I love to travel. At 15 I convinced my parents to send me on a student exchange to France. For 3 months I went to school, learned the language and visited Italy, Monaco, Switzerland and spent a week in Paris and on the Cote d’Azur. I was hooked.
Four kids, two jobs and a husband (who thinks replacing the roof and updating the bathroom is important) later, I don’t have the time or finances to travel as often as I’d like. Taking the kids to hockey, groceries, mortgage and car payments are all very adult-like but sometimes I wonder what it would be like to travel through a foreign land alone, wander the streets of a new city where I don’t speak the language or hike (one of my favourite activities) for days on end in complete solitude.
And this is where my love of reading comes in. When I immerse myself in a book, I feel as though I too am off having an adventure somewhere in the world. Reading Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed, I could imagine the blisters on her feet and the fear she felt at times being so alone. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho took me from Spain to Egypt and back again, changing the way I look at things along the way. Hundreds of books later, I am well-travelled even if the proof isn’t in my passport.
From this love of reading and travel (and wine) comes The Travel The World Book Club. A themed book club with a wine pairing from the region of the world we are reading about (or where the foreign author is from). When I came up with this idea, little did I know how many like minded women would want to join me. I am so excited to be a part of this with you and to get started on our first book What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding by Kristin Newman.
Happy reading (and dreaming of faraway lands). If you are a member of the Book Club I would love to hear you’re reason for joining-add a comment below! If you aren’t please share your favourite travel books with us!