Travelling is a part of everybody’s life and at some point we’ve all been on a journey or trip.

Sometimes journeys can be so long that they make you question whether it would be a good idea to do something that would make the journey shorter or enjoyable…

We’ve all thought about carrying a book on a trip at one point or another… and one question that I’ve encountered a lot from people is whether it’s good to carry and read a book on a journey or not…

This post will therefore discuss travelling and reading …

with that said, is reading good while travelling?

Reading while travelling can be a great and productive way to pass the time. Travelling puts you at ease which is a great state for reading.

Let’s look into some more benefits of reading while travelling…

Shortens the journey

Being on a journey can become stressful even more so when it’s a long trip.

We’ve been all there, having that urge to get off a plane or a car can become overwhelming while travelling.

Reading can help you keep your mind  focused and distracted away from the journey itself.

This can make the journey feel shorter which is an advantage to you because you don’t have to worry about being sitted for a long time.

Therefore, the next time you’re travelling find an interesting book to read.

Your journey will be much shorter and more tolerable.

Keeps you occupied

Travelling is one of those activities that basically have you strapped to a seat. You can easily get bored if you don’t have anything to do.

Most people resort to being on their phones but if the journey is long enough, your battery will die before you even reach your destination.

A good way to stay occupied is to have a book that you can read on the journey.

This way you don’t have to feel bored with nothing to do…

Therefore, the next time you have a trip, carry a book along side your phone  …so you can have something to do(which is read) after your phone dies…

Can be a great way to avoid small talk

Most of us are introverts and travelling most of the times means being around people…

Its pretty much common to be on a public transportation and find yourself on the other end of a conversation with a stranger. 

At times you just want to enjoy the journey without talking to people you don’t know…

A book can help you avoid any small talk that you would otherwise be involved in if you didn’t have a book…

I’m not saying socialising with people is a bad thing, I’m simply saying not everyone is always in a chatty mood, especially with strangers.

Therefore, pack a good book the next time you travel so it can shield you from small talk.

Can help you fall asleep

Most people that travel, especially for business ..usually have tight schedules…

Somebody may be travelling to get to a meeting and the journey itself could be the only time that they can sort of catch some rest…

Sleeping on journeys is not always easy but reading a book can help because it can help you fall asleep faster.

Therefore, read a book the next you’re on a journey and wish to take a light nap to rest a bit.

Can help you relax

Travelling usually involves a lot of pre-trip activities that can have you worked up…

This is true for people that travel long distances…

Travelling can be really stressful and sometimes all you need is something to relax you during the trip itself…

Some people resort to alcohol as a way to relax which doesn’t always work out well…

A good solution is reading a book on the trip…Reading can help you relax and have you focused on what the author is communicating to you using words.

Therefore, the next time you get on a trip and feel stressed..pull out a book and read it… its also a good idea to pack one for the journey.

Can lessen anxiety

Travelling really invokes so many different emotions in different people… I for one find myself very stressed and very anxious to get to my destination…

this makes the journey pretty much anxiety filled..which is not so great…

One effective way of tackling this that I’ve found to be effective us simply reading through out the trip..

Reading allows you to be cut off from both the journey and the destination and only be focused on the reading itself…

This is great news for people that suffer from anxiety.

Can be productive

People do different things to pass time on trips… but most of us are productivity junkies that are addicted to being productive at all times…

Sleeping on the journey may be a great idea for others but a bad one for people that like to be productive…

A good way to be productive whilst on a trip is a reading a book… it can keep you stay focused and help you gather ideas and generally be productive.

Therefore, the next time you think about self improvement whilst on a journey…pull out a book or simply download one…

Can keep you entertained

Long trips are certainly tiring and can leave you with literally nothing to do…

Anyone that has been on a long trip before can attest to this…

Being bored with nothing to do on a journey can leave you feeling lazy and make the trip feel brutal…

A good book to read can help you stay entertained long enough to cover the journey…

For example, a good fiction novel with a great plot can be perfect for those people that prefer to be stimulated most of the time…

Of course this is just an example and people generally should read what they want to read…

My overall point is that, reading is a great way to stay entertained on a journey.

Can help you catch up on reading

Not everyone is a reader and most of us are guilty of going days without reading anything…

Life can get in the way of activities like reading… and this is true for even the most dedicated reader…

But guess what?

Travelling can be a great opportunity for you to catch up on some reading.

The good part is, you obviously won’t have to move or get distracted by a lot of things.

Therefore you can easily catch up on some reading.

Final Thoughts

Travelling is a great time for reading and you should consider it on your next trip. Reading can help you stay entertained and occupied long enough to get to your destination.

Those people with travelling anxiety can use reading as a way to calm down and not think about the actual journey…

Therefore carry a book the next time you get on a journey so you productively pass time.

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Helpful Resources

Tips for Traveling with Books – Independent Travel Cats

The Amazing Benefits of Reading While Traveling – Exploring Your Mind

Read these books while travelling and enjoy your journey – The Statesman

15 Inspiring Books That You Can Read While Travelling – Holidify

The Best Books To Read While Traveling – Breathing Travel


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