meaning some of the recommendations for accommodation, food and drink were out of date by the time they were published or you referenced them.

But I’ve not bought a guide book for many, many years.

Why? Firstly, because the basics are so easy to find online nowadays; from destination tourist office websites to the free online versions by the same companies that print the guidebooks, it’s easy to learn about the big attractions, plus all the practicalities of how to get there, what kind of plug sockets they use, where to find cash point machines and so on! That’s one reason not to buy guide books.

But the bigger reason is that these days I turn to fellow travel blogs, a vast and incredible resource on all kinds of fantastic ideas on things to see and do alongside the famous and the obvious, plus everything from which neighbourhoods to stay in, to the latest recommended places to eat and drink.

That’s the thing with us travel bloggers, we love to “travel and explore and tell the world the glories of our journey”.

One of the best things about travel blogs is that they cater so well for niche interests. Whether you’re into culture and history, hiking and camping in the wilderness, luxury spa breaks, modern or historical architecture, cinematic film locations, local cuisine and gastronomy, adventure sports and activities, beach holidays, sailing, or wildlife safaris, the chances are high that there will be at least one blogger who shares your passion, and writes posts geared to your demographic.

What kind of travel content can you find at Kavey Eats? I’m obsessed with the food side of travel so you will always find posts on what we ate wherever we went… I love to dive in to the culture and history of a place and tell you about what I learned… I’m a sucker for beautiful cities as well as travelling into the wilderness to see wildlife, and I love to share all of this with my readers. Sometimes I write about the well known sites from a personal perspective; sometimes I share a tip for a place or activity you might not have heard of…

Above all, I hope my posts inspire your own travel and prove useful when planning your trips.

Falkland Islands shoreline - "We must go beyond textbooks, go out into the bypaths and untrodden depths of the wilderness and travel and explore and tell the world the glories of our journey." John Hope Franklin

This image is of a stretch of beautiful coastline in the Falkland Islands.

We spent three weeks on the islands, hopping between the mainland and a number of islands chosen for their natural beauty and wildlife – West Point for its black-browed albatross colony, Pebble Island for gentoo penguins and a  colony of shags, Saunders Island for rockhoppers, king penguins, and much more… Carcass Island for a rich variety of wildlife including the beautiful striated caracara, and Volunteer Point for another colony of king penguins.

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2 Comments to "Travel Quote Tuesday | Go Beyond Textbooks"

  1. Sandy N Vyjay

    This quote rings absolutely true. Real and immersive experiences are rarely found in the pages of guidebooks. As travel bloggers, we are indeed lucky as we have such rich and original resources for authentic and unique travel experiences.

  2. Ami Bhat

    Guide books can only guide but the real thing is experiencing it self. Definitely beyond the scope of text books. Well elaborated on how this best works. I too, believe in this.


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